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A Republican has entered the race to unseat Rep. Mike Honda, changing the dynamic of the second showdown between Honda and fellow Democrat Ro Khanna.  
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A poll released Friday by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce found that out of 16 issues facing Oakland voters, keeping the A's, Warriors and Raiders ranked lowest. The results follow a poll conducted earlier this year finding that stadium construction was the lowest spending priority for Oakland voters.  
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"I think that local is the most important place where we have an opportunity to make change happen," California Common Cause State Program Manager Leila Pedersen said, contending that when corporate and PAC money is removed from campaigns, people will elect a more diverse set of public officials.  
Councilman Jesse Arreguin's announcement Thursday affirms a notification on his Facebook page earlier this week changing its name to "Jesse Arreguin for Berkeley Mayor;" the top post currently is occupied by Tom Bates, who is widely believed to be retiring when his term ends at the end of 2016.  
Councilman Jesse Arreguin's Facebook page changed its name from "Jesse Arreguin for City Council" to "Jesse Arreguin for Berkeley Mayor" on Monday in apparent preparation for the November 2016 race for the seat currently occupied by Tom Bates.  
Luci S. Houston
AC Transit directors warned that without continuing $96-a-year parcel tax, service improvements might lapse. Existing tax voters approved in 2008 will end in 2019.  
While San Francisco voters this November will decide the fate of a $310 million affordable housing bond, efforts to duplicate the bond across the region have fallen flat.  
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BEVERLY HILLS -- Former Florida Governor and current presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) will be among the first guests on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" when it debuts Sept.  
Trustees and parents from Lafayette, Piedmont and San Ramon Valley say a cap on budget reserves could hurt students and staff by preventing districts from saving to offset future cuts. Members of the Educate Our State student advocacy group said they tried to sound the alarm before voters approved Proposition 2 in November, but their pleas were overshadowed by big political muscle behind the governor-backed measure.  
League of Women Voters
The demise of the League of Women Voters of Livermore-Amador Valley represents a symptom of a nationwide issue for the league, which is struggling to stay relevant amid declining membership.  
Josh Richman
Joe Trippi, who helped pioneer 'netroots' political campaign methods with Howard Dean's 2004 presidential bid, will be lead strategist for Ro Khanna's second bid to unseat Congressman Mike Honda.  
A group of blind voters who argued that malfunctioning voting machines during the 2012 general election did not allow them to cast a secret ballot has settled a federal lawsuit against Alameda County.  
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Within minutes after it became clear that Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer -- the Democrat best known for his call to outlaw BART strikes -- had won a hotly contested East Bay State Senate seat, Democratic Party activists went right back on the attack against him on election night.  
Council votes to put measure on November ballot  
Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer cruised to victory over Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, in a state Senate election that tested the might of well-heeled labor and business interests and the patience of voters who endured an unrelenting bombardment of campaign mailers and phone calls.  
It's a choice between two Democrats who couldn't be more different -- one unwaveringly devoted to organized labor, the other a moderate who understands that the state can't write blank checks to appease special interests.  
With two Democrats vying for state Senate, one candidate has made an unabashed appeal for Republican support.  
Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group
Clerk-Recorder's office now has until May 22 to review and certify petition, after which backers will have 160 days to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.  
Photo illustration by Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
East Bay political veterans say they've never seen anything like the battle between Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer leading up to the special election for state Senate on May 19. Some voters have already received 40 mailers from backers of both candidates.  
City's Fair Campaign Practices Commission workshop focused on a draft charter amendment by League of Women Voters of Berkeley Albany Emeryville and MapLight.  
Certified results of the primary election to fill the District 9 state Senate seat vacated by Mark DeSaulnier show that Orinda Mayor Steven Glazer bested Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla by more than 10,000 votes.  
Endorsement comes after primary in which Bonilla fared poorly in the Tri-Valley region which Swalwell represents in Congress.  
One day after Orinda Mayor Steven Glazer finished in first in at the primary election to succeed Mark DeSaulnier in the State Senate, second-place finisher Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla got a key endorsement from former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, who finished third. The standings are not expected to change, despite about 13,000 ballots left to be counted.  
Orinda mayor Glazer finished well ahead of the five-candidate field vying for Mark DeSaulnier's former State Senate seat, while Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla led former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan in a tight battle for second place. The top two finishers will compete in a May runoff election.  
Bonilla, Buchanan, Glazer battle to fill DeSaulnier's vacated seat  
The March 17 special election to succeed Mark DeSaulnier in the 7th Senate district has long been expected to feature Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, both of whom filed before the deadline Friday.  
The park district instead will appoint someone to fill a board vacancy. San Leandro Unified School District also will save hundreds of thousands of dollars by filling a board vacancy with an appointment.  
The candidate filing period is open for folks vying to fill the seventh district State Senate seat vacated by new U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. Gov.  
Laura A. Oda
Oakland's new mayor walked alone into police headquarters at 6:30 a.m. and planned to talk with officers and civilian staff until last patrol shift hit the streets late Tuesday night.  
The Oakland City Council elected first-term Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney council president Monday by a vote of 6-1