By Richard Eber : capoliticalreview. – excerpt
At first glance State Senator Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) would not seem to be a candidate for a yet to be written chapter for the sequel to Profiles in Courage. Prior to taking office, Glazer spent his career as a lobbyist, consultant, fixer, and campaign manager, in the sleazy world of Sacramento politics.
Few people took much notice when Jerry Brown’s campaign manager in 2010 pledged when elected that he would ignore the special interests that previously employed him. After less than two years in office, Glazer has made good on this promise while confounded his critics by not following the Democratic Party line in every instance.
Last week he further committed “progressive” treason (beyond opposing public transit worker strikes) by casting a vote against the passage of SB-1 which is the 52.5 billion dollar tax increase pushed by Governor Brown to pay for California’s deteriorating transportation system. By raising the gasoline tax and increasing vehicle registration fees, Brown claims there will be enough funds allocated to get the job done.
Glazer, whose district is considered moderate by Bay Area standards, said that it was unnecessary to raise taxes rather than re-directing spending from the costly high-speed rail project and other questionable expenditures.
Glazer’s opposition to SB-1 might have worked if all Republican’s in the Senate opposed it because a two thirds vote was required to pass the measure. This did not happen as Governor Brown enticed, or should we say bribed Republican Senator Anthony Canella (R-Ceres) to support SB-1 with 450 million in perks promised for his district.
Cannella does not care about the ire of the GOP as he is termed out in 2018 for his Senate seat. No one would be surprised if Governor Brown gives him an appointment to a high paying state commission for his parting gift when leaving office. That’s how things work in Sacramento… (more)
If you appreciate Senator Glazer’s no vote on SB-1, let him know: http://sd07.senate.ca.gov/contact