Talk Back: Freddie Gray
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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. 
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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. 
May 4 letters to the editor

Consider a new way to deliver our energyCommunity Choice Aggregation is a new model that empowers governments to pool electricity customers to form a local power agency instead of buying energy from a corporate utility monopoly such as PG&E. 
Guest commentary: Should Oakland voters have a case of buyer's remorse on minimum wage?

The Oakland minimum wage rose by 36 percent to $12.25 on March 1, following ballot-box approval this past November. Proponents from a labor-union backed coalition called Lift Up Oakland argued that the new mandate would be good for business, and that the city's small businesses might even 
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02/12/2013 02:15 PM PST
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'An Ember in the Ashes' poised to set YA market afire

After a launch party April 28 at Kepler's Books, Sabaa Tahir of Mountain View will embark on a seven-city national book tour; and Paramount has already snapped up the movie rights in a seven-figure deal and foreign rights have been sold in 24 countries.  
Tiger Woods, Lindsay Vonn breaking up

Golf star Tiger Woods and skiing sensation Lindsay Vonn both use social media to announce they are breaking up after a relationship that lasted nearly three years