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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sbranti Adds Another $100,000 from Labor; $485,000 total in Last 30 days

Tim Sbranti
ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | In the last month, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti’s campaign for the 16th Assembly District has attracted independent expenditures of over $485,000, as of Tuesday. One of his challenger, Orinda Councilmember Steve Glazer, well-known for his strong stance against the BART strike last year, criticized the massive infusion of campaign funds last week.

Undaunted, Sbranti, received two additional independent expenditures on Tuesday totaling another $100,000. Both Glazer and Sbranti are Democrats

The latest contributions came from the Professional Engineers in California Government PAC and the State Buildings and Construction Trades Council of California PAC. Seven of the eight donations were collected since Mar. 17, the end of the first quarter finance report period. Furthermore, Sbranti has received $200,000 combined from labor PACs in just the last seven days.

Labor’s interest in opposing Glazer is not a surprise after he forcefully called for a ban on BART strikes following the roller coaster negotiations between the union last fall and transit management. Despite an agreement ending resident's daily transportation uncertainty, Glazer has continued to use residual angst over the BART strikes to his advantage.

The open 16th Assembly District seat includes Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton in Alameda County and San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek and the Lamorinda area of Contra Costa County.

Democratic Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich and Republican Catharine Baker are also candidates in the June 3 primary, but it is Sbranti who has been able to attract labor’s time and money. In addition, Sbranti reported a campaign balance of just over $100,000 last month.

Glazer is hardly short on cash, himself, according to campaign finance reports. He reported an ending balance of over $429,000, more than enough to match Sbranti’s independent expenditure deposits.

71 comments :

Anyone who is this far down in the pocket of special interests is disgusting. And anyone who brands themselves as "anti-union"--choosing not just to occasionally disagree with, but to actively vilify and work against working people fighting for good wages and benefits--is even worse.

I'm liking Arnerich more and more every day.

Sbranti's hundreds of thousands, that may rise to a million, may soon become a anchor around his neck.
Without question he is the one you vote for if you want to keep on giving public employees what ever they ask for.

Assuming he and Glazer are the top two, I don't think that 1000% union candidate will fare all that well.
And looking at Sbranti's former position as Chair of the Political Involvement Committee of the California Teachers Association you have to wonder if he'd EVER vote for anything the teachers didn't want.

Anything to do with education reform would be out of the question if it endangered any of the multitude of protections the CTA gives to teachers whether they are good or terrible.

Not that many in the public liked the sweet heart deal that the BART board gave to the union when they rolled over at the end. The public was not pleased.
One of the more interesting battles this spring and fall.

I'd say Glazer wins it by 3% in November as the unions overplay their hand.

I'm supporting the woman candidate. She seems to be the only one remotely independent of all the special interest money.

The unions are purposely pushing both Baker and Arnerich because they know that Steve Glazer is the strongest opponent to dyed in wool, union whore, Branti. THEY ARE BEGGING YOU TO SPLIT THE VOTE TO ENSURE THAT ONE OF THOSE TWO GOES UP AGAINST TIM. Prove them wrong and support ONLY Steve. He is the real deal.

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! He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

Not in the pocket of the unions. Vote for clean Steve Glazer!

Well the 9:08 post above is once again the very same foul-mouthed antiunion Troll who spews his venom against all working people all the time. Not to mention he is a caveman sexist Troll who gives in to his temper and hatred of working families on just about every article. Thank you for telling us who you support, so we can vote for someone else. Tim Sbranti for the rest of us because he's not sexist, supports working people and doesn't resort to foul language. I don't belong to a union but do support good wages and benefits for working families. Sbranti and Baker will be the top two.

The unions are purposely pushing both Baker and Arnerich because they know that Steve Glazer is the strongest opponent to dyed in wool, union whore, Branti. THEY ARE BEGGING YOU TO SPLIT THE VOTE TO ENSURE THAT ONE OF THOSE TWO GOES UP AGAINST TIM. Prove them wrong and support ONLY Steve. He is the real deal.

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! He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

Not in the pocket of the unions. Vote for clean Steve Glazer!

Can't vote for Glazer when he's got supporters like you. Talk about a sexist. You belong back in the 18th century 6:41 and 6:44 (same person). There are a lot more issues I care about than your single minded hatred of unions. I'll be voting for Tim Sbranti and so will many of my friends. I doubt your candidate will even be in the run off. I think even you are starting to realize that. We need more teachers in Sacramento.

Sbranti's hundreds of thousands, that may rise to a million, may soon become a anchor around his neck.
Without question he is the one you vote for if you want to keep on giving public employees what ever they ask for.

Assuming he and Glazer are the top two, I don't think that 1000% union candidate will fare all that well.
And looking at Sbranti's former position as Chair of the Political Involvement Committee of the California Teachers Association you have to wonder if he'd EVER vote for anything the teachers didn't want.

Anything to do with education reform would be out of the question if it endangered any of the multitude of protections the CTA gives to teachers whether they are good or terrible.

Not that many in the public liked the sweet heart deal that the BART board gave to the union when they rolled over at the end. The public was not pleased.
One of the more interesting battles this spring and fall.

I'd say Glazer wins it by 3% in November as the unions overplay their hand.

You are assuming Glazer makes 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.

I'm not a union member although I do ride BART. There are so many other issues that effect our way of life. Public safety is number one. If police and fire support Tim Sbranti, and they do, this moderate to conservative voter will support Tim also.

Sbranti's hundreds of thousands, that may rise to a million, may soon become a anchor around his neck.
Without question he is the one you vote for if you want to keep on giving public employees what ever they ask for.

Assuming he and Glazer are the top two, I don't think that 1000% union candidate will fare all that well.
And looking at Sbranti's former position as Chair of the Political Involvement Committee of the California Teachers Association you have to wonder if he'd EVER vote for anything the teachers didn't want.

Anything to do with education reform would be out of the question if it endangered any of the multitude of protections the CTA gives to teachers whether they are good or terrible.

Not that many in the public liked the sweet heart deal that the BART board gave to the union when they rolled over at the end. The public was not pleased.
One of the more interesting battles this spring and fall.

I'd say Glazer wins it by 3% in November as the unions overplay their hand.

You are assuming Glazer makes 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.

And it's going to remain in Contra Costa County!

Oink! Oink!

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.

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 Baker.

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.

Wink! Wink!

Police and fire are supporting Tim Sbranti....went to his website and looked. I think public safety is paramount, and since I'm a conservative Democrat, that's good enough for me!

Oh, and 12:39 AM, you're the same mega, union whore who has been kissing ass all along.

We've got your corrupt number!

Thanks to Steve for the following:

I want to wish everyone a meaningful Earth Day. In the Bay Area, we sometimes take our beautiful environment for granted. This is risky, because environmental stewardship requires ongoing vigilance. Our clean air and water, bays, forests, grasslands and creeks won't stay protected unless they are a part of every discussion.

Earth Day Fact: Every day that the BART trains don't run, 16 million pounds of carbon is spewed into the air due to increased vehicle emissions. The environment can't afford another strike!

Can't vote for Glazer when he's got supporters like you. Talk about a sexist. You belong back in the 18th century 2:57. There are a lot more issues I care about than your single minded hatred of unions. I'll be voting for Tim Sbranti and so will many of my friends. I doubt your candidate will even be in the run off. I think even you are starting to realize that. We need more teachers in Sacramento.

From Sbranti's website: Look for it on his mailers.

“I am honored to endorse Tim Sbranti for State Assembly. As an educator, Tim understands the challenges our schools face and the importance of education to improving our economy. As Mayor of Dublin, Tim understands the challenges of our cities of ensuring our quality of life and attracting new businesses. He also understands the need to be fiscally responsible and live within our budget. His knowledge and experience will prove to be valuable assets in the Assembly.”

-Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

President of CA-NOW praises Tim Sbranti's commitment to women’s issues:

Tuesday- The California chapter of the National Organization for Women today endorsed Tim Sbranti for State Assembly. Sbranti is running to replace Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan who will be termed out at the end of this year. Buchanan also supports the Dublin Mayor and teacher.

Patricia Bellasalma, President of CA-NOW said:

“Tim Sbranti has proven commitment to be a leader in the fight for equality and justice for all women. He is on the right side of the issues we fight so hard for, like equal pay for equal work, women’s reproductive rights, ending violence against women and LGBT rights. We are confident he will be a strong leader on these issues in Sacramento, that’s why we enthusiastically support Tim Sbranti for State Assembly.”

Sbranti has a broad base of local female leaders already supporting his campaign including State Senator Loni Hancok, incumbent Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, and Assemblymember Susan Bonilla. Other statewide organizations backing Sbranti include AFSCME-CA, the California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, California Democratic Party and California Professional Firefighters. See a full list of endorsements on his website.

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.

Can't vote for Glazer when he's got supporters like you. Talk about a sexist. You belong back in the 18th century 1:36 & 1:37. There are a lot more issues I care about than your single minded hatred of unions. I'll be voting for Tim Sbranti and so will many of my friends. I doubt your candidate will even be in the run off. I think even you are starting to realize that. We need more teachers in Sacramento.

Teachers belong in the classroom, doing their assigned work. They most definitely do NOT belong in the legislature trolling on behalf of their fat cat union whores.

Can't vote for Glazer when he's got supporters like you. Talk about a sexist. You belong back in the 18th century 11:30 and 11:31(same person). There are a lot more issues I care about than your single minded hatred of unions. I'll be voting for Tim Sbranti and so will many of my friends. I doubt your candidate will even be in the run off. I think even you are starting to realize that. We need more teachers in Sacramento.

News flash: Branti has the union whores!

CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014 is the People's Choice.

He has the people!

Oh, by the way. You won't be voting for anyone in this race, since your ragged and whoring ass doesn't even live in the district. That's right. We know!

Go be a crybaby to someone who gives a shit, since we sure as hell don't.

I'm not a union member although I do ride BART. There are so many other issues that effect our way of life. Public safety is number one. If police and fire support Tim Sbranti, and they do, this moderate to conservative voter will support Tim also.

Tim Sbranti's statement after he received support from NOW:

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.

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

“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 California League of Conservation Voters.

“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.

Too bad for you, bitch.

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

It's obvious the above sexist poster at 8:35 and his many other posts doesn't like unions and is a hater. He also doesn't understand the top 2 election system in Ca. With all his endorsements and precinct walkers it will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman Baker in a run-off in November. Tim Sbranti will win that easily because of the new make up of the District. He will get Glazer's endorsement in the Nov. election----you can bet your house on it.

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!

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.

This is just the latest announcement from the Tim Sbranti campaign website:

I am so proud to announce that today I received the very important endorsement of the Livermore Independent newspaper. They know that I am the only candidate in this race with the background and knowledge to represent us in Sacramento. They point out my strong environmental stance, as well as my ability to work with business to bring jobs to our area. My strong understanding of education funding, as they point out, is why our current Assemblymember Joan Buchanan has endorsed me to replace her in the Assembly.

p.s. Do you really think calling people names does you or your candidate any good? Are you a middle schooler?

Way too little and too late.

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

Anon 6:45 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.

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.

The Sierra Club of California just endorsed Sbranti for Assembly.

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 backing 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.


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.

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.

The above is what will happen in the minds of the union whore day-dreaming political hacks.

The rest of us will be supporting our next ASSEMBLYMAN STEVE GLAZER 2014!

The people's choice!

Better tell your man to get ready to endorse Steve after trashing him when he goes up against Baker in Nov.!

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.

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!

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.

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!

If you can say it twice, so can I. 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.

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.

I can't support novices who have no idea what they are doing and are in over their head either. That's why I won't be voting for Glazer who has done nothing for the less fortunate, lies to the voters, takes over a million dollars from corporate interests in independent expenditures and only cares about one issue. He has nothing to offer!

I'll be voting for the experienced and thoughtful Tim Sbranti who has accomplished many things as a teacher and Mayor of Dublin that have helped the middle and lower class. There are so many things more important than the antiunion sexist troll's hatred of unions. Public safety is one of them and that's why Tim is supported by Police and Fire, Nurses and Environmental groups.


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!

Just voted for Tim Sbranti and here's why! Tim is the people's choice and Glazer is the corporate choice.

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.


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.

And yet another endorsement for Tim: It makes more sense.

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.

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!

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.

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!

If you look at Tim Sbranti's website you will see the large number of diverse groups that are endorsing Tim. They are not just unions, but consumers, seniors, environmentalists, youth, women, conservatives, moderates, and independents.

Your candidate by contrast, has gotten most of his money from corporate interest groups who want to stick it to the middle and lower classes. Looks like Tim is the people's choice in 2014, although your candidate sure has sexist support as proved by your posts.

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!

I can't support novices who have no idea what they are doing and are in over their head either. That's why I won't be voting for Glazer who has done nothing for the less fortunate, lies to the voters, takes over a million dollars from corporate interests in independent expenditures and only cares about one issue. He has nothing to offer!

I'll be voting for the experienced and thoughtful Tim Sbranti who has accomplished many things as a teacher and Mayor of Dublin that have helped the middle and lower class. There are so many things more important than the antiunion sexist troll's hatred of unions. Public safety is one of them and that's why Tim is supported by Police and Fire, Nurses and Environmental groups.

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.

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.

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!

To the Glazer Shill: What a Liar you are. Corporations have spent over 2 MILLION on trying to elect 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.

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.

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.

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!

I agree with most of the 11:53 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.

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.

To the Glazer Shill: What a Liar you are. Corporations have spent over 2 MILLION on trying to elect 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.


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!

Sbranti beats the anti union Glazer like a drum! Happy days are here again! Take that anti union troll/shill. Wasn't even close in Alameda or Contra Costa counties.

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