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The superintendent has a key responsibility to oversee finances of the 18 school districts in the county, to sound alarms when one is heading for a financial cliff or unrealistically addressing its accounting. For that reason, the superintendent must be lead by fiscal example.  
 
Dublin Measure B and Livermore Measure G, both modest, deserve support. But Acalanes high school district voters should reject Measure A and Lafayette voters should oppose Measure B because both attempt to turn temporary taxes into permanent levies, with no expiration dates.  
 
Two more forums are planned before the June election for mayor and two City Council positions.  
 
Without access to government records, we might never know about wasteful spending, excessive salaries, exorbitant pensions, defective bridge construction, plans for nearby subdivisions or teacher abuse of children in their classrooms.  
 
Four seek mayor's title as incumbent Michael Sweeney decides not to seek re-election.  
 
Four seek mayor's title as incumbent Michael Sweeney decides not to seek re-election.  
 
Dissatisfaction with Oakland mayor spans gender, race and income divides, new poll finds.  
 
Hayward will have a new mayor after the June 3 election, with Mayor Michael Sweeney declining to run for a fourth term. Four candidates have filed to succeed him. Because Sweeney is an incumbent and did not file, the filing deadline is extended to Wednesday. Filing also remains open for one council seat.  
 
Measure B would be an extension of an existing five-year $96-per-parcel tax for Dublin schools.  
 
Courtney Ruby has begun telling officials that she will run for mayor rather than seek a third term as city auditor.  
 
The East Bay filing period opens for dozens of local seats, but most incumbents are unlikely to face major opposition as focus shifts to a few open seats.  
 
As the 2014 mayoral campaign heats up, it's worth considering the relevance of a mayor's political leanings. How much do they really matter? Historically, we've rarely gotten what we expected politically. Oakland, and maybe most cities, has the kind of challenges and opportunities that seem to have less to do with a left- or right-wing approach and more to do with practicality. The tough realities of running a city smooth down the sharp edges of political principle.  
 
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Dana King, formerly of KPIX, is seeking to succeed the retiring Pat Kernighan on the Oakland City Council.  
 
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Nearly $600,000 in campaign contributions flowed into the Oakland's mayor's race last year. Port Commissioner Bryan Parker raced the most money; Jean Quan was third.  
 
OAKLAND -- Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel has received the endorsement of one of his clients: the National Union of Healthcare Workers.Siegel, an attorney, represents the 10,000-member union, which split several years ago from SEIU United Health Care Workers West.  
 
Lafayette elections and politics attorney Barry Fadem targets Assembly candidate and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti in eight-page complaint over campaign finance reports. Fadem is backing Sbranti opponent and Orinda Vice Mayor Steve Glazer.  
 
New BART board President Joel Keller announces plan to place on the November ballot an advisory measure supporting a transit worker strike ban.  
 
Narrow loss raises concerns for efforts to renew Oakland's public safety tax next year.  
 
Halliday is the third council member announcing plans to run for mayor. Councilmen Francisco Zermeno and Mark Salinas also have started their campaigns.  
 
OAKLAND -- Time will tell if Port of Oakland Commissioner Bryan Parker proves to be a formidable mayoral candidate, but he's already shown himself to be a potent fundraiser.  
 
Blind voters have filed a class-action lawsuit that seeks to compel Alameda County to ensure visually impaired voters can cast a vote privately.  
 
Alameda County supervisors to vote on change Tuesday during regular meeting  
 
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November's presidential election marked the first time that black people voted at a higher rate than non-Hispanic white people, according to a new Census Bureau report.  
 
The four candidates vying for a vacancy on the Pleasanton City Council offer voters a diversity of perspectives on the future growth and finances of the community.  
 
Pleasanton voters will pick the winner by mail-in votes. All ballots are due by May 7.  
 
Campaign forum set: Coalition seeking constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United vs. FEC decision will host forum in Walnut Creek on April 5.  
 
Contra Costa County pays top manager more money but for good reasons -- David Twa has kept the county on solid financial ground even during a recession. Plus, a vocabulary lesson for a would-be assessment appeals board member.  
 
Mark Hamilton, David Miller, Kathy Narum and Olivia Sanwong will be in May 7 mail-in election.  
 
Newell Arnerich hopes to fill Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan's seat  
 
Former school board member ran for seat in November election