TVDC Calls for AD-16
Democrats to Support Sbranti
 

 

The TriValley Democratic Club endorses Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti because we trust him.  Tim is the chairman of the California Teachers Association Political Involvement Committee and delegate.  Under Tim’s leadership Dublin was  named an "All-America City" in 2011 and was recognized by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for economic growth, installed solar on public buildings, created new parks, all while balancing the budget. 

The SF Chronicle endorsed Steve Glazer for AD 16. The Bay Area News Group/ Contra Costa Times endorsed the Republican Catherine Baker but said Glazer agreed with Baker on almost every issue and they liked him too. The two major area newspapers are unlikely to present a fair narrative on the BART STRIKE and about Steve Glazer. He is unpredictable and could sabotage legislation for the benefit of his big moneyed campaign contributors and their independent expenditure PACs.

This is a fight we have to win; the corporate interests & the Chamber of Commerce vs the unions & grassroots Democrats, that’s US. At stake is the soul of the California Democratic Party. They have the money but we are the grassroots.  The assembly district is 40% Democratic and 34% Republican, so this won’t be easy

YOUR JOB is to expose Steve Glazer and tell your neighbors and friends to support Tim Sbranti in AD 16.
This is OUR narrative: 

Chamber of Commerce funds DINOs

Democrats in name only DINOs are being funded by the Chamber of Commerce and their corporate brethren because Republicans can't seem to win in certain California districts. Once elected, the DINOs or Corporate Democrats don’t always flex their muscle by openly sponsoring or supporting business-friendly bills, but sometimes by doing nothing – by abstaining from voting on bills that business opposes. A single abstention can mean life or death for a measure that requires a supermajority to pass. The bill to give enforcement power to the Coastal Commission, AB 976, for instance, died after DINO Marc Levine and several other Democrats abstained on the final vote.  The Chamber of Commerce engineered Levine’s election. 

The Chamber’s JOBSPAC provided the financial support needed for the DINO campaigns.  In 2012 they hired a consultant to find and support the election of business friendly Democrats who could scuttle and sabotage legislation that puts people before profits.  The Chamber’s DINO consultant was Steve Glazer now running for Assembly District 16 with a huge war chest filled by PG&E, Time Warner, Walmart, Safeway, Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Sources CapitalandMain.com and Calbuzz.com

According to his own campaign mailers Glazer’s campaign is based on BART union bashing and the strike, lower taxes, reducing public employee pensions, deregulation & no special interests deals. He is a brilliant strategist trying to cash in on the frustrations of BART riders.  He poses as a hero of the people though he is really a shill for the corporate interests who fund his campaign.  Glazer’s buddy John Diaz of the SF Chronicle wrote articles about how unions & environmental groups send questionnaires to candidates implying that the answers are secret agreements. Glazer was featured and lauded in the articles. The SF Chronicle then changed its own decades old policy and decided to publish the answers to questions it puts to candidates before bestowing endorsements. Unions, environmental, other progressive political groups and Democratic Clubs invite candidates to speak and question them in public in order to also vet & endorse candidates. Their job is to let their members and the public know which candidates share their values. Similarly corporate interests vet candidates but do not do it in writing, except for writing campaign donation checks.  Endorsements do mean something as do the sources of campaign contributions.
Glazers biggest donors, JOBSPAC donors per the FPPC.

The person who stands to benefit the most from the BART Strike is Steve Glazer.  He is pushing legislation that would bar BART Unions from striking and force binding arbitration. Neither BART management nor the unions want forced binding arbitration; both prefer an amicable agreement rather than a forced prescription.  Senator Mark DeSaulnier, chair of the Transportation Committee, investigated the BART strike situation and found that management and the unions did not agree on the facts and figures involved. His thoughtful method of preventing BART strikes is to require an audit before negotiations start; that is what problem solving, thoughtful legislators do.

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC) voted to approve the request by Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) for a state audit of the finances and employment practices of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) over the last several years. The request garnered bipartisan and bicameral support.

“This call for an audit is about accountability and transparency. The state has an obligation to make certain taxpayers know where their money is going,” said Quirk. “Unfortunately, recent events have made it clear that there are disagreements on several critical issues including employee salaries by classification, expenditures versus revenues to determine a structural deficit or surplus, projected costs of future capital improvements, and ongoing worker’s compensation practices regarding the use of temporary employees, just to name a few.”

Joining Assembly Member Quirk in this request were Assembly Members Skinner, Bonta, Ammiano, and Ting and Senators Corbett, Hancock, DeSaulnier, and Leno. Read the full story at asmdc.org

Now you have the narrative and understand how important this race is.  The top two primary is June 3rd, vote by mail starts the first week in May.  Spread the narrative on Facebook, twitter or over the backyard fence.

 

 

Big $$$$$ in the AD 16 race

The Unions vs The Chamber of Commerce

First quarter fund raising and spending results in Assembly District 16
Read moneyball-first-quarter-east-bay

See who has how much going into the June 3 primary.

 

End 2013      1Q-In        1Q-Out

GLAZER

$429,608

$150,189

$48,950

SBRANTI

$126,442

$117,761

$97,577

BAKER

$139,965

$50,990

$18,524

ARNERICH

$66,823

$9,760

$15,878

1Q Out indicates reported expenditures by the candidate’s campaigns but do not include independent expenditures. 

Independent Expenditure PAC spending is listed below for Glazer & Sbranti.  Source: Sacramento Bee

Steve Glazer

Oppose

$269,160

§     Californians For Economic Prosperity
To Support Tim Sbranti For Assembly 2014,

§     California Teachers Association

§     California State Council Of Service Employees

Support

$849,256

§     California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee

§     California Association Of Realtors

Support

$108,716

§     California Charter Schools Association Advocates
Independent Expenditure Committee

Support

$51,957

§     Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers

Tim Sbranti

 

Oppose

$89,907

§     Jobspac, A Bi-partisan Coalition Of California Employers
(Chamber of Commerce’s PAC)

Support

$596,154

§     Californians For Economic Prosperity
To Support Tim Sbranti For Assembly 2014,

§     California Teachers Association

§     California State Council Of Service Employees

In the first quarter Glazer and his Independent Expenditure PACs spent $1,148,786
while Sbranti’s side spent $935,891. 

As of May 15:
Sbranti’s
Cash on hand: $101,346 as of 03/17/14 Contributions: since: $1,435,684.  source electionTrack
Glazer’s Cash on hand: $429,608 as of 03/17/14 Contributions: since: $193,250 – source electionTrack

The electionTrack links have the full list of campaign contributors with amounts and dates.