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Of all the races on your ballot, the least information is often available on local judges. Here are some ways to find out more about these candidates.

Classroom Fight Ramps Up in CA Election


On one side: Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. On the other side: Protect Kids California, a parents rights organization.

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Monterey mourns the loss of its "champion," former mayor Peter Coniglio.

Peter Coniglio described himself as a "Monterey guy," and he was, with deep roots that run back to his Italian immigrant grandfather who came to Monterey and found success as a fisherman and founder off the first cannery. Coniglio branched…

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A Hartnell board appointment is scuttled by residents demanding a special election.

The trustees of the Hartnell Community College District Board were faced with filling a vacancy last fall after former chair Erica Padilla-Chavez resigned and moved out of the area. They could fill it by an election, maybe during the primary…

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Our endorsements for the March 5 primary election are out. Whether or not you agree, please vote.

Sara Rubin here, examining my vote-by-mail ballot that arrived earlier this week. It’s a heavy piece of mail but good news—postage is prepaid, one of several steps designed to make it easier than ever to vote.

Image caption: If there’s one thing Donald Trump supporters hate more than “liberal” San Francisco, it’s Taylor Swift. So they’re now 49ers fans for the Super Bowl.
Taylor Swift Has San Francisco-Hating Trump Fans Rooting for the ’49ers

Taylor Swift is so hated by fans of Donald Trump, they’ve set aside their hatred of San Francisco to root for the ’49ers in the Super Bowl, because Swift’s boyfriend plays for their opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Campaign fundraising for county supe candidates ranges from zero to over a quarter-million.

Primaries can be relatively quiet elections. In a two-way race – like that of Wendy Root Askew and Jeremiah Pressey in District 4 – it will be decided outright, no need to go to a November runoff. (Pressey reports zero…

Image caption: As residents continue to exit California, the state’s political power at the national level is at risk.
California Exodus, Housing and the State's Political Future

The California housing crisis is not only weakening the state politically at the national level, it could shift the political balance in Washington, D.C., as Republican-led states add population while California’s exodus continues.

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Salinas City Council approves increasing council compensation.

On Tuesday, Jan. 23 Salinas Salinas City Council voted 5-1 to approve increaes to councilmember compensation, with Steve McShane opposing.

Image caption: Former baseball star Steve Garvey, a Republican, will take a political debate stage for the first time Monday night, squaring off against three seasoned Democrats.
Schiff, Garvey Lead Senate Race Ahead of Monday's Big Debate

Former Major League Baseball star Steve Garvey, a political rookie, faces off against veteran U.S. House members Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee in the first 2024 California Senate race debate Monday evening in Los Angeles.

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Cristina Medina Dirksen to resign from Marina City Council before the end of her first term.

When Marina City Council meets Wednesday night, Jan. 17, at 6:30pm, Councilmember Cristina Medina Dirksen plans to announce her resignation, effective Jan. 28. She has just under one year remaining of a four-year term and would have been up for…

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