Young Voters – What’s on Our Minds

Many young people are getting ready to vote for the first time on November 8. But are the presidential candidates, state and local officials really addressing the issues we care about? Here’s a rundown of the some of the topics young people are talking about on social media.

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Nat Bates: Sometimes We’re Our Own Worst Enemy

Nat Bates, 86, is the longest-serving member on the Richmond City Council and also a former two-time mayor of Richmond. The Richmond native and former probation officer sat down with Richmond Pulse to discuss how to bring businesses to Richmond and keep them here.

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Competing Visions of Bay Area’s Future at Core of Transit Race

In a turbulent election season, the race to fill seats on the governing body of the Bay Area’s major transit system isn’t exactly a headline grabber. Yet the race for who will represent one district on the BART board offers voters the most dramatic contrast between competing visions for the region’s future of any on the ballot.

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Op-Ed: Why school board elections matter for West Contra Costa families

As a parent of two young girls, I often find myself wondering: Are my girls watching too much TV? Did they do enough reading over the summer? Are they taking the right vitamins? Big or small, parenting is often filled with doubts. However, one thing I’m absolutely certain of is the importance of the November elections — not just at the national level, but here in our backyards.

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‘Kids First’ — Well Intentioned But Where’s the Money?

Because there is no funding source other than the general fund, Kids First would simply take funding away from existing City programs and transfer the money to non-profits, probably resulting in City staff layoffs. Funds would be taken away from unionized public employees and go to non-union, private non-profits.

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