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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  
Catharine Baker widens her leads to 5.2 percent over Tim Sbranti in final results for the 16th District Assembly race.  
When the new council meets Tuesday, it will not have an Indian-American for the first time in a decade. Fremont's school board, meanwhile, has never had one. That is surprising in a city where 1 in 5 residents are Indian-American.  
Assemblymember-elect Catharine Baker, the first Republican the Bay Area has elected to the Legislature or Congress since 2006, will be in Democrats' 2016 cross-hairs.  
Undocumented Oakland Voices correspondent helps inform community on Election Night  
Oakland Voices correspondent Saa'un Bell part of team of storytellers helping to cover mayoral election for The Tribune  
Oakland Voices correspondent Gerald Green helps cover Nov. 4 elections for The Tribune  
Rowley and a cadre of other Voices correspondents were dispatched to mayoral candidate election night events to provide content and color for the Tribune  
As of Wednesday evening's final vote count, pending an audit, Lori Droste beat George Beier by a scant 16 votes in a four-candidate race for the Berkeley District 8 City Council seat being vacated by Gordon Wozniak.  
Laura A. Oda
Mayor Marie Gilmore conceded the contest at the front steps of Alameda City Hall on Wednesday, telling supporters and Alameda officials that a recount was not in the city's best interest. Just 129 votes pushed Spencer over the top.  
A couple of days after her stunning victory in last week's Oakland mayoral race, Libby Schaaf was asked by an interviewer, "How do you plan to change the perception that Oakland is riddled with crime?  
Voters nationwide approved $13 billion to fund parks, wildlife and open space measures, including in Silicon Valley, where Measure Q, a parcel tax, won passage, and in the East Bay  
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan pledges to help smooth transfer of power to Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf but reminds people she's still mayor until Jan. 5.  
While she inherits a better situation than Oakland's last two mayors, Libby Schaaf will face lots of early challenges upon taking office  
Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group
The pro-Measure R campaign, which raised around $22,000 compared to the No on R's $250,000 war chest, would have required more stringent environmental regulations, more affordable housing and more union and local labor related to downtown development.  
Congressman Mike Honda declared victory Friday morning and rival Ro Khanna conceded Friday evening; both say the 3.7-point margin between them is insurmountable.  
Jim Gensheimer
As voting by mail makes tight races harder and harder to call, campaign consultants strive to fine-tune the science of projecting how not-yet-counted ballots will break -- and the art of advising candidates on when and how to pull the plug.  
D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group
Two days after losing her re-election bid, Mayor Jean Quan appeared with Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf to assure residents that they would work together over the next two months as Schaaf prepares to assume power  
Kristopher Skinner
Beverage industry dismisses significance of passage of first-in-nation tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, but tax backers see it as a 'game changer'  
With a slim lead, Republican Catharine Baker is reluctant to celebrate until all ballots are counted.  
The City Council and school board each get one new member. Property taxes are raised for parks, and new downtown zoning is denied.