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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

AD-16 June Primary Preview: A Proxy War Over BART Strikes

ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | This year's race for the East Bay's 16th state Assembly District is all about a proposal to ban BART workers from striking and the resulting pushback from organized labor. Not surprisingly, the battle over BART strikes has attracted truckloads of special interest money to the race. Since March, the fight over the right of transit workers to go on strike has drawn at least $2.7 million in contributions to so-called independent expenditure committees that are attempting to influence the race. Indeed, the total amount of money in the contest is extraordinary for a state Assembly race.

Although the June ballot includes four candidates — Democrats Steve Glazer, an Orinda City Councilmember; Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti; and Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich; along with attorney Catharine Baker, a Republican — the contest has boiled down to a fight between the two politicians who have come to embody the BART strike debate: Glazer, who is basing his campaign on the proposal to ban strikes, and Sbranti, who strongly opposes a ban. To date, the independent expenditure committee funds have been split nearly down the middle for Glazer and Sbranti...

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Good article in the Express. I think Baker will come in first in the primary because the Dems. split their vote. Then it will be the pro consumer, Tim Sbranti, vs. the corporate, Steve Glazer. Tim wins the battle for second because of his door to door campaign that seems to be everywhere. Face to face is the best way to get votes as people tend to throw away the hit pieces after awhile.

It will be one hell of a November election with the Republicans and corporate interests pouring money into the race for Baker, and Democrats and all the other groups supporting Tim. I do believe Tim will win a close general election based on his superior ground game and support from Glazer and Arnerich.

I agree Tim Sbranti is the best candidate for this District. He appeals more to the middle class and has done a great job in Dublin.

why are these discussions always about "corporate special interests" and "union whores"? Why not talk about specific problems and specific solutions. The name calling gets old real quick.

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!

Like we need one more knee jerk vote for the CTA in Sacramento.
Simply put, on all public employee issues, from pensions, to salary, to work rules, Tim Sbranti is a close minded automatic vote.
He will never stray from the most ardent union supported position.

Had he been in the legislature over the past 15 years, all the mistakes and blunders would have sailed right through with his rubber stamp approval.
SB400 the first of several pension explosion measures from 1999 onward, would all have gotten full approval from Sbranti.
That is the way he will vote on all public employee labor measure.
Unthinking and unwavering, no matter the outcome or cost.

We just can't afford or trust him.

Amen, brother!

Good article in the Express. I think Baker will come in first in the primary because the Dems. split their vote. Then it will be the pro consumer, Tim Sbranti, vs. the corporate, Steve Glazer. Tim wins the battle for second because of his door to door campaign that seems to be everywhere. Face to face is the best way to get votes as people tend to throw away the hit pieces after awhile.

It will be one hell of a November election with the Republicans and corporate interests pouring money into the race for Baker, and Democrats and all the other groups supporting Tim. I do believe Tim will win a close general election based on his superior ground game and support from Glazer and Arnerich.

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.

I voted for Tim Sbranti too and he will win because:

Most of my neighbors 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.

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 clean 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.

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.

Good article in the Express. I think Baker will come in first in the primary because the Dems. split their vote. Then it will be the pro consumer, Tim Sbranti, vs. the corporate, Steve Glazer. Glazer is not CLEAN at all and it is Tim that has the endorsement of consumer groups, senior groups, and environmental groups. I see the Glazer SHILL lies like the candidate he supports.

Tim wins the battle for second because of his door to door campaign that seems to be everywhere. Face to face is the best way to get votes as people tend to throw away the hit pieces after awhile.

It will be one hell of a November election with the Republicans and corporate interests pouring money into the race for Baker, and Democrats and all the other groups supporting Tim. I do believe Tim will win a close general election based on his superior ground game and support from Glazer and Arnerich.

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 glazer/shill/troll/supporter is still posting. Glazer is not clean. He has been bought and paid for by the corrupt corporate special interest crooks that continually stick it to consumers. They have spent over two million dollars on his campaign.

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

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