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Contra Costa County elections
Updated: April 18, 2014
Napa resident is going all in to try to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson in the heavily Democratic 5th Congressional District  
He has, by our observation and from accounts of those who depend on him for information, done an excellent job leading the office since he was elected in 2010.  
After 14 years as a school principal, Sakata has worked in the county Office of Education for the past six. She understands the complex policy issues facing a superintendent -- and the importance of keeping the job independent.  
Dublin Measure B and Livermore Measure G, both modest, deserve support. But Acalanes high school district voters should reject Measure A and Lafayette voters should oppose Measure B because both attempt to turn temporary taxes into permanent levies, with no expiration dates.  
The Contra Costa County Board of Education is accepting applications through April 28 from residents living in the central and west county area represented by Board President Ellen Elster, who died earlier this month. Trustees expect to hold public interviews and appoint a replacement May 7, who will serve through November, when the position is up for re-election.  
The Contra Costa County Board of Education on Wednesday voted to appoint someone to fill the vacancy created by the death of Board President Ellen Elster. Applications will be accepted through April 28 from residents living in the central county area represented by Elster. The seat is up for election in November.  
The Contra Costa County Board of Education on Wednesday expects to discuss options for filling a vacancy due to the death of Board President Ellen Elster last week. Staff recommends that trustees appoint a replacement for Elster, who would serve until the November election.  
Without access to government records, we might never know about wasteful spending, excessive salaries, exorbitant pensions, defective bridge construction, plans for nearby subdivisions or teacher abuse of children in their classrooms.  
16th Assembly district hopeful to open campaign headquarters Sunday  
Incumbent District Attorney Mark Peterson, Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston, Assessor Gus Kramer, Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla and Treasurer Russell Watts also are unopposed, but Auditor-Controller Robert Campbell faces challenger Ayore Riaunda, while Karen Sakata and Linda Delehunt, are vying to replace retiring County Superintendent of Schools Joe Ovick.  
Officials agree to place $20 million bond measure on June 3 ballot  
The Contra Costa County trustees expect to hear a legal opinion from an outside attorney Wednesday about whether they have the legal authority to call for an election to determine the selection process for the superintendent. If they determine they do have that authority, trustees may vote to place a measure on the June or November ballot.  
Trustees expect to vote Wednesday on a proposed ballot measure asking voters to approve up to $270 million in construction bonds in June. At least 55 percent of voters would need to approve the measure for it to pass.  
School board trustees voted 3-1 to hire an outside attorney to determine whether they have the legal authority to call for an election to determine the selection process for the superintendent  
During their Wednesday meeting, trustees expect to vote on a resolution to place a measure on the November ballot asking voters to convert the county superintendent from an elected to an appointed position.  
A ballot measure may go before voters June 3.  
The East Bay filing period opens for dozens of local seats, but most incumbents are unlikely to face major opposition as focus shifts to a few open seats.  
Karen Sakata, deputy superintendent of the Contra Costa County Office of Education, has been recognized with the Central Office Administrator of the Year award by the Association of California School Administrators Region VI, which includes Contra Costa and Alameda counties, and Diablo Valley Charter organizations. She will be considered along with other regional nominees for a similar state award, which will be announced in March.  
Three Democratic candidates in Assembly District 16 will answer local Democrats' questions in Lafayette on Thursday night.  
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, endorses state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, to succeed retiring Rep. George Miller of Martinez. Buchanan had been considering running for the congressional post herself. Her departure further clears the field for DeSaulnier, who began his political career 22 years ago as a Concord city councilman.  
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier is the early front-runner in the race to succeed Rep. George Miller, a Martinez congressman who has announced he will retire at the end of the year after serving four decades in the House of Representatives.  
WALNUT CREEK -- Mayor Kristina Lawson said Tuesday that she is "seriously considering" running for retiring Rep. George Miller's seat in November. State Sen.  
Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, announces on Monday his retirement at the end of 2014. One of 75 members of the Watergate class elected to office a few months after President Richard Nixon resigned, Miller rose to become one of Congress' most influential leaders.  
Lafayette elections and politics attorney Barry Fadem targets Assembly candidate and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti in eight-page complaint over campaign finance reports. Fadem is backing Sbranti opponent and Orinda Vice Mayor Steve Glazer.  
New BART board President Joel Keller announces plan to place on the November ballot an advisory measure supporting a transit worker strike ban.  
Officials "cautiously optimistic" about Measure B passage  
Mayor Bill Clarkson beat a write-in challenger and Councilman Dave Hudson and Planning Comissioner Harry Sachs beat school volunteer Rene Matsumoto and litigation attorney Thomas von Thury.  
Measure B asked voters to approve six-year $192-per-parcel tax to fund education and stop program cuts.  
Voters in San Ramon will decide Tuesday whether this will be the last odd-year City Council election in that city and choose as many as three new council members.  
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Bill Meine, upset by the new City Center deal, became a last-minute write-in candidate for mayor of San Ramon.