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Bonilla touts endorsements of two liberal organizations, NOW and Planned Parenthood

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced, this week, that she has received the endorsement of the California National Organization of Women Political Action Committee and Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund.

California NOW PAC fights to make sure political, social, legal, and economic institutions recognize and ensure women and girls’ equality. The feminist organization is considered one of the most liberal political groups in America.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s top abortion provider. Of the approximate one million abortions in the U.S., each year, they performed 327,653 abortions at it’s clinics in its fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), according to Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s annual report.

Susan Bonilla has a proven record of expanding access to reproductive health care, fighting for gender equity, and protecting reproductive rights for all,” Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund Acting CEO Gilda Gonzales said. “Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund proudly endorses Susan Bonilla for State Senate.”

A full list of endorsements, as well as statements of support from community leaders, can be found at www.susanbonilla.com/endorsements.

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California Small Business Association backs Bonilla for State Senate

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced, today that she has received the endorsement of the California Small Business Association, adding to the growing support for her campaign for State Senate by Democrats and Republicans, business and labor.

Susan Bonilla is a fiscally responsible leader with a strong record of partnering with small businesses, giving them tools to succeed and create good jobs,” CSBA President Betty Jo Toccoli said. “The California Small Business Association is proud to endorse Susan Bonilla for Senate.”

The California Small Business Association is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit, non-partisan organization that provides small business with a meaningful voice in governments, advocating on a range of issues including: regulation, access to credit, insurance, taxes and budgets, affordable health care, and workforce education.

Their endorsement adds to the growing support for Bonilla from Democrats and Republicans, business and labor. Bonilla has recently earned the support of Republican leaders including Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern and Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor, as well as earning the support of Democratic state leaders including Attorney General Kamala Harris.

A full list of endorsements, as well as statements of support from community leaders, can be found at www.susanbonilla.com/endorsements.

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FPPC will not pursue Glazer complaint against unions over campaign mailer

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

By Allen Payton

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on Tuesday informed State Senate District 7 candidate Steve Glazer that they will not pursue his complaint against Working Families Against Glazer for Senate.

Glazer had alleged the committee had violated campaign reporting laws. But the FPPC said Working Families “has provided evidence that the mailer was already in production prior to the committee’s acquiring contributors of more than $50,000.”

The letter concluded with “The FPPC’s Enforcement Division will not pursue this matter further.”

“It’s unfortunate that he has wasted taxpayers’ resources for this publicity stunt,” said Steven Maviglio, spokesperson for Working Families Against Glazer for Senate.

A copy of the FPPC letter can be viewed here. FPPC Letter re Glazer complaint

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Glazer calls for Clean Government Pledge to reduce special interest power and lawmaker abuse, Bonilla calls it a gimick

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Saying that action must be taken to reduce the power of special interests in the State Capitol, Senate candidate Steve Glazer called on his election opponent, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, to join him in making five clean government promises.

These pledges include a refusal to accept gifts, meals and drinks from groups influencing the lawmaking process; a ban on accepting campaign contributions during times when most laws are passed; and a commitment to publicly release secret candidate questionnaires.

The pledge would also ban tax free Per Diem payments for work in the State Capitol on weekends and holidays when a legislator is not present, and a prohibition on giving special interest campaign contributions to family members in the form of payment for services.

The power of special interests in the State Capitol need to be curtailed,” said Glazer. “These five simple reforms will improve public confidence in our lawmaking process by scaling back the corrosive influence of campaign contributions, gifts and secret agreements.”

Voters expect an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay,” said Glazer. “It is wrong to receive tax free Per Diem expenses for work in the State Capitol when you are at home on weekends and holidays.” The Per Diem rate is set by the State Board of Control and is currently set at $168 per day. *1

In February, Glazer challenged Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to sign a transparency pledge that would require public release of all answers to special interest questionnaires. Glazer has not filled out any of these surveys, but has posted his positions on numerous issues on his webpage for all to see at GlazerforSenate.com. Thus far, Bonilla has refused to share her secret answers.

In the final days of each legislative year when hundreds of proposed laws hang in the balance, special interests shower lawmakers with campaign contributions, gifts, food and drinks,” said Glazer. “I support a ban on gifts at all times and a prohibition against taking campaign money from these lobbying entities during the most impactful time in the legislative calendar.”

Taking these five clean government actions will make our lawmaking process have more integrity and be more transparent and honest. I will follow this Clean Government Pledge. I hope my opponent will do so as well.”

Glazer currently serves as the Mayor of Orinda and a Trustee of the California State University 23-campus system.

Senate District 7 includes the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Blackhawk, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pacheco, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and Walnut Creek.

The general election will be held Tuesday, May 19.

*1 Sacramento Bee, January 15, 2015: “Under the state constitution, lawmakers receive daily tax-free living expenses on top of their salaries, as long as they are not out of session for more than three consecutive days. While the state Senate and Assembly usually meet on a Monday-Thursday schedule, the extra day will allow legislators to collect their per diem allowances over the holiday. The per diem rate rose slightly in October to $168, according to the Assembly Rules Committee, from $163 in the 2013-14 fiscal year.” Read more here.

Clean Government Pledge

Broad reform is needed to inject our lawmaking process with more integrity, transparency and honesty.

Today, special interests collude with candidates during an election on hidden promises in the form of secret candidate questionnaires.

These narrow interests shower elected officials with campaign contributions right before critical votes and provide them with gifts, including sports tickets, meals and drinks. Their campaign donations even go to support a lawmaker’s family.

Lawmakers supplement their state mandated salaries by arranging to be paid tax free Per Diem for working in the State Capitol on weekends and holidays when they are not even there. This is wrong!

We need to take important steps to limit the corrosive impact of special interest power and lawmaking abuse. I will follow this Clean Government Pledge. I hope my opponent will do so as well.

Clean Government Pledge

1. I will not accept any gift, including meals and beverages, from any special interest group who lobbies in the State Capitol.

2. I will publicly disclose every answer to any special interest questionnaire.

3. I will not pay family members from campaign contributions.

4. I will not accept any tax free Per Diem expense payments for work in the state Capitol on weekends and holidays.

5. I will not accept campaign contributions in the final 60 days of each legislative year from any individual or entity that has legislation under review. *1

*1 (July 15 – September 15 in first year of session and July 1 – August 30 in second year of legislative session)

Bonilla responds

In response, Bonilla offered the following:

The influence of big money in politics is a serious problem – but half hearted campaign gimicks like Mr. Glazer’s ‘pledge’ won’t do anything to solve the problem. Real actions and real legislation will. I’ve taken a voluntary pay cut to help balance the budget and have been a steadfast supporter of the comprehensive clean money campaign finance reform bill in the legislature. While I’ve spent my career as a public servant championing important reforms like these – Glazer has spent his career as a high paid corporate political consultant helping special interests like big tobacco game the system.”

The election to fill the final 18 months of the unexpired term of now Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, will be held May 19.

 

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris endorses Susan Bonilla in State Senate special election

Monday, April 6th, 2015

State’s Top Law Enforcement Official Adds to United Bipartisan Support for Bonilla Among Law Enforcement Leaders

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that her campaign has received the endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

“Susan Bonilla has a proven record of advocating for smart, innovative approaches to serious issues like crime prevention, consumer protection and the fight for equality,” California Attorney General Kamala Harris said. “Susan Bonilla is my choice for State Senate.”

I’m proud to have the support of Attorney General Kamala Harris,” Susan Bonilla said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with her in our efforts to crack down on child predators, protect seniors, and keep neighborhoods safe.”

Support from Harris adds to the unanimous support that Bonilla has received from public safety leaders across the region and the state. Bonilla’s wide and bi-partisan support from safety leaders includes:

Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston

Alameda Sheriff Greg Ahern

Peace Officers Research Association of California

California Association of Highway Patrolmen

California Professional Firefighters

Cal Fire Local 2881 – Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Firefighters

Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs from Across the District

A full list of endorsements, as well as statements of support from public safety leaders, can be found at www.susanbonilla.com/endorsements.

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Glazer files complaint against group hiding union donations, says it’s no April Fool’s joke

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

State Senate candidate Steve Glazer today announced the filing of a formal complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) against a special interest group for illegally hiding their major union donors on a campaign mailing to voters, which can be viewed, here: FPPC Complaint-Glazer v. WFOG-March 31, 2015

The so-called “Working Families Opposing Glazer for Senate” received hundreds of thousands of dollars from union committees, but failed to list on the mailer the names of the top two union donors who had contributed $50,000 or more.

The disclosure rules are in effect to give voters full knowledge of the special interests who are funding these communications,” said Glazer. “These groups are sophisticated political players who circumvented disclosure laws for the sole purpose of misleading voters.”

According to a press release from Glazer’s campaign, “this is the second time these union groups have maneuvered around the transparency mandates. In the primary election, these same unions funded a committee called the “Asian American Small Business PAC.”  That group, financed by neither Asian Americans nor small businesses, sent out five separate mailers attacking Glazer. These activities were condemned as smear tactics by the Contra Costa TimesSan Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.”

Based on filings with the Secretary of State, the two largest funders of the mailing were the State Council of Service Employees ($185,000) and the California School Employees Association ($75,000).

Special interest groups are fearful of my candidacy because I won’t do their bidding. They need to come out of the shadows and play by the rules. I have asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to hold them accountable,” Glazer concluded.

6:35 p.m. UPDATE: In an email response to the complaint, Steven Maviglio of Forza Communications, the spokesman for the Working Families Against Steve Glazer for Senate, of which both unions listed in the complaint are part, wrote, “This is nothing more than a meritless publicity stunt cooked up by Big Tobacco political consultant Steve Glazer to deflect from the fact that his campaign is being bankrolled [by] big insurance and drug companies, out-of-state corporations, and other special interests. We look forward to the FPPC quickly dismissing this smear.”

The run-off election between Glazer and State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla will be held Tuesday, May 19. Whichever candidate wins will serve through the end of 2016 and for a full, four-year term, will have to run, again, next year.


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Tri-Valley and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs, Congressman Swalwell endorse Bonilla for Senate

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced today that her campaign has received the endorsements of the TriValley and Diablo Valley Democratic Clubs, adding to the growing unity behind Bonilla’s campaign – including earning the support of former Assemblymember and special election opponent Joan Buchanan and groups that had supported her campaign.

Susan Bonilla is the candidate we can count on to champion public education and oppose the hugely expensive and environmentally hazardous double tunnel project.” Diablo Valley Dems President Karen Cohen said.

Tri-Valley Dems President Ellis Goldberg added, “Susan Bonilla’s record and experience made endorsing her an easy choice for club members.”

In addition, Congressman Eric Swalwell, who represents the TriValley and San Ramon in the House of Represententatives, also endorsed Bonilla, this week.

Swalwell’s endorsement continues the rapidly expanding support and momentum that Bonilla’s campaign has built in the Tri-Valley, since emerging in the top-two special election runoff election.

“Susan Bonilla is an effective coalition builder who is solving problems and getting results for East Bay families. She’s a proven leader who has improved local schools, balanced budgets, and supported small business growth in our region,” Swalwell said. “Susan Bonilla is the best choice for Tri-Valley families and I’m proud to endorse her for State Senate.”

Bonilla’s campaign recently announced the endorsement of former State Senator and Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, former Orinda Mayor Gregg Wheatland, and the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus’s broad coalition of Assemblywomen and State Senators.

For the complete list of Bonilla’s endorsements and more information about her campaign, visit www.susanbonilla.com.

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Buchanan, other East Bay women leaders endorse Bonilla in special State Senate race

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

By Allen Payton

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla announced Wednesday the endorsements of former State Senator and Majority Leader Ellen Corbett and former Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner as women in leadership across the East Bay continue to unite behind Bonilla’s campaign in the special 7th State Senate District race.

As a result of Tuesday’s election, Bonilla successfully moved forward to the top-two in the May 19th special election runoff, facing fellow Democrat and Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer.

Former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, who placed third in Tuesday night’s election, also endorsed Bonilla, on Wednesday.

In a post on her campaign website, Buchanan wrote:

“Dear Friend – I want to take a moment to thank you for your overwhelming support of our campaign. While last night’s results weren’t what we were expecting, I am incredibly grateful to all of you for believing in me, your time and all your hard work.

I’m proud of the campaign that we ran; I’m proud that we stuck to our pledge to run a positive-only campaign; and I’m proud of how many of you truly took to heart our shared vision for a better future. 

It’s clear that our positive messages of a quality education for every child, protecting our precious environment and creating a better California resounded with tens of thousands of voters.

It was an honor to represent you in the State Assembly and as a school board member, and I am grateful for all we have all we have accomplished in my 24 years of public service. It takes a village, and working together we have improved our schools and learning for all students, and strengthened the wonderful communities we call home. I look forward to our paths crossing in the future.

Last night I called Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to offer her my congratulations. I ask you to support her bid to be our next State Senator.”

Corbett, Skinner and Buchananjoin Congresswoman and Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher (ret.), Assemblymember Nora Campos, Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert, Concord Councilmember Laura Hoffmeister, Martinez Councilmember Lara Delaney, Martinez Councilmember AnaMaria Avila, Pittsburg Councilmember Merl Craft, Ambrose Parks Board Chair Mae Cendaña Torlakson, Ambrose Parks Board Member Judy Dawson, Ambrose Parks Board Member Eva Garcia, Antioch School Board Member Barbara Cowan and Solano Board of Education Vice President Dana Dean.

Senator Corbett and Assemblywoman Skinner are trusted and proven leaders who made incredible strides for our region,” Bonilla said. “I’m honored by their support and the incredible support that our campaign received from across the district in last night’s election.”

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