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Contra Costa Times editorial: Court must block Acalanes absurd attempt to break promise to voters

Nothing less than the integrity of the electoral process is at stake. For if the Acalanes high school district prevails, the message to voters will be that you can't trust the assurances written into measures local cities, schools and special districts put on the ballot. 
California voters declared back in 1996 that they want pot available for medicinal purposes. But federal law still considers pot an illegal, dangerous drug on par with LSD and heroin, and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag continues trying to shut down dispensaries in Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose.  
Scary as it is, though, it is becoming increasingly clear that nuclear bombs may not be the most effective tool for Iran, or other hostile governments, to threaten the American way of life. A more ominous threat could come from a computer.  
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November 2014 election recommendations from the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial board

Click here to view the full list of editorials on candidates and measures in key races on the November 2014 ballot. 
April 21 letters to the editor

GOP backtracks on absurd Indiana lawFor citizens paying attention, the Republicans finally did something so wrong-headed the rest of the Republicans noticed. 
Guest commentary: Investing in tech good for all Bay Area communities

I recently read the March 24 guest opinion, "For equality's sake, region should build fiber network," and it struck a chord with me. As mayor of San Leandro and a former school board trustee, I strongly agree that high-speed broadband connectivity is essential to a thriving Bay Area. 
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Napa's City Winery rocks out as a music venue

Tosca may not reign supreme at the historic Napa Valley Opera House these days, but the space has morphed into a concert and dining venue dubbed City Winery. 
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin finalize 'uncoupling' with divorce

The actress and Coldplay frontman reportedly let their business managers negotiate the divorce settlement details.