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Oct. 10

Former Fremont police chief Craig Steckler formally announced his candidacy Thursday for the 25th Assembly District seat.

Steckler, 69, a Democrat, had said last month that he was gearing up for this. He announced Thursday that Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Member Cybil Smith and retired Santa Clara police chief Steve Lodge will co-chair his campaign, with other endorsers including Alameda County Board of Education President Eileen McDonald and Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern.

"I'm very grateful for the support my campaign has already received from the community, and I look forward to a conversation about the future of our diverse and vibrant district," Steckler said in a news release. "The priorities of this community are my priorities -- schools, innovation and technology, small business, public safety and more cooperation between state and local government. I'm not a career politician, but I know how to listen, lead and get results."

Steckler retired last year after 21 years as Fremont's top cop. His term as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, an organization with 22,000 members in about 100 countries and a post that has had him globe-trotting quite a bit this year, ends this month.

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, is seeking the 10th State Senate District seat in 2014, which will leave the 25th Assembly District seat up for grabs. Also in the race are San Jose City Councilman Kansen Chu, Ohlone College Board of Trustees member Teresa Cox and Milpitas Councilman Armando Gomez, all Democrats.

The 25th Assembly District includes the southern reaches of Alameda County including Newark and part of Fremont, and a swath of Santa Clara County including Milpitas, Santa Clara and part of San Jose. As of February, about 45.7 percent of its voters were Democrats, about 18.5 percent were Republicans and about 30 percent registered with no party preference.

Oct. 10

Janet Yellen, a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business whom President Obama nominated Wednesday to chair the Federal Reserve Board, was "a thoughtful and engaged member" of the Bay Area Council's executive committee, the council said Thursday.

"Janet Yellen provided an incisive voice on economic policy during her tenure with the Bay Area Council," council President and CEO Jim Wunderman said in a news release. "Janet was an active and valuable leader ... providing thoughtful and timely insights on the regional, state and national trends that were shaping our economy leading up to and entering the Great Recession."

The Bay Area Council is a public policy advocacy organization composed of more than 275 of the nine-county region's biggest employers. Yellen, 67, served on its executive committee from 2004 to 2010 during her tenure as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

She was a frequent speaker at Bay Area Council conferences and meetings, including an April 2008 address to hundreds of CEOs and leading executives in which she shared her perspectives on the emerging financial crisis that would soon become the Great Recession. She also spoke at the 2006 Outlook Conference, discussing the forces driving the economic boom at the time and the surging housing market.