It's that time again.
Fifteen-second television and radio commercials with ominous voices and misleading or outright false information. Glossy mailers juxtaposing a smiling candidate with a family picture against an evil opponent with a grainy mug shot who committed every malfeasance imaginable. And, of course, those lists of candidate recommendations hung on your doorknob by groups purporting to represent your point of view that actually sold positions on their "slate cards" to the highest bidders.
Tens of millions of dollars are being spent by candidates and special interests to sway your vote. With political careers at stake, truth matters little. Our advice: Ignore the onslaught of misinformation. Do your own homework if you can.
We have recommendations, arrived at through our own independent research and candidate interviews. We don't expect you to necessarily agree with them, but we hope you'll find our explanations helpful. You'll find the link to our list at the top of our endorsement page, contracostatimes.com/endorsements. For key races, you can also watch our interviews with the candidates.
Meanwhile, for those with mail-in ballots who have yet to send them in, best now to take them to a local polling location Tuesday to ensure they arrive before the firm 8 p.m. deadline. For those who prefer the confines of a voting booth, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For questions in Contra Costa, call 925-335-7800 or go to www.cocovote.us. In Alameda County, 510-267-8683 or www.acgov.org/rov.
Here are our recommendations:
House of Representatives
District 11: Mark DeSaulnier (D)
District 15: Eric Swalwell (D)
District 17: Ro Khanna (D)
District 10: Bob Wieckowski (D)
District 15: Pamela Price (D)
District 16: Catharine Baker (R)
County Superintendent of Schools: Jeff Bowser
Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder: Steve Manning
Hayward City Council: Marvin Peixoto, Rodney Loché
Hayward mayor: Barbara Halliday
Contra Costa County
County auditor-controller: Bob Campbell
County superintendent of schools: Karen Sakata
Prop. 42 -- public information: Yes
AA -- County health care sales tax extension: No
C -- Hayward sales tax increase: Yes
E -- Fremont school bond: Yes
G -- Livermore school parcel tax: Yes
H -- Piedmont school bond: Yes
Contra Costa County
E -- Contra Costa community college bond: Yes
H -- West Contra Costa school bonds: No
J -- Orinda road bonds: Yes
K -- San Pablo sales tax increase: No
L -- Kensington community bonds: Yes
For the Times endorsement editorials and candidate videos, go to www.contracostatimes.com/endorsements