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SACRAMENTO — Hours after California Gov. Gavin Newsom beat back a recall election that could have cost him his job, his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature said Wednesday that they will push for changes to make it more difficult to challenge a sitting governor.

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After the failed recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, two Bay Area legislators are taking up the question: should this be allowed to happen again?

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SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday became the second governor in U.S. history to defeat a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early, a contest the Democratic governor crafted as part of national battle for his party’s values in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and…

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California election officials are spending $16 million in a four-week ad blitz to educate people about voting in the recall that could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom, a campaign that's officially nonpartisan but could benefit the first-term Democrat as he pushes for high …

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Ballots are now being accepted for the Sept. 14 recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Mateo County election officials say the county is prepared to facilitate a COVID-safe and secure election season. 

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Measure Y in San Mateo gained one more vote to 43 votes above passing, according to the latest election update from the San Mateo County Elections Office Wednesday.

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Measure Y in San Mateo gained seven votes total to stay 42 votes above passing, according to the latest election update from the San Mateo County Elections Office on Monday.

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Measure Y is closer than ever to passing after building up a 34-vote lead in the latest election update from the San Mateo County Elections Office on Wednesday.

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With Measure Y separated by 10 votes and only a few ballots left to count, the measure’s campaigns for and against remain nervous with opponents looking to “cure” ballots and proponents waiting for the final results.

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Ten days after Election Day, updated results from Friday night provided more clarity for who will be sitting on various governing bodies across San Mateo County, with a total so far of 85% voter turnout and an estimated 2,300 ballots left to count.  

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More than a week after Election Day, updated results from Wednesday night provided more clarity for who will be sitting on various governing bodies across San Mateo County, though multiple newcomers have held onto early leads with a total so far of 82.2% voter turnout and an estimated 10,000…

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Nearly a week after Election Day, updated results from Monday night provided little clarity for who will be sitting on various governing bodies across San Mateo County, though multiple newcomers have held onto early leads with a total so far of 77.6% voter turnout and an estimated 31,000 bal…

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San Mateo councilwomen Diane Papan and Amourence Lee appear headed to re-election, while measures Y and R extending building height limits for 10 years are still a slight no, but too close to call, according to Thursday night updates from the San Mateo County Elections Office.

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Many county races were too tight to call by the end of election night but additional results released Thursday revealed many candidates continued to hold onto their narrow leads while others pulled ahead in incumbent challenges.  

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Over 100 people gathered near the Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo for a Protect the Results Rally on Wednesday evening.

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A tax increase measure Caltrain officials said was desperately needed to maintain service reached the two-thirds threshold it needed to pass in the three counties the transit agency serves — San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.

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Despite historic numbers of registered San Mateo County voters casting early ballots ahead of Election Day, election officials urge residents opting to vote in person on Nov. 3 to plan ahead and come prepared with voter information. 

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Encouraging young San Mateo County residents to vote has been a priority for members of two local organizations, who teamed up to craft a youth-centered voters guide video that would appeal to the younger first-time voters. 

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With Election Day swiftly approaching, candidates vying to represent San Mateo County and neighboring jurisdictions in the state Assembly and House of Representatives have continued to make the case for why they are best suited to navigate constituents through myriad crises. 

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The point of district elections was to allow for more competition and diverse points of view. In that respect, this has happened but it’s also created silos of candidates. These candidates might be better served running against the entire pool of candidates while also providing more distinct…

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Three are vying to represent Redwood City’s District 7 that consists of the predominantly residential Farm Hill area — recently retired community police officer Chris Rasmussen, incumbent Alicia Aguirre and nonprofit program facilitator Mark Wolohan. 

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Vying to represent Redwood City’s District 3, consisting of the majority minority neighborhood of Friendly Acres, activist Lissette Espinoza-Garnica, public health professional Isabella Chu and incumbent Janet Borgens emphasized equity in their vision for the city.   

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While March of this year feels like a different time for many reasons, it was then that Foster City voters decided to go in a new direction and recall councilman Herb Perez and replace him with former police captain Jon Froomin. Since then, Froomin has proven to be a quick study and collabor…

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When it comes to difficult times, experience counts. And so does understanding the community one serves. On both accounts, Belmont has two excellent leaders in Councilwoman Davina Hurt and Councilman Tom McCune.

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With the first district elections taking place in Redwood City, two candidates are vying to represent the Redwood Shores neighborhood in District 1, former mayor Jeff Gee and current Planning Commissioner Nancy Radcliffe.

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With fears that the pandemic could crumble budgets across the Peninsula, three local cities are looking to stabilize finances with taxes which opponents of the measures claim are irresponsible or undeserved.

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The incumbent candidates in the Foster City Council race say the current council — for the first time in years — works well together and should remain intact, but two challengers say change is needed.

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The three candidates competing for two open seats on the San Mateo City Council have taken similar positions on a pair of controversial land use measures on the November ballot.

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One of the top issues for the city of San Carlos for the next few years will be development of the east side at Industrial Road. There is significant interest in the area, and managing that well while also getting community benefits could solve a number of issues — revenue, housing, open spa…

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Proposition 14: Authorizes $5.5 billion to fund grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for stem cell research. In 2004, Californians agreed to allow the state to borrow $3 billion to fund stem cell research and to launch the California Institute for Regenerative Medic…

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Development and the future of San Carlos’ east side is top of mind for the four candidates vying for City Council seats including incumbent Mayor Ron Collins, Planning Commissioner John Dugan, Apple executive David Tom and newcomer JT Eden. 

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The city of Half Moon Bay has enjoyed stable leadership in the past few years and its representatives on the City Council have a reputation for progressive thought and listening to the community.

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In Half Moon Bay’s first by-district election in November, incumbent Mayor Adam Eisen is competing with challenger Joaquin Jimenez to represent District 3 on the City Council.

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Divergent opinions on the direction of South San Francisco are at the center of the Industrial City’s only contested race in this election, with Mayor Rich Garbarino facing a challenge from newcomer James Coleman.

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Though construction is underway on a sweeping mixed-use development at the Millbrae train station, fissures from approving the plans continue to divide those running for City Council.

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In a rare contested race featuring experienced candidates hoping to become the Peninsula’s only independently-elected mayor, two colleagues are running for the top spot in San Bruno.