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After 9-point primary drubbing, East Bay Progressives rush to support Bonilla

Alameda County proved a weak link for Susan
Bonilla's state senate campaign.
STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Following Democrat Steve Glazer’s surprisingly strong electoral performance two weeks ago in the 7th State Senate District primary, the party’s more liberal wing is quickly pulling out all the stops to limit his momentum before the May 19 runoff.

Some of the biggest names in East Bay politics have already endorsed Susan Bonilla, who finished nine points behind Glazer in the Mar. 17 primary.

Rep. Eric Swalwell has endorsed Bonilla, as did her primary election opponent Joan Buchanan. Former state lawmakers Ellen Corbett and Nancy Skinner also announce support for Bonilla, in addition, to Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern and former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, who topped Glazer last June in the 16th Assembly District primary.

Rep. Eric Swalwell said Bonilla represents
the best choice for families in the district.
The Diablo Valley Democratic Club and Tri Valley Democratic Club also lined up in for Bonilla, who currently represents Concord's 14th Assembly District.

In perhaps a prelude to the stark messaging progressives and labor unions may employ in the next two months against the centrist Glazer, Tri Valley Democratic Club President Ellis Goldberg called him "a menace who would frack the legislature by injecting divisiveness into the Democratic Caucus,”

Goldberg, a well-known activist in the Alameda County Democratic Party, added, "Glazer is not just interested in the senate seat, he will be instrumental in undermining the effectiveness of the Democratic majority. He also represents a strategy by the Chamber of Commerce of electing Democrats in name only by dividing segments of the party. If this strategy works in SD7 as it has in other places in the state, the Chamber will continue to fund the strategy. The strategy is a threat to the California Democratic Party.”

The prevalence of support from Alameda County-based officials is likely by design. Although Bonilla finished second overall, her campaign registered abysmal numbers in Alameda County. Just over 14 percent of voters in Alameda County backed Bonilla. The total amounted to a fourth place finish in the county and, more troublesome, less support than the Republican candidate who had previously dropped out of the race.

58 comments :

This is one race the 'progressives' have lost. Return to mainstream sensibility. Steve Glazer takes it in May and the district is better off because of it.

Steve Glazer is where he is because of Tea Party consultants and kissing up to the GOP. Bonilla is a strong candidate with a strong record. A good match-up against Big Tobacco political advisor Glazer

Steve Glazer is where he is because he gives a damn about ordinary people. He's not bought and paid for by the ultra-liberal Democratic Establishment. He's a rare breed of Democrat, one that doesn't exist in the Bay Area anymore--a real middle of the road MODERATE. That label alone, while a badge of honor, has caused those elements to vilify him beyond belief.

Wow! Susan Bonilla endorsed by both Eric Swalwell, a Democratic moderate, and Greg Ahern, a Republican moderate. They have convinced me to vote for Susan. Just don't trust Glazer taking all that money from the Chamber and big business.

Wow! Steve Glazer endorsed by both Kathleen Brown, a Democratic moderate, and Dick Rainey, a Republican moderate. They have convinced me to vote for Steve. Just can't trust Bonilla taking all that dirty union money from Labor and union shills.

Last time I looked Kathleen and Rainey don't live or work in the District. Eric Swalwell and Greg Ahern are very popular, and in Eric's case elected in the District. Both endorsements will help Susan Bonilla tremendously. We will find out in May.

Anon 2:13.... No one has received more corrupt independent expenditure money from outside groups than Glazer. He has received almost $600,000 from a Southern California conservative businessman, almost $400,000 from the California Chamber of Commerce PAC ( most of which went to oppose Bonilla and Buchanan), and about $175,000 from the Charter School Association as of the week before the March election. Talk about sleaze? Susan Bonilla is definitely the cleaner of the two candidates.

Last time I looked Kathleen Brown, sister of Jerry and former state treasurer, is a dynamic personality. Dick Rainey is popular and does live in the district. As for Swalwell, a good fellow whom we support, well, we know what his endorsement of MITTbranti was worth. Ahern is neither a plus nor negative. Such endorsements will make no difference for Second Place Sue, but if they bring you comfort, so be it.

Second Place Sue will continue to be the People's number one Choice for number two! That will be the case in May.

3:51 has it right that Glazer received more special interest money than any other candidate, but has it wrong in that the conservative corporate Southern California business man spent over 1 million on Glazer's behalf in the just finished last election. I do agree that Susan Bonilla is cleaner since she got less special interest money than the corporate Glazer did.

This is one race the 'progressives' have lost. Return to mainstream sensibility. Steve Glazer takes it in May and the district is better off because of it.

If the corporate lapdog wins, we definitely won't be better off. Unless, you think the idea of letting a Southern California corporate Billionaire buy an election for him, will be good for our democracy. You probably think " Citizens United" was a good idea also. Corporations and their masters don't give a damn about us, the shrinking middle class moderates, and that's why we will be voting for Susan Bonilla. She represents the moderate middle class far more than the corporate(bought and paid for) Glazer.

Glazer isn't Centrist. He's Duplicitous. Glazer says whatever the polls tell him to say. He thinks the voters are stupid and the Republicans will believe he's anti-tax, when he's put millions of taxes on the property and sales taxes of Orinda residents...they will believe he is anti-double tunnels, when it's very clear that he says he's against as written and his East Bay Leadership Council debate response included saying we needed to take care of the water needs of he whole state but they had to pay (shorthand for Double Tunnels). Glazer has a thousand bridges to sell you.

Steve Glazer is where he is because he gives a damn about ordinary people. He's not bought and paid for by the ultra-liberal Democratic Establishment. He's a rare breed of Democrat, one that doesn't exist in the Bay Area anymore--a real middle of the road MODERATE. That label alone, while a badge of honor, has caused those elements to vilify him beyond belief.

Glazer has been bought and paid for by greedy out of town corporate big business to the tune of millions of dollars. He ,as he proved in Orinda, doesn't care about the average middle of the road citizen. We'll take Susan Bonilla anyday, who does care about those of us who have to work for a living, and is the true moderate.

Second Place Sue is still our number one choice for number two--the best she can do. Our family likes the fact that Steve Glazer is the only true moderate Democrat in this race. He and Assemblywoman Cathy Baker will be an awesome tag team for the next twelve years.

Labor’s Shameful Smears of Glazer’s Independence
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steveglazer1If you are a voter in Walnut Creek or Concord, San Ramon, Livermore or Pleasanton, you might not want to support Democrat Steve Glazer for state Senate. Maybe you support the right of transit workers to strike, or you don’t want to reform teacher tenure or government pensions. Maybe you just want to support the candidate who will always vote labor’s position on every issue.

Those are valid reasons to oppose Glazer, Orinda mayor and Gov. Jerry Brown’s longtime political strategist, and to support Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, the other Democrat in the May 19 run-off election in Senate District 7.

What, however, are utterly fabricated, hogwash “reasons” to do so are that Glazer has “sold out” to big tobacco, “sold out” on women’s rights or that he “says one thing and does another” – all lies being told to smear Glazer by a group of labor unions determined to punish him for being an independent Democrat.

Sludge Bucket Charges The principal (fabricated) charges against Glazer are based on the fact that he – like a number of other Democratic consultants – worked for the California Chamber of Commerce in support of business-friendly Democrats that ran in primaries against union-backed Democrats.

susanbonillaGlazer hasn’t taken money from tobacco companies; they did contribute to the Chamber. Glazer has always been vehemently pro-choice on abortion and a supporter of women’s rights; some of the candidates the Chamber has backed aren’t. And, sin of sins, he’s received financial support from individuals and organizations that prefer him as a business-friendly Democrat to candidates seen as in the pocket of labor unions.

Moreover, if being backed by “special interests” is the charge – and Glazer benefited from nearly $600,000 in spending from various interests — Bonilla has a lot to answer for, too. In addition to nearly $240,000 in direct support from labor unions (not to mention independent expenditures), she’s pulled in more than $276,000 from business and corporate interests including the healthcare, big pharma, oil and gas, development and gambling industries.

Glazer has pledged to accept no gifts, meals or beverages from lobbyists; to disclose his answers to any special interests questionnaires; not to pay family members from campaigns contributions; to refuse tax-free per diem expenses or Senate work on weekends and holidays, and to eschew campaign contributions in the final 60 days of the legislative session.

That would make him one of the squeakiest clean legislators in Sacramento. But he would not necessarily vote with the teachers, prison guards or public employees on every measure that comes before the Legislature. If that’s the kind of Democrat you want, Glazer is not your guy.

Insiders and Outsiders For a long time in California, there have been two kinds of Democrats: those who labor unions can count on for support on any issue; and those who don’t vote the union line every time. Most insider Democrats in Sacramento, sadly, are captives of Big Labor. Most outside Democrats in California support labor most, but not all, of the time.

Merit pay for teachers, limits on pay and retirement benefits for prison guards, restrictions on public transportation employees’ right to strike and controlled growth policies limiting new construction in cities and counties are just a few issues where a strong, independent Democrat might have principled differences with unions representing various workers.

Steve Glazer is a lifelong progressive, pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-working class, Jerry Brown Democrat. The campaign to brand him as a traitor to Democratic values is beyond scurrilous.

Glazer isn't Centrist. He's Duplicitous. Glazer says whatever the polls tell him to say. He thinks the voters are stupid and the Republicans will believe he's anti-tax, when he's put millions of taxes on the property and sales taxes of Orinda residents...they will believe he is anti-double tunnels, when it's very clear that he says he's against as written and his East Bay Leadership Council debate response included saying we needed to take care of the water needs of the whole state but they had to pay (shorthand for Double Tunnels). Glazer has a thousand bridges to sell you. If you want to take more Northern California water (like Brown does) to Southern California through two 35 million dollar tunnels then Glazer is your man. If you want to keep more of our precious water from going South then vote for Susan Bonilla. That's what my neighbors and I plan to do.

My family and I voted for Second Place Sue but will now proudly support Mr. Senator Glazer since he is the favorite to win hands down. We've now placed our Sue house sign in the recycling bin where it belongs.

If the corporate lapdog wins, we definitely won't be better off. Unless, you think the idea of letting a Southern California corporate Billionaire buy an election for him, will be good for our democracy. You probably think " Citizens United" was a good idea also. Corporations and their masters don't give a damn about us, the shrinking middle class moderates, and that's why we will be voting for Susan Bonilla. She represents the moderate middle class far more than the corporate(bought and paid for) Glazer.

Steve Glazer is where he is because he gives a damn about ordinary people. He's not bought and paid for by the ultra-liberal Democratic Establishment. He's a rare breed of Democrat, one that doesn't exist in the Bay Area anymore--a real middle of the road MODERATE. That label alone, while a badge of honor, has caused those elements to vilify him beyond belief.

Glazer is not clean and is not moderate. He is the dirtiest and most corrupt of as far as having special interest money spent on his behalf. Glazer received more special interest money than any other candidate, most from a conservative corporate Southern California business man who spent over 1 million on Glazer's behalf in the just finished last election. I do agree that Susan Bonilla is cleaner since she got less special interest money than the corporate Glazer did.

I think one of the posters above got it right. Glazer got so much corrupt money ( independent expenditures) from the Ca. Chamber of Commerce and the So. Ca. conservative multi-millionaire businessman because they want our water to go south thru the twin tunnels Brown is proposing. Most of us have seen the light and will vote for Susan Bonilla because we are against the twin canals stealing our water and sending it to Southern California.

Second Place Sue is still our number one choice for number two--the best she can do. Our family likes the fact that Steve Glazer is the only true moderate Democrat in this race. He and Assemblywoman Cathy Baker will be an awesome tag team for the next twelve years.

If the corporate lapdog wins, we definitely won't be better off. Unless, you think the idea of letting a Southern California corporate Billionaire buy an election for him, will be good for our democracy. You probably think " Citizens United" was a good idea also. Corporations and their masters don't give a damn about us, the shrinking middle class moderates, and that's why we will be voting for Susan Bonilla. She represents the moderate middle class far more than the corporate(bought and paid for) Glazer.

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steveglazer1If you are a voter in Walnut Creek or Concord, San Ramon, Livermore or Pleasanton, you might not want to support Democrat Steve Glazer for state Senate. Maybe you support the right of transit workers to strike, or you don’t want to reform teacher tenure or government pensions. Maybe you just want to support the candidate who will always vote labor’s position on every issue.

Those are valid reasons to oppose Glazer, Orinda mayor and Gov. Jerry Brown’s longtime political strategist, and to support Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, the other Democrat in the May 19 run-off election in Senate District 7.

What, however, are utterly fabricated, hogwash “reasons” to do so are that Glazer has “sold out” to big tobacco, “sold out” on women’s rights or that he “says one thing and does another” – all lies being told to smear Glazer by a group of labor unions determined to punish him for being an independent Democrat.

Sludge Bucket Charges The principal (fabricated) charges against Glazer are based on the fact that he – like a number of other Democratic consultants – worked for the California Chamber of Commerce in support of business-friendly Democrats that ran in primaries against union-backed Democrats.

susanbonillaGlazer hasn’t taken money from tobacco companies; they did contribute to the Chamber. Glazer has always been vehemently pro-choice on abortion and a supporter of women’s rights; some of the candidates the Chamber has backed aren’t. And, sin of sins, he’s received financial support from individuals and organizations that prefer him as a business-friendly Democrat to candidates seen as in the pocket of labor unions.

Moreover, if being backed by “special interests” is the charge – and Glazer benefited from nearly $600,000 in spending from various interests — Bonilla has a lot to answer for, too. In addition to nearly $240,000 in direct support from labor unions (not to mention independent expenditures), she’s pulled in more than $276,000 from business and corporate interests including the healthcare, big pharma, oil and gas, development and gambling industries.

Glazer has pledged to accept no gifts, meals or beverages from lobbyists; to disclose his answers to any special interests questionnaires; not to pay family members from campaigns contributions; to refuse tax-free per diem expenses or Senate work on weekends and holidays, and to eschew campaign contributions in the final 60 days of the legislative session.

That would make him one of the squeakiest clean legislators in Sacramento. But he would not necessarily vote with the teachers, prison guards or public employees on every measure that comes before the Legislature. If that’s the kind of Democrat you want, Glazer is not your guy.

Insiders and Outsiders For a long time in California, there have been two kinds of Democrats: those who labor unions can count on for support on any issue; and those who don’t vote the union line every time. Most insider Democrats in Sacramento, sadly, are captives of Big Labor. Most outside Democrats in California support labor most, but not all, of the time.

Merit pay for teachers, limits on pay and retirement benefits for prison guards, restrictions on public transportation employees’ right to strike and controlled growth policies limiting new construction in cities and counties are just a few issues where a strong, independent Democrat might have principled differences with unions representing various workers.

Steve Glazer is a lifelong progressive, pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-working class, Jerry Brown Democrat. The campaign to brand him as a traitor to Democratic values is beyond scurrilous.

Glazer isn't Centrist. He's Duplicitous. Glazer says whatever the polls tell him to say. He thinks the voters are stupid and the Republicans will believe he's anti-tax, when he's put millions of taxes on the property and sales taxes of Orinda residents...they will believe he is anti-double tunnels, when it's very clear that he says he's against as written and his East Bay Leadership Council debate response included saying we needed to take care of the water needs of the whole state but they had to pay (shorthand for Double Tunnels). Glazer has a thousand bridges to sell you. If you want to take more Northern California water (like Brown does) to Southern California through two 35 million dollar tunnels then Glazer is your man. If you want to keep more of our precious water from going South then vote for Susan Bonilla. That's what my neighbors and I plan to do.

I think the poster above at 12:37 got it right. Glazer got so much corrupt money (independent expenditures) from the Ca. Chamber of Commerce and the So. Ca. conservative multi-millionaire businessman because they want our water to go south thru the twin tunnels Brown is proposing. Most of us have seen the light and will vote for Susan Bonilla because we are against the twin canals stealing our water and sending it to Southern California.

Mr. Dobwell and I can't support whores. We were always taught to look down our noses at them. Since Second Place Sue, the best she can do, is loaded with toxic, dirty, bocoupt union whore money, we will vote for the only clean candidate running.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER 2016! He's the People's Choice!

My family and I voted for Second Place Sue but will now proudly support Mr. Senator Glazer since he is the favorite to win hands down. We've now placed our Sue house sign in the recycling bin where it belongs.

Glazer got so much corrupt money (independent expenditures) from the Ca. Chamber of Commerce and the So. Ca. conservative multi-millionaire businessman because they want our water to go south thru the twin tunnels Brown is proposing. Most of us have seen the light and will vote for Susan Bonilla because we are against the twin canals stealing our water and sending it to Southern California.

Steve Glazer is where he is because of Tea Party consultants and kissing up to the GOP. Bonilla is a strong candidate with a strong record. A good match-up against Big Tobacco political advisor Glazer.

No 'cigar,' figuratively speaking, liars.

Mr. Dobwell and I can't support whores. We were always taught to look down our noses at them. Since Second Place Sue, the best she can do, is loaded with toxic, dirty, bocoupt union whore money, we will vote for the only clean candidate running.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER 2016! He's the People's Choice!

Voting for Steve Glazer. He's earned it.

Since when do politicians give a damn about anyone besides themselves? You can play "my candidate is better than yours," as long as you want--but none of these candidates are worth it. Politicians are con artists, pure & simple.

Steve Glazer is not the people's choice, but he is the one who has had more money poured into his race by mega-millionaires from the corporate world that live in Southern California, because he will send our water South.

Susan Bonilla, although she has some faults, is the cleaner of the two and more moderate. We will be voting for her because she opposes sending our drinking water South.

My family and I voted for Second Place Sue but will now proudly support Mr. Senator Glazer since he is the favorite to win hands down. We've now placed our Sue house sign in the recycling bin where it belongs.

With any kind of a decent turn out, Susan Bonilla will win because she is truly the more moderate and progressive of the 2 candidates. My friends and family will vote for her, and many of them either did not vote, or voted for other candidates last time.

Offering our most sincere congratulations to Senator-elect Steve Glazer. He and dear Assemblywoman Cathy Baker will be an awesome tag team who will work on behalf of the public and not the entrenched and deceitful special interests.

Well done, Steve!

Steve Glazer is where he is because of Tea Party consultants and kissing up to the GOP. Bonilla is a strong candidate with a strong record. A good match-up against Big Tobacco political advisor Glazer.

No 'cigar,' figuratively speaking, liars.

Mr. Dobwell and I can't support whores. We were always taught to look down our noses at them. Since Second Place Sue, the best she can do, is loaded with toxic, dirty, bocoupt union whore money, we will vote for the only clean candidate running.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER 2016! He's the People's Choice!

Wow! Susan Bonilla endorsed by both Eric Swalwell, a Democratic moderate, and Greg Ahern, a Republican moderate. They have convinced me to vote for Susan. Just don't trust Glazer taking all that money from the Chamber and big business. Looks to the rest of us that Susan Bonilla is the People's Choice. Is your candidate as sexist as you 4:50?

Wow! Steve Glazer endorsed by both Kathleen Brown, a Democratic moderate, and Dick Rainey, a Republican moderate. They have convinced me to vote for Steve. Just can't trust Bonilla taking all that dirty union money from Labor and union shills. Looks to all of us that Steve Glazer is the People's Choice. Your candidate is just as whorrible as you!

Sounds to me like the anti-union, anti middle class sexist at 4:50 and 6:13 is very worried his candidate will lose the run off. Me thinks he protests to much, in vulgar language at that. Glazer is a conservative corporate mouthpiece and no moderate. Susan Bonilla, with any type of a turnout over 25%, should win. Susan is the moderate and progressive. Practice saying Senator Susan Bonilla who has not been bought and paid for by corporate big businessmen from out of town like your candidate.

My name is little Alice, age 7. Mommy told me that I can be anything that I want. She says that my role model should be First Place Steve not Second Place Sue. I'm going to be a First Place Steve when I grow up because mommy said that I shouldn't ever settle for being a dirty union slut.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER--he's the People's Choice!

Get a clue 9:15. It looks like one person on this blog doesn't like Susan Bonilla even though Susan doesn't want to create another peripheral canal to send our water South to the wasteful LA and San Diego areas. Glazer and Brown and the corporate PACS want Glazer to win because they want a lot more of our drinking water. Thanks for nothing Glazer and the sexist anti union troll who keeps blogging for him.

Tobacco Smear Campaign
Facts About The Tobacco Smear Campaign
Against Steve Glazer

A campaign committee promoting the election of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla is running a tobacco smear campaign against Steve Glazer which leading newspapers have branded as “deceptive”[i], “childish”, [ii] “misleading”[iii] and “deceitful”. [iv]

These are the facts:

Steve has never worked for a tobacco company.
Steve has never taken a campaign donation from a tobacco company.
As a City Councilmember and Mayor, Steve voted for tougher requirements on tobacco sales and advertising.
The work Steve did for the California Chamber of Commerce – for which he is being attacked – was to elect members to the State Assembly who have actually fought for tougher laws on tobacco. Richard Bloom and Marc Levin, both first elected to the State Assembly in 2012, are known as anti-tobacco legislators. Assemblymember Bloom has worked to ban smoking on public beaches and Assemblymember Levine supports a ban on smoking in multi-family dwellings. Neither have taken campaign contributions from tobacco companies.
As Mayor of Orinda, Steve has recently proposed even tougher tobacco control laws.
Steve has issued a public statement calling tobacco “addictive” and “deadly.” To read the statement, please click here

To date, the following entities have contributed to the committee running the smear campaign [v]:

California State Council of Service Employees Political Committee $185,000

Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Candidate PAC $75,000

Service Employees International Union Local 1000 Candidate PAC $75,000

PACE of California School Employees Association $75,000

Professional Engineers in California Government PECG-PAC $50,000

Faculty for Our University’s Future, a Committee sponsored by the CA Faculty Association $50,000

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO $49,784

California Teachers Association Independent Expenditure Committee $35,000

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California PAC $35,000

United Food & Commercial Workers Western States Council Independent Expenditure $25,000

United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professional PAC $25,000

California Federation of Teachers COPE $25,000

Committee for Working Families, Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO $25,000

California Dental Association Independent Expenditure PAC $7,000

Management & Professional Employee Association MAPA PAC- AFSCME Local 1001 $5,000

American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees-Council 57 PAC: $5,000

These same entities have also made substantial contributions to Susan Bonilla’s campaign.

Glazer has got double the independent expenditure money than the people's choice and middle class champion Susan Bonilla. He is twice as corrupt, wants to send our drinking water South, and most of his millions in independent expenditures have come from corporate billionaires outside of Northern Calif. Glazer is a despicable and duplicitous councilman from Orinda who speaks out of both sides of his conservative mouth.

Glazer got so much corrupt money (independent expenditures) from the Ca. Chamber of Commerce and the So. Ca. conservative multi-billionaire businessman because they want our water to go south thru the twin tunnels Brown is proposing. Most of us have seen the light and will vote for Susan Bonilla because we are against the twin canals stealing our water and sending it to Southern California.

No 'cigar,' figuratively speaking, liars.

Mr. Dobwell and I can't support whores. We were always taught to look down our noses at them. Since Second Place Sue, the best she can do, is loaded with toxic, dirty, bocoupt union whore money, we will vote for the only clean candidate running.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER 2016! He's the People's Choice!

I'm a moderate Republican and Glazer is too conservative for me. I don't want our water to go South. I will vote for Susan Bonilla because I care about the environment.

I had already decided to vote for Mr. Glazer since he's the only clean 'politician' in this race. My neighbor then reminded me that Second Place Sue still has time left on her assembly term. She's greedy. She's decided that she wants the tax payers to spend for yet ANOTHER special election, which is exactly what would happen if she jumped boats to the senate. Let her finish her term and then--G-d forbid--go back to the private sector and work for a living. We don't need yet another special election at tax payer expense. My neighbor is right that Steve Glazer is the best choice in the election. A vote for Steve is a vote against spending for a special election.

I am convinced. Steve Glazer is definitely the People's Choice and great for the tax payers, too!!!

Steve Glazer for 7th District State Senate Proven Environmentalist, More Accessible--The Independent

The Independent
April 23, 2015
By Janet Armantrout

Voters in the State Senate 7th District have a choice between two Democrats on May 19. Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer are on the ballot to replace Mark DeSaulnier, who was elected to Congress last November.

Bonilla and Glazer were the top two finishers in the March 17 primary.

With little to separate them on the issues, independent political action committees have launched a barrage of nasty flyers in support of and opposition to one or the other candidate. Both have big spenders behind them. Glazer is backed by Bill Bloomfield, JobsPAC (California Chamber of Commerce PAC) and the California Charter Schools Association; Bonilla is heavily favored by unions.

Their associations with such groups have raised questions about their ability to maintain an objective viewpoint on issues impacting the funders of their political campaigns.

The Independent interviewed each separately. Both support more storage for water and are against the two tunnel system proposed by Gov. Brown to deliver water from the Delta. They see the need to improve traffic along the I-580 corridor by bringing BART to Livermore. Each expressed the necessity of a strong educational system to keep the economy growing and to lift people out of poverty.

Glazer has a demonstrated involvement with environmental issues, with a long history of working with such organizations as Save the Bay. On behalf of the Trust for Public Land, he worked on measures in more than 25 states to protect clean water and thousands of acres of open space. He has said that he supports minimizing regulations that don't diminish health and safety, but have a negative impact on business. As technology changes, environmental laws have to keep up.

He supports laws enacted to reduce carbon emissions, which he calls an important method of reducing greenhouse gases. It is a stand that is contrary to that taken by the Chamber of Commerce, and one we support.

His desire to prevent BART strikes has drawn the ire of unions. He notes that New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, and San Francisco all restrict transit strikes. We believe his tone is too strident when he talks about the issue. However, he says that he still believes in the collective bargaining process.

We do agree with his stand on moving forward with pension reform, which he believes is necessary to ensure funds are available when workers retire. We don't agree with his lack of support for closing the business tax loophole in Proposition 13.

Glazer strongly backs adding more charter schools, a move we believe would weaken regular public schools.

Bonilla mentioned favoring a sunset clause for environmental laws, which would limit how long they are in effect. She says that would provide an opportunity to review their value. A sunset clause could lead to a loss of important provisions. While she votes favorably on most environmental issues, she has no record of active involvement.

Bonilla has been strong on child care, noting that without the availability of affordable care for their children, many women would not be able to work.

Because of her backing by unions, Bonilla has been accused of being too in tune with unions to take on pension reform or changes in teacher tenure.

With both of them coming from the northern portion of the district, accessibility is of concern. Glazer appears more willing to involve himself in local issues. Bonilla has shown little interest, focusing more on topics where she lives than the Tri-Valley.

Although we don't support his views on some important issues, we are recommending Steve Glazer for the State Senate 7th District mainly because of his proven record on behalf of the environment and his willingness to engage in Tri-Valley issues.

Source: http://www.independentnews.com/editorials/steve-glazer-for-th-district-state-senate-proven-environmentalist-more/article_1c624344-e92f-11e4-b174-0f57bc52fdb4.html

If the corporate lapdog wins, we definitely won't be better off. Unless, you think the idea of letting a Southern California corporate Billionaire buy an election for him, will be good for our democracy. You probably think " Citizens United" was a good idea also. Corporations and their masters don't give a damn about us, the shrinking middle class moderates, and that's why we will be voting for Susan Bonilla. She represents the moderate middle class far more than the corporate(bought and paid for) Glazer.

If the corporate lapdog wins, we definitely won't be better off. Unless, you think the idea of letting a Southern California corporate Billionaire buy an election for him, will be good for our democracy. You probably think " Citizens United" was a good idea also. Corporations and their masters don't give a damn about us, the shrinking middle class moderates, and that's why we will be voting for Susan Bonilla. She represents the moderate middle class far more than the corporate(bought and paid for) Glazer.

You're desperate, and it's showing. That's a good thing. You are realizing that you have lost and are irrelevant. Nothing wrong with that, bitch. We have kicked your union whore ass to the gutter and are laughing at you. Feeling so pumped, and all while doing so at your expense!

My Puerto Rican lesbian bitch wife and I were all set to vote for Second Place Sue until we found out how much corrupt, toxic, and beaucoupt union slut money she has been receiving. We think that is high time that bitch returns to the private sector and stop nursing on the public tit.

For us it's CLEAN STEVE GLAZER all the way. He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE!

4:54 is just the foul-mouthed sexist Glazer troll again who thinks calling people names is helping his candidate. What a joke he is. I guess he thinks it's ok to take twice as much money from corporate conservative PAC's funded by out of town millionaires and oil,tobacco,and pharmaceutical companies makes his candidate the people's choice. How wrong he is! Will give him the Tea Party conservatives, but Susan Bonilla is the working middle class families choice which in the rest of our minds makes Susan the people's choice. We are pumped because Susan is the cleaner candidate!

My name is little Rashida, age 7. Mommy told me that I can be anything that I want. She says that my role model should be First Place Steve not Second Place Sue. I'm going to be a First Place Steve when I grow up because mommy said that I shouldn't ever settle for being a dirty union slut.

SENATOR STEVE GLAZER--he's the People's Choice!

23%turnout doesn't look like the people's choice to me. In 2016 there will be 2 to 3 times the people voting. Bye Bye Glazer and Baker.

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