Top 5 SRP Stories of the Week

A look at the top stories on San Ramon Patch in the last week.

1. Eric Swalwell Defeats 20-Term Congressman Pete Stark

In what was almost unthinkable a year ago, Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell defeated Rep. Pete Stark to become the congressman for the 15th Congressional District on Tuesday night.

A victory for the 31-year-old Swalwell ends the political career of Stark, one of the most influential Bay Area liberal political figures of the last 40 years.

"It was 11 years ago when I was an unpaid intern in Washington," Swalwell told over 100 supporters at the Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Alameda County in Pleasanton. "I worked at a gym in the morning and would give congressmen towels. At night, I worked at a restaurant and would often serve members of Congress. Now I look forward to working with them."

2. How Did Eric Swalwell Beat Pete Stark And What's Next?

A day after the election, we looked at how the 31-year-old city councilman defeated the 20-term congressman.

There were a number of factors, but probably none more so than California's new primary system in which the top-two vote getters, no matter the party affiliation, face each other in the general election.

3. Updated Vote Count Adds to Measure D's 'Yes' Lead

After holding an incredibly small lead on Election Night, it now appears that Measure D, the $260 million facilities bond, is more likely than not to pass after an updated vote count on Friday.

Measure D now has 55.62 percent of the "yes" votes compared to 44.39 percent of the "no" votes. The measure needs 55 percent of the "yes" votes to win.

The new counts adds 3,384 votes to the results posted on election night. The current tally is 29,602 "yes" votes to 22,410 "no" votes.

The original count had Measure D holding on to an even slimmer lead, with 55.19 percent of the votes in favor.

4. San Ramon Man Killed in Three-Car Collision Monday

A man who died in a three-car collision near Brentwood on Monday afternoon was identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as Antun Niksic of San Ramon.

Niksic, who had been driving the Mercedes, was killed in the crash, and the female passenger was transported to John Muir Hospital with major injuries.

5. Benefit For Fallen CHP Officer in San Ramon Friday Night

All proceeds from the dinner Friday night at the Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center in San Ramon, organized by the Contra Costa County Peace Officers' Alliance, went to the Youngstrom's family.

Youngstrom, 37, was shot in the head on Sept. 4 by 36-year-old Christopher Boone Lacy, the driver of a Jeep Wrangler Youngstrom had stopped on Interstate Highway 680 near Alamo for an obstructed license plate.


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