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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.  
 
JIM STEVENS
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.  
 
ANDA CHU
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.  
 
In a victory for organized labor, two union-backed City Council candidates were victorious Tuesday, and a third candidate has a narrow lead with more votes left to be counted.  
 
RAY CHAVEZ
City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf rolls over the rest of the field on her way to unseating incumbent Mayor Jean Quan.  
 
ANDA CHU
Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf held a rally for supporters Wednesday as outgoing Mayor Jean Quan officially conceded the race.  
 
It won't relieve the current drought -- only rain and conservation can do that. But the gusher of tax dollars could fund new pipelines in Bay Area neighborhoods, groundwater cleanup in the San Fernando Valley, clean tap water in East Porterville, creek protections in the Sierra and a new dam on the San Joaquin River.  
 
Doug Duran
Nearly 125,000 Alameda County ballots cast in Tuesday's election were still to be counted Wednesday, leaving several contested races too close to call.  
 
Voters on Tuesday put three new faces on the Oakland school board in races that featured a broad slate of candidates to choose from and no incumbents.  
 
Newly elected San Leandro council reflects diverse community, candidates say.  
 
Rick Jones, a retired police officer, and school board member Lily Mei won two Fremont council seats. Incumbent Larry Sweeney and challenger Yang Shao won the school board race.  
 
Two longtime incumbents were defeated while another was the top vote-getter in her election.  
 
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Democrat rival Elizabeth Echols beat him in the June primary.