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Steve Glazer for State Senate

Uploaded: Feb 23, 2015

This is my endorsement of Steve Glazer for the Senate seat vacated by Mark DeSaulnier, who recently resigned to serve in Congress. I was not too kind to Glazer last year when that booklet with his picture on the cover was sent out attacking Tim Sbranti.

I wrote a snarky blog about it calling him a "Cry Baby," which I considered one of my cleverest blogs. I do my best writing when I'm sarcastic, but that blog turned out to be completely false. I had to pull it and write an apology to Mr. Glazer.

I do some of my best writing (or at least I like it best) when I'm snarky. I'm not being snarky here. I sincerely believe Glazer is the most independent candidate running in this special election and the least beholding to special interests.

There are five candidates on the ballot, four Democrats and one Republican, Michaela Hertle. I received a robo call from Hertle, who dropped out of the race but whose name is still on the ballot. She is now endorsing Steve Glazer. As my fellow blogger, Tim Hunt, recently wrote Republicans are rallying around Glazer in the upcoming primary.

San Ramon Councilman Dave Hudson told me he considers Steve Glazer one of the smartest guys around. I respect Hudson's opinion on this because he knows a lot of the local politicians and office holders in this region from serving on a multitude of committees as a liaison for the San Ramon City Council.

I don't know much about Susan Bonilla, so I have no reason to like or dislike her. I'm not too fond of Joan Buchanan, who was our Assemblywoman for six years and recently termed out of that office. I would not like to see her back in the State Senate. She's been in the pocket of the California Teachers Union for 25 years. I've read that most of the other local unions are backing Bonilla.

I'm not anti-union. I believe that workers deserve to be treated fairly, but I also want a representative who represents me and my fellow residents and not some special interest group.

I previously endorsed Republican Mark Meuser, but he dropped out before the ballots were even printed. Glazer is what is sometimes called "a blue dog democrat." I'm not sure where that phrase came from, but it means a fiscally conservative Democrat. I don't have a problem with Democrats, but I do have a problem with wasting money and favoritism. Republicans play that game too.

Are they all crooks? No I don't believe that, but clearly some are owned by special interests whether they are unions or big corporations. I want someone to represent me and this district. I believe Steve Glazer will do that.

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Pat R., a resident of another community,
on Feb 24, 2015 at 9:58 am

Just stumbled upon this post and was so taken by the unassuming, honest tone that I'm breakng my own rule of not taking part in on-line discussions, because....well, I try to avoid "snarky." Not my snarky comments, mind you, those would qualify as pearls of wisdom, just the snark of those who disagree with me. But, now I digress.

What impresses my about this post is how you have illustrated exactly what makes Steve a good leader, I've known Steve for over a dozen years and I can attest to his being able to effectively rise above the partisan fray to get things done. It's not at all surprising that he should now be attracting endorsements from Republicans and Democrats, alike. He's really all about honoring various points of view to reach a common good. At the end of the day, he wants results. Is Glazer the smartest guy around, as Dave Hudson says? Well, I'll get back to you on that after I tally up whose ahead in our Words With Friends battle. But I will concede that Steve Glazer can be counted that I know no one better than Steve to be bring a strong, effective, and independent voice to Sacramento. Thanks for giving Steve your support.

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Feb 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

Thank's Pat for your comment. I also find Mayor Glazer a refreshing change from "politics as usual."


Posted by Sarah, a resident of Country Fair,
on Feb 28, 2015 at 6:53 pm

I am concerned that Glazer says things and promises stuff that are just not in his control. He is against BART strikes, well he can't do anything about that and he knows it. He has balanced city budgets. Well, that is state law. He served as an advisor to Brown, well he did work for the firm that advised Brown. What bothers me about him is that his money seems to come from one source with deep pockets. Bonilla seems to also have a lot of money from others. Buchanan has shown independence and strength in addition to making tough choices. I don't always agree with her but I admire the fact that she will tackle difficult issues like pension reform. I always like the fact that she doesn't base her election on tearing down the other candidates. I want to know what my representative is going to do to help solve the problems we are facing in CA.

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Mar 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

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He can do something about BART strikes. That's what the Assembly and Senate do. Catherine Baker, our new representative to the CA State Assembly, just introduced a bill to close a loophole in the BART contract that allowed the strike. If Glazer is elected to the State Senate, he would support that bill in the Senate. Web Link

I have not seen Glazer tear down any opponents, although there are front groups that are tearing him down. We need Glazer in the Senate because Cities do not have enough representation at the State level.

Glazer's experience as a Mayor will help protect San Ramon, Danville, and Orinda from State grabs like Jerry Brown's Redevelopment snatch. If you believe in local control, vote for Glazer.

Buchanan is a career politician who has been in elected offices for 24 years. That's not tearing her down. That's true.


Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D., a resident of another community,
on Mar 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Dear Roz,

Please read your own citation.

"Assembly Bill 528 would prohibit BART employees from engaging in a strike work work stoppage after the contract has expired if the transit district board maintains the compensation and benefit provisions of an expired contract, and an employee or employee organization has agreed to a provision prohibiting strikes in the expired contract."

This bill says that if an employee or employee organization has a agreed not to the last sentence. That's never going to happen. Why would unions agree not to strike? This is window dressing and does nothing.

Baker and Glazer can pretend they can stop BART strikes, but the votes are not there. That's why Baker's legislation has no substance. It's just silly.

But, it polls well and that's all Glazer cares about...telling you what you want to hear and believing voters are stupid enough to believe it. I've got a bridge to sell you.

Posted by Jayne, a resident of Alamo,
on Mar 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

I had been reading about Glazer for the past few months and decided to vote for him; even though he didn't fit into my conservative ways; for how I would vote. So I voted; sent in my ballot and then the things started arriving in the mail. Wow! Was I impressed; that so many folks agreed with my decision and also were voting from the other side of the aisle!! That's the way it should be. Voting for the best candidate for our State and country. Not for just the party you've been pretty much with; for many years. I do hope people realize that it's the man or woman and what they stand for and not the party.

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Mar 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm

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Let me put this in terms even a Ph.D. (like me) can understand. There ALREADY IS a No Strike clause in the BART Union Contract. Meaning they have already agreed not to strike during the term of the contract.

When the contract expired and a new one was being negotiated, the union was not bound by the No Strike clause because the contract had expired. Baker's band aid would keep BART union members, who had agreed to the No Strike clause in their preexisting contract, from striking during contract negotiations until a new contract can be signed.


Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Mar 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

I mistakenly attributed the support for Michaela Hurtle coming from Charles Munger, Jr. He funded attack ads against Steve Glazer in the Assembly race to support the Republican candidate. I was wrong and I want to correct my prior post.

According to a Tri-Valley Times report posted on Glazer's website, the pro-Hurtle mailers are coming from the BART unions. The fact that the unions are so afraid of Glazer should add some credibility to his anti-union stance.

Ms. Hertle dropped out of the Senate race and endorsed Steve Glazer. She recorded phone messages saying "I'm not running. Vote for Glazer." Let's take her at her word and vote for Glazer.


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