In the competition for the State Senate District 7 seat, incumbent Steve Glazer’s leadership and accomplishments regarding the environment, water supply, housing and education earn our endorsement.
Challenger Marisol Rubio knows from personal experience how education can open doors that are otherwise closed, and wants to send more money to our public schools and special needs programs. She supports universal single-payer health care in California, and an increase in the minimum wage from $15 to $25 per hour. Environmental concerns are also on her list.
However, Glazer’s savvy negotiating skills that have moved forward critical legislation to improve our local communities, as well as those throughout the state, places him on top.
The third contestant, Julie Mobley, did not respond to our newspaper’s requests for an interview.
Locally, we have watched Glazer lead the three-year effort to prevent Tesla Park from becoming an off-road vehicle area that would destroy its remarkable wildlife, as well as its historical and native American cultural sites. Although the Governor, in a surprising move, vetoed the bill last year, Glazer is determined to stop the expansion of off-road vehicles, and secure conservation of the land in perpetuity. He will not give up on preserving Tesla.
An increase in water storage capacity is needed to provide reliability for Tri-Valley residents in future years when droughts are expected. By lobbying the California Water Commission, Glazer helped to secure $459 million in state water bond funding to expand Los Vaqueros Reservoir so that Zone 7 and other water districts can store high quality water in a nearby location.
In addition, Glazer authored the bill that provides incentives for rainwater capture, on the March 3 ballot as Proposition 72.
Glazer has drawn the line when it comes to the Delta Fix, formerly known as the Twin Tunnels project – now reduced to one tunnel. Glazer joined with area legislators and community leaders to oppose transferring Delta water that would hurt its environmental sustainability. He makes clear that he will continue to oppose any measure that erodes its wildlife and recreation values. He is very skeptical that full environmental reviews will show that the single tunnel will do no harm. As a result, he believes opposition to the Delta Fix is not likely to end.
Exercising his leadership role, Glazer organized support for the state’s allocation of $20 million to help purchase the 50,000-acre N3 Ranch near Del Valle Lake. Glazer states, “It will provide wildlife and passive recreation in our backyard. “
On another local issue, Glazer supports financial assistance for ValleyLink.
In order to address the affordable housing crisis, Glazer wants the state to incentivize the private sector to increase densities that provide more units, by putting aside $1 billion in non-profit grants, for example. He opposed SB 50, now defeated for a third time, because he does not think that the state should take away the power of a city, circumventing local control. According to Glazer, the state should give carrots to the builders who can actually build the housing, not sticks to the cities who cannot. He supports bringing back Redevelopment Agencies, which encouraged residential development.
Among his major accomplishments, Glazer co-authored a $15 billion school construction bond. Designated Proposition 13 on the March ballot, the bond is the largest in the state’s history. He paired with a senator to create a package of bills that would improve public safety during PG&E power shut-offs. The California Promise bill that provides a pathway to college graduation in four years was drawn up by Glazer. He also was the main author for the assault weapons ban, solar power bill, and truth in lending legislation.
With his relationships and negotiating skills, he has created transformative legislation. We need Steve Glazer to continue his indefatigable fight for local and statewide causes that serve the Tri-Valley.