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4 local Democratic Club Presidents support Joan Buchanan

Leaders praise her work as State Assemblywoman

Four Democratic Party clubs have endorsed Joan Buchanan's candidacy for the State Senate, with club presidents sending personal notes to constituents.

Ellis Goldberg, president of the TriValley Democratic Club, said Buchanan is a "champion" who does her homework.

As a State Assemblywoman, Buchanan was known for insightful thought-out analysis, Goldberg said.

"State legislators consider 1,700 bills in each two-year session," he said. "They can't have a good grasp of all of them. When (they) need an analysis of the effects, costs and unintended consequences of a particular bill under consideration, they go to Joan."

Brodie Hilp, president of the San Ramon Valley Democratic Club, agreed.

"Joan has spoken at our club many times and each time we are amazed at her expertise on a wide range of issues such as California water issues and the California budget," Hilp said.

"If you attended the candidate debates, you heard the other candidates speak in platitudes and generalities," Hilp added. "In contrast, Joan's answers were thorough and at a much higher level than the other candidates. She rescued several legislative bills from erroneous wording which would have left loopholes and cost taxpayers money."

Hilp continued: "Besides her intellect, equally undeniable is her passion for public education and compassion for the children in California. We at the grassroots level support Joan for State Senate. She may not be good at wooing big organizations with big money for campaigns, but she is has a big heart and the intellect to get the job done right."

Karen Cohen, presidentof the Diablo Valley Democratic Club, said club members unanimously endorsed Buchanan "because of her integrity and her grasp of complicated issues that is the result of diligent study combined with unusual intelligence."

"Joan is committed to securing a positive economic future by passing responsible, performance-based, balanced budgets; supporting small businesses and innovative technologies; and prioritizing education in order to ensure a competent workforce," Cohen said. "We know we can count on her to make decisions for the good of all citizens."

Jane Walter, president of the Democrats of Rossmoor organization, said Buchanan has a special relationship to Rossmoor, adding that as an Assemblywoman, she held constituent meetings at Rossmoor "and understands the needs and interests of the Rossmoor community."

"As our representative in the State Assembly, Joan was especially effective in the areas of technology, fiscal planning, and education," Walter added. "As our State Senator, Joan would continue to work for the causes which we as Democrats would like to see supported in the State Legislature."

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Posted by CJ
a resident of Gatewood
on Feb 26, 2015 at 9:36 am

The last thing we need is another beholden Democrat in the legislature. Electing someone more independent would be a blessing and maybe help the autocratic rule that is happening now. One party = one rule = corruption. The stranglehold must be broken.


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 26, 2015 at 9:58 am

@CJ - I see what you're saying about being beholden to the groups that back a candidate for election, but a candidate's support has to come from somewhere.
I can run for election but if no one endorses me and vouches for me as being a standup guy, then how do I win?
And no one is going to listen to my neighbor or my uncle saying I'm a great guy, endorsements have more meaning if they come from someone powerful and well-off.
Granted, after the election those same folks can come back to me and say, hey, I helped you out, now I want you to help me.
I'm no political expert but I'm sure this is common practice to a greater or lesser extent.

What's your answer to this? How does one get elected and remain totally independent and unbelholden to anyone?


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

Joan is the only candidate who is not taking tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interests. Money is buying this Senate seat, if we let it. The candidate who claims to be independent speaks only what polls well, takes huge amounts of money from special interests, and in my experience lacks integrity. The other viable candidate is swimming in PAC money. Joan Buchanan is as honest as the day is long, is the most conscientious legislator running, is brilliant, fiscally responsible, and have you met her??? She's a wonderful human being. This is a no-brainer for those of us who know these candidates well. Joan Buchanan should be our State Senator.


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Posted by Edi Birsan
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

I am supporting Joan Buchanan, she has shown to be responsible to the grass roots not the
Green Root$.
As someone who has run and won a local city council election in Contra Costa, the avoidance of influence by moneyed elites is fairly obvious: you do what is right. You also count on people to smell the difference between flowers that have grown up from the grass roots and plastic imitations that are sprayed with fragrance and highlighted with day-glow paint whether that comes from billionaires in the south, or northern home manufactured lobby interest.


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Posted by Nancy Chin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 26, 2015 at 11:27 am

I am not going to vote for a liberal democrat who has been bought by the Teacher Union for many years. I will vote for Steve Glazer this time. He is a democrat, but he can stands up to those union bosses, at least.


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

@Nancy Chin. Unfortunately, you are failing to look at the Independent Expenditures that went into Steve Glazer's campaign now and his last campaign. He has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from PACs and is bought and paid for. Furthermore, Glazer is a pollster who speaks whatever the public wants to hear according to polls. He was for the Double Tunnels before he started running and polls showed that 2/3rds of the public opposes the Double Tunnels, for example. If you want a pollster paid for by PACs, then your vote gets you what you want. There is nothing independent about him. He's bought and paid for and telling you whatever you want to hear.


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Posted by Political Outsider
a resident of Las Positas
on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:34 pm

4 Club Presidents with no power endorse Buchanan, much to do about nothing. Does anybody remember what impact these clubs had in ad16?


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Posted by Ellis Goldberg
a resident of Danville
on Feb 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

One of the jobs of Democratic Clubs is to vet candidates. We take the time to get to know the candidates who later become elected officials. Without political clubs vetting candidates the average voter could not discern some yahoo from the real thing. Clubs are not perfect and Yahoos get through our filters but at least we try. If you are not satisfied with the candidates then join a club (R or D) and help us find candidates you can back.

Lead, follow or get out of the way, we don't need anymore NO SOLUTION CRITICS.
I've got all the Democratic Club meetings in the area on TriValleyDems.com/Calendar.htm


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Posted by Ellis Goldberg
a resident of Danville
on Feb 26, 2015 at 4:37 pm

No good deed goes unpunished
Web Link

Voters in Senate District 7 are again being inundated with campaign mail, including an expensive 16 page mailer from the California Professional Firefighters Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee. The mailer praises Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla however it does not hint at the real reason the firefighters chose to spend union dues on the mailer.

The real reason: Assembly Bill 197, an “anti pension spiking” measure authored by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. AB197 bars the inclusion of unused vacation, sick and other types of "terminal leave" in an employee's retirement calculation formula beyond what he or she would earn in a year. The Contra Costa County Employees Retirement Association board prohibited the use of terminal pay for all employees hired starting Jan. 1, 2013. After AB197 passed, the pension board reluctantly stripped the perk away from existing employees. Public employee unions responded with lawsuits in four counties, arguing that the promised benefits are vested rights that cannot be taken away. State attorneys say it was an illegal benefit to which they were never entitled.

The list of endorsing labor organizations on the back of the mailer includes many unions where before AB197 spiking was a common practice used to increase pensions 10 to 16 percent. The endorsing unions are punishing Joan Buchanan for having the guts to stand up for taxpayers, those whose future pensions are threatened by under funding and all the unions that experienced negative public blowback because of spiking practiced by a few.

See SJ Mercury News articles:
California AG seeks merge four pension reform challenges
New Pension rules go before Contra Costa County


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Posted by Political Outsider
a resident of Las Positas
on Feb 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Tried to join my local clubs and got fed up with the petty personal drama that kept "activists" from getting real work done. Just because you vote on bylaws for 2 hours every month does not make YOU qualified to vet candidates for the rest of us. Stop kidding yourself. If these clubs are the heart of the democratic party we need a heart transplant.

2009 was not that long ago I remember when your beloved candidate spent nearly a million bucks for 3rd place.


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, PhD
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Ha ha ha! You are talking about the Democratic Central Committee changing by-laws every meeting. Yes, some of us are as fed up as you with this nonsense. Who changes their constitution at every meeting?

The Clubs are different. We are grass roots activists who learn about important issues like at meetings and really deeply get to know our legislators. We know three of the candidates well and Joan Buchanan has been close to unaniomously endorsed by the grass roots activists in the clubs in her district. She's HONEST, Hard-working, Highly Intelligent, and READs everything before her and makes thoughtful decisions. She's in a class all her own as a legislator. After years of observing these candidates (the 3 who can win), I consider this vote obvious. Joan is vastly superior, if you want integrity and solid legislation.


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Wrong.. Joan B being owned by public unions, stood with abuser union teachers, not with the students. Wrong choice then, and she's the wrong choice now.
I'll stand with Glazer who wants to bring integrity to the Senate. This Assembly filled with people like Joan B have pretty much destroyed this state.
Senate should be for the more honorable adults, beyond politics, willing to do what is right for the future of CA. The only one in this race that fits that bill is Steve Glazer. He's willing to do whatever it takes to clean up the public union excesses that are destroying CA. Puppet Joan B. will just continue to follow the commands of union bosses, like she did in the Assembly, I want a representative of the 'people'.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 28, 2015 at 11:53 am

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It is interesting to note how badly the Democratic Party wants to make sure that Steve Glazer doesn't get elected. Just received a flyer from the Democratic leaning "Asian American Small Business PAC" championing a Republican candidate that has already withdrawn from the race. Bill Wong, the PAC's political director, insisted this truly is a pro-Hertle effort and not an attempt to take votes from Glazer to benefit Bonilla or Buchanan. Ya, right!!! Web Link


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Daveg, glad to see you caught the obvious conflicting hypocrisy too. Sadly, however, so few people are informed voters, plus so few bother to vote at all in the special elections. The only groups guaranteed to vote are the PUBLIC-UNIONS at every level, city, county, state, CTA, the very political nurses unions, unions with PUBLIC contracts, etc. They are the BIGGEST POLITICAL contributors in all CA elections. The 'people' are screwed victims, because they are uninformed, sadly. You notice how this board went silent, once the union hacks got the word that really BIG UNION dollars were now spent on this scheme to trick, con, defraud the uniformed voters.. psst, 'it's all taken care of'. That is why CA is in the mess it's in...the public union lock on all our elections !!!!!
Ms Michaela Hertle dropped out of the race FEB 2nd ! FOUR (4) weeks ago !! Unions have now found this Asian group without any horse in this 'one district special election', and behold Mar 1 every voter has these magical flyers to CONFUSE the UNinformed. This is about the lowest, and we have seen pretty low union 'tricks' in past elections.
BOTTOM line.... IF you have had enough of the public union strikes and excessive contracts, vote for Steve Glazer. Michaela Hertle is voting for Steve Glazer. She has wrote public statements at the time she dropped out, stating she is voting for him, and ask you to do the same.


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, PhD
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2015 at 9:18 am

@Anti-Public Unions, Steve Glazer is SLEAZY. His attacks on Tim Sbranti show he is dishonest. Tim is the sweetest guy in the world and there is nothing union boss about him. He helped bring more money to schools in Prop 30 and Glazer attacked for that!! Now, you are calling Joan Buchanan a union boss?? Give me a break. Joan Buchanan is a thoughtful and honest as the day is long.

You are writing more of Glazer's polling about what the public wants to hear. Nothing comes out of Glazer's mouth that hasn't been found to work in a poll. And Glazer changed his position on the Delta Tunnels when he found out that didn't poll well. Glazer tells you "whatever you want to hear." He has no core integrity.


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Ms PhD, you do need to read better, apparently. I said Joan B is a "puppet"...a spineless puppet of her union "bosses". Regardless, putting union interests ahead of our students is not what we want. Steve Glazer is a centrist Dem, and his main cause is getting legislation banning BART strikes. That infuriates union bosses, which is why FORMER candidate, Repub Michaela Hertle is supporting him. Glazer also wants to stop union bosses from extending higher income & sales taxes under Prop 30, and much more.
Glazer is such a union target, Unions were willing to spend a fortune and stoop so low as to buy a PAC to mail out a brochure of 'favorable' things about Hertle....to Republicans ONLY, to get votes FOR Hertle. Repub Hertle officially dropped OUT a MONTH ago, but ballots were printed. These lowlifes dared to use the elephant logo WITHOUT permission (I hope there's a lawsuit). All to KEEP a few from voting for anti-union Glazer. There are very small numbers in this 'special' election for seat. Stealing even a hundred votes will make the difference. Sad public unions are so rich, so powerful,and so dirty!!!. No wonder they are becoming so hated. They should look as themselves and see the damage they are doing to themselves with such tactics.
SLEAZY??? Ms PhD??? I think such extremes tell the whole story,


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

@Anti-Public Unions
Joan Buchanan has a REAL record of REAL results building some of the best schools in the country during her 18 years on the San Ramon School Board. She has a REAL record of legislation to protect the excellent schools in SD7, as Chair of the Education Committee. Glazer has no record at all except of bashing the excellent public schools in AD16 and trying to damage them by having money disappear to charter schools, which have dumped hundreds of thousands in to Glazer's campaigns. Proposition 30 was a stop gap to save our excellent schools. Our very intelligent voters can decide if they want to extend it for a few more years as we come out of this economic recession that was destroying our fabulous schools from underfunding. Joan wants to give the voters a chance to decide. Glazer wants to cut funding to our schools and further descimate programs.

Stop BART Strkes??? That's an election ploy. Yes, and Glazer is going to pass legislation to end global warming too. If Glazer wants to stop BART strikes, he should run for BART Board. There is no legislation that will ever pass in the State of CA to stop BART strikes and Glazer knows this. He thinks the voters are stupid enough to believe he can BART strikes. Well, they didn't buy it when he ran for Assembly and we'll see if they smoke it now. He knows he has ZERO chance of doing this. It just polls well with white men over 50.

SLEAZY like pretending Jerry Brown endorsed him when he did not. Have you seen all the photos of Glazer and Jerry Brown? Jerry Brown doesn's support Glazer being elected. It's more SLEAZY smoke and mirrors to confuse the voters who Glazer thinks are stupid.

Your conspiracy theories about Asian Pacific Islanders are fascinating. Wow. Did you ever consider that many Republicans are still going to vote Republican and their candidate may make the top 2? That's how Baker won. Dahhhh.


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Posted by have always voted
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm

I have not missed an election in decades but this one is a throw away. I have decided not to vote for any candidate who robocalls me. I have been on the do not call list from day one. And yes, I know political calls don't violate it. But ask yourself this you idiot candidates. If I am on the DNC list because I absolutely DO NOT WANT to be bothered in my home or on my cell phone by idiots that I do NOT wish to speak to -- how receptive will I be to getting a robocall from you?

I have a "no solicitors" sign by my door. So the political morons still show up, still pound on the door and then leave their crap all over my porch when I don't answer the door. You think that's going to get my vote?

It's bad enough that the USPS allows junk mail to move at a reduced rate. Politicians kill million of trees to flood our mailboxes with trash that no one wants or reads. Not one of them is better or worse than any other in my opinion. They are all a bunch of liars and someone will get elected just fine without my vote.


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2015 at 6:35 pm

I cannot believe you would bring up Joan B and schools. She stood with unions against students which triggered court action. A teacher could not be fired for abuse. So, late 2014 Ca courts ruled our children need 'effective" teachers, and not being able to fire the bad ones was "discrimination against the poor". Of course, "unions' now are fighting that..and unions are use to 'winning', so we just have to stay tuned.

PhD, your flowery adjectives are so tiresome, but I guess you are use to 'thinking FOR' your leftist constituents, so they feel brilliant following you. You 'printing' 3rd party words to copy your UNinformed followers, does NOT make it so. You 'mislead' your political followers. You must think them unable to know the truth, of course you know your constituents better than I. Shame on you, Like your outrageously false, 'conspirancy theory" about Pacific Islanders'. I have NEVER used those words. I know Dems classify everyone into their 'groups, and play each accordingly. I do NOT. For me there are voters and non-voters,...period!! All votes count the same. The flyers were sent by a small business PAC...Political Action committee. Your dishonesty diminishes you. So SLEAZY!!
BTW, I cannot believe you brought up the Baker race! Your team did not understand the union/not firing case. Catharine Baker defeated teacher union boss Sbranti solidly. From the time the polls closed she never went below a 3% lead in the 16th Assembly District...Duhhhh! Duhhhh!...ending up around 5% victory. That's how the East Bay voters and parents felt & feel. And, she didn't have a fat union war-chest like her union opponent. No TV or radio ads for her..no fat union money. Voters made up their OWN minds on the issues....without being told.. Issue honesty works better than flowery compliments to 'group-think' followers. So I can understand, the union political machine might be pretty nervous about now, ....and resort to dishonest tactics and mailers intended to 'trick' voters. Trick is my 'flowery word', instead of what the courts will really call the intent.
But, this is CA and the unions own some judges too. Stay tuned.


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Posted by Registered Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2015 at 10:48 pm

The fact that a set of Democratic clubs endorsed a Democratic candidate is about as insightful as the Hollywood movie industry choosing a Hollywood movie for an award.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

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Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D. is misinformed on so many fronts, it's difficult where to start! To hide her head in the sand regarding the Democratic leaning "Asian American Small Business PAC" endorsement of a non running Republican is ludicrous. She compares a strong running Republican in a past election,Baker, with a non running Republican in this election and has the nerve to say "Dahhh" One statement that she made is probably correct; "There is no legislation that will ever pass in the State of CA to stop BART strikes", however that is due to the union control over the Democratic controlled legislators. People like Baker and Glazer are at least trying to bring some semblance of normalcy to the out of control unions. Ask the general population if they were happy with the unions actions during the last BART strike.
Finally, I had to really laugh at her statement that "Tim is the sweetest guy in the world and there is nothing union boss about him". Baker had the support of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, while Sbranti relied on labor union bosses and other Sacramento special interests. Dahhh indeed!


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, PhD
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

Your "non-running" Republican is polling in the top 2 for this race.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Ah, the power of misinformation employed by the Democratic Party!


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

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Carolyn Phinney, PhD, Don't you just hate it when your simplistic comments come back to bite you? "Tim is the sweetest guy in the world and there is nothing union boss about him" Did Sbranti, until recently, chair the teachers union’s political involvement committee? Ah, but "nothing union boss about him"


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Posted by Michaela Hertle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2015 at 11:48 am

This has been an interesting debate. Thank you all for participating. Just to clarify a few points, I find it highly unlikely that I am polling in the top 2. I've just returned from the CRP Spring Convention, where I heard (unofficially, of course) that I am polling much lower than that - at about 10-12%.

The mailing sent out by the Asian American Small Biz PAC, is in fact, Democrat sponsored, NOT endorsed by the Asian American community, and paid by union and big business dollars for sole purpose of confusing voters to vote for me instead of Steve Glazer, whom I have endorsed.

I can't win this race! Please respect my decision to withdraw. I feel it is more prudent for us to elect a moderate whom we can work with rather than stay in and "fight the noble fight".

I try to be practical and honest in all my dealings. I also try to treat everyone with respect and recognize their individual opinions. Your opinions DO matter! I feel very blessed to have the verbal support of so many of you. I will continue to look for ways to serve my Pleasanton Community in the meantime.

-Michaela


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Now, ms phd, will you please stop your deceitful campaign to steal votes from Glazer, telling Republicans to vote for our good friend Michaela, who has dropped OUT of the race, although her name couldn't be deleted on the ballot. Any candidate in this small district should be able to win without resorting to such dirty, deceitful games.
Michaela and I will be voting for Steve Glazer. We encourage all voters who care about a stable future for Ca, and classroom safety for our children, to vote for Glazer.


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

The polls are the polls. The Republican candidate is still polling in the top 2.

Are you surprised? Most people won't vote for a candidate from another party. They vote for their party's candidate, if they have the option. Glazer is a Democrat who worked for Jerry Brown (although Jerry Brown did not endorse him). Most Republicans can smell the difference between a Donkey and an Elephant.

I'm not wasting any more time arguing with you.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

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Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D., when your arguments are worthless, it is best to stop arguing :) Interesting that you know more about the status of a non running candidate than the person themself!


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Posted by justwondering
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2015 at 10:23 am

Look at the recent assembly race--there were obviously plenty of Democrats that couldn't vote for Sbranti and cast their ballot instead for Baker. Otherwise she wouldn't have won. Its sad that the democrats have to resort to tactics to try and defeat one of their own when a candidate couldn't be clearer about withdrawing and supporting Glazer


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2015 at 10:31 am

@justwondering

Exactly my point. Steve Glazer is a Democrat. He has been a Democratic consultant for many decades. He is Registered as a Democrat. If he wanted to be an Independent, he would have registed as an Independent (Decline to State).

Steve Glazer will caucus with the Democrats, not the Republicans, because he is a Democrat.

Steve Glazer will vote with the Democrats 95% of the time, not the Republicans.

Why is the Republican Party trying to tell Republican voters that Steve Glazer is really not a Democrat, when all the evidence is to the contrary? Lying to voters is what Steve Glazer does best, only now, he's lying to Republican voters with your help.

BTW, he's polling 4th in the polls. Good luck with selling that Donkey as a skinny Elephant!


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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

The Republican who dropped out of the race has endorsed Glazer, indicating he is a centralist. The others running are party-voting democrats. We need some candidates who can represent those of us who are more at the central then the extreme left or right.

The democratic unions are doing dirty politics but spending money on mailers for the republican who dropped out of the race. They do not want Glazer to win because he thinks for himself and will stand up to the unions.

Joan says she is for the schools but she is really for the union leadership. When bills in the past were up to vote that allowed teachers to be evaluated, she declined to vote on that bill. This resulted in loss of federal funds. The unions want no way to evaluate their members, resulting in teachers we have today that are ineffective and are a hurting our students.

We need somebody who can cross party lines and represent those of us who are independent and middle of the road thinkers. Glazer is the only candidate in this race who fulfills this need.


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, PhD
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Joan Buchanan has ALWAYS received many Republican votes, because she is a fiscal moderate and she stands up for what she believes in. Look at the money pouring in to this campaign and you will see that Susan Bonilla is the union candidate.

Glazer is a Democrat, always has been, always will be. He has made his income and reputation as a Democratic consultant for decades. He has never held an important seat, so he can't win as a Democrat.

Glazer is a Democrat in Republican sheepskin. He thinks the Republican voters are stupid and they won't notice. Lack of integrity is lack of integrity, no matter in which party you are registered. I think most voters are smart and can smell a rat. That's why he lost the last time he tried to fool everyone.

End of story.


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm

phd, you just can't seem to stop campaigning. However, you forget you are talking to a wider audience, than your usual Dem 'groups' that you manipulate by group with group-think. Independents and Republicans are smarter than that and think for themselves ( like Glazer thinks for himself too). It's shameful for you to keep trying to paint Joan B as better than she is, into someone she is not!! It is worse than shameful to call her a fiscal moderate...that is too far from the truth! Again, shame on you painting Glazer worse, and as someone he is not !!!! Remember you are not talking to your usual blind 'followers' who vote without awareness or information...just 'groups' that you manipulate with 'simple' thoughts for them to 'follow'. IF your followers can read, they have seen Ms Michaela Hertle's statement in her comments above, that she is NOT a candidate, she is working with and voting for Steve Glazer, and asks that all vote for Glazer. Of course YOU know that, which is WHY you want Repub to vote for her....throw away a vote.
To Michaela's supporters....DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE. Vote 'with' her...for Glazer. Do NOT allow union candidates to win with really dirty tricks.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm

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Let Carolyn Phinney, PhD rant. She is doing Joan Buchanan more harm then good!


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Wow!! The public unions are really nervous and since they have LOTS and LOTS of money to blow, they have sent out the same flyer AGAIN to TRICK you, because UNIONS desperately do NOT want you to vote for Glazer. SO in case you missed their FIRST ploy to get you to vote for our Rep candidate who is no longer running. Their candidate can't seen to make it on her own merits, so they need to pretend you should vote for Ms Hertle, just to make sure you do NOT for for Glazer.. Unions are feeling real desperation to send out repeats. They can't find others to participate in this conspiracy so have to stay with same printers, etc. They have plenty of money so will probably do it again, after all they are both desperate and loaded with lots of union money. That desperate, when all know our friend and candidate is no longer running!!!


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Posted by CJ
a resident of Gatewood
on Mar 3, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Oh look what I just got in the mail - some more of those deceptive mailers from the Asian American Small Business Pac continuing to spread lies that Hertle is still in the race and then ranting about Glazer being a liberal Democrat! Laughable except it should be illegal. Who is the Asian American Small Business PAC anyway? Run and controlled by Democrats that's who!


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2015 at 12:22 am

Joan B is termed out. She's had her shot and is leaving a grim financial future for California's kids. We'll find out if public unions now outnumber the rest of us. IF taxpayers turn out to vote, we should win this election with Glazer. IF so, it will be great fun to see the political consultant who came up with the brilliant idea of pretending to support candidate one, to keep candidate two from getting votes, so their third-rate, termed-out candidate might win win. All because they know, that voters know, she is not good for the future of California.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

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This really is for Carolyn Phinney, PhD; If you really want to see how sleazy the labor unions are, here is some excellent reading for you. As I and many others have noted, the labor unions will indulge in daily deceitful practices to mislead the public regarding Steve Glazer. Get a grip on reality! Web Link


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 10, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

Although this trademark infringement complaint is probably too late to make a difference, it does highlight just how low the Democratic party will go to try to eliminate Steve Glazer. Here is a candidate that can work with both parties and because of that, the Democratic party is resorting to every dirty tactic that they can think of to defeat somebody that actually is interested in working for the people of the state as opposed to seeing how much they can "con" the system.
Web Link


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm

Newspaper boards spend a great deal of time researching and personally interviewing candidates. We know the CoCo/Valley Times works on and follows closely the mis-deeds and retirement costs of PUBLIC unions in East Bay & Ca. Both the Times and SF Chron endorsed winner Catharine Baker over Time Sbranti. AND....no surprise, after reviewing Joan Bs problem issues, research, interviews, of ALL candidates in this state SENATE race, BOTH the liberal SF CHRON, and the Valley TIMES have recommended voting for Steve GLAZER. (of course that is why unions have a target on the back of Glazer).
Both papers decided Glazer was best for the PEOPLE !
In addition, our Pleasanton Mayor Thorne, and 3 of the 4 councilmembers, have stepped out to endorse Glazer, in this most unusual race...voters from both sides have pretty much agreed on Glazer. Union members and politicians owned by those unions are fighting Glazer with great VIGOR!!! They are desperate, and are playing dirty... They know the public has about 'had it'.
Vote for Glazer tomorrow...for us, the people.


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Glazer is running as the anti-tax candidate. As an Orinda resident, I pay thousands of dollars each year in taxes that Glazer led the charge to pass. Three property taxes and a sales tax.

Glazer says whatever polls well. To Democrats, he has a Progressive agenda. To Republicans, he's anti-tax, anti-BART, anti-our fabulous local schools and for charter schools...blah, blah, blah.

Glazer has a lot of bridges to sell you Republicans.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

I have to agree with Michael A. "Let Carolyn Phinney, PhD rant. She is doing Joan Buchanan more harm then good!"
To bring some semblance of honesty and fairness to the political process, vote for Steve Glazer. This is somebody that can work with both political parties and is honest enough to see the fallacy in simply toeing a specific political agenda.


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Posted by reason enough
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

thanks much for the info in this main post. reason enough to vote against her. the platforms and ideals of democrats are 180 degrees from everything that has made this country great. here are a few things democrats have a problem with:

1) life
2) liberty
3) the pursuit of happiness
4) our US Constitution
5) freedom
6) individualism (vs. collectivism)
7) our national defense
8) free enterprise

I know there are others but I am too busy at work to subsidize those who can but aren't interested to work.



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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

Apparently, the Republicans in Sacramento who know Glazer best are ranting, as well. I copied and pasted...here is the link.

Web Link

"Steve Glazer: TAX INCREASER—Moderate? Socialist—Hoodwinking Republicans/Business
March 13, 2015 By Stephen Frank 1 Comment
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On Tuesday the people of the 7th Senate District have a choice of three Democrats—all with well documented histories of tax increases. On that day, the voters will have a choice of three Democrats, all supporters of forcing people to pay bribes to unions. March 17 will see no real choices, just nuances supporting bigger government.
Steve Glazer has convinced good people he will listen to them. Frankly, I care more about his policies and votes than whether he will listen to me. Does he support unions? Yup, Does he support more government, like environmental regulations that kill jobs (He has not called for the repeal of AB 32) or why only when he is running for Assembly or Senate, not for the twenty years previously, does he question the education establishment or the misuse of gas tax money? Did he support Prop. 14, the ballot measure that stopped Third Political Parties from being on the November ballot?, ending the rights of the Republican and Democrat parties from nominating candidates, instead of creating a game for special interests, the VERY wealthy and the union?
The difference between Bonilla, Buchanan and Glazer is mostly style—on the key issues they have few differences. Vote for a Democrat in the 7th Senate District, and you get a Democrat.
vote count election
Steve Glazer: TAX INCREASER—Moderate? Socialist—Hoodwinking Republicans/Business
Stephen Frank editorial, California Political News and Views 3/14/15

The media is going crazy trying to call Steve Glazer a moderate—he opposes the BART strike. That does not make him a moderate, just somebody that does not want to be inconvenienced by unions. If he TRULY opposed the BART strike, he would support legislation that allowed BART workers to be employed without paying bribes to a union. Instead he is a union uber alles person. He claims he wants better education—but must dislike teachers—he believes they should be forced to pay bribes to unions.
We are told he is a “moderate”, so the State Chamber, conservative former legislative members and even some great pro-family tax fighters have been hoodwinked by Glazer.
From Wikepedia:
Glazer has been given the responsibility by Brown to shepherd Jerry Brown’s 2012 Tax Increase Initiative (Proposition 30) to victory.[1]
Starting in 1994, Glazer consulted on ballot measure campaigns throughout the country. He says that most of these were for “environmental protection causes.” The Sacramento Bee reports that he “also helped real estate developers overcome public opposition to their projects.”
Since he was elected to the Orinda City Council in 2004, Glazer has led five local tax increase ballot measure campaigns. Four of the local tax questions were approved, including Measure E in June 2008.[1]
So, he campaigned for bad environmental laws, Prop. 30 which increased taxed by $42 billion over a six year period, helped pass FIVE local tax increases. Is that a “moderate”? Maybe in the Bay Area, he could have campaigned for more tax increases, but apparently did not.
Were Glazer a true moderate he would apologize to the families and small business that have been harmed by the tax increases he promoted. Look at the record, how many tax DECREASES has he put on the ballot—ZERO. Steve Glazer is good on PR and very bad on policy—but many have been hoodwinked.
Why, because Glazer is willing to take Chamber of Commerce money and advise on Democrats to support. Did he suggest they support people like him, that support only “moderate” tax increases, like Prop.30 and lots of local taxes.
The Bay Area is as radical as the suburbs of Moscow. Only in that climate could a Steve Glazer be considered a “moderate” Ask him if he would repeal Prop. 30? Does he openly opposes SB 8, the $10 billion a year tax increase.
How well has Glazer been able to make being get good people giddy about him? This is from Mish—one of the great journalists/economists of our time. Too bad, even Mish Shedlock has been taken in by Glazer.
“The lone Republican candidate, Michaela Hertle, dropped out of the race and threw her support behind Steve Glazer, a moderate pro-business Democrat who appears to be a good fit for this fiscally conservative, socially moderate district.
The problem is that Glazer is hated by powerful public sector labor organizations. From their view, he had the audacity to oppose a BART strike – which inconvenienced tens of thousands of Bay Area commuters – and, even worse, he said he would not support a change in Proposition 13’s rules regarding property owned by businesses.
So, rather than tell the truth about their anti-taxpayer agenda, the labor organizations have financed an expensive mail campaign in favor of the Republican who has dropped out of the race. This may seem crazy, but the goal here is to confuse Republican voters into voting their party as opposed to a moderate Democrat who actually has a chance to win.”
Is his history on taxes a moderate one, or no different than that of his two Democrat opponents? Is his refusal to protect workers from unions show him to be “anti-union—or really, anti-worker?
On Tuesday the people of the 7th State Senate District will hold a Special Election. Those on the ballot give you a choice between brands of “socialism”, not moderation or freedom. Vote Bonilla, Glazer or Buchanan and you get higher taxes, more union control. Vote Glazer, you could get a great beer buddy, but just another brand of Big Government. Did I mention in 2010 he was the Jerry Brown campaign manager in 2010 and got paid $250,000?
One last item. In November of 2014 the Assemvly District, that he ran for in June and lost, had two candidates—Tim Sbanti, a truly wacky union organizer and a moderate Republican Catherine Baker. Steve Glazer did not endorse Baker. Think about this, as a Democrat State Senator, would Steve Glazer endorse Catherine Baker for re-election? Of ocurse not. So if you want Catherine Baker to LOSE her Assembly seat, vote Glazer. Want higher taxes, vote Glazer. Want teachers and others forced to pay bribes to unions if they want to work? Vote Glazer.
As for me, I have NEVER voted for a Socialist, even if they are fun to be around. Instead they use us to proclaim moderation, while harming families and jobs. Think about that on Tuesday."


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

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How quickly Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D. changes her tune regarding candidates! In one of her many other postings, she referred to Tim Sbanti as "Tim is the sweetest guy in the world and there is nothing union boss about him", now apparently she supports the statement that "Tim Sbanti, a truly wacky union organizer". Way to go Carolyn!


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Posted by Carolyn Phinney, Ph.D.
a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

Daveg, Apparently you can't read.

And, btw, Tim Sbranti is a total teddy bear. He's the sweetest, nicest, kindest human you would ever meet. His students adore him. He's a natural leader. Have you ever had a conversation with him? He's a sweetie pie. Tim and Catherine are both lovely people.

Tim was one of 20 or 30 committee chairs at CTA, not some Mafia boss. His committee worked to bring more money to our schools, which were going under from deep cuts to education. Tim worked to pass Prop 30, which was passed overwhelmingly by the voters. The voters could have voted it down, but our citizens know education is the heart and soul of the great economy of California and our innovation. Dublin has won all sorts of awards when Tim was mayor and voted the best city by Silicone Valley for economic vitality.

Give me a break. Tim Sbranti and Nelson Mandela are/were both radical mafia bosses, trying to organize people so they can do damage.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

Daveg is a registered user.

Carolyn, did I misread the following."In November of 2014 the Assemvly District, that he ran for in June and lost, had two candidates—Tim Sbanti, a truly wacky union organizer and a moderate Republican Catherine Baker". Did you not say that "Tim is the sweetest guy in the world and there is nothing union boss about him" although in fact until recently, he chaired the teachers union's political involvement committee?


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Posted by Anti-Public unions
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

You are right Daveg. Sbranti held the position leading political activities of CTA...the single largest political campaign funders in CA elections!!!! THAT IS INVOLVED!!! CTAssoc is the Teacher's Union. Joan B stood with union in preventing firing of an abusing teacher. A judge ruled abusing teachers whould be fired...there is going to be lots of action on that issues in the near future. Stay tuned. Meanwhile elect Glazer to help in that cause. I want our representatives to protect students, NOT unions. Unions were shocked and now angry that Sbranti lost, which is why they have done dirty, deceitful flyers, intending to mislead you. Shame on them for tricking you, like you're a dummy. Powerful public unions intend to WIN today. Please, let the people win today. Vote Glazer. Public unions are his #1 issue!...vote for the people, the real public interests. Public unions are the worst nightmare of 'the public'. They have screwed taxpayers with greedy excesses.


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