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Editorial: Vote for Glazer for State Senate, Baker for Assembly

State Senator Steve Glazer, a Democrat, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, a Republican, are seeking nomination in the June 7 primary for re-election in the General Election on Nov. 8.

They have our endorsement.

All candidates running for these offices, regardless of the political party preference, will appear on a single combined ballot with voters able to choose any of the candidates. Those receiving the top two votes will move on to the General Election on Nov. 8, regardless of party affiliation.

In the State Senate race, Glazer is being challenged by Tyson "Guy" Moore, a Democrat and president of the Mt. Diablo Education Association, and Joseph A. Rubay, a Republican and real estate appraiser.

Baker is facing former Pleasanton City Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a Democrat and retired teacher.

First elected to the State Senate in a special election May 19, 2015, Glazer has proven to be a maverick centrist Democrat who proposes and votes on legislation based on issues, not party politics.

Not surprisingly, unions and organizations steeped in Democratic Party affairs have opposed much of Glazer's efforts. In fact, he has worked with Baker, who is wrapping up her first two years in the Assembly, to advance issues of mutual interest in both houses, with the two appearing together at meetings to challenge party orthodoxy.

They agree that the Legislature can be a very polarized place where political parties and special interests push elected leaders into corners and demand 100% allegiance to those interests. This is unhealthy and unproductive.

Both are determined to represent the people of their districts -- the 7th Senate District for Glazer, the 16th Assembly District for Baker -- not political parties or special interests.

Likewise, they have consistently pursued bipartisan decisions, emphasize education as the gateway to opportunity and, of particular interest to government leaders in Pleasanton, empowering local decision-making rather than state mandates.

Glazer, a former political adviser to Jerry Brown, nevertheless opposes the governor's wasteful high-speed rail plan and a twin-tunnels project to ship water through the Delta. As a former mayor of Orinda, he is also experienced in local government. He holds a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and served on the California State University Board of Trustees.

Baker was elected in 2014 after a lively campaign against then-Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a Democrat, to represent the 16th Assembly District. She is the mother of school-age twins, has been a parent leader in local schools, served as vice president of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council and on several school improvement committees.

She also served on a local preschool board and volunteers with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in the region as an archery instructor while serving on the board of the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek.

She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. She later went on to earn her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Baker's opponent, Cook-Kallio, recently retired after more than 39 years as a classroom teacher. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, three teaching credentials from San Jose State University and a master's degree in history with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution, also from San Jose State.

She served on the Pleasanton council for eight years, being termed out in 2014. She said friends had urged her to run for the Pleasanton school board, which we also encouraged.

We prefer Steve Glazer for State Senate and Catharine Baker for Assembly.

Pleasanton Weekly staff.

Comments

9 people like this
Posted by Jean Ann
a resident of Happy Valley
on May 13, 2016 at 12:32 pm

I'm disappointed with your endorsement for Assembly. Cheryl Cook-Kallio is a local resident with our interests at heart. She is a community activist right here in Pleasanton, and she is well grounded in knowledge about how our government works as she has been teaching students about it for many years.

Vote for Cheryl Cook-Kallio.


40 people like this
Posted by Helen
a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Both Catharine Baker and Steve Glazer get my vote. She has been outstanding and one of the best people I have seen in government in recent years. She is the best for this job.
I especially like Steve Glazer's opposition to the high-speed train, which might be a good idea at some time, but right now our spending priorities are not in line with it.
You did a great job, Pleasanton Weekly in your picks this time.


25 people like this
Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Cheryl Cook-Kallio is a poor choice and I wouldn't recommend anybody voting for her. At one time she had a chance to show her skills while in a position of public responsibility, as a director of Associated Community Action Program of Alameda County (ACAP). Finance and audit were so bad that a Grand Jury was seated to investigate. The Jury stated that ACAP was a "case study in lax oversight", finding it "a tragic but excellent example of what can happen when a board does not adequately oversee the organization for which it is responsible."

Now she wants to be in a position with even more responsibility? No thanks. Steve Glazer for me.


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Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Billie is a registered user.

I originally posted the following Dec 11, 2015 under the topic "Cook-Kallio to run against Assemblywoman Baker in 2016 election". I'm re-posting again on this thread, expanding on Sam's post, to show just how bad the ACAP situation was, and what then-Council Member/Vice-Mayor Cook-Kallio's total lack of oversight cost not only the program, but Pleasanton directly.

I will *not* be voting for former Council Member/Vice-Mayor Cook-Kallio for a variety of reasons, but the one I think most aptly represents why is her representation of Pleasanton on the governing board of the now defunct Associated Community Action Program of Alameda County (ACAP).

In early 2011, when it was disclosed that ACAP was experiencing significant financial problems due to mismanagement, a decision was made to "wind-down" operations. ACAP was disbanded in Mar 2011.

The ACAP governing board, on which Councilmember/Vice Mayor Cook-Kallio had sat since at least 2008, was supposed to provide oversight of operations and funds. According to the 2011-2012 Alameda County Grand Jury, ACAP was dissolved "as a result of serious financial concerns and significant non-compliance with laws and regulations." The Grand Jury found that ACAP was a "case study in lax oversight", finding it "a tragic but excellent example of what can happen when a board does not adequately oversee the organization for which it is responsible."

ACAP's annual required financial audits for 2009 and for 2010 noted deficiencies, but the Board took no action. The Grand Jury report states, "During this period, the governing board missed several red flags regarding ACAP's inability to manage its operations in a professional manner, although it seemed to spend a lot of time clarifying the respective roles of the governing board."

The Grand Jury report further states: "The ACAP governing board met only four times a year and often did not have a quorum," ie 7 of 13 members. Councilmember/Vice Mayor Cook-Kallio was a frequent no-show, and evidently did not attend even one of the four special sessions held in Feb 2011, after the mismanagement scandal broke.

Pleasanton's final payout, er, contribution to ACAP in May 2011 [required to close the books] was $121,539.

Former Councilmember/Vice Mayor Cook-Kallio's in-name-only representation at ACAP and her lack of oversight of Pleasanton's funds, is not an example of the kind of representation and accountability I'm looking for.

Count my vote, again, for Assemblywoman Baker.

Grand Jury Report (ACAP see p.83 & p.114): Web Link
City contribution to wind-down ACAP: Web Link
Who's Watching Over ACAP? Not Everyone: Web Link


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2016 at 9:11 pm

I'll not vote for either. They are both for killing babies.


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Posted by Dp
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm

There is a fund raising for Catherine Baker

Event registration: Web Link


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 14, 2016 at 7:44 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

@Pete:

Catherine Baker is pro life.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 14, 2016 at 9:53 am

@Michael,

No she is pro choice or for killing.

Just got her flyer in the mail. Says

Pro choice
Pro environment
Pro education

I cannot vote for murder


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 14, 2016 at 9:57 am

Does anyone know when the absentee ballots are coming?


2 people like this
Posted by J
a resident of Downtown
on May 16, 2016 at 10:03 am

No!


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Posted by A Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm

What is the Pleasanton Weekly's recommendation on Measure K?

And I received my Vote by Mail last Friday.


4 people like this
Posted by Helen
a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 17, 2016 at 10:00 am

Of all the candidates running for state senator, to replace Barbara Boxer, only one is against sanctuary cities, and that is Duf Sundheim
So, if you are opposed to sanctuary cities, and who cannot be opposed to them, after the Katie Steinle death, don't vote for either of the two Democratic candidates, Harris and Sanchez. They are supporters of sanctuary cities.
Vote for Duf Sundheim


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Posted by olfthfl
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm

@Pete
Absentee ballots came last week. I mailed mine in yesterday.


4 people like this
Posted by Sam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Cook-Kallio's mailer came today. Made up to resemble a lesson plan for school kids.

Sorry Cheryl, there's more to state government than running a classroom. Love your dedication to teaching but I'll be voting for Catharine Baker, somebody with experience, and someone who's a little farther away from the teachers' union.


2 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Sam, we agree! Is that twice? ;0)


4 people like this
Posted by Realistic Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm

Pete, the seat WILL be filled. After interviews and exploring all state issues, the Pleasanton Weekly, SF Chronicle, and CoCo/BayArea Times, all three papers, endorsed Catharine Baker!! Catharine has already demonstrated she has and will serve ALL Californians.
Her opponent is owned by the largest political donors in Ca...the Public unions. I want an Assemblymember who will represent me, not the unions.
The Grand Jury report should be taken seriously. Public funds matter.


2 people like this
Posted by Realistic Voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Helen, I agree. I have known Duf Sundheim for 20+ years in several official capacities, and will be voting for him for...U.S.Senate to replace Boxer !! .....for Ca state senate district 7, I'll be voting for Joe Rubay who have also known for 20 years.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on May 21, 2016 at 4:09 pm

RV,

Maybe so but not with the 5 votes from this home. I was disgusted by her brochure and promoting the killing of babies.


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