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

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

State Senate newcomer Nancy Skinner named majority whip

State Sen. Nancy Skinner will also chair oneother committee, serve on four others.LEGISLATURE | East Bay State Sen. Nancy Skinner was tabbed by Pro Tem Kevin de Leon Wednesday to become the Democratic majority whip. In addition to becoming the party's enforcer and vote-counter for state Senate Democrats, Skinner was also named chair of the … Continue reading State Senate newcomer Nancy Skinner named majority whip

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’

Bonta’s bill placing regulations on medical cannabis dispensaries moves forward

Assemblymember Rob BontaMajor legislation moves to Appropriations in AugustASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | At the very least, East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta doesn't want you consuming medical cannabis loaded with mold and harmful pesticides. Bonta’s Assembly Bill 266 to straighten out the state’s long unregulated medical cannabis industry passed a pair of hurdles this week. … Continue reading Bonta’s bill placing regulations on medical cannabis dispensaries moves forward

Sen. Loni Hancock calls for closure of ‘dilapidated and unsafe’ state prison

State Sen. Loni HancockSTATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | East Bay State Sen. Loni Hancock says a Southern California state prison housing over 2,400 inmates should be closed due to its unsafe and dirty conditions.In a letter sent Tuesday to the secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Hancock said the prison in … Continue reading Sen. Loni Hancock calls for closure of ‘dilapidated and unsafe’ state prison

State Sen. Hancock voices opposition to controversial vaccination bill

State Sen. Loni Hancock called SB 277 a Draconianbill to protect children from infectious diseases.STATE SENATE | A controversial Senate Bill that would remove the personal belief exemption for parents wary of vaccinations for their children stalled in a senate committee Wednesday led in part by opposition from East Bay State Sen. Loni Hancock."I'm looking … Continue reading State Sen. Hancock voices opposition to controversial vaccination bill