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Bauer-Kahan and Glazer meet with constituents

Legislators discuss pressing issues, answer audience questions

Working with a new colleague can sometimes be difficult, but State Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and legislative veteran State Senator Steve Glazer showed a united front at their joint Dublin Town Hall March 12, where they discussed the various issues affecting the Tri-Valley, as well as how they are working together to represent their constituents.

“Obviously I have a great partner in the legislature," Glazer said of his counterpart. "She has a great legislative program, some of the bills I’m co-authoring are hers, some of my bills she is co-authoring... and I think we are really working together well with our staffs here in the district.”

Approximately 80 residents from throughout the East Bay gathered at the Dublin Civic Center to listen to their representatives discuss the issues affecting the region and state, as well as ask their most pressing questions.

An attorney by trade, Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) was first elected to the State Assembly by voters in this past November’s Election. Serving in the 16th Assembly District, she represents Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.

Glazer (D-Orinda), a former mayor of Orinda, won a special election to the State Senate in May 2015 and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2016. He represents the 7th District, which encompasses most of Contra Costa County and the eastern portions of Alameda County, including Pleasanton.

At the town hall the lawmakers reviewed their legislative packages, and answered a number of questions from the audience. Topics covered included education, gun control, women’s health, housing and daylight saving time, to name a few.

Education Funding

A fact that is well known to many educators, Bauer-Kahan highlighted that the amount of funding California dedicates toward education is among the lowest in the entire country. She explained this is why she is supporting the AB-39 Education Finance bill, which would greatly increase state funding for education and make the Golden State one of the biggest investors in education in the country.

“It would take us from about $9,000 per pupil on average to $17,000. It would take us from the bottom ten in the country in education funding to the top ten in education funding,” she said. “I think that is really where our money should be spent in the state and our priority.”

Higher Education

Bauer-Kahan and Glazer have both proposed legislation to support California college students. Glazer’s SB 14 would place a $4 billion bond on the March 2020 ballot that would be used for facility improvements at California universities. He has also introduced SB 114, which incentivizes colleges to participate in programs aimed at increasing four-year graduation rates among students.

For her part, Bauer-Kahan has introduced AB 1344, which seeks to protect college students by requiring out-of-state online, for-profit colleges to abide by the same regulations that apply to in-state colleges.

Gun Control

Both legislators acknowledged that California has done a lot in terms of gun control, but there is always room for improvement. Glazer said that this year legislators are working on limiting the number of guns that can be purchased in a month.

“We’ve done a lot in the area on public safety and gun reform. Whether that's background checks or waiting periods," Glazer said. "There are so many things where we have made positive steps,” he added. “Not to take away a gun for hunting, not to take away a gun for home protection, but to take away these weapons of war from our streets and limit the carnage that can occur.”

Gun control being a staple of Bauer-Kahan’s campaign, she has placed two bills that pertain to gun control in her legislative package, such as AB 1121, which prohibits individuals going through court-ordered mental-health diversion programs from possessing firearms while in the program, and AB 1292, which regulates the process of transferring a firearm housed in an estate or trust.

Housing

Inspired by young active duty military members in Dublin's Camp Parks, who are often unable to find adequate housing due to the high cost of living in the Bay Area, Glazer has introduced SB 644, which would prohibit a landlord from demanding a security deposit from a military service member in an amount greater than one month's’ rent.

Both legislators also mentioned that they are firmly opposed to Governor Gavin Newsom's threat to hold back gas tax revenue to cities that oppose the state’s housing plan.

Climate Change

A long time environmental lawyer, Bauer-Kahan cited battling climate change as one of her top priorities. Highlighting that reducing commuter congestion is one way to increase quality of life and reduce on negative environmental impacts.

“I also have three children who are inheriting this world and I feel really strongly that the battle over climate change should be a priority for all of us,” she said. “And it is something I am committed to doing every day.”

Daylight Savings

Proposition 7 -- approved by votes in the Nov. 6 Election -- will install permanent daylight savings time and remove the traditional biyearly time change, if approved by both the state and federal legislature. Bauer-Kahan acknowledged that it is a complicated process with many moving parts, but a bill was on its way to consider the change.

“My parents were at my house on Sunday lobbying me on this as well… I did refer them to their member since they do not live in my district,” Bauer-Kahan said to a room full of laughs. “The bill is coming forward and I urge all of you to tell us what you think… because there are benefits on both sides.”

Rep. Bauer-Kahan and Senator Glazer will again meet with constituents in Martinez on March 28, where they will be joined by Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) at the city’s Civic Park Assembly Hall, 1375 Civic Drive. Interested residents are invited to RSVP by calling Rep. Bauer-Kahan’s district office at 328-1515.

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4 people like this
Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 17, 2019 at 7:55 pm

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“We’ve done a lot in the area on public safety and gun reform. Whether that's background checks or waiting periods," Glazer said. "There are so many things where we have made positive steps,” he added. “Not to take away a gun for hunting, not to take away a gun for home protection, but to take away these weapons of war from our streets and limit the carnage that can occur.”


Sounds like Glazer needs some new slogans/taglines. California has had an "assault weapons" ban since 1989. No civilian can purchase a "weapon of war" (what military forces around the world currently use) at a gun shop either.

No need to give the predictable (but false) comment of "not to take away a gun". Just do what his party/gun control supporters have been doing "a lot of" in the background - regulate it out of reach by banning gun shows at the Cow Palace/local fairgrounds, not allowing new handgun models to be sold in the state because of the lack of microstamping features, restricting ammunition sales to in state gun dealers only, and then having local governments get in to the act by not allowing the same gun shops/dealers to operate in their communities. If you still have a gun of any kind, you'll be fortunate if you can actually get around to using it for home protection/hunting in this state.


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

I was there, and they did get through a good number of questions (at least 15), which was encouraging for a rather short meeting.

I'm hoping they can substantiate on climate change targets a bit more in the future - this is a bigger undertaking than just commuter car pollution, or just solar, or just truck traffic, etc., and will require tradeoffs.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 18, 2019 at 7:28 am

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"Both legislators acknowledged that California has done a lot in terms of gun control, but there is always room for improvement."

I agree. There IS room for improvement. But it's not going to come from these two.

Stop passing more feel good "common sense" regulations that criminals ignore, treating the same criminals who abuse firearms as "victims", and then endlessly blaming/lecturing the law abiding (in a state with some of the strictest gun laws) that they are just "not doing enough" and/or "not being safe enough".


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Posted by Frankie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Mar 18, 2019 at 9:57 am

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What about the deterioration of BART. Dirty and unsafe.


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Posted by steve milina
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 18, 2019 at 10:32 am

I attended that meeting my question on illegal immigrants with criminal charges was not even presented to the legislators. After the meeting was over I was able to talk to Kahan. I asked her how can you justify three people being murdered Kate Steinle her murder was done by an illegal immigrant who was deported five times and had seven felonies against him. Police officer Ronil Singh was murdered by an illegal immigrant who had two DUI's against him on the third suspected DUI he killed officer Singh who left a wife and young son Bambi Larson was stalked and murdered in San Jose by an illegal who had numerous charges against him but our stupid sanctuary laws prevent law enforcement from co-operating with immigration officials. Talking to these two privileged legislators is like talking to the wall. According to Kahan a balance must be maintained between innocent people being murdered and the possibility that law abiding illegals might report a crime. I feel that blood is on the hands of any legislator that approves of the term sancturary state.


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Posted by steve milina
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 18, 2019 at 11:01 am

also let's not forget Napa county Sherriff Jerecki who was fired upon at point blank range on a routine stop and by some miracle the assailant missed and sheriff Jerecki was able to return fire and kill him. He had been deported three times already.


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Posted by Robert S. Allen
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 18, 2019 at 11:28 pm

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Frankie: BART District 5 Director election next year.

With the new cars coming, I hope BART runs 10-car Blue line trains trans-Bay and on to SFO and Millbrae, runs its Orange line toward Antioch instead of Richmond, and adds a new route from Dublin-Pleasanton to Oakland and Richmond. Reduce congestion and transfers; many more one-seat rides. Many other benefits with this change.

BART needs more car storage in the Tri-Valley and a shop. The Blue line is their only trans-Bay route without an East Bay yard and shop. Extension to ACE at Greenville would have allowed these, but a faulty EIR and AB 758 killed even part of that.

Parking at the stations is woefully short. The Valley Link rail line from the Altamont could help by 2023, but until then Livermore parking at Isabel and a freeway shuttle bus may be the best solution to that shortage at the station.


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Posted by Concerned-Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 19, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Didn’t Bauer-Conman mysteriously win the election after being caught lying about her opponent and then a bunch of mysterious absentee ballots turned up? Is she really our legitimate leader?


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Absentee ballots aren’t “mysterious.”


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Posted by Concerned-Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm

@sjd - It's "mysterious" when Baker was ahead - just like all of the Congressional Republicans in Orange County, and then by golly, as the absentee votes came in - funny enough they were all for the same Democrat party. And not so mysterious was our California Secretary of State Alex Padilla asked voters to certify only that they were residents of the state on the mail-in ballot form, not that they were citizens. Even all the major left-leaning papers acknowledged that Bauer-Conman outright lied about Baker and her record. I realize that lying doesn't disqualify you from politics (it usually works to your advantage), but election fraud might mean you're illegitimate.


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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm

That’s not mysterious, it happens every election in every state. Absentee ballots skew dem. Get out with the nonsense.

A question on the ballot isn’t a conspiracy to get non citizens to vote.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 20, 2019 at 8:35 pm

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"According to Kahan a balance must be maintained between innocent people being murdered and the possibility that law abiding illegals might report a crime."

A law abiding illegal? What's that?

This kind of reasoning is exactly why Kahan needs to be voted out of office. There's no "balance" by sitting back and letting people disregard our immigration laws while imposing more costs on the taxpayers of the state.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 20, 2019 at 11:07 pm

Baker's loss here was irrational fallout as a result of Trump backlash. Really a terrible short term reaction. I'd love to see her run against and de-seat Swalwell


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