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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.