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.
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.
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.
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.
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.