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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This June, take their Suggestions and do the Opposite

MEDIA | ANALYSIS |The Bay Area News Groups version of political endorsements is here, or, better understood as an editorial staff of one filing out a page on an anti-worker edition of Mad Libs. On Wednesday it somewhat surprisingly passed over Democratic apostate Steve Glazer in favor of Republican Catharine Baker in Contra Costa County’s tough 16th Assembly District.

The money would have been on Glazer taking the endorsement after he continually hit all the requisite anti-worker notes, while creating another catchy tune for the corporate conservative paper to employ—banning union endorsement questionnaires. The taste makers at the San Francisco Chronicle even saw a potential chart topper in that one. But, BANG said it thought long and hard and, instead, picked Baker by a nose over Glazer.

Sbranti, however, is a union hack, the editorial suggested. The more interesting dilemma with Sbranti is questions whether organized labor and its independent expenditure committees will ultimately get what they bargained for in Sbranti. Dublin, the young Tri Valley city Sbranti leads, is hardly known as a bastion of union activity.

And then, there’s Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich. That guy, well, he’s doesn’t understand the severity of the pension problem in the state, opined BANG. It’s the same context this editorial staff of one (Daniel Borenstein) uses on every single candidate who disagrees with the state of employee pension liabilities. Arnerich probably wasn’t too forceful in his views during the editorial meeting. If he was, the next sentence would have been disparaging.

To prove the theory the Bay Area’s corporate newspapers all have their hands on the same cock. Across the bay, the Chronicle is operating on a similarly, but false sense of superiority. The Chronicle’s John Diaz in fact was sitting on his high pony last week when he cried in print about Rep. Mike Honda forcing him to work on Sunday. Diaz’s first-world problems don’t concern us any more than the fact he shops in the boy's department at J.C. Penney’s.

As in 2012, when the paper had it in for Pete Stark, they are doing the same with Honda. However, it is proving far more difficult with Honda not giving his opponent any free ammunition. The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci is trying, though. Last week, she reported Honda does not live in the congressional district, hardly a news flash to anybody in the area. In fact, a front page story stating Honda is of Japanese descent would have been more shocking.

And once again, this is the problem with the corporate media and how today they make endorsements based upon scant reporting and knowledge of the area. Neither of these paper have had boots on the ground anywhere in the East Bay for about a decade. What’s their true perspective? It’s more like someone who went on vacation in the Ukraine 10 years ago and found Kiev absolutely delightful in the spring. Meanwhile, without any connection to the place in subsequent years, that same person just assumes the Ukraine today is as safe and harmonious as it was back in 2004. Of course, it’s a whole lot different now.

60 comments :

How much influence does any newspaper endorsement actually have in the final analysis?

Sbranti is a follower. He is not an original thinker and he does not take his responsibilities seriously. In other words, he is just one more under performing yet overly arrogant democrat. Let's pick someone else. Someone with a backbone and enough gumption to do what is right.

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.

They're all - or most are - labor issues. Minimum wage, daily overtime, overtime after 40 hours, unemployment insurance, workers comp, ending tax subsidies for corporations (like Walmart) that refer their own employees to government assistance. The issue is which side of these will Glazer or Sbranti be on? Glazer works for Big Ag, tobacco and JobsPAC. 'nuff said.

How about BANG endorsing Barbara Halliday for Hayward Mayor. Let's see, she voted for the Hayward Loop, which cost $110 million dollars, she supports a $60 million dollar 21st Century Library/Learning Center and she's helped discourage businesses from setting shop in Hayward. She says that Hayward has "no problem retaining City Workers--post imposition--and the Live in Hayward Work in Hayward job fair netted 1,000 employees." If they were employees, not applicants, the COH would go broke before the end of the year. A few minutes later, she waffled and said Hayward did have a problem retaining employees in the Permits & Planning Department. She also said Hayward would "never be rich like Piedmont." Hayward will never be rich because of spendthrift Barbara & her sidekicks. So many promises, with almost nothing to show for it except expensive fiasco's like The Loop and Red Light Cameras that were going to rake in money for the City. She advocates outdoor toilets for the homeless and imposition instead of contracts for City Workers. Poor choices result in poor leadership. For someone who's always quoting JFK, she doesn't behave like a Democrat. I think her top priority will be a grocery store for her Southgate neighborhood.

Here's what the corporate conservative newspaper didn't say:

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. (See release below). I can’t wait to continue to advocate for equality and justice for all women, in Sacramento.

--Tim

For Immediate Release:

Tim Sbranti is Endorsed by CA-NOW

President of CA-NOW praises his 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.

No doubt about it, Tim Sbranti has every box checked on the politically correct list for those who have run the legislature for the past dozen years.

Yes all the public employee unions, all the appropriate progressive organizations that have steered our grand legislature to such stellar heights of approval.

Sbranti will only add a bolster what the legislature has been doing the past decade.

How impressive. Sbranti will ft right in. He'll be a immediate success in the atmosphere that has taken California on such a great path.

By all means, if you like the way California has been run, Sbranti is your man...(along with being "the man" for the CTA, the SEIU, and all the other groups who really really really care about the public, far more than their own agenda)

You go Tim, no one controls your vote. You are a independent thinker, that's for sure.

Tim Sbranti is the most qualified just check out his website. He most likely will be in a November election against Baker who is the only Republican and only woman in the race. He should be able to win in November by as much as maybe 6- 8%.

People in our district who have worked with Tim say he is a unifier and not a divider like some on this blog. He tries to bring all sides together and find a solution that all can live with.

1:19... you just pray that Baker is #2, because you know darn well that Glazer, if in the Nov runoff, will gain almost all those Republicans and also a large chunk of moderate Democrats who were fed up with the BART nonsense.

Sbranti, nothing but a rubber stamp for SEIU in the BART mess.
I think Republicans and declines to state voters will be smart enough to think about the November end-game strategy.... pulling the lever for Glazer.
Public employee unions are all in on this one, a tactic that may well backfire when the public starts to see how they have Sbranti in their pocket on every vote.

I like Tim Sbranti because he seems very unselfish and has sacrificed making more money in the private sector and taking less as a teacher. I have a sister who is a public school teacher and you couldn't pay double what she makes to get me to do that job. I've lived in this area a long time and since Tim has been a teacher representative I don't ever remember the Dublin teachers going on strike. They have always been able to settle their differences. This is the type of person I want in Sacramento...someone who can settle differences not create conflict.

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.

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.
---------------------------------------------------------------

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

They're all - or most are - labor issues. Minimum wage, daily overtime, overtime after 40 hours, unemployment insurance, workers comp, ending tax subsidies for corporations (like Walmart) that refer their own employees to government assistance. The issue is which side of these will Glazer or Sbranti be on? Glazer works for Big Ag, tobacco and JobsPAC. 'nuff said. Just trust Tim Sbranti more to do the right thing for working families.

Too bad for you, bitch.

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

Anti Union Sexist Troll....you seriously need to update your meds and try and keep your mental instability under control. I think you are finally starting to believe this scenario will take place.

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.

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!

Holy cow, 11:54 you do definitely need help. I agree with most of the 11:50 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.

Congratulations, Assemblyman Steve Glazer on getting the much sought after 'SF CHRONICLE' endorsement!



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.

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!

Thanks to the Millers for returning us to reality.

Wet dreams time for the union whores is over!

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 child?

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.

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.

Talk about a rubber stamp:

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.

The choice is clear and why Tim Sbranti will be our next Assemblyman.

That's not the only endorsement Tim got recently. 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.

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.


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!

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.

The choice is clear and why Tim Sbranti will be our next Assemblyman.


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:

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!

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.

All 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!

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.

The choice is clear and why Tim Sbranti will be our next Assemblyman.

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.

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.

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!

All I need to know is who the Anti-union sexist Troll is supporting because his candidates are the ones with the toxic shitloads of special interest corporate money, Then I Vote The Opposite!

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!

I have been getting out the vote and walking for Tim Sbranti for the last 3 days and he will beat the corporate boot licker Glazer for sure. I have talked to hundreds of families that have said that they want a moderate Democrat that can get things done in Sacramento like Joan Buchanan. That's why they are voting, or have voted for Tim.

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