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Alameda County suspends juvenile probation, defense fees for families

In all but a few California counties, the families of youths in the juvenile justice system are charged juvenile probation and public defender fees — for everything from a court-appointed attorney to GPS monitoring. On March 29, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to suspend these fees for county residents.
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Mayor files campaign paperwork for possible re-election bid

Last week, Mayor Tom Bates filed the necessary paperwork for campaign fundraising, a possible indication of his intention to seek a fourth mayoral term this November. Bates submitted a Candidate Intention Statement, which must be filed by candidates for state and local office before they can solicit or receive any
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