Money screams – it just doesn’t talk — in the race to succeed Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) for her assembly seat in California AD 16 (16th Assembly District). The race in the AD 16 has drawn over $1.3 million in independent expenditures, “more that five times as much as any other contest,” according to the May 1, 2014, edition of the website, Capitol Alert.
AD 16 includes such cities as Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore. Running for the district’s open seat are: Glazer; Tim Sbranti, mayor of Dublin; Newell Arnerich, mayor of Danville; and Catharine Baker, a lawyer. Glazer, Sbranti, and Arnerich are identified as Democrats. Baker is a Republican. Buchanan, because of term limits, cannot run again.
Follow the Independent Expenditures
By far, the biggest recipient of independent expenditures over the last three months has been Steve Glazer. Of the $1.3 million spent in independent expenditures, $900,000 of that money has been spent in favor of Steve Glazer, a member of the Orinda City Council. Glazier has attracted $797,300 from the California Real Estate Independent Expenditures Committee of the California Association of Realtors. Glazer has also drawn $108,716 from the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee. These dollar amounts come from the website, Electiontrack.
In recent days, the California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee has been running television commercials for Glazer. The advertisements mention Glazer’s plan to ban strikes on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). And the end of the commercials, there is a written announcement stating: “Paid for by California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee — California Association of Realtors — Not Authorized By A Candidate Or A Committee Controlled By A Candidate.”
In 2013, BART went on strike twice.
Over the last several years, the Contra Costa Times has called Glazer Gov. Jerry Brown’s “top advisor.” Brown, a Democrat, served two terms as governor from 1975 to 1983. He ran successfully ran for a third term in 2010. Brown, now 76, is running for a fourth term this year.
Glazer has been a supporter of real estate development in Orinda. In 2012, as a member of the Orinda City Council, he voted for the construction of a 67-unit housing development in the midst of downtown Orinda. He has also supported other real estate projects in Orinda.
Consistently, Glazer has supported Orinda construction projects that exceed Orinda’s downtown height limit of 35 feet.
Amy Worth and Sue Severson, both members of the Orinda City Council, have endorsed Glazer’s race for the Assembly.