Public Interest groups will hold meet-and-greet events for candidates in several local elections next week.

The first one will be held Tuesday by the League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa County for San Pablo City Council candidates as well as for candidates of districts covering San Pablo and for proponents and opponents of ballot measures affecting the city's residents.

Council incumbents Leonard McNeil, Kathy Chao Rothberg and Mayor Cecilia Valdez face challengers Rich Kinney, Franklin Onwubuariri and Frank Ybarra.

In BART's District 7, incumbent Lynette Sweet, of San Francisco, is being challenged by Margaret Gordon, of Oakland, Maria Alegria, of Pinole, and Zakhary Mallett, of El Sobrante.

In the AC Transit District's Ward 1, incumbent Joe Wallace faces a challenge from Yelda Bartlett, while incumbent at-large board member Chris Peeples is being challenged by Dollene Jones.

In the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Measure E would authorize the sale of up to $360 million in bonds to build and upgrade school facilities, to be financed by an annual assessment on property of about $48 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The bond measure requires 55 percent voter approval.

Measure G, in the same school district, would reauthorize for another five years an existing parcel tax of 7.2 cents a year per square foot of building area -- or $108 for a 1,500-square-foot house -- to pay for core academic programs, smaller class sizes for young children and other enhancements. The tax measure requires two-thirds voter approval.


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The forum will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Maple Hall in the San Pablo Civic Center, 13831 San Pablo Ave.

Also on Tuesday, California Common Cause and the Concerned Citizens of Pinole are sponsoring a City Council candidates forum. Vying for two Pinole council seats are incumbents Roy Swearingen and Mayor Peter Murray and challenger Ivette Ricco.

Bay Area News Group political editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen will moderate the forum, which will be televised on Comcast Channel 26 and AT&T Channel 99, sub-menu Pinole TV.

Another meet-and-greet event, for Hercules City Council candidates, will be held Thursday. The League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa County will moderate.

Three incumbents -- Gerard Boulanger, William Wilkins and Mayor Dan Romero -- face four challengers -- Bill Kelly, Sherry McCoy, Hector Rubio and Phils Simmons -- on Nov. 6.

Residents will be able to question candidates face-to-face and also phone in or email questions, said the event's coordinator, Hercules resident Glenna Phillips. She said the League of Women Voters will craft and select the questions.

The meet-and-greet will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hercules City Council chamber, 111 Civic Drive, Hercules. The number for call-in questions is 510-799-8205; questions also can be emailed to meet.and.greet.candidates@gmail.com.

The event will be televised live on Comcast Channel 28 and AT&T Channel 99. It also will be live-streamed on the Hercules website at www.ci.hercules.ca.us/index.aspx?page=289.

For more information, call the League of Women Voters at 510-525-4962.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.

IF YOU GO
San Pablo candidates meet-and-greet
Where: Maple Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

Pinole City Council candidates forum
Where: Pinole City Council Chamber, 2131 Pear St.
When: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday
TV: Comcast Channel 26 and AT&T Channel 99, sub-menu Pinole TV

Hercules City Council candidates meet-and-greet
Where: Hercules City Council chamber, 111 Civic Drive
When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Call in questions to 510-799-8205; email questions to Meet.and.Greet.Candidates@gmail.com
TV: Comcast Channel 28 or AT&T Channel 99.
Web Simulcast: www.ci.hercules.ca.us/index.aspx?page=289.