“Allo, La Californie? Has he won?”

Par BAGASSI KOURA Nov. 6 — O.N.’s Bagassi Koura, whose home country is the West African nation of Burkina Faso, worked hard throughout voting day last Tuesday.  But his cellphone kept interrupting–one after another, calls from Burkina Faso, demanding updates on the American election.  We asked Koura, a former Agence France-Presse reporter, to describe in French his efforts to reassure his friends that all would be well.   An English translation follows. Le mardi 04 novembre, les Américains se rendaient…

WW seeking big new money for East Bay Parks

by BAGASSI KOURA After its first approval 20 years ago, a local park development measure running out of money is back on the ballot this fall. The East Bay Regional Park District is asking residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties to vote for Measure WW, which would raise up to $500 million through government bonds.