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State Sen. Steve Glazer's anti-BART strike rhetoric has created a cottage industry in the moderate to conservative Outer East Bay. Nevermind that the issue is more than two years in the rearview mirror and a new contract extension was signed last spring. But like-minded Glazerites running for office in bordering Contra Costa County and the Tri Valley are borrowing heavily from what is actually not just a stance against collective bargaining for public transit workers but anti-union in general.
In fact, three of the four incumbent BART board directors next month will be facing some variation of Glazer's BART strike critique. In the Ward 1 district, which constitutes most of Glazer's state senate district, challenger Debora Allen is predicating her entire campaign on the transit system's aging infrastructure and instituting the Glazer anti-BART strike playbook against incumbent Gail Murray. BART strikes being one of the reasons why BART continues to "deteriorate," Allen said when announcing her candidacy this summer.
Trashing BART got Steve Glazer elected in 2014,
leading others to borrow heavily from his playbook.
And in the Castro Valley, Hayward, Dublin-Pleasanton seat represented by gun-toting BART Board Director John McPartland, former Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman has also taken a anti-strike stance. Surprisingly, she sought the Alameda County Democratic Party's endorsement with such a anti-labor leanings and was rebuffed.
The only incumbent not facing a challenge from a Glazer wannabe is BART Board Director Zakhary Mallett (last name pronounced like BART delay). That's because he already espouses Glazer's tactic for cutting labor at the knees. Mallett voted against BART's most recent contract extension negotiated earlier this year. It's a reason why so many local Democratic leaders and unions have rallied behind challenger Lateffah Simon.
Meanwhile, any hope Glazer will ever make nice with progressives is gone. That ship sailed long ago when he took it further this summer by openly opposing Measure RR, BART's $350 million infrastructure bond measure on the ballot this November. This week Glazer charged BART with possibly violating election laws by sending a mass public email that referenced the transit district's infrastructure woes along with a link to what amounts to a pitch for voters to approve Measure RR. In this case, Glazer may be right. If not, BART is definitely walking a fine line by advocating for the bond measure while using taxpayers' resources.
Hayward school board member Luis Reynoso and
others protested a candidate forum this week.
A number of anti-rent control mailers in Alameda
have met no rebuttal from the island's renters' group.