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Sen. Glazer hits transit agency for $1,000 perk
Thursday, March 24, 2016


REGIONAL (KRON/BCN) — BART is facing criticism today for providing contractually required bonuses to employees, but the transit agency is arguing the bonuses are an important incentive for hard-working employees.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


A longtime critic of BART is blasting the transit agency, saying BART is doling out millions of dollars of bonuses to their employees while claiming they don’t have money for much-needed repairs.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


The record rise in BART ridership last year was a bonanza for the rail system’s 3,357 employees, each of whom received a $1,000 bonus because of the surge in commuters.

And they appear on track for another bonus this year.

BART paid a little over $3.3 million to its employees in July, when core ridership on the system averaged 373,569 — 4.5 percent over what was forecast for 2015.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Katy Murphy of the Bay Area News Group wrote this story on my bill, SB 1450, to improve four-year graduation rates at California State University. Only 19 percent of CSU students graduate in four years, 25 percent below the national average. My bill offers a tuition freeze, priority registration and advising to students who maintain 30 units per academic year and a minimum GPA.The story ran in the Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune.

Contra Costa Times
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

WALNUT CREEK -- Saying BART has been irresponsible with its money over time, a group of East Bay elected officials called on BART to renegotiate its 2013 employee contracts before going to voters in November with a $3 billion bond measure to pay for rail system improvements.

"There have been decades of shortsighted fiscal and management decisions," said state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, who led a news conference at the Walnut Creek BART station Wednesday.

San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

State Sen. Steve Glazer, elected on a relentless campaign to prevent strikes by BART workers, threatened Wednesday to oppose an expected November bond measure to fund improvements to the transit system.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It’s time for State Parks to take action to protect cyclists and motorists visiting Mt. Diablo. We need to act quickly and double stripe center lines on Mt. Diablo roads. Learn about the issue in this news report from KGO Reporter Dan Noyes.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown calls himself the Capitol’s brooding omnipresence. We suggest another moniker: turkey bill killer, not to defame the noble bird.

He probably should veto many bills sent to him at the end of the legislative sessions. We don’t need hundreds of new laws. Although this is by no means a comprehensive list, we offer four that he should relegate to the dustbin:

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Monday, August 24, 2015

"School districts should be allowed — nay, encouraged — to save money for lean times. That’s why the statewide battle over school district budget reserves is so baffling."

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Monday, August 24, 2015

"State legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown are playing an irresponsible game of financial chicken with local school districts....

Finally, a bipartisan group of legislators has proposed a compromise. The effort is led by state Sens. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, with support from Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin.

SB 799 addresses union claims that some districts are hoarding money, yet allows them to maintain minimally acceptable reserves."