Contra Costa Times editorial: It can take a long time to overcome voters distrust

That seems to be the lesson for all elected officials from last week's rejection of a special property assessment to help the East Contra Costa Fire District. The vote means the district, which once operated eight fire stations and is now at four, must trim to three. Only nine people, plus a battalion chief, will be on duty to protect 105,000 residents spread over 249 square miles. 
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
The ultimate Cinco de Mayo party menu

From killer margaritas and spicy tacos to Frida Kahlo eyebrows, here's how to throw the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party, with a little help from chefs Joanne Weir, of Sausalito's Copita, and Deborah Schneider, from San Diego's SOL Cocina.