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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.  
 
The San Leandro City Council on Monday approved asking voters in November to increase the sales tax to 9.5 percent.  
 
Despite objections, the council decided a proposed $20 million bond measure would likely fail to reach the needed two-thirds vote and instead approved a more limited $1.7 million parks maintenance tax ballot measure. The council also approved a minimum-wage increase Tuesday.  
 
Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Rebecca Kaplan has decided to terminate an independent campaign fund amid evidence that she had used it in violation of city and state campaign finance law.  
 
Below is the third in a series of interviews with Oakland mayoral candidates. Today is current Port of Oakland Commissioner Bryan Parker.BW: Why are you running for mayor of Oakland?  
 
A business coalition has unveiled a proposed minimum wage hike for Oakland that backers hope will force supporters of a competing measure to the negotiating table.  
 
Karen Monroe, the current associate superintendent of education, will face Helen Foster, the human resources director of the Hayward school district, in the general election.  
 
A state investigation found the Wisdom Culture and Education Organization, which offers courses in Chinese language and culture, made five illegal contributions to Steve Cho's failed Fremont mayoral campaign six years ago.  
 
With many votes yet to be counted, Republican Hugh Bussell and Democrat Ellen Corbett are on pins and needles to find out which of them will face Congressman Eric Swalwell in November.  
 
Some political experts believe the top-two system -- meant to boost voter turnout and encourage more moderate candidates -- achieved at least the latter on Tuesday, and in doing so might have saved Republicans from themselves.  
 
Alameda and Contra Costa counties are still counting absentee ballots.  
 
Kaplan will be among the front-runners in a crowded mayoral field that includes the incumbent Jean Quan, Councilwoman Libby Schaaf and San Francisco State professor Joe Tuman.  
 
The $650 million school bond -- Alameda County's largest ever -- passed with 61.5 percent of the vote.  
 
Barbara Halliday will take over as mayor in July. City Council incumbent Marvin Peixoto was elected to a second term, and Planning Commissioner Sara Lamnin will begin her first term on the council.  
 
Measure AA required 66.7 percent support to pass and was winning by nearly 75 percent, though 64,000 absentee ballots were still to be counted.  
 
As primary elections go, Tuesday's polling was, well, a bore. At least it seemed to be for much of the East Bay. That assessment was buttressed by the abysmal voter turnout in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  
 
Despite withdrawing from the race after she was charged with lying about her residency, Kathleen Knox still picked up about 25 percent of vote in Alameda County auditor-controller race. Winning the race was Alameda County deputy chief auditor Steve Manning.  
 
Democrats cruised Tuesday night to comfortable leads heading into November in Bay Area races for the state Legislature, according to election returns Wednesday morning.  
 
Baker and Sbranti bring in the most votes, win riht to run in Nov. 4 general election for the 16th Assembly District race.  
 
San Jose City Councilman Chu, a Democrat, extends lead; Republican Bob Brunton close behind with nearly half the precincts counted. They seemed on track for a November show-down.  
 
Measure G will provide nearly $4 million a year for Livermore schools for the next seven years, beginning in 2015, proponents say.  
 
$650 million measure needs 55 percent voter approval but is polling nearly two-thirds in favor  
 
The $13.5 million Measure H in Piedmont would have financed renovations and upgrades to the aging Alan Harvey Theater  
 
Assemblyman Bill Quirk far out polled his two opponents in his bid to retain his 20th District seat.Quirk is seeking re-election in the district that covers Hayward, Union City, Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Fairview, Sunol and part of Fremont.  
 
Hayward's Measure C tax won by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday night. The tax will raise $10 million for new library and other city services.  
 
In the 15th Congressional District, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, came in first by a hefty lead over state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro and Republican Hugh Bussell, of Livermore, who were battling for second place.  
 
Early returns Tuesday evening showed Councilwoman Barbara Halliday as the front-runner in the Hayward mayoral race.In the City Council election, incumbent Marvin Peixoto and Sara Lamnin were leading the field of seven candidates seeking two Hayward council spots in early returns.