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

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

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: April-June 2015

APRIL>>>With the years-long drought worsening, several East Bay municipalities begin drawing up water conservation plans. Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday jokingly proposes a "skip-a-shower day." State Sen. Bob Wieckowski tends to one of the plantsto be used in the $6 million Oro Loma study.>>>Global warming and sea-level rise is also a continuing concern and the Oro Loma Sanitary District … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: April-June 2015

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

Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio filed Nov. 17 fornext year's Sixteenth Assembly District primary. ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 16 | If outgoing Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins was a college football coach her recruiting trip to the Sixteenth Assembly District could be graded as fairly successful.Suffice to say there are no blue chip recruits in the district straddling Contra Costa … Continue reading Outgoing Speaker recruited Democrat to face Baker in Sixteenth Assembly District

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

East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

Not all bills are equal, but some of State Sen.Loni Hancock's have more primacy than othersamong her East Bay legislative colleagues.LEGISLATURE | Five members of the East Bay legislative caucus celebrated the signing by Gov. Jerry Brown of 14 of their respective bills over the past week. On Monday alone Brown signed six.CATHARINE BAKERAB 773 … Continue reading East Bay legislators with 14 total bills recently signed by the governor

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

Labor’s losing SD7 strategy: Send union members to a district that hates them

Polling showed the Seventh District were morethan just not into labor unions.STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 7 | Legions of clipboard-toting labor Democrats say they blanketed the State Senate Seventh District battleground just days before before Tuesday election. Five hundred campaign volunteers talked up their candidate, Susan Bonilla, from Pittsburg to Livermore, stumping for her and … Continue reading Labor’s losing SD7 strategy: Send union members to a district that hates them

Steve Glazer wins expensive State Senate special election

State Sen-elect Steve GlazerSTATE SENATE | 7TH DISTRICT | In a race that featured millions of dollars from outside interests, Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer has won the State Senate Seventh District special election Tuesday night.With nearly all the votes counted in the district comprising Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, Glazer, a moderate Democrat backed by … Continue reading Steve Glazer wins expensive State Senate special election

ELECTION RESULTS: 7TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION (Final, Unofficial)

STATE SENATE7th District..............................VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%*Steve Glazer.............................67,301   54.6%Susan Bonilla............................55,867   45.4%*includes Alameda County/Contra Costa County REGISTRATION/TURNOUTAlameda County/Contra Costa County........VOTES....PCTPRECINCTS REPORTING 100%Total Registration......................487,495Total Ballots Cast......................123,168  25.27%Last Updated: Friday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

SD7 Election Preview: Which special interest will reign supreme?

Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer and Assemblymember Susan BonilaMEET THE CANDIDATES Susan Bonilla represents almost half of the voters in Seventh District as an Assemblymember representing a portion of Contra Costa County. She is also a former high school teacher and county supervisor who has the endorsement of the Democratic Party and the former holder of … Continue reading SD7 Election Preview: Which special interest will reign supreme?

SD7 Poll: Glazer leads Bonilla by 10 points with election just days away

SD7 candidate Steve GlazerSTATE SENTATE | DISTRICT 7 | Steve Glazer's hopes of winning next Tuesday's special State Senate Seventh District race were buoyed Friday by an independent poll showing a 10-point advantage over fellow Democrat Susan Bonilla with just days before the May 19 election.The telephone poll, conducted by KPIX-TV and Survey USA, shows … Continue reading SD7 Poll: Glazer leads Bonilla by 10 points with election just days away