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

2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

JANUARY>>>During a frigid Alameda City Council meeting that lasted until 4 a.m., struggling renters win an extension for a moratorium on rent increases that will lead the way to an ordinance approved in March.“If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don't care about safety--just about selling more guns--even if people die.”-Oakland … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

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’

EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

12 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY | Sometimes the Internet is not what it seems. For some, the person one perceives on the other end of an online interaction is not who they are in real life. It's not uncommon for, say a man, to fall in love with a person online without ever seeing them … Continue reading EBCampaign: Swanson commits ‘political catfishing’; Khanna invited Hillary to his wedding; Cook-Kallio gets high on pot $$

Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted againstan amendment to move four assault weapon billsfor a vote in the near future.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |In the wake of the Orlando tragedy and a full-throated protest by House Democrats this week calling for Republicans to allow a vote on gun-related legislation, there is great pressure from the public for … Continue reading Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

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

BEST OF THE REST: East Bay Assembly, State Senate, Congressional Preview

Assemblymember Rob BontaASSEMBLY | In the East Bay, the era of very few competitive Assembly races is upon us. Four of the six races Tuesday feature Democratic incumbents with a likely stranglehold on their respective seats through at least 2024. Four years ago, legislative term limits were extended to 12 years leading to a slew … Continue reading BEST OF THE REST: East Bay Assembly, State Senate, Congressional Preview

Parker’s bid to unseat Miley has nearly $100,000 in reserves for stretch run

Bryan Parker, left, with Alameda County SupeNate Miley at a forum in Castro Valley.ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | DISTRICT 4 |A day after announcing a major endorsement from East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell, upstart Alameda County supervisorial candidate Bryan Parker reported nearly $100,000 in cash reserves for the final six weeks of the campaign.Parker, who … Continue reading Parker’s bid to unseat Miley has nearly $100,000 in reserves for stretch run

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

$MONEYBALL$ East Bay Legislative Candidates raised $163k this week

MONEYBALL | Tens of millions worth of campaign contributions will be received this election cycle by East Bay candidates running for the State Senate and State Assembly. The numbers are daunting as a whole, but telling when tracked and viewed as the big checks are cashed over the next two months. To better show the … Continue reading $MONEYBALL$ East Bay Legislative Candidates raised $163k this week

Assembly Speaker pegs 16th District as a top opportunity for Democrats

Assemblymember Catharine Baker andchallenger Cheryl Cook-Kallio.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT | It took six years for Republicans to snatch the 16th Assembly District from Democrats. Now Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon wants it back in the Democrat's column after just one election cycle.Rendon called the campaign for the Contra Costa County and Tri Valley-centered seat held by … Continue reading Assembly Speaker pegs 16th District as a top opportunity for Democrats