3.8 MILLION VISITORS SERVED. EVERYWHERE SINCE 2009

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Moderate Democrats Vying for the 16th Assembly District Find Much in Common

ELECTION 2014 | ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |It wasn't too long ago that Contra Costa County’s wealthy 16th Assembly District was a pinkish shade of red. Termed out Assemblymember Joan Buchanan is credited for turning the Lamorinda district blue, but following an outspoken stance by one of the candidates hoping to replace her decrying the havoc caused by a pair of BART strikes last year, the rift between left and right is again in the spotlight.
Steve Glazer
Last week, the three Democrats in the race, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, former Danville Mayor and current Councilmember Newell Arnerich and Steve Glazer, an Orinda council member who was Gov. Jerry Brown's former campaign manager, discussed among other issues, the future of regional transportation strikes, raising the minimum wage and the legalization of cannabis in California. Also in the race, but not included in the Democratic candidate’s forum last Thursday in Lafayette, is Catherine Baker, a Republican, who is showing significant fundraising strength. According to campaign finance reports released last Friday, Baker raised nearly $124,000 during the last half of 2013, the most among the quartet of candidates. (Read below for complete campaign finance totals in the 16th Assembly District.)

Her potential to sneak into the top two next June between three moderate Democrats may be a reason for the strong push by Glazer to highlight angst among some in the Bay Area following successive BART strikes late last year that buckled transportation in the region. Glazer called BART management’s role in the strikes as “incompetent” and faulted them for agreeing to pay raises. “This was excess on all sides and we were held accountable for it,” said Glazer, who asserted other large cities around the country, including San Francisco, have moved to prohibit transportation unions from striking. “They decided--both Republicans and Democrats--that it’s not anti-union to say you can’t strike.”

Tim Sbranti
“Be careful what you wish for,” said Arnerich, who worried about ceding control of the negotiating process to an arbitrator. “By the way, then we have to live with us not having a say in what their new future contracts will be.” However, said Sbranti, tinkering with one group’s collective bargaining over another is a “slippery slope.” “Nobody benefits from a strike, however, when you look at what’s at stake, I think this is bad policy.” He questioned whether transportation affects the region’s health and safety, as it would police and fire labor negotiations. Transportation strikes are not the highest priority, said Sbranti, when more pressing needs exist such as parking at BART, its security and extending the line. “This effects BART on a daily basis, this, to me, is not one of those issues because it’s something that occurs infrequently.”

The discussion began with two candidates pressing their opponents to enter into various pledges. Glazer challenged Arnerich and Sbranti to disclose their answers to private union surveys they might fill out during the campaign. Later, Arnerich proposed a pledge against accepting money from outside special interests. There was no response by the candidates on either proposed pact.

All three presented somewhat nuanced answers to whether state and cities should raise the minimum wage. Arnerich and Sbranti say they support raises tied to inflation, while Glazer focused on the increased burden on small business owners. “Most of these jobs are being provided by small business people in our communities,” said Glazer, “I think you should talk to them. I think they’ll tell you things aren’t so grand.” However, Glazer called a desire for higher wages a “fair argument.”

Newell Arnerich
“I want to pay my employees as much as I can because I think they will work harder for that,” said Arnerich. He added the minimum wage issue is also a national issue since another state can undercut California’s higher minimum wage to attract companies seeking to pay lower wages. Sbranti also said wages should be indexed with inflation, “Otherwise, if you leave it flat, workers fall behind and inequality grows.” However, he too, realizes small businesses also have a burden, he said.

There was also tepid support for the possible legalization of cannabis in the state. Sbranti and Glazer urged for the state to take a “wait-and-see” approach and monitor the successes and unintended consequences that may arise from Washington and Colorado, two western states which recently approved legalization. However, Sbranti and Arnerich both offered standard tropes regarding the use of cannabis among teenagers. Sbranti, who is a high school teacher, said “I’ve literally seen lives ruined by marijuana.” He recounted some older students who expressed lament their drug use hampered their lives and identified marijuana as a “gateway drug” to their other addictions.

Although, Arnerich said legalization could save the state money on medical costs and financially hurt the local drug trade, he said society has not yet communicated the risks of using marijuana. “We’ve have told our youth it’s okay to use marijuana, but what we haven’t told them is all the repercussion of it and the responsibility that goes along with it.”

There was consensus among the candidates the state’s controversial high-speed rail project is imprudent during the state’s current financial situation. Sbranti called for “collective pause” on the project, while Arnerich and Glazer questioned the rush to move forward with the project devoid of initial funding.

Later, a Miramonte High School student asked the candidates whether taxes are too high. Glazer said, “Absolutely” and questioned whether taxes are being spent effectively. Arnerich agreed, saying state taxes have “probably reached its max.” Sbranti, though, advocated for an overhaul of state taxes, including a discussion on Proposition 13 and enacting a two-year budget process. “We’re always in crisis mode in California when it comes to budgeting,” said Sbranti, “and we need to get away from that.”

AD 16.......End Cash..2h-In.....2013-In...2h-Out....2013-Out
GLAZER......$329,074  $111,718  $357,440  $ 20,987  $ 29,072
BAKER.......$109,989  $123,920  $123,920  $ 18,436  $ 18,436
SBRANTI.....$ 94,203  $105,590  $218,345  $118,381  $140,163
ARNERICH....$ 72,941  $ 74,300  $124,313  $ 39,194  $ 51,373

117 comments:

  1. Check out Sbranti's burn rate! What the hell is he spending all that money on?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Almost all went to consultants, and fundraisers. He doesn't need all that much money as the CTA is sure to spend big money on his behalf.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is a Contra Costa County seat and will be staying so. Do the names Joan Buchanan, Guy Houston, and Lynn Leach mean anything to you? That's going back 18 years!

    Since the realignment is now Democratic, a good thing, Steve Glazer is the strongest in the field. He takes it easily, especially since he has come down on the right side of an issue that everyone can relate to...BART.

    All hail our next assemblyman, the Hon. Steve Glazer!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Guy Houston was from Dublin - in Alameda County - when he was elected to the Assembly.

    ReplyDelete
  5. One-time fluke. Won't be repeated.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Glazer won't even get into the top two. It will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman, Baker (the only woman in the race.) Tim will have too many precinct walkers and volunteers plus money from police,fire, teachers and nurses to lose. He will also have both Glazer's and Arnerich's support in the general election.

    It's not a Contra Costa seat even though they have a few more registered voters. It's a Democratic seat for sure though as more and more progressives make up the district. It's gone from Contra Costa to Alameda County to Contra Costa with Joan Buchanan. It will go back to Alameda again since Tim has all the major Contra Costa and Alameda Democrats lined up in support, including Joan Buchanan who is extremely popular in the district, and will most likely appear with him at campaign events and mail pieces.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I live in Contra Costa and I'm a moderate Democrat, don't belong to a union, do ride BART to work, and if police and fire support Tim, so will I.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is a Contra Costa County seat and will be staying so. Do the names Joan Buchanan, Guy Houston [later of San Ramon], and Lynn Leach mean anything to you? That's going back 18 years!

    Since the realignment is now Democratic, a good thing, Steve Glazer is the strongest in the field. He takes it easily, especially since he has come down on the right side of an issue that everyone can relate to...BART.

    All hail our next assemblyman, the Hon. Steve Glazer!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. News flash, kid:

    Steve Glazer is supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  10. All hail the fellow with ALL the endorsements, state senator John Dutra. Oh wait, now I remember, he got his clock cleaned like old Brantie will.

    Of by and for the public, not the union whores!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Glad to see Sbranti wants to reconsider Proposition 13. Property taxes are too low and the new revenues we'll get by gutting Proposition 13's absurdly low tax rate is money that can help bail out the state pension system.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Anon 2:00 is correct in one thing. It will be Baker (rep) vs one of the D's. This absurd Alameda vs Contra Costa argument is meaningless. The average voter does not care. The question is really about union vs. anti/apathetic union. Does the average voter care that one candidate has been chosen by the unions to be their vote in the assembly? Will that be enough to cause them to vote against him. Baker will get the hard core R votes who will never vote for a D. The question is, how do the independents view obvious blind obedience to unions. Time will tell.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Glazer won't even get into the top two. It will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman, Baker (the only woman in the race.) Tim will have too many precinct walkers and volunteers plus money from police,fire, teachers and nurses to lose. He will also have both Glazer's and Arnerich's support in the general election.

    It's not a Contra Costa seat even though they have a few more registered voters. It's a Democratic seat for sure though as more and more progressives make up the district. It's gone from Contra Costa to Alameda County to Contra Costa with Joan Buchanan. It will go back to Alameda again since Tim has all the major Contra Costa and Alameda Democrats lined up in support, including Joan Buchanan who is extremely popular in the district, and will most likely appear with him at campaign events and mail pieces.

    ReplyDelete
  15. 8:55 You keep saying it's a Contra Costa seat, but it's not. You do seem to have a temper and and like to use sexist terms. What does that get you or your candidate?

    News flash: Tim Sbranti just got the endorsements of the Rossmoor Democrats and the Young Dems of Contra Costa. This goes with the teachers, nurses, police, fire, deputy sheriffs, Joan Buchanan, Mark Desaulnier, George Miller, Loni Hancock, Tom Torlackson, Susan Bonilla, etc.

    Who does your man have? You---LOL----you better start walking and ringing doorbells, although I should tell you tea party activists don't do to well door to door in Contra Costa or Alameda counties.

    ReplyDelete
  16. We stand by the truth.


    Steve Glazer will only be supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  17. All hail the fellow with ALL the endorsements, state senator John Dutra. Oh wait, now I remember, he got his clock cleaned like old Brantie will.

    Of by and for the public, not the union whor

    ReplyDelete
  18. Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I live in Contra Costa and I'm a moderate Democrat. I don't belong to a union but do ride BART to work. If police and fire support Tim Sbranti, so will I. It's all about public safety for my family.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm not sure why someone would post the same comment twice. Who cares where you or the candidates live. This comes down to which Democrat comes in first or second against the Republican ( who will get 30% or more simply for being an R). Will the union candidate win or will there be a backlash against unions and those beholden to them. Time will tell.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I think if the union candidateIs painted as such, voters in this district will dislike him. It depends on how much money,the outside interests (California Teachers) are willing to spend. Since Sbranti is the head of the Teachers PAC, I assume they will spend a great deal, they know he will vote their way every time if elected. They will go all out to have a guaranteed union vote. Not sure the other dems I. The race can overcome that.

    ReplyDelete
  22. The first debate for the District 16 Assembly race was held last week. One thing is clear. The other candidates are hoping that BART riders like you will forget all about the strikes before you vote.



    Both of the candidates opposing me at the debate said they support BART workers being able to strike again.



    You can view a brief video of the BART question at the debate between candidates Newell Arnerich, Tim Sbranti and me here.



    If you don’t have time to view the video, let me give you a summary.



    Mr. Arnerich opposed any legislation to ban BART strikes, saying repeatedly, “be careful what you wish for.” Apparently, wishing to never go through the anguish of another BART strike is not something that matters much to Mr. Arnerich.



    Mr. Sbranti, the candidate endorsed by the BART workers union, said “now is not the time.” What’s clear is that there will never be a time that Tim Sbranti would stand up to the union and be on the side of riders like us.



    I made a strong case for why a ban on public transit strikes makes perfect sense, and thanked every one of the 20,000 people who signed our petition.



    Will you help me stand up to the power of the BART unions and their hand-picked candidate by helping my campaign? If the answer is yes, just click here.



    The debate made one thing very clear: the only path to a ban on transit strikes is with independent leadership.



    Thank you for your support.



    Steve Glazer



    Council Member

    City of Orinda





    P.S. Keep up with the latest news by joining me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/glazer4assembly).





    Steve Glazer for Assembly, 21 C Orinda Way, #214, Orinda, CA 94563

    You can also keep up with Steve Glazer on Twitter or Facebook.

    ReplyDelete
  23. The people's candidate in all his glory!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjx02NceNmY&feature=youtu.be

    ReplyDelete
  24. Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  25. We stand by the truth.


    Steve Glazer will only be supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Here's the truth:

    Tim Sbranti Wins Vote for Democratic Party Endorsement
    Near Unanimous Victory Awarded by AD 16 Party Delegates & Activists

    Fairfield - Assembly candidate Tim Sbranti decisively won today's Democratic Party endorsement by receiving 97% of the vote.

    "I want to start out by thanking everyone who took time out of their Sunday to participate in this process. This endorsement proves that the delegates and activists of this party care about the issues like I do, not political smoke and mirrors," said Mayor Tim Sbranti. "This is a victory not only for me, but for everyone who has dedicated their time and energy to this Assembly campaign."

    Because Sbranti received over 70% of the vote from local democrats, the endorsement bypasses a caucus vote at the State Convention and instead is placed on the Consent Calendar, a non-controversial vote on March 9, 2014.

    Those eligible to vote in today's caucus are the delegates to the California Delegate Party, representatives of a local democratic club or the members of the Alameda or Contra Costa County Democratic Parties who live in Assembly District 16.

    The California Democratic Party joins a diverse group of individuals and organizations throwing their support behind Sbranti. The California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, California Faculty Association, Alameda County Building Trades, and Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County along with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Congressman Eric Swalwell and AD 16 Incumbent Assemblymember Joan Buchanan have all endorsed Sbranti. See a full list of endorsements on his website.

    About Tim Sbranti: Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti brings 15 years as a classroom teacher, 8 years as a statewide leader for public education and 10 years of public service to the City of Dublin and to his candidacy for the California State Assembly. Sbranti's well-rounded and broad dedication to public service puts him in a unique position to take on the challenges as a Member of the California State Legislature that few can duplicate.

    Game over!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Another John Dutra-style ass wipe listed above. We know where those go.

    Steve Glazer will only be supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  28. CLCV Endorses Tim Sbranti for Assembly

    The Tim Sbranti for Assembly campaign continued to gain momentum today with an endorsement from the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV). CLCV represents 30,000 members and has seven chapters across the state. Sbranti seeks to succeed Joan Buchanan who will finish her term at the end of this year, and also supports Sbranti.

    “Good environmental policy starts at the local level. Tim Sbranti has been a leader on issues such as air quality management, creating green jobs and improving public transportation. We trust his smart instincts on environmental issues, and think he will be a great addition to the State Assembly,” said David Allgood, Political Director CLCV.

    “Along with public education funding, environmental protection will be one of my top priorities in the State Assembly. The devastating drought our state currently faces illustrates the very real need for stronger conservation efforts throughout the State as well as efforts to educate the public on ways they can reduce their environmental impact. I look forward to tackling this and other pressing environmental issues in Sacramento,” said Sbranti.

    Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti brings 15 years as a classroom teacher, 8 years as a statewide leader for public education and 10 years of public service to the City of Dublin and to his candidacy for the California State Assembly. Sbranti’s well-rounded and broad dedication to public service puts him in a unique position to take on the challenges as a Member of the California State Legislature that few can duplicate.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Another John Dutra-style ass wipe listed above. We know where those go.

    Steve Glazer will only be supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  30. 3:14 and similar are brought to you courtesy of the union whores.

    Their motto: "Fuck the average voter. Vote for our lock-step union whores galore!"

    The public doesn't hoe that road.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Here's the truth:

    Tim Sbranti Wins Vote for Democratic Party Endorsement
    Near Unanimous Victory Awarded by AD 16 Party Delegates & Activists

    Fairfield - Assembly candidate Tim Sbranti decisively won today's Democratic Party endorsement by receiving 97% of the vote.

    "I want to start out by thanking everyone who took time out of their Sunday to participate in this process. This endorsement proves that the delegates and activists of this party care about the issues like I do, not political smoke and mirrors," said Mayor Tim Sbranti. "This is a victory not only for me, but for everyone who has dedicated their time and energy to this Assembly campaign."

    Because Sbranti received over 70% of the vote from local democrats, the endorsement bypasses a caucus vote at the State Convention and instead is placed on the Consent Calendar, a non-controversial vote on March 9, 2014.

    Those eligible to vote in today's caucus are the delegates to the California Delegate Party, representatives of a local democratic club or the members of the Alameda or Contra Costa County Democratic Parties who live in Assembly District 16.

    The California Democratic Party joins a diverse group of individuals and organizations throwing their support behind Sbranti. The California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, California Faculty Association, Alameda County Building Trades, and Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County along with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Congressman Eric Swalwell and AD 16 Incumbent Assemblymember Joan Buchanan have all endorsed Sbranti. See a full list of endorsements on his website.

    About Tim Sbranti: Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti brings 15 years as a classroom teacher, 8 years as a statewide leader for public education and 10 years of public service to the City of Dublin and to his candidacy for the California State Assembly. Sbranti's well-rounded and broad dedication to public service puts him in a unique position to take on the challenges as a Member of the California State Legislature that few can duplicate.

    Game over!

    ReplyDelete
  32. CLCV Endorses Tim Sbranti for Assembly

    The Tim Sbranti for Assembly campaign continued to gain momentum today with an endorsement from the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV). CLCV represents 30,000 members and has seven chapters across the state. Sbranti seeks to succeed Joan Buchanan who will finish her term at the end of this year, and also supports Sbranti.

    “Good environmental policy starts at the local level. Tim Sbranti has been a leader on issues such as air quality management, creating green jobs and improving public transportation. We trust his smart instincts on environmental issues, and think he will be a great addition to the State Assembly,” said David Allgood, Political Director CLCV.

    “Along with public education funding, environmental protection will be one of my top priorities in the State Assembly. The devastating drought our state currently faces illustrates the very real need for stronger conservation efforts throughout the State as well as efforts to educate the public on ways they can reduce their environmental impact. I look forward to tackling this and other pressing environmental issues in Sacramento,” said Sbranti.

    Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti brings 15 years as a classroom teacher, 8 years as a statewide leader for public education and 10 years of public service to the City of Dublin and to his candidacy for the California State Assembly. Sbranti’s well-rounded and broad dedication to public service puts him in a unique position to take on the challenges as a Member of the California State Legislature that few can duplicate.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Here's the truth: I live in Contra Costa and I'm a moderate Democrat, don't belong to a union, do ride BART to work, and if police and fire support Tim, so will I.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Here's the truth:

    When Tim shits in his pants and all over the public, you will too--union whore.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Here is the real truth: In the June primary Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman will finish one and two. In the November General Tim will have a lopsided win. Since you live in Hayward you won't get to vote in this election. Your Assemblyman is Bill Quirk who must have you shitting in your pants because of your extreme right-wing views.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Another John Dutra-style ass wipe listed above. We know where those go.

    Steve Glazer will only be supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Glazer will be supporting Tim Sbranti in the General election because he will come in 3rd in the primary. He can't beat Tim and he can't beat the Republican woman.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Here's the truth: I live in Contra Costa and I'm a moderate Democrat, don't belong to a union, do ride BART to work, and if police and fire support Tim, so will I.

    ReplyDelete
  41. We stand by the truth.


    Steve Glazer will only be supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Another John Dutra-style ass wipe listed above. We know where those go.

    Steve Glazer will only be supporting Steve Glazer. He doesn't whore for the unions the way that you and your shills do.

    That along with geography ensure that it is Contra Costa County.

    The salient point that goes over your head is that this seat belongs to the PUBLIC not the union whores. The public will be supporting Steve in droves since he is aligned with us on BART, can't be bought like Brantie, and is his own man. Not a stooge puppet like your boy.

    History is on Steve's, and the public's, side.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Here's the truth:

    Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Wow! Steve Glazer is leading in both $$$ and polling.

    Looks like a public servant devoted to the people and not the union whores will be our next assemblyman.

    Congratulations, Assemblyman!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Here's the truth: I live in Contra Costa and I'm a moderate Democrat, don't belong to a union, do ride BART to work, and if police and fire support Tim, so will I.

    ReplyDelete
  47. As the 'East Bay Citizen' points out:


    ASSEMBLY 16
    AD 20.......End Cash..1Q-In.....1Q-Out
    GLAZER......$429,608 $150,189 $ 48,950
    SBRANTI.....$126,442 $117,761 $ 97,577
    BAKER.......$139,965 $ 50,990 $ 18,524
    ARNERICH....$ 66,823 $ 9,760 $ 15,878

    Looks like it will be ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE GLAZER, as evidenced by the most money and support of the public, not the union whores.

    Hey, can't dispute logic and FACTS.

    You lose, Space HO!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Glazer won't even get into the top two. It will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman, Baker (the only woman in the race.) Tim will have too many precinct walkers and volunteers plus money from police,fire, teachers and nurses to lose. He will also have both Glazer's and Arnerich's support in the general election.

    It's not a Contra Costa seat even though they have a few more registered voters. It's a Democratic seat for sure though as more and more progressives make up the district. It's gone from Contra Costa to Alameda County to Contra Costa with Joan Buchanan. It will go back to Alameda again since Tim has all the major Contra Costa and Alameda Democrats lined up in support, including Joan Buchanan who is extremely popular in the district, and will most likely appear with him at campaign events and mail pieces.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Congratulations, ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE GLAZER!

    You have the $$$$$, mojo and PEOPLE. You done good!!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Wow! Steve Glazer is leading in both $$$ and polling.

    Looks like a public servant devoted to the people and not the union whores will be our next assemblyman.

    Congratulations, Assemblyman!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Glazer will be supporting Tim Sbranti in the General election because he will come in 3rd in the primary. He can't beat Tim and he can't beat the Republican woman.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has more than half the posts on this string.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Anon 8:59, your candidate has more money right now, but is not ahead in the polls. If you knew anything about politics you would know that CTA will do an independent expenditure for Tim Sbranti, which will more than make up the money gap.

    What do Tim Sbranti, Joan Buchanan, Susan Bonilla, Tom Torlakson and Mark DeSaulnier all have in common?

    They all had the endorsements of Teachers, Nurses, Deputy Sheriffs, Labor Councils, Democratic party, etc. This gives them the phone bankers and precinct walkers they need to win. Your candidate will have very few endorsements and the hundreds of volunteers needed to win this campaign.

    This is how it is in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Politics 1A !

    ReplyDelete
  53. Agree with the above post. Sbranti has too much support, money and volunteers. He comes in first and the woman comes in second. In the general run off Sbranti wins running away with the election.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Wow, union whores--TEMPER, TEMPER!

    You are so stunned and blindsighted as to how poorly your trained union whore is doing that you are in the land of denial.

    Ouch! The public has spoken in the polls and in terms of donations, and Branti doesn't come anywhere close. At this point he won't even make the runoff. Must really have bitten you hard in the ass. Contra Costa County seat will stay in CCC. Oh yeah! Politcs A, B, and C=ASSMEBLYMAN STEVE GLAZER.

    As the 'East Bay Citizen' points out:


    ASSEMBLY 16
    AD 20.......End Cash..1Q-In.....1Q-Out
    GLAZER......$429,608 $150,189 $ 48,950
    SBRANTI.....$126,442 $117,761 $ 97,577
    BAKER.......$139,965 $ 50,990 $ 18,524
    ARNERICH....$ 66,823 $ 9,760 $ 15,878

    Looks like it will be ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE GLAZER, as evidenced by the most money and support of the public, not the union whores.

    Hey, can't dispute logic and FACTS.

    You lose, Space HO!

    OH YEAH!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Glazer won't even get into the top two. It will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman, Baker (the only woman in the race.) Tim will have too many precinct walkers and volunteers plus money from police,fire, teachers and nurses to lose. He will also have both Glazer's and Arnerich's support in the general election.

    It's not a Contra Costa seat even though they have a few more registered voters. It's a Democratic seat for sure though as more and more progressives make up the district. It's gone from Contra Costa to Alameda County to Contra Costa with Joan Buchanan. It will go back to Alameda again since Tim has all the major Contra Costa and Alameda Democrats lined up in support, including Joan Buchanan who is extremely popular in the district, and will most likely appear with him at campaign events and mail pieces.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Last time I checked having endorsements of union whores was nothing to brag about. That and their hordes of members money, which the members don't want spent this way, is what will be the union whores undoing.

    Common sense 101! Oh yeah!

    ReplyDelete
  57. Glazer won't even get into the top two. It will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman, Baker (the only woman in the race.) Tim will have too many precinct walkers and volunteers plus money from police,fire, teachers and nurses to lose. He will also have both Glazer's and Arnerich's support in the general election.

    It's not a Contra Costa seat even though they have a few more registered voters. It's a Democratic seat for sure though as more and more progressives make up the district. It's gone from Contra Costa to Alameda County to Contra Costa with Joan Buchanan. It will go back to Alameda again since Tim has all the major Contra Costa and Alameda Democrats lined up in support, including Joan Buchanan who is extremely popular in the district, and will most likely appear with him at campaign events and mail pieces.

    ReplyDelete
  58. As we overheard Chauncey and Edgar on BART talking about the Contra Costa County Assembly election:

    Chauncey: Hey, Edgar? You going to be supporting our big-time union whore, Branti?

    Edgar: What you mean, Chauncey?

    Chauncey: Well, we unions are all bankrolling Branti. He's our dyed in wool union whore whom we're sending up to Sac. Town. He'll do right by us and continue lavishing all the bocu bucks on us.

    Edgar: What about the public? That don't seem right to screw duh public over just so the fat cat unions can continue sucking on the public tit. That just aint right!

    Chauncey: What the fuck do you care, ma! Aint you one of us? So what if we keep screwing over the public. They too dumb to know what we has been doing to dem like forever. Anyway, if it comes down to dem or us, you know where I is going.

    Edgar: Yeah, I know. Guess I'm with you guys. If that clean Steve Glazer gets in he'll do right by the public and put an end to us union whores making off with the public's tax $$$$.

    Chauncey: Hell, yeah. Mind you. If I wasn't up there in the union hierarchy getting all that free taxpayer money I'd sure be for clean Steve Glazer. He aint going to help out no special interests, especially big-time union whores like us. Damn, wish I could do right by the public, but I needs the money that I been pickin' out of the other guy's pocket like forever. [Wink of the eye!]

    Edgar: You right, Chauncey. We got to do everything we can to get ol' Branti up there in Sac. Town to be our stooge. After all this time, I got me an allergy to work. Sides, I still got me a powerful taste for that mother's milk dat I been suckling off of the public tit like forever. [Wink, wink!]

    ReplyDelete
  59. Well folks you can see the anti-union troll has lost it pretending to be someone else at anon 3:53. You really need professional help troll. It might help you get rid of your anger after Tim Sbranti is elected, if not before.

    Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The teachers alone can turn out hundreds. Teacher support still resonates well among all voters except for the anti-union one who has half the posts on this string. (wink, wink) :)

    ReplyDelete
  60. Mrs. Miller and I will be supporting our outstanding Assemblyman Steve Glazer. We can't support novices who have no idea what they are doing and would be in above their head, Branti. We also would never support anyone who whores for the unions. The public knows that teachers and nurses' unions are nothing but whores for the special interests. They resonate with special interests only.

    We'll be supporting a breath of fresh air, ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE GLAZER 2014!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Holy cow, 6:37 you do definitely need help. I agree with most of the 4:29 post, live in Contra Costa and will walk and phone for Tim Sbranti. Yes I'm a supporter of teachers & nurses and believe that is a plus not a minus, as do many of my friends. Teachers and nurses are generally selfless individuals trying to help others and more should be in Sacramento. Most people aren't as far to the right as you are. Take a chill pill.

    ReplyDelete
  62. From April 7, 'SF Chronicle.' Thanks for printing the truth!


    Gloves off: The bell just went off for this year's heavyweight BART labor battle.

    Only instead of worker walkouts, this time the fight involves a political campaign - with labor coming out swinging in an East Bay Assembly race for Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti over Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, whose big issue is banning BART strikes.

    But the labor effort could backfire.

    As The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci reported Wednesday, teachers unions, service employees and other labor groups have poured $335,000 into an independent campaign for Sbranti, who happens to be the past president of the California Teachers Association's political action committee.

    Glazer certainly baited the bull, circulating petitions during BART workers' two strikes last year that called for banning public-transit employees from walking out.

    In the past, a big union push would spell almost certain defeat for the targeted candidate - but maybe not this time.

    A survey of 360 district voters in November by J. Moore Methods, commissioned by Glazer, found that 55 percent of those quizzed had an unfavorable opinion of public employee unions - and 77 percent looked unfavorably at BART unions.

    ReplyDelete
  63. I'm shocked that a poll commissioned by Glazer would support his opinion. I'm even more shocked that the Conservative Chron and Carla ( I hate unions) Marinucci would report that.

    Here's the truth:

    Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands.

    Guy Houston was from Dublin when he was elected. It really doesn't matter which County you are from, only how many volunteers you can get to help. The Democratic Party alone can turn out hundreds.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Thank you, 4:10 for the truth.

    Clearly, the union whores will continue to live in Fantasyland until June and later Nov. With the Lord's blessing, we'll get Steve elected outright. Otherwise his challenger in Nov. will be Catherine Baker.

    ReplyDelete
  65. Thank you 4:57 for the real truth.

    Clearly the antiunion sexist troll lives in his own dream world. It will be at best a third place finish for your candidate at best. Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman facing off in Nov.

    Temper Temper Troll------Please don't cry after the June election.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Thank you, 4:10 for the truth.

    Clearly, the union whores will continue to live in Fantasyland until June and later Nov. With the Lord's blessing, we'll get Steve elected outright. Otherwise his challenger in Nov. will be Catherine Baker.

    ReplyDelete
  67. The 'real truth?' You mean your fantasyland version of the 'truth.'

    Space HO, give it up. You and your union whores have burned the public one time too many. You trolls are finished.

    Steve Glazer will be the Assemblyman of, by [not buy], and for the people. Not the special interests. Your day is gone. Go back to the trash heap of history where you and your cronies belong.

    ReplyDelete
  68. Oh, and the 'woman' has a name. Catherine Baker.

    Stop disparaging the only female in this race, bitch. She will be Steve's opponent in Nov.

    ReplyDelete
  69. Thank you 4:57 for the real truth.

    Clearly the antiunion sexist troll lives in his own dream world. It will be at best a third place finish for your candidate at best. Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman facing off in Nov.

    Temper Temper Troll------Please don't cry after the June election.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Mrs. Miller and I will be supporting our outstanding Assemblyman Steve Glazer. We can't support novices who have no idea what they are doing and would be in above their head, Branti. We also would never support anyone who whores for the unions. The public knows that teachers and nurses' unions are nothing but whores for the special interests. They resonate with special interests only.

    We'll be supporting a breath of fresh air, ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE GLAZER 2014!

    ReplyDelete
  71. Steve Glazer, if he doesn't best them in June, will be facing Catherine Baker in November.

    Get ready, union whores, to stand up and salute your next assemblyman STEVE GLAZER!

    ReplyDelete
  72. Glazer doesn't make it to the top 2 in June. Most, except for the sexist anti-union Glazer troll, don't expect him to. The political scenario from analysts has the Republican, and only woman, Baker and Tim Sbranti in the run off. Tim has the Democratic Party with their hundreds of volunteers along with the teacher money. Tim wins the November election in a not so close race, with the other Dems. supporting him.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Here's what will happen in the 2014 elections according to political predictions in our District.

    Arnerich and Glazer will split the anti-union vote along with the Republican. Tim Sbranti will get plurality of votes because there are many more progressives in the District now and with Joan Buchanan and other popular electeds helping him along with a multitude of volunteers, he's a cinch to be in the runoff with the Republican woman.

    Glazer and Arnerich will endorse Tim Sbranti in the General and it will be a lopsided victory for Tim since the district is now firmly in Democratic hands and Tim will have the most volunteers.

    Tim Sbranti will be the people's choice in June and November.

    ReplyDelete
  74. Here's another reason Tim Sbranti will win. This is a quote from Tim after receiving the NOW endorsement:

    Being a champion for women’s issues has always been a no-brainer to me. I’m a son, a husband, a brother and a new father to a baby girl. Issues like women’s reproductive rights, stopping violence against women, and equal pay for equal work, always have been and always will be a top priority to me.

    That’s why it’s with great pride and gratitude I announce that I have received the support of the CA chapter of the National Organization for Women, in my campaign for State Assembly. I can’t wait to continue to advocate for equality and justice for all women, in Sacramento.

    ReplyDelete
  75. No matter how outrageous the issue may be, you can count on Sbranti to vote exactly how the CTA tells him to.

    Any measure to reform teacher discipline or evaluation, he will reject. Education spending makes up almost half the state budget and Sbranti will have a rubber-stamp vote on every single education issue.

    From his own website, the following---
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Sbranti emerged as a statewide leader in education, particularly in his role as the Chair of the Political Involvement Committee of the California Teachers Association, one of California’s largest unions.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    Would you elect a rubber stamp?
    Actually on ANY labor issue, especially involving public employees, Sbranti is gonna be a rubber stamp.

    ReplyDelete
  76. A nursery rhyme that goes like this forbodes well what the outcome will be:

    An old union whore sits on the wall.
    An old union whore will have a great fall.
    All the whores money and all the whores men
    won't put ol' Branti back together again.

    It's over; the end!

    ReplyDelete
  77. There are so many things more important than the antiunion sexist troll's hatred of unions.

    Clearly the antiunion sexist troll lives in his own dream world. It will be at best a third place finish for your candidate at best. Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman Baker facing off in Nov.

    Temper Temper Troll------Please don't cry after the June election.

    ReplyDelete
  78. Too bad for you, bitch.

    Your whore doesn't make it. Glazer with the people takes it!

    ReplyDelete
  79. Well the sexist antiunion Troll at 8:34 sure has a Temper. If you stay on your meds it might help you think clearly. When you get this upset it means you think Tim Sbranti will win for sure. All your ranting and raving and calling people names won't help. It just shows people how unstable you are!

    Glazer won't even get into the top two. It will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman, Baker (the only woman in the race.) Tim will have too many precinct walkers and volunteers plus money from police,fire, teachers and nurses to lose. He will also have both Glazer's and Arnerich's support in the general election.

    ReplyDelete
  80. As the first poster correctly stated and we shall re-emphasize for your tiny brain to grasp:

    Too bad for you, bitch.

    Your whore doesn't make it. Glazer with the people takes it!

    ReplyDelete
  81. There are so many things more important than the antiunion sexist troll's hatred of unions.

    Clearly the antiunion sexist troll lives in his own dream world. It will be at best a third place finish for your candidate at best. Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman Baker facing off in Nov.

    Temper Temper Troll------Please don't cry after the June election.

    ReplyDelete
  82. I live in Contra Costa and I'm a moderate Democrat. I don't belong to a union but do ride BART to work. If police and fire support Tim Sbranti, so will I. It's all about public safety for my family.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Wow--what a dumb ass 12:06 and :12

    If the SF Chronicle supports Steve Glazer that's good enough for me. It's all about honesty and integrity for my family.

    ReplyDelete
  84. Way too little and too late.

    People can't stand the stink that is him and his kind.

    ReplyDelete
  85. Anon 6:42 was another unintelligent post by the Glazer supporter who can't even say anything good about his candidate. That's why most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate. It is about honesty and integrity, and that's why Tim Sbranti will win!

    ReplyDelete
  86. 12:41 read 11:57 _____most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate.

    ReplyDelete

  87. Thank you 'SF Chronicle' for choosing our next Assemblyman, CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014, the people's choice!



    Steve Glazer obviously upset Sacramento's status quo. Organized labor groups already have spent nearly $1 million to deny the Orinda councilman election to the state Assembly seat that reaches from east of the Berkeley hills to the Tri-Valley. Their smear campaign against him has been as disingenuous as it is disgusting.

    To a fair-minded voter, the unions' vehemence might seem oddly out of scale in view of the relatively minor policy differences between Glazer and labor's favorite in the race, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a longtime teacher and coach who once oversaw the California Teachers Association's political action committee.

    There's no doubt that Sbranti would fit in just fine with the Democratic majority at the State Capitol. He's engaging, studied and resolutely party line.

    Glazer is more the maverick who is willing to declare his independence when he sees the party veering from the public interest. One high-profile example was his campaign to prohibit BART strikes on the argument that mass transit is an essential public service and a matter of health and safety.

    Another is his stated willingness to reform the California Environmental Quality Act to curb abuses that have nothing to do with protecting natural resources, such as labor unions using its legal tools to extract concessions or businesses trying to stymie competition.

    Glazer also has refused to answer any questionnaires from groups that do not make their answers public. One of the dirty secrets of California politics is that special interests use these questionnaires to extract private pledges from candidates as a condition of endorsements and campaign contributions.

    While Glazer won't play that game, Sbranti declined our request to see the questionnaires he has filled out.

    Labor has made Glazer's defeat one of its 2014 priorities. It has flooded the district with volunteers and a social media campaign that has attempted to use his work as a consultant to a state Chamber of Commerce political action committee to link him, however flimsily, to Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco and other poll-tested villains.

    It doesn't wash.

    In truth, Sbranti has received direct contributions from some of the very sources (Chevron, PG&E, home builders) that are being used against Glazer, who has served as an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown at various points over more than three decades. The records of both Democrats make plain that neither is going to be a pawn of big business.

    Catharine Baker, a Republican attorney, appears to have a solid chance of making the November runoff against one of the Democrats. She is clearly more deferential to business and further to the right than Glazer or Sbranti on guns, education reforms and social issues.

    The third Democrat in the race, Danville Councilman Newell Arnerich, has been largely overshadowed in the proxy war over Glazer and Sbranti. Arnerich has an appealing grassroots pitch, but he lacks his fellow Democrats' experience in statewide politics.

    Sacramento needs more strong, independent voices to challenge the dogma of the status quo. Glazer is our choice in the June 3 primary.

    ReplyDelete
  88. Sierra Club California Endorses Sbranti for Assembly

    May 5, 2014 -The Tim Sbranti for Assembly campaign gained another valuable endorsement today from Sierra Club California. The 150,000 member environmental organization noted Sbranti’s strong environmental record in their baking of the Dublin Mayor and teacher.

    “Tim Sbranti has an impressive record on environmental issues. He has been a leader in his region on clean energy, recycled water and LED conservation efforts. He will be a great addition to the State Assembly, and he has our support.” - Mike Daley, Executive Committee member, Sierra Club Mount Diablo Regional Group.

    ReplyDelete
  89. Have great respect for the Sierra Club, though every once and a while they get it wrong. Usually due to undo union whore influence.

    This is one of those times.

    ReplyDelete
  90. And yet another endorsement for Tim:

    The Livermore Independent recommends Tim Sbranti for District 16 in the State Assembly. His background in education and civic service would provide an experienced local voice at the state level.

    The 16th Assembly District includes Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Four candidates are seeking to replace Joan Buchanan. The primary election will be held June 3, 2014.

    Newell Arnerich, Catharine Baker, Steve Glazer, and Tim Sbranti are on the ballot. The top two will be on the November 2014 ballot, regardless of party affiliation.

    As the Mayor of Dublin, Sbranti has been pro business and pro labor. His pro environment stands will add to the quality of life for Dublin and the Tri-Valley. During his time in office, policies have brought businesses and jobs to Dublin. The city’s climate action plan, and his support of the current Open Space Initiative are examples of Sbranti being able to work for the betterment of all.

    Sbranti stated that the business climate in the state could be improved through investment in infrastructure, such as BART to Livermore. He would not change environmental laws, rather he would put the focus on making bureaucracy more efficient. He points out that environmental laws have created jobs and enhanced the quality of life for people in the state.
    He is opposed to the two tunnel system proposed by Governor Brown to carry water around the Delta, calling it bad for the environment, costly and providing no solution to the water problems.
    As a teacher, Sbranti has gained understanding of the issues schools face and the importance of education to improving the economy.

    His strong support of education has led the incumbent, Joan Buchanan, to endorse him.

    Sbranti's experience in public service, both as mayor and a public educator, puts him in a solid position to take on the challenges facing schools, the environment, employment and business.

    ReplyDelete
  91. Heard the unions trash talk Steve Glazer on the radio this morning. They're really shitting in their pants; they're guy will do about as well as HO-yashi!

    ReplyDelete
  92. Most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate.

    ReplyDelete
  93. Heard the unions trash talk Steve Glazer on the radio this morning. They're really shitting in their pants; their guy will do about as well as HO-yashi!

    ReplyDelete
  94. Most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate.

    ReplyDelete
  95. Most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate.

    ReplyDelete
  96. Just voted for Tim Sbranti and here is why.

    Steve Glazer is a political consultant who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a corporate interest group funded by tobacco companies, oil companies, real estate developers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. If elected to to the state legislature Glazer would work to pass laws that benefit them and rubber stamp their issues.

    Tim Sbranti in contrast, is a statewide leader in education, a classroom teacher and effective local leader. Under his fiscal leadership he transformed Dublin from a city suffering from serious budget deficits into a city with a budget surplus, without sacrificing major cuts to community services.

    ReplyDelete
  97. And yet another endorsement for Tim:

    The Livermore Independent recommends Tim Sbranti for District 16 in the State Assembly. His background in education and civic service would provide an experienced local voice at the state level.

    The 16th Assembly District includes Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Four candidates are seeking to replace Joan Buchanan. The primary election will be held June 3, 2014.

    Newell Arnerich, Catharine Baker, Steve Glazer, and Tim Sbranti are on the ballot. The top two will be on the November 2014 ballot, regardless of party affiliation.

    As the Mayor of Dublin, Sbranti has been pro business and pro labor. His pro environment stands will add to the quality of life for Dublin and the Tri-Valley. During his time in office, policies have brought businesses and jobs to Dublin. The city’s climate action plan, and his support of the current Open Space Initiative are examples of Sbranti being able to work for the betterment of all.

    Sbranti stated that the business climate in the state could be improved through investment in infrastructure, such as BART to Livermore. He would not change environmental laws, rather he would put the focus on making bureaucracy more efficient. He points out that environmental laws have created jobs and enhanced the quality of life for people in the state.

    He is opposed to the two tunnel system proposed by Governor Brown to carry water around the Delta, calling it bad for the environment, costly and providing no solution to the water problems.

    As a teacher, Sbranti has gained understanding of the issues schools face and the importance of education to improving the economy.

    His strong support of education has led the incumbent, Joan Buchanan, to endorse him.

    Sbranti's experience in public service, both as mayor and a public educator, puts him in a solid position to take on the challenges facing schools, the environment, employment and business.

    ReplyDelete

  98. We believe that teachers belong in the classroom. To that end, we will be voting for clean STEVE GLAZER 2014. The future assemblyman knows that, too. We all need to send Steve to Sacramento and his opponent back to the classroom, where he belongs.

    Teachers have no business in the capital; that's the place for qualified legislators. Teachers belong in the classroom, implementing the policy that the qualified legislators have passed.

    Let's all do our part by supporting clean STEVE GLAZER 2014! He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE candidate!

    ReplyDelete
  99. That guy Glazer is bought and paid for by the corporate interest groups. He's not clean at all.

    Why the hell would anyone put a fox in the hen house? He'll bankrupt the treasury and give it all away to the corporate lobbyists.

    That's why my family voted for Tim Sbranti. Tim also did amazing things in his city to bring people together on issues, rather than tear them apart like you and your candidate.

    ReplyDelete

  100. Thank you 'SF Chronicle' for choosing our next Assemblyman, CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014, the people's choice!



    Steve Glazer obviously upset Sacramento's status quo. Organized labor groups already have spent nearly $1 million to deny the Orinda councilman election to the state Assembly seat that reaches from east of the Berkeley hills to the Tri-Valley. Their smear campaign against him has been as disingenuous as it is disgusting.

    To a fair-minded voter, the unions' vehemence might seem oddly out of scale in view of the relatively minor policy differences between Glazer and labor's favorite in the race, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a longtime teacher and coach who once oversaw the California Teachers Association's political action committee.

    There's no doubt that Sbranti would fit in just fine with the Democratic majority at the State Capitol. He's engaging, studied and resolutely party line.

    Glazer is more the maverick who is willing to declare his independence when he sees the party veering from the public interest. One high-profile example was his campaign to prohibit BART strikes on the argument that mass transit is an essential public service and a matter of health and safety.

    Another is his stated willingness to reform the California Environmental Quality Act to curb abuses that have nothing to do with protecting natural resources, such as labor unions using its legal tools to extract concessions or businesses trying to stymie competition.

    Glazer also has refused to answer any questionnaires from groups that do not make their answers public. One of the dirty secrets of California politics is that special interests use these questionnaires to extract private pledges from candidates as a condition of endorsements and campaign contributions.

    While Glazer won't play that game, Sbranti declined our request to see the questionnaires he has filled out.

    Labor has made Glazer's defeat one of its 2014 priorities. It has flooded the district with volunteers and a social media campaign that has attempted to use his work as a consultant to a state Chamber of Commerce political action committee to link him, however flimsily, to Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco and other poll-tested villains.

    It doesn't wash.

    In truth, Sbranti has received direct contributions from some of the very sources (Chevron, PG&E, home builders) that are being used against Glazer, who has served as an adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown at various points over more than three decades. The records of both Democrats make plain that neither is going to be a pawn of big business.

    Catharine Baker, a Republican attorney, appears to have a solid chance of making the November runoff against one of the Democrats. She is clearly more deferential to business and further to the right than Glazer or Sbranti on guns, education reforms and social issues.

    The third Democrat in the race, Danville Councilman Newell Arnerich, has been largely overshadowed in the proxy war over Glazer and Sbranti. Arnerich has an appealing grassroots pitch, but he lacks his fellow Democrats' experience in statewide politics.

    Sacramento needs more strong, independent voices to challenge the dogma of the status quo. Glazer is our choice in the June 3 primary.

    ReplyDelete
  101. Tim Sbranti is our choice because:

    Steve Glazer is a political consultant who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a corporate interest group funded by tobacco companies, oil companies, real estate developers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. If elected to to the state legislature Glazer would work to pass laws that benefit them and rubber stamp their issues.

    Tim Sbranti in contrast, is a statewide leader in education, a classroom teacher and effective local leader. Under his fiscal leadership he transformed Dublin from a city suffering from serious budget deficits into a city with a budget surplus, without sacrificing major cuts to community services.

    ReplyDelete
  102. We believe that teachers belong in the classroom. To that end, we will be voting for clean STEVE GLAZER 2014. The future assemblyman knows that, too. We all need to send Steve to Sacramento and his opponent back to the classroom, where he belongs.

    Teachers have no business in the capital; that's the place for qualified legislators. Teachers belong in the classroom, implementing the policy that the qualified legislators have passed.

    Let's all do our part by supporting clean STEVE GLAZER 2014! He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE candidate!

    ReplyDelete
  103. Most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate.

    ReplyDelete
  104. Most of us will not be supporting Tim Branti. He is one who whores and has the support the union whores, and others who are sluts for the entrenched union bosses.

    Assemblyman Steve Glazer is the people's choice 2014!

    ReplyDelete
  105. That guy Glazer is bought and paid for by the corporate interest groups. He's not the people's choice in 2014 at all.

    Why the hell would anyone put a fox in the hen house? He'll bankrupt the treasury and give it all away to the corporate lobbyists who are supporting him and screwing the middle class.

    That's why my family voted for Tim Sbranti. Tim also did amazing things in his city to bring people together on issues, rather than tear them apart like you and your candidate. That's why Tim is supported by just about all the consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  106. My family and I just voted for Steve Glazer since he isn't a puppet of the entrenched special interests. He's definitely not controlled by big business. After all of the accusations and counter-accusations, we did our homework. He is the best hope of having an independent-minded Democrat in Sacramento and who has an excellent repoire with Jerry Brown. The man knows how to say 'NO' to the unions, which want to bankrupt California and have done a pretty good job so far!

    ReplyDelete
  107. Most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate.

    ReplyDelete
  108. That guy Branti is bought and paid for by the corrupt special interest union whores. He's the dirty unions choice in 2014!

    Why the hell would anyone put that crooked fox in the hen house? He'll bankrupt CA and give it all away to the union whores, who are supporting him and continue screwing the rest of us.

    That's why my family voted for CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014. Steve has done amazing things in his city to bring people together on issues, rather than tear them apart like Branti. That's why Steve is supported by just about all the consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  109. CLEAN is not a name for Glazer. Glazer is not CLEAN at all. Looks like the anti-union sexist troll is posting for the corporate lap dog Glazer again. This doesn't make him sound like a breath of fresh air. Glazer sounds like a dirty politician.

    Steve Glazer is a political consultant who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a corporate interest group funded by tobacco companies, oil companies, real estate developers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. If elected to to the state legislature Glazer would work to pass laws that benefit them and rubber stamp their issues.

    Tim Sbranti in contrast, is a statewide leader in education, a classroom teacher and effective local leader. Under his fiscal leadership he transformed Dublin from a city suffering from serious budget deficits into a city with a budget surplus, without sacrificing major cuts to community services.

    Hope the Glazer troll doesn't cry when he reads this? Better yet read Tim Sbranti's website and you will see that Tim not your candidate is supported by consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups like the Sierra Club, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  110. LIES! LIES! LIES!


    I see the the shill is trying to directly link oil and tobacco companies to Glazer, rather than being paid as a consultant by JobsPAC. If you only would have gone 1-2 degrees further - you could say Glazer tax dollars are paying public unions - which are funding Sbranti's war chest. So you see, oil & tobacco are funding Sbranti's campaign!

    Of course, I don't see any effort to dig into Sbranti's political donation history before he became the unions' darling. If the shill did, he might have mentioned Sbranti's donations from PG&E and 3 donations from Chevron.

    The shill might have even mentioned the disgusting push polling tactics supporters of Sbranti are conducting in AD16 - a race & class baiting tactic straight out of the Republican playbook on how to manipulate low information voters in southern states.

    Now let's see how well that tactic works in AD16 - with Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore - the voters are not exactly low-information, and might actually care about where their tax dollars go.

    Oh, and it's only odd that the author did not mention any of this with the assumption the shill himself did in fact write this hit piece and not the Sbranti campaign - which in that case its totally understandable!

    Get ready to cry Tuesday night, union whores, when your stooge goes down to defeat bigtime. Will be CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014 v. Catharine Baker. Either way, seat stays in Contra Costa County!

    ReplyDelete
  111. Most of us will be supporting Tim Sbranti. He is one who works towards compromise and has the support of moderates, independents, democrats, consumers, police, fire, nurses, teachers, environmentalists, seniors, women, and others who care about multiple issues that matter to voters and not just one issue like your candidate.

    ReplyDelete
  112. That guy Branti is bought and paid for by the corrupt special interest union whores. He's the dirty unions choice in 2014!

    Why the hell would anyone put that crooked fox in the hen house? He'll bankrupt CA and give it all away to the union whores, who are supporting him and continue screwing the rest of us.

    That's why my family voted for CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014. Steve has done amazing things in his city to bring people together on issues, rather than tear them apart like Branti. That's why Steve is supported by just about all the consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  113. CLEAN is not a name for Glazer. Glazer is not CLEAN at all. Looks like the anti-union sexist troll is posting for the corporate lap dog Glazer again. This doesn't make him sound like a breath of fresh air. Glazer sounds like a dirty politician.

    Steve Glazer is a political consultant who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a corporate interest group funded by tobacco companies, oil companies, real estate developers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. If elected to to the state legislature Glazer would work to pass laws that benefit them and rubber stamp their issues.

    Tim Sbranti in contrast, is a statewide leader in education, a classroom teacher and effective local leader. Under his fiscal leadership he transformed Dublin from a city suffering from serious budget deficits into a city with a budget surplus, without sacrificing major cuts to community services.

    ReplyDelete
  114. We believe that teachers belong in the classroom. To that end, we will be voting for clean STEVE GLAZER 2014. The future assemblyman knows that, too. We all need to send Steve to Sacramento and his opponent back to the classroom, where he belongs.

    Teachers have no business in the capital; that's the place for qualified legislators. Teachers belong in the classroom, implementing the policy that the qualified legislators have passed.

    Let's all do our part by supporting clean STEVE GLAZER 2014! He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE candidate!

    ReplyDelete
  115. I agree with most of the 11:54 post, live in Contra Costa and will walk and phone for Tim Sbranti. Yes I'm a supporter of teachers & nurses and believe that is a plus not a minus, as do many of my friends. Teachers and nurses are generally selfless individuals trying to help others and more should be in Sacramento. Most people aren't as far to the right as you are.

    ReplyDelete
  116. We agree:

    That guy Branti is bought and paid for by the corrupt special interest union whores. He's the dirty unions choice in 2014!

    Why the hell would anyone put that crooked fox in the hen house? He'll bankrupt CA and give it all away to the union whores, who are supporting him and continue screwing the rest of us.

    That's why my family voted for CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014. Steve has done amazing things in his city to bring people together on issues, rather than tear them apart like Branti. That's why Steve is supported by just about all the consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  117. Steve Glazer is not clean. He has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest crooks that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent over two million dollars on his campaign.

    Tim Sbranti, on the other hand, is a teacher who is used to compromise and trying to find situations that help all. That's why he is endorsed by Nurses, Police, Fire, the Democratic Party, Consumer groups, Environmental groups, Seniors, Women groups, our current Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and many others.

    Look at his site---Tim Sbranti.com

    ReplyDelete