Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

State Sen. Steve Glazer said SB 1149 is notintended to fix the pension crisis, but notmake it any worse.7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTA bill that gives new state workers a choice between the standard defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution 401k plan failed in a State Senate committee this week.The legislation, authored by East … Continue reading Steve Glazer’s pension bill that unions say is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ fails in committee

Governor vetoes Glazer bill to ban smoking on state beaches

LEGISLATURESmoking hot butts will still be found on California state beaches after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill introduced by East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer that would have banned smoking on coastal beaches and some state parks."If people can't smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they? There must be some limit to … Continue reading Governor vetoes Glazer bill to ban smoking on state beaches

Glazer resigns from committee chair at behest of Senate leader

State Sen. Steve Glazer was the only Democratin the state Senate to vote against the $52billion gas tax in April.7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICTEast Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer offered his resignation as chair of the state Senate Governmental Organization Committee, according to a letter posted Friday afternoon on his Twitter account. The move was prompted … Continue reading Glazer resigns from committee chair at behest of Senate leader

Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

LEGISLATUREEast Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) broke from his Senate Democratic Caucus Thursday after casting a no vote against Gov. Jerry Brown's $52 billion transportation bill.Senate Bill 1, backed by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Brown, would raise taxes on gasoline and vehicle registration fees to fund $52 billion in transportation … Continue reading Citing constituency, Steve Glazer is only Senate Dem to vote against transportation tax

Glazer rips Wells Fargo, calls it an ‘outlaw institution’

State Sen. Steve Glazer said Wells Fargo's iconicstagecoach once represented trust and honest, but no more following its notorious scandal.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT |State Sen. Steve Glazer tore into Wells Fargo for misconduct involving millions of falsified customer accounts. But, Wells Fargo Chief Executive Steve Sloan wasn’t there to take the thumping.Sloan never said he would … Continue reading Glazer rips Wells Fargo, calls it an ‘outlaw institution’

Glazer’s Port Chicago 50 resolution unanimously approved by state Senate

State Sen. Steve Glazer's resolution asks PresidentObama for an executive order exonerating the PortChicago 50 of their convictions in 1944 for mutiny.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT |The state Senate voted Thursday to urge President Obama to fully exonerate members of infamous Port Chicago 50, the group of World War II-era African American soldiers who were … Continue reading Glazer’s Port Chicago 50 resolution unanimously approved by state Senate

A’s owner, family maxes out donations to Steve Glazer’s state Senate campaign

A's majority owner John Fisher has maxed outcontributions to Steve Glazer two straight years.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT |When it comes to progressive Oakland and its beloved baseball team there is some irony when you realize A's owner John Fisher is one of the biggest backers of Republicans and conservative causes in the state. Fisher, … Continue reading A’s owner, family maxes out donations to Steve Glazer’s state Senate campaign

Glazer attacks BART employees after latest system breakdown

State Sen. Steve Glazer is again taking the rightside of the tracks.STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Day Four of East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer's Twitter rant against BART workers resumed Monday.Following the malfunction of dozens of BART trains near the Pittsburg-Bay Point station and subsequent shut down of services, Glazer has taken to … Continue reading Glazer attacks BART employees after latest system breakdown

Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

Assemblymember Bill Quirk said moderates likeSteve Glazer vote to keep people in jail.LEGISLATURE | To the uninitiated, Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk may look like a standard-issue Hollywood curmudgeon, but the exterior often masks a warm, paternal manner. So, when Quirk, a Democrat, unleashed some intraparty venom towards State Sen. Steve Glazer recently, it was a … Continue reading Bill Quirk labels Steve Glazer a ‘So-called moderate Democrat’

For Glazer, an exercise in mixing bipartisanship and party politics

State Sen. Steve Glazer and AssemblymemberCatharine Baker at a town hall Saturday in Orinda.LEGISLATURE | Democratic State Sen. Steve Glazer says there’s a place and time for campaigns and politics, but Saturday morning was reserved for the constituents that he and Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker jointly represent in their mostly Contra Costa County districts. Out … Continue reading For Glazer, an exercise in mixing bipartisanship and party politics

Glazer talks feminine hygiene with his daughter on Twitter

STATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | A bill introduced last week by Southern California Assemblymember Cristina Garcia to remove sales tax on tampons was, at first, met with skepticism from Steve Glazer, an East Bay state senator whose politics in known for its moderate flow. That is, until Glazer chose Twitter to have an intimate … Continue reading Glazer talks feminine hygiene with his daughter on Twitter

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: January-March 2015

JANUARYOakland Mayor Libby Schaaf speaks at herJan. 5 inauguration ceremony. PHOTO/EBAR>>>The new legislative year begins with rounds of swearing-in ceremonies and appointments. Libby Schaaf, fresh off her dominating mayoral win last November in Oakland, is sworn-in. Gov. Jerry Brown, the person many attribute for clinching Schaaf's victory, also takes the oath of office for another … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: January-March 2015

Susan Bonilla will not challenge Steve Glazer to a state Senate rematch next year

Steve Glazer defeated Susan Bonilla in thehard-fought SD7 race last May by 10 points.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Nearly five months after Susan Bonilla fell short in a grueling and often acrimonious intraparty special election against Steve Glazer in the Seventh State Senate District, she announced Monday she will not mount another campaign for … Continue reading Susan Bonilla will not challenge Steve Glazer to a state Senate rematch next year

Glazer bill would prohibit state landmarks named after Confederacy

Glazer also penned a joint resolution urging Congress torename federal properties associated with Confederacy.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Thanks to State Sen. Steve Glazer there may never be an elementary school in Oakland named after Confederate Lieutenant General Richard “Fighting Dick” Anderson.A bill authored recently by Glazer, who represents much of Contra Costa County … Continue reading Glazer bill would prohibit state landmarks named after Confederacy

Glazer takes his seat in the State Senate with a cordial response from colleagues

Steve Glazer addressing the State Senate followinghis swearing-in Thursday morning in Sacramento.PHOTO/CalChannelSTATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | Steve Glazer’s new colleagues in the State Senate--especially those backed by labor--did not turn their backs or throw tomatoes as he was sworn-in Thursday morning by Gov. Jerry Brown. In fact, Glazer’s first vote (an aye vote), a … Continue reading Glazer takes his seat in the State Senate with a cordial response from colleagues