Voters in San Ramon will decide Tuesday whether this will be the last odd-year City Council election in that city and choose as many as three new council members.

And on Contra Costa County's short off-year list of ballot items, residents of Moraga and Antioch will decide whether they want to pay new local taxes -- in Moraga, a parcel tax to help pay for programs in four local schools, and in Antioch a sales tax to help pay for more police officers and code enforcement personnel.

Those elected in San Ramon would serve longer terms than usual if voters also approve Measures D and E, which would change City Council election years from odd to even.

Voters were to decide Tuesday whether Mayor Bill Clarkson and veteran Councilman Dave Hudson should retain their council posts. Clarkson faces Parks Commissioner Bill Meine, a write-in candidate who opposes the scaled-back City Hall City Center deal recently signed by the city and Sunset Development. Clarkson stands by the scaled back City Center project.

Opposing Hudson are Harry Sachs, a planning commissioner and middle school history teacher; Thomas von Thury, a litigation attorney; and Rene Matsumoto, a school volunteer and former Street Smarts program leader. Those four vied for Hudson's seat and that of outgoing longtime Councilman Jim Livingstone.


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In Antioch, voters for the second time in three years are considering Measure C, a half-cent sales tax increase. If it's approved, Antioch shoppers would pay an extra nickel for every $10 spent for the next seven years.

Supporters say the additional money would help with hiring some 22 police and code enforcement officers, after five years of cuts. Opponents, however, contend there is no guarantee city leaders will spend the estimated $4.7 million in additional revenue on police.

In Moraga, Measure B's passage would authorize an annual $192-per-parcel tax that would run for six years and raise more than $1 million each year for the Moraga School District's four schools and their various programs. It requires a two-thirds "yes" vote for passage.

District officials say the new money is needed because of state school funding cuts and the exhaustion of previous parcel tax money.