How Catharine Baker won California’s 16th Assembly District race

Catharine Baker California 16th Assembly District representative

In the highly contested 16th Assembly District race between Democrat and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, and political newcomer Republican Catharine Baker, it was expected to be a close election to be decided by a handful of votes. When all precincts reported, Baker trounced her opponent in Contra Costa County by a startling 42,599 to 36,589, while  gaining almost 54% […]

7 Reasons Pleasant Hill Should Reject Michael Harris


When asked to explain his record at a recent Pleasant Hill City Council candidate forum, 12-year-incumbent Michael Harris replied, “You know me.”   Posturing as everybody’s pal allows Harris to dodge scrutiny of his record.  Experienced politicians frequently employ tricks like these because they work.  They know that most voters are too busy to pay attention to what […]

Challengers push ahead of Orinda City Council incumbents

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Political upheaval may be coming to Orinda, according to two informal polls. The two polls show that incumbents running for re-election to the Orinda City Council are — by significant margins — trailing challengers. On election day, Tuesday, November 4, six candidates are vying for three seats on the council. Two incumbents are running as […]

Measure N — Why voters should oppose Pittsburg’s $85 Million Bond

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With Measure N on the ballot, Pittsburg taxpayers face an $85 million dollar bond on Nov 4th. The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association opposes Measure N. According to a 2012 Contra Costa County Grand Jury Report, voters approved over $3 billion of facilities bonds since 2000. West Contra Costa Unified comes first with $1.6 billion. The Contra […]

Concord City Council candidates near end of campaign trail

City of Concord votes to extend Measure Q

Even a casual observer would know after meeting candidates for the open Concord City Council seats that Election Day, November 4, is rapidly approaching. The stress and anxiety of the campaign could be seen on all of their faces as the end of the campaign trail looms. Laura Hoffmeister, who has participated in these events […]

16th Assembly District race presents clear choices

16th Assembly District candidates 2014

According to conventional logic, Democrat Tim Sbranti should easily win his bid to take the open 16th District Assembly seat in Sacramento. The well thought of Mayor of Dublin, who has been involved in a leadership capacity with the powerful California Teachers Association (CTA), possesses impeccable credentials to fill the post. As a near mirror image […]

Fear & Loathing in Orinda: Glazer stumps for over development


The so-called Godfather of Orinda politics, Orinda City Council member Steve Glazer, appears to be getting nervous about the coming election for open seats on the Orinda City Council. In a special October 13 e-mail message to Orinda residents, Glazer announced that he is supporting candidates — candidates whose views closely mirror his own — […]

County looking for public input on Homeless Strategic Plan

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Contra Costa County has been working on a 2014 update to its Homeless Strategic Plan for dealing with the homeless. In 2004 there was a ten year plan and now it is time to update it. See a PDF of the 2014 plan below. Click to download as desired. Please feel free to send any […]