Election Guide 2020: Races, measures across the region, state

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Election Guide 2020: Races, measures across the region, state

Smoke from wildfires in San Mateo County and surrounding counties covers the sky near the Sand Hill Road exit along Interstate Highway 280 on Aug. 19. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Beyond city councils and school boards are leaders who represent the Midpeninsula on a regional, state and national scale.

Here's our coverage on candidates in the running for higher office, plus proposals that will have an impact on a local level. This page will be updated with more content in the coming weeks.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees

From left to right, Laura Casas, Peter Landsberger, Govind Tatachari and Gilbert Wong are running for the Foothill-De Anza board of trustees. Courtesy photos.

Meet the 4 candidates - Sept. 25

Four candidates are in the race for three seats on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board.

Three are incumbents and the fourth is looking to join the panel for the first time.

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Here's how the candidates plan to tackle fiscal, housing challenges - Sept. 25

In a Q&A, four contenders vying for three seats on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees detail how they intend to address the district's most pressing needs.

Santa Clara County Board of Education

Melissa Baten Caswell, left, and Grace Mah, right, are running to represent Trustee Area 1 on the Santa Clara County Board of Education this fall. File and courtesy photos.

Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah's fundraising tops $300K - Oct. 23

Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah received a staggering $243,400 in contributions, primarily from charter school groups and representatives, during the most recent reporting period.

Challenger Melissa Baten Caswell, meanwhile, raised about $40,500 during this period. To date, her campaign has received about $180,300.

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Will charter school politics — and money — influence the local Santa Clara County school board race? - Oct. 17

With Election Day less than three weeks away, outside money is pouring into the Santa Clara County Board of Education Area 1 race, with charter school proponents making large contributions to incumbent Grace Mah.

The fundraising in this race underscores charter-driven political fissures on the current county board, though both candidates resist being labeled as pro- or anti-charter.

Meet the two candidates for Santa Clara County Board of Education - Oct. 7

Read profiles of Santa Clara County Board of Education incumbent Grace Mah and challenger Melissa Baten Caswell, who are running for Trustee Area 1.

Both are Palo Alto residents and longtime schools volunteers. Mah has served 13 years on the county board and is seeking her fourth term. Baten Caswell is nearing the end of her third term on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education.

Palo Altan Grace Mah seeks fourth term on county school board - July 21

Grace Mah, a Palo Alto resident, parent and longtime community volunteer, is seeking a fourth term on the Santa Clara County Board of Education this November.

Mah, who has served on the board since 2007, oversees Area 1, which includes the Palo Alto Unified, Los Altos, Mountain View Whisman, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High school districts, a majority of the Sunnyvale School District and corresponding portions of the Fremont Union High School district.

Longtime school board member to seek seat on county Board of Education - July 8

After 13 years as a Palo Alto Unified School District board member, Melissa Baten Caswell is moving on — but she's not leaving local school governance yet. She confirmed Tuesday that she's seeking a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education in November.

Baten Caswell sees an opportunity to effect change on a body that she said currently struggles to work together effectively.

Regional measures

Caltrain trains arrive at the downtown Palo Alto train station on July 24, 2019. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Sales tax would be 'game changer' for pandemic-hit Caltrain, board chair says - Sept. 5

In early August, an eighth-cent sales tax that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain barely eked its way onto the November ballot, requiring the OK from seven local agencies to do so. If the measure passes with the approval of two-thirds of voters, it will be in place for up to 30 years.

Measure S would extend Water District tax indefinitely - Oct. 5

Should an existing property tax that has eight more years to go be extended indefinitely? This is the question being placed before voters on Nov. 3 by Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S.

State Senate District 13

State Senate District 13 candidates Josh Becker, left, and Alex Glew, right. Photos by Magali Gauthier.

The votes are in: Becker and Glew to face off in November - April 23

Moving ahead to the general election to represent District 13 in the California State Senate are Democrat Josh Becker and Republican Alex Glew. The two emerged victorious from a candidate field of seven in the March primary.

Jerry Hill endorses state Senate candidate Josh Becker to take his place in Sacramento - Feb. 5

State Sen. Jerry Hill wants Josh Becker to be his successor, Becker's campaign announced.

• Democrat Josh Becker discussed state issues with the Palo Alto Weekly editorial board in January, before the March primary.

• Republican Alex Glew discussed state issues with the Palo Alto Weekly editorial board in January, before the March primary.

Meet the candidates who want to represent you in Sacramento - Feb. 5

Read in-depth features on Josh Becker and Alex Glew in this Feb. 5 cover story, which profiled seven candidates running in the March 7 primary. The two will face off in the general election in a bid to represent an area that has a vibrant population of nearly 1 million and is home to many of Silicon Valley's largest companies.

Senate candidates clash over housing policies, PG&E's future at Palo Alto forum - Feb. 5

State senate candidates Josh Becker and Alex Glew participated back in February in a debate of seven candidates vying in the March primary to succeed state Sen. Jerry Hill in Sacramento.

At the Palo Alto forum, held before pandemic shutdown, candidates clashed over housing, transportation and a new proposal to have the state take ownership of PG&E.

State propositions

Props to you, Californians: A preview of what's on your November ballot

California voters will directly decide the fate of 12 ballot propositions on their November ballot — from taxes to rent control, bail to privacy, and more.

Opinions

Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR - Oct. 16

Read guest opinions for and against Measure RR, a proposed eighth-cent sales tax in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain operations.

Guest Opinions: Arguments for and against Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S - Oct. 15

Read guest opinions for and against the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S, which would raise $45.5 million annually to fund the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection program.

Guest Opinion: Dare to clean up part of Prop. 13? Vote 'yes' on Prop. 15 - Oct. 6

It's time to close a Prop. 13 tax loophole that has allowed commercial property owners to pay less and less in support of our public services. Prop. 15 will add a steady stream of revenue to local communities and schools.

Guest Opinion: Where did the other $713 million go? - Aug. 21

Voting to endorse Proposition 15, the Schools & Communities First Initiative, Santa Clara County Supervisors repeatedly mentioned $504 million that proponents predict will flow into county and city coffers.

Editorial board recommendation

Editorial: Our election recommendations - Oct. 16

Learn about the Palo Alto Weekly's recommendations on local, regional and statewide candidates and measures, in addition to California propositions, on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Editorial: Baten Caswell for Santa Clara County Board of Education - Oct. 9

Melissa Baten Caswell's long history of working for a strong public education system will serve north county well on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Find more of our 2020 election coverage here.

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Election Guide 2020: Races, measures across the region, state

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Beyond city councils and school boards are leaders who represent the Midpeninsula on a regional, state and national scale.

Here's our coverage on candidates in the running for higher office, plus proposals that will have an impact on a local level. This page will be updated with more content in the coming weeks.

Meet the 4 candidates - Sept. 25

Four candidates are in the race for three seats on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board.

Three are incumbents and the fourth is looking to join the panel for the first time.

Here's how the candidates plan to tackle fiscal, housing challenges - Sept. 25

In a Q&A, four contenders vying for three seats on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees detail how they intend to address the district's most pressing needs.

Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah's fundraising tops $300K - Oct. 23

Santa Clara County school board trustee Grace Mah received a staggering $243,400 in contributions, primarily from charter school groups and representatives, during the most recent reporting period.

Challenger Melissa Baten Caswell, meanwhile, raised about $40,500 during this period. To date, her campaign has received about $180,300.

Will charter school politics — and money — influence the local Santa Clara County school board race? - Oct. 17

With Election Day less than three weeks away, outside money is pouring into the Santa Clara County Board of Education Area 1 race, with charter school proponents making large contributions to incumbent Grace Mah.

The fundraising in this race underscores charter-driven political fissures on the current county board, though both candidates resist being labeled as pro- or anti-charter.

Meet the two candidates for Santa Clara County Board of Education - Oct. 7

Read profiles of Santa Clara County Board of Education incumbent Grace Mah and challenger Melissa Baten Caswell, who are running for Trustee Area 1.

Both are Palo Alto residents and longtime schools volunteers. Mah has served 13 years on the county board and is seeking her fourth term. Baten Caswell is nearing the end of her third term on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education.

Palo Altan Grace Mah seeks fourth term on county school board - July 21

Grace Mah, a Palo Alto resident, parent and longtime community volunteer, is seeking a fourth term on the Santa Clara County Board of Education this November.

Mah, who has served on the board since 2007, oversees Area 1, which includes the Palo Alto Unified, Los Altos, Mountain View Whisman, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High school districts, a majority of the Sunnyvale School District and corresponding portions of the Fremont Union High School district.

Longtime school board member to seek seat on county Board of Education - July 8

After 13 years as a Palo Alto Unified School District board member, Melissa Baten Caswell is moving on — but she's not leaving local school governance yet. She confirmed Tuesday that she's seeking a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education in November.

Baten Caswell sees an opportunity to effect change on a body that she said currently struggles to work together effectively.

Sales tax would be 'game changer' for pandemic-hit Caltrain, board chair says - Sept. 5

In early August, an eighth-cent sales tax that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain barely eked its way onto the November ballot, requiring the OK from seven local agencies to do so. If the measure passes with the approval of two-thirds of voters, it will be in place for up to 30 years.

Measure S would extend Water District tax indefinitely - Oct. 5

Should an existing property tax that has eight more years to go be extended indefinitely? This is the question being placed before voters on Nov. 3 by Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S.

The votes are in: Becker and Glew to face off in November - April 23

Moving ahead to the general election to represent District 13 in the California State Senate are Democrat Josh Becker and Republican Alex Glew. The two emerged victorious from a candidate field of seven in the March primary.

Jerry Hill endorses state Senate candidate Josh Becker to take his place in Sacramento - Feb. 5

State Sen. Jerry Hill wants Josh Becker to be his successor, Becker's campaign announced.

• Democrat Josh Becker discussed state issues with the Palo Alto Weekly editorial board in January, before the March primary.

• Republican Alex Glew discussed state issues with the Palo Alto Weekly editorial board in January, before the March primary.

Meet the candidates who want to represent you in Sacramento - Feb. 5

Read in-depth features on Josh Becker and Alex Glew in this Feb. 5 cover story, which profiled seven candidates running in the March 7 primary. The two will face off in the general election in a bid to represent an area that has a vibrant population of nearly 1 million and is home to many of Silicon Valley's largest companies.

Senate candidates clash over housing policies, PG&E's future at Palo Alto forum - Feb. 5

State senate candidates Josh Becker and Alex Glew participated back in February in a debate of seven candidates vying in the March primary to succeed state Sen. Jerry Hill in Sacramento.

At the Palo Alto forum, held before pandemic shutdown, candidates clashed over housing, transportation and a new proposal to have the state take ownership of PG&E.

Props to you, Californians: A preview of what's on your November ballot

California voters will directly decide the fate of 12 ballot propositions on their November ballot — from taxes to rent control, bail to privacy, and more.

Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR - Oct. 16

Read guest opinions for and against Measure RR, a proposed eighth-cent sales tax in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would generate $108 million per year for Caltrain operations.

Guest Opinions: Arguments for and against Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S - Oct. 15

Read guest opinions for and against the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Measure S, which would raise $45.5 million annually to fund the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection program.

Guest Opinion: Dare to clean up part of Prop. 13? Vote 'yes' on Prop. 15 - Oct. 6

It's time to close a Prop. 13 tax loophole that has allowed commercial property owners to pay less and less in support of our public services. Prop. 15 will add a steady stream of revenue to local communities and schools.

Guest Opinion: Where did the other $713 million go? - Aug. 21

Voting to endorse Proposition 15, the Schools & Communities First Initiative, Santa Clara County Supervisors repeatedly mentioned $504 million that proponents predict will flow into county and city coffers.

Editorial: Our election recommendations - Oct. 16

Learn about the Palo Alto Weekly's recommendations on local, regional and statewide candidates and measures, in addition to California propositions, on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Editorial: Baten Caswell for Santa Clara County Board of Education - Oct. 9

Melissa Baten Caswell's long history of working for a strong public education system will serve north county well on the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

Find more of our 2020 election coverage here.

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