Talk Back: Preschool
Do you believe the state should implement universal preschool?

(Tell us why or why not?)
Contra Costa Auditor-Controller incumbent Robert Campbell and challenger Ayore Riaunda make their best pitches to the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune Editorial Board.  
Dublin Measure B and Livermore Measure G, both modest, deserve support. But Acalanes high school district voters should reject Measure A and Lafayette voters should oppose Measure B because both attempt to turn temporary taxes into permanent levies, with no expiration dates.  
Without access to government records, we might never know about wasteful spending, excessive salaries, exorbitant pensions, defective bridge construction, plans for nearby subdivisions or teacher abuse of children in their classrooms.  
The four candidates vying for a vacancy on the Pleasanton City Council offer voters a diversity of perspectives on the future growth and finances of the community.  
With the upcoming midterm retirement of Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder Steve Weir after nearly 24 years in the office, 18 candidates applied for the job, but only two deserved serious consideration.  
Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city

Pistachios are already a key ingredient in Turkish baklava, but the country may now have found a new way to exploit the nuts known as "green gold" -- by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Full Story
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.