The East Bay Express has won three honors recently — both for its news coverage and for its work in the community. Publisher Jody Colley is being honored by the Northern California Independent Booksellers association for her work with small, local businesses in the East Bay. Contributors Ali Winston and Joaquin Palomino and co-editor Robert Gammon are being honored by PUEBLO, Oakland’s police watchdog group, for the Express’ ongoing coverage of OPD. And contributor Rachel Swan, the paper’s former music editor, has won an excellence in journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California.
Update: 2:15 p.m. We're happy to announce that our article commenting function is once again working properly and that commenting on stories has been restored.
We were having problems earlier. A technical glitch prompted our website to allow anonymous comments — which violates our commenting policy. As many readers of this site know, we decided last year to ban anonymous and pseudonymous comments on EastBayExpress.com. See our full explanation here.
Thanks for your patience. We apologize again for the inconvenience.
This year’s presidential campaign is receiving a ton of well-deserved attention, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t important local races and measures on the November ballot — because there are. And starting with tomorrow's issue, we will be bringing you in-depth, smart coverage of some of the most pivotal contests in the East Bay. And beginning on October 10, we’ll publish the first of a four-week series on which candidates and measures we’re endorsing this year.
With the documents Mitt Romney released recently, we know a bit more about his taxes.
We know, for instance, that Romney paid a rate of 14.1 percent on $13.7 million in income on his 2011 tax return, which he achieved by purposely overpaying. Though he was entitled to deduct $4 million in charitable contributions, Romney deducted only $2.25 million to keep his tax rate above 13 percent. Romney, it has been pointed out, could file an amended return to claim the full deduction after the election. We've contacted the Romney campaign, and Michele Davis, a spokeswoman, assured us he would not do so.