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Nine things to focus on for November's election

With Labor Day behind us, Californians need to batten down the hatches for the tidal wave of ads, mailers, robo calls and door knocks between now and the Nov. 4 election. So for Bay Area voters hoping to cut through the noise and get straight to the important stuff, here are nine things to focus on:  
California drought: Why doesn't California build big dams any more?
Tougher environmental laws and spending rules ended the era of big dams. Might it be making a comeback amid the drought? 

Internal Affairs: No sack lunches allowed for man who ran State Parks
Not a whole lot is known about Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson's brief tenure with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, but we can say one thing with a fair degree of certainty: The man has standards when it comes to food. 

Bipartisanship rules this year in Sacramento
The legislative session that ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning proved to be one of the most bipartisan and productive in years. 

Political Blotter: Republican secretary of state candidate Pete Peterson says 'R' is for resume
"I have the least partisan resume of anybody" who has sought this office before or since June's primary election, said Peterson, who runs the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University.  

Taste-Off: Best kids' lunch kits -- and the worst

There's no doubt about the convenience factor when it comes to packaged lunch kits, but quality ranges from tasty to terrible. Here's the scoop on what to pack and what to sack.