Wieckowski recycling bill, opposed by wineries, fails in state senate

Bill would have removed exemptions for wine and beer bottles.

Bonta tops East Bay legislators with $2.4 million in cash reserves

The lack of competitive state legislative races in the East Bay has not stopped some incumbents from fattening already plump campaign cash reserves.Assemblymember Rob Bonta continues to sport the East Bay's largest cash reserves. His campaign reported $2.4 million in cash on hand, according to finance reports released last week.The only other East Bay state … Continue reading Bonta tops East Bay legislators with $2.4 million in cash reserves

The bill that may cinch re-election for Steve Glazer

State Sen. Steve Glazer may not exude much warmth toward constituents, but some of election year strategies in recent years have been electric. Days before Thanksgiving, Glazer announced a bill proposed for the next legislative session in January that would ease some of the more inconvenient aspects of PG&E's power shut-offs -- the inability to … Continue reading The bill that may cinch re-election for Steve Glazer

Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

The 12-year state legislative cycle has rendered most assembly and state senate races as cakewalks for incumbents since new term limits were enacted in 2012. Of the eight legislative seats in Alameda County, just one race is a fully contested, while another could hold some drama next year. Otherwise, incumbents will again hold a distinct … Continue reading Large field aims to replace Kansen Chu; Nancy Skinner runs uncontested

Labor opposition to Steve Glazer grows; teachers back Marisol Rubio

Fresh off a successful denial of an important Democratic Party endorsement for incumbent Seventh District state Sen. Steve Glazer, challenger Marisol Rubio received the endorsements Wednesday from the California Federation of Teachers and California School Employees Association. Both unions are typically heavy participants in legislative races, especially those that could be highlighted by the issue … Continue reading Labor opposition to Steve Glazer grows; teachers back Marisol Rubio

Incumbent East Bay legislator blocked from receiving Democratic Party’s backing

East Bay state Sen. Steve Glazer's re-election campaign will not be able to tout the full backing of the California Democratic Party. The incumbent Seventh District state senator failed to come close to receiving the requisite support from fellow Democrats to win the endorsement at the party's convention last weekend in Long Beach. Glazer received … Continue reading Incumbent East Bay legislator blocked from receiving Democratic Party’s backing

Is Steve Glazer in danger of losing the California Democratic Party backing?

State Sen. Steve Glazer is without a doubt the most unpopular incumbent Democrat in the deep blue East Bay political establishment. Alameda County Democrats loath him for his stance against BART union employees. Others despised him for his failure to provide any assistance to Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's major upset of Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker last … Continue reading Is Steve Glazer in danger of losing the California Democratic Party backing?

SD7: Marisol Rubio wins early endorsement in bid to unseat Steve Glazer

State Sen. Steve Glazer may have a formidable primary challenge on his hands. The Tri-Valley Democratic Club voted Monday night to overwhelmingly support Democrat Marisol Rubio, one of Glazer's challengers in the seventh state senate district. The club, which often skewers a bit more progressive than the region it represents, backed Rubio by a wide-margin, … Continue reading SD7: Marisol Rubio wins early endorsement in bid to unseat Steve Glazer

Amazon’s facial recognition software IDs Steve Glazer as a criminal

East Bay State Sen. Steve Glazer, with his mortician-like visage, does not exactly fit the stereotypical image of an unsavory character, although, BART union members might disagree. Glazer, who represents the 7th State Senate District, is among 26 members of the California state lawmakers who were mistakenly identified by facial-recognition software to have committed crimes … Continue reading Amazon’s facial recognition software IDs Steve Glazer as a criminal

Steve Glazer is the most conservative Dem in the state Senate, says progressive group

By progressive standards, East Bay state Sen. Steve Glazer might want to start looking for a new school of thought. Glazer received a "F" from the California Courage Campaign, an activist group that seeks to highlight the voting records of legislators who side with corporate lobbyist's interest over the poor and disadvantaged. The annual rankings … Continue reading Steve Glazer is the most conservative Dem in the state Senate, says progressive group

AD16: Bauer-Kahan paints Baker red

Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan's campaign in the 16th Assembly District unveiled its first television spot this week. The 30-second ad uses red t-shirts emblazoned with her opponent, Republican Assemblymember Catharine Baker's campaign logo. Red, of course, is typically associated with the Republican Party, and blue with the Democratic Party. The commercial ends with Bauer-Kahan wearing her … Continue reading AD16: Bauer-Kahan paints Baker red