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Gary Reyes
Decked out in sparkling dress uniforms, hundreds of firefighters, park rangers and fellow pilots came to pay their final respects Tuesday for a CalFire pilot killed while battling blazes in Yosemite National Park.  
Democrat Mark DeSaulnier has advantages of voter registration, campaign money and the bully pulpit of elected office, but Republican Tue Phan, a retired immigration judge, soldiers on.  
About 27,000 ballots were sent out to Berkeley voters with envelopes that gave an incorrect election date. The general election is Nov. 4.  


Jerry Brown's investments belie monastic image
Jerry Brown has cultivated an almost monastic image, famously sleeping on a mattress on the floor during his first go-round as governor and flying for peanuts on Southwest during his current term. But in recent years Brown has quietly built a small fortune in real estate and stock holdings, in part by going into business with prominent Oakland developers whom he once regulated as that city's mayor.