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Danville Mayor Challenges Steve Glazer for State Assembly Seat

Newell Arnerich plans to run for the state assembly seat that is currently held by Joan Buchanan.

Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich is hoping to be the next state assemblyman for the 16th District. Also planning to run for the seat is Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, who announced his intention last month.

Arnerich, who has been on the Danville Town Council since 1995, will run as a Democrat, and is seeking the seat currently held by Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), whose term limit is up in 2014.

The district includes Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore.

Arnerich, 60, was re-elected to the Town Council in November, finishing second out of seven candidates to secure another term.

(Related: You can read Arnerich's Town Council candidate profile here.)

In a press release, Arnerich said:

My role at the State level will be to focus on long term budget planning and bring back an affordable University of California and State University education for our children in the State of California. My wife and I both owe our career successes to affordable access to the University of California and State University educations. The future of California has many different roads to choose from, let’s choose the path for success of our children, public education and business communities. I have learned that when there is a problem in California we ‘innovate’ solutions and not continue on the road of the past, but rather focus on the future. California is the best place for innovation and there is no problem we cannot solve with dedicated and passionate leadership,

Jason Schmidt February 13, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Didn't he used to play the mailman on "Cheers"? Seriously, I would imagine he has played a major role in the recent debate over high-density low-income housing in Danville. Can anyone provide more information on his views of ABAG/MTC mandates and "suburban urbanization?" These are important topics for someone representing our area in statewide office.
Ralph Hoffmann February 13, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I agree with you, Jason.
Janet Maiorana February 15, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Both candidates should express their views so citizens know if they approve of the way the state through regional organizations are over riding cities General Plans and taking away citizens local control over their development. MTC/ABAG is imposing their plan for subsidized housing in each city in the 9 Bay Area counties, Citizens approved Measure J believing the taxes we committed would be used for transporation problems and roads in each community. MTC/ABAG has decided to refuse to return Measure J taxes to any city which will not develop their plan. This is an act of retribution for not accepting MTC?ABAG subsidized housing plans. If the MTC?ABAG plan is benefical for a community, why does MTC/ABAG have to blackmail citiies by refusing to return to source Measure J sales tax money? Then, the 'Social Equity Group,' wealthy with governmental money, will sue any city which does not knuckle under to the loss of freedom of our property rights. This happened to Pleasanton. Citizens cannot vote these regional non elected people out of their positions. To date, Corte Madera has opted out of the MTC?ABAG plan. They are standing up to the state and MTC/ABAG. Do we have a candidate who believes in the Constitution, property rights and Corte Madera?
Charlie February 16, 2013 at 01:31 AM
These two City Council members roll over to the dictates of the unelected bureaucrats that make up the membership of the MTC & ABAG. Neither Arnerich nor Glazer deserve the support of District 16 citizens whom these two political prostitutes betray and whose interests they ignore. Glazer certainly has and will again obtain financial support for his campaign from entities outside the jurisdiction he hopes to "represent" (I use the word represent lightly), outspending any candidate who would dare to oppose him. These two candidates are political bums, devoid of a scintilla of integrity and ought to be run out of California. When-oh-when will the citizenry wake up to how they are being sold down the river by the likes of Arnerich and Glazer!?! When-oh-when will the citizenry vote intelligently instead of just checking the box of the candidate's name they most recognize from campaign posters?!? The badly & overused terms "fairness", "justice", "equity", "sustainability" oozes from these two politicos' tongues like molasses and bespeaks a hypocrisy that would shame Uriah Heep! Neither care WHAT they do as long as it is mandatory. Vote for them and the MTC and ABAG will be the most powerful governing body District 16 has ever known.
Janet Maiorana February 16, 2013 at 05:56 AM
Charlie, No one could have explained it better. However, unless the citizenry gets involved and speak ups, MTC/ABA IS THE most powerful governing body District 16 has ever known. These un elected beaurocratas are totally usurping the will of the people. We, the people are now sheeples who obediently do as we are told, and dutifully pay for the idiotic visions of these non elected beaurocrats.
Christina Thompson February 16, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Steve Glaser is a chameleon. He changes colors on a moments notice to align with his environment. As mayor of Orinda, he picks his tasks based on what is personally beneficial, fashionable or simple. El Toyonal has a serious drainage problem resulting from a substandard project paid for by the city, most likely a "gentleman's agreement", which has been a long term disaster and Glaser has done nothing to fix the problem or hold the contractor responsible for this ugly debacle. During flooding, he was called multiple times on his cell phone and he ignored these calls until the storm was over around 8:30 at night. He is no Lincoln. Glaser is bad for Orinda, worse for State Assembly seat.
Danville Hartz February 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
So who is going to 'throw their hat' in the ring? Anyone willing to stand up to ABAG is welcome to apply!
Bob K February 16, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Neither of these candidates deserve our vote. Isnt it ironic that both of these candidates support outside agencies governing our local issues. Isnt one of the main reasons residents incorporate into cities is so they will have a voice and control over what happens in their respective cities. I agree that a candidate needs to step up thats willing to ABAG/MTC on.
Dawn February 16, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Thank you Charlie! I could not have said it better myself. It is high time we elect statesmen/stateswomen who will actually follow the will of the people and not unelected regional planners. Wake up people you're losing your freedoms and ultimately your Country.
Charlie February 16, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Yes, Bob. And when and if that candidate appears, we should monetarily support him/her and campaign our socks off! ". . . it does not require a a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." Samuel Adams
Charlie February 21, 2013 at 01:31 AM
We'll find out where he stands at the next Town Council meeting, March 5th. I encourage all Danville and interested District 16 voters to attend and see who the real Newell Arnerich is. Better come early the meeting will be packed!

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