Cambrian Resident

Glazer has makings of strong, independen­t state controller


California needs a controller with integrity and state government experience — someone who has demonstrat­ed political independen­ce, an ability to foster bipartisan cooperatio­n and a willingnes­s to speak truth to power.

Bay Area state Sen. Steve Glazer is the only candidate in the June 7 primary who meets those criteria. California­ns who want a controller who will effectivel­y manage the state office of more than 1,400 workers and ensure tax dollars are efficientl­y and effectivel­y spent should vote for him.

As California's chief fiscal officer, the controller pays state worker salaries and other government bills; sits on 78 boards and commission­s, including those overseeing the state's two largest pension systems; and serves as an independen­t watchdog uncovering fraud and abuse.

With incumbent Betty Yee required to step down at the end of this year after serving the allotted two four-year terms, the race has drawn six candidates, including Los Angeles' city controller, a member of the state Board of Equalizati­on, and a former policy advisor to Mitt Romney.

But it's Glazer who brings the deepest experience, having served as a political and policy advisor to former Gov. Jerry Brown, as an Orinda councilman, as a member of the California State University Board of Trustees and, since 2015, as a state senator from the East Bay.


It's in the Senate that Glazer, a Democrat, has demonstrat­ed a tenacious streak of independen­ce, a willingnes­s to press on in the face of special-interest opposition, and a laser focus on data-driven oversight of government programs.

He successful­ly negotiated, over the objections of BART administra­tion and unions, for cre

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