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Watch Contra Costa debates on public television and online

A number of recorded forums and interviews with local candidates and a debate on an East Contra Costa Fire District parcel tax, all headed for the June 5 ballot, have been posted online and will air on public access television channels in the next month.

Here’s a rundown of when and where you can watch:

Measure S, parcel tax in East Contra Costa Fire District —Hour-long debate between proponent and opponent will air May 13 at 9 p.m.; May 20 at 9 p.m.; May 27 at 9 p.m., and May 30 at 8 p.m. Watch it online here: http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=24

(It will also be posted online shortly. I will provide link as soon as it is available.)

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors in District 2 —Debate at Contra Costa Council luncheon airs on May 28 at 9 p.m. and May 31 at 6 p.m. Watch it online at http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=23. The Danville Express debate airs on May 15 at 9 p.m., May 16 at 10 a.m., and May 31 at 8 p.m., or watch it online at http://youtu.be/ERYihmbwpSc. Watch the Contra Costa Times editorial board interview at http://bcove.me/twuc0kwx. Watch the candidates at an environmental forum at http://youtu.be/6oIM26-Wruk.

Assembly District 11 — Watch the Contra Costa Times editorial board interviews with the six candidates (conducted in two segments) at http://bcove.me/n2dgucjt and http://bcove.me/vrjyanjh.

Public access television airs on Channel 27 for Comcast customers, Channel 32 for Astound and Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse.

 

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Contra Costa supervisor candidate debate set for April 23

Contra Costa District 2 supervisor candidates Candace Andersen and Tomi Van de Brooke will face off at the April 23 lunch meeting of the Contra Costa Council.

Van de Brooke, an Orinda resident and elected member of the Contra Costa Community College District, and Andersen, mayor of Danville, will answer questions and discuss their platforms.

The third supervisor candidate, Sean White of Lafayette, is out of town and cannot attend.

The Contra Costa Council is a nonprofit membership and nonpartisan organization that advocates for economic development throughout the East Bay.

I am the moderator and the event is open to the public.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at noon. It will be held at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Tickets are $45 for non-members and $35 for members. For reservations, contact the Contra Costa Council at www.contracostacouncil.com or 925-246-1880.

 

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Ellen Tauscher endorses Van de Brooke in Contra Costa race

Tomi Van de Brooke

Ellen Tauscher

Free from the strictures imposed upon federal employees,  former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and former Democratic East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher has endorsed Tomi Van de Brooke for Contra Costa County supervisor.

Tauscher left her high-ranking post in February after serving three years with friend and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. A cancer survivor, Tauscher said she wanted to take time to do other things with her life. She remains a special envoy for the State Department and recently joined the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

One of those things Tauscher apparently wanted to do was help her friends back home with their elections. Tauscher will host a fund-raiser for Van de Brooke next week in Contra Costa County.

Van de Brooke, a Contra Costa Community College trustee and Orinda resident, is running in the June 5 election for the District 2 seat held by retiring Supervisor Gayle Uilkema of Lafayette. Also vying for the opening is Danville Mayor Candace Andersen and Lafayette solar expert Sean White.