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Incumbent Jean Quan, Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Port Commissioner Bryan Parker, Oakland City Auditor Courtney Ruby, Oakland City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, attorney Dan Siegel and legal instructor Joe Tuman speak on public safety and affordable housing.  
Mayoral candidate Rebecca Kaplan again wins the race over incumbent Jean Quan in the second poll released in a week, with Kaplan getting 57.5 percent to Quan's 42.5 percent in a ranked-choice voting scenario.  
Oakland has a record 15 candidates running for mayor. With less than seven weeks before Election Day, there's no clear front-runner in race  
San Leandro shoppers would pay a total of 9.5 percent sales tax if measure is approved.  
After last year's bargaining fiasco, it's hard to imagine how things could get much worse. But they could. Raburn's union-backed opponent, Alameda City Councilwoman Lena Tam, would merely tip the next round of negotiations further in favor of labor.  
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In survey by Jobs and Housing Colation, 69 percent say they would vote for someone other than Quan  
Yes on Measures I in Alameda, L in Hayward, M in the New Haven district, M in the John Swett district and N in Pittsburg. All have fiscally responsible repayment plans. The bad news: District superintendents and county counsels continue to deceive voters with ballot pamphlet information.  
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo finds the term "high-calorie, sugary drinks" in the Berkeley Measure D ballot question to be "partial and misleading," and orders it replaced with "sugar-sweetened beverages."  
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo found a reference to reduced height limits to be "not accurate," and the use of "significant" to describe new requirements for certain new buildings to be "not neutral," but he upheld the rest of the ballot question, finding it "accurate and neutral," or at least "adequately" so.  
In Ward 4, the best choice is challenger Murphy McCalley. Voters in Ward 5 should re-elect Jeff Davis. No endorsement for at-large seat.  
At issue is the term "high-calorie, sugary drinks" in Measure D's ballot language, which could be watered down to "sugar-sweetened beverages." A ruling is expected by 5 p.m. Tuesday.  
At issue is the term "high-calorie, sugary drinks" in Measure D's ballot language, which could be watered down to "sugar-sweetened beverages." A ruling is expected by 5 p.m. Tuesday.  
New era of education financing requires someone willing to make tough, even unpopular, decisions. Foster better meets that requirement.  
Seven running for two Newark City Council seats as both incumbents walk  
Eight challenge for two spots  
Directors Robert Raburn and James Fang have challengers in the November election; Joel Keller and Tom Blalock are running unopposed.  
Suit claims language is 'false, misleading, and illegally biased'; measure supporters counter that filing is attempt to distract from real issues about soft drinks and obesity.  
Jerry McNerney has represented portions of the East Bay and Central Valley in Congress for the past eight years, we believe he deserves another two years.  
State ballot initiatives are supposed to be limited to a single subject. In the case of Proposition 46, backers claim that's patient safety. But the initiative on the Nov.  
One of the most powerful unions in Oakland has endorsed former school board member Dan Siegel as its top choice in the mayor's race, Siegel announced Monday.  
An embattled Newark motel is staying open -- for now; minimum wage letters have been sent to Berkeley employers.  
Councilwoman Libby Schaaf has raised over $100,000 more than any of her competitors in the Oakland mayoral race, including Mayor Jean Quan.  
Incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson faces challenger Marshall Tuck in the November election. During interviews with the editorial boards of the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, candidates agreed on issues such as the need for more money to fund education, but they disagreed about a recent court ruling that criticized teacher tenure, among other things.  
Of the two remaining candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, both Democrats, incumbent Tom Torlakson panders to the politically powerful California Teachers Association by defending the status quo, while Marshall Tuck advocates for immediate changes and understands what must be done.  
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan filed papers today seeking re-election to a second four-year term, saying, "Our city is rising overall."  
Although teens under age 18 can't legally vote in the November election, they can still weigh in on issues and candidates this fall through a statewide 2014 MyVote California Student mock election sponsored by the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Schools are invited to register in the next three months and report their final schoolwide vote tallies to the Secretary of State's office after the Oct. 28 mock election.  
Peterson's experience using technology as a tool to promote civic engagement make him an excellent candidate for the office that oversees voting and campaign finance records. We recommend him over state Sen. Alex Padilla.  
The proposed extension of Oakland's public safety tax includes a no-layoff clause for police officers unless department staffing surges above 800 cops.  
Hayward will fill a vacancy created when Councilwoman Barbara Halliday was sworn in as mayor.  
The current half-cent tax would rise to 1 cent, making Alameda the first county in Northern California to have a full 1 cent transportation sales tax.