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Click here to view the full list of editorials on candidates and measures in key races on the November 2014 ballot.  
 
Bill Fay, West Contra Costa school district associate superintendent for operations, explains the district's approach to budgeting for its construction projects.  
 
Listen to our audio interviews with the three candidates vying for a seat in Congress in one of the most watched races in the nation. Rep. Mike Honda, the incumbent, along with challengers Ro Khanna and Vanila Singh meet one-on-one with the Bay Area News Group Editorial Board as they make their best pitches to voters.  
 
Candidate Steve Manning meets the Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times Editorial Board and explains his vision for the auditor-controller's office in Alameda County going forward.  
 
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Click here to view the full list of editorials on candidates and measures in key races on the June 2014 ballot.  
 
In a historic race to see who takes over for retiring congressman George Miller, six candidates vying for his seat make their best pitches to the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune Editorial Board.  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board hears responses on key issues from candidates vying for a trip to Sacramento as the 10th District state senator.  
 
Candidates for the Assembly 15th District hope to convince the Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times Editorial Board that they are worthy of a trip to Sacramento.  
 
The Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune Editorial Board gave its best shots to the candidates of the state Assembly 16th District. Check it out and you can see for yourself who is best qualified to represent your district in Sacramento.  
 
Contrary to popular belief, the most important tax day for Californians isn't April 15. It's April 30. That's when, on average, you finally earn enough money to pay off all of the taxes you owe for 2014.  
 
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.  
 
Voters should back candidates who best understand the city's fiscal plight, will continue holding the line and aren't afraid to make more tough decisions.  
 
Independent voters will determine the outcome, which is as it should be because the district's constituency is generally centrist. Of the four candidates, two, Catharine Baker and Steve Glazer, are well-prepared, moderate and fiscally responsible.  
 
The superintendent has a key responsibility to oversee finances of the 18 school districts in the county, to sound alarms when one is heading for a financial cliff or unrealistically addressing its accounting. For that reason, the superintendent must be lead by fiscal example.  
 
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.  
 
While we recommend approval, we can only hope future City Council members fulfill the promises to voters. We wish there were a realistic way to restrict use of the half-cent sales tax increase. Unfortunately, California voters have made that nearly impossible.  
 
We recommend passage of the measures for the Contra Costa Community College District and the Fremont and Piedmont unified school districts. In reviewing the ballot measures, we examine how the districts would spend the money and weigh that against the extra school taxes. We also review the repayment plans to ensure interest costs would be reasonable.  
 
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
(ABC/Javier Pesquera)
'The Bachelorette' recap: Who did Andi pick?

SPOILER ALERT: Read no further unless you want to know who the winning suitor was on Monday night's season finale of "The Bachelorette. 
(Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)
Batkid documentary in the works

A film about Miles Scott, the 5-year-old who stole the hearts of millions when he “saved Gotham” as part of a Make-a Wish Foundation event in San Francisco, is underway, but needs funds to be finished; a trailer has aired at Comic-Con.