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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.  
 
I've observed many funerals over the past decade in Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.Last week I went for what, God willing, was the last.  
 
In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board interviews California Attorney General Kamala Harris in Walnut Creek, Calif., for the upcoming November 2014 election.  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board talks to California Attorney General challenger Ron Gold in Walnut Creek, Calif. Interviewing Gold were, in Walnut Creek, East Bay Editorial Director Dan Hatfield and Editorial Board member Dan Borenstein, and from San Jose, Mercury News Editorial Director  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board interviews California Insurance Commissioner candidate Ted Gaines in San Jose, Calif. Interviewers include Mercury News Editorial Board member Ed Clendaniel and, via Google Hangout, Mercury News Editorial Director Barbara Marshman and Bay Area News Group-East  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board interviews California Insurance Commissioner incumbent Dave Jones in San Jose, Calif., for the upcoming November 2014 elections.  
 
The Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune Editorial Board interviews House of Representatives District 9 candidates, incumbent Jerry McNerney and challenger Tony Amador.  
 
President Barack Obama is impatient. Congress won't act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do.  
 
The Bay Area News Group-East Bay Editorial Board interviews the final two candidates for California Assembly District 15, Elizabeth Echols and Tony Thurmond.  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board interviews Fiona Ma, a candidate for the California Board of Equalization. Interviewers included Editorial Page Director Dan Hatfield and Editorial Board member and columnist Dan Borenstein.  
 
The human condition, as it is classically known, includes illness, suffering, injustices and death. But what is the cause of all of this? Why are we apparently not moving toward a more Utopian society?  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board interviews California Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Marshall Tuck in Walnut Creek, California on July 28, 2014 and in San Jose, Calif.  
 
The Bay Area News Group Editorial Board interviews California Superintendent of Public Instruction incumbent Tom Torlakson in Walnut Creek, California on July 28, 2014 and in San Jose, Calif.  
 
California Lieutenant Governor incumbent/candidate Gavin Newsom speaks with the Editorial Boards of the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group-East Bay on July 25, 2014 in San Jose, California and via Google Hangout in Walnut Creek, Calif.  
 
Bill Fay, West Contra Costa school district associate superintendent for operations, explains the district's approach to budgeting for its construction projects.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
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.