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Ed board meets with Hayward City Council candidates

Six candidates vying for two seats on the Hayward City Council try to handle some tough questions from editorial writer Dan Borenstein as the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial board continues its forums with local and regional candidates. 
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.  
 
The Oakland Tribune/Contra Costa Times editorial board hears from the five candidates vying to lead the Alameda County school system.  
 
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.  
 
(Peter Dazeley)
Worried about hackers? You should be

A new report found that hackers are becoming more efficient and organized while many companies are struggling to get even fundamental cybersecurity measures into place. Full Story
( Mark DuFrene )
Mead steps outside the Renaissance Fair

Bored with chardonnay and IPA? Explore mead, the ancient honey beverage and fastest growing segment of the American alcohol industry, with sales up 130 percent from 2012 to 2013. In the Bay Area, fine artisanal mead is being crafted in a variety of styles, from the hop-fermented mead at The Mead Kitchen in Berkeley to sparkling mead at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes. 
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Oprah Winfrey sued by her stepmom

Barbara Winfrey claims Oprah kicked her out of her own Nashville home following a divorce.