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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.