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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.