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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.