It's that time again.

Fifteen-second television and radio commercials with ominous voices and misleading or outright false information. Glossy mailers juxtaposing a smiling candidate with a family picture against an evil opponent with a grainy mug shot who committed every malfeasance imaginable. And, of course, those lists of candidate recommendations hung on your doorknob by groups purporting to represent your point of view that actually sold positions on their "slate cards" to the highest bidders.

Tens of millions of dollars are being spent by candidates and special interests to sway your vote. With political careers at stake, truth matters little. Our advice: Ignore the onslaught of misinformation. Do your own homework if you can.

We have recommendations, arrived at through our own independent research and candidate interviews. We don't expect you to necessarily agree with them, but we hope you'll find our explanations helpful. You'll find the link to our list at the top of our endorsement page, insidebayarea.com/endorsements. For key races, you can also watch our interviews with the candidates.

Meanwhile, for those with mail-in ballots who have yet to send them in, best now to take them to a local polling location on Tuesday to ensure they arrive before the firm 8 p.m. deadline. For those who prefer the confines of a voting booth, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For questions in Contra Costa, call 925-335-7800 or go to www.cocovote.us. In Alameda County, 510-267-8683 or www.acgov.org/rov.


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Here are our recommendations:

House of Representatives

District 11: Mark DeSaulnier (D)

District 15: Eric Swalwell (D)

District 17: Ro Khanna (D)

State Senate

District 10: Bob Wieckowski (D)

State Assembly

District 15: Pamela Price (D)

District 16: Catharine Baker (R)

Alameda County

County Superintendent of Schools: Jeff Bowser

Auditor-Controller/Clerk-Recorder: Steve Manning

Hayward City Council: Marvin Peixoto, Rodney Loché

Hayward mayor: Barbara Halliday

Contra Costa County

County auditor-controller: Bob Campbell

County superintendent of schools: Karen Sakata

Statewide

Prop. 42 -- public information: Yes

Alameda County

AA -- County health care sales tax extension: No

C -- Hayward sales tax increase: Yes

E -- Fremont school bond: Yes

G -- Livermore school parcel tax: Yes

H -- Piedmont school bond: Yes

Contra Costa County

E -- Contra Costa community college bond: Yes

H -- West Contra Costa school bonds: No

J -- Orinda road bonds: Yes

K -- San Pablo sales tax increase: No

L -- Kensington community bonds: Yes

For the Tribune endorsement editorials and candidate videos, go to www.insidebayarea.com/endorsements