Glantz, Aaron


Aaron Glantz is an editor at New America Media and author of numerous books. His most recent is "The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans" (UC Press)

Latino Voters Deserting Brown, But Governor's Race Still Tied

By Aaron Glantz
New America Media

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown is still in a dead heat with his GOP rival Meg Whitman, despite losing virtually all of his once-substantial lead among Latino voters, according to results released Thursday by the nonpartisan Field Poll.

The Field Poll shows Brown and Whitman both drawing 41 percent support from registered California voters, with 18 percent still undecided.

But Whitman’s onslaught of more than $100 million in television and radio advertising—which has saturated both the state’s English and Spanish-language media—has succeeded in cutting Brown’s lead among Latinos from 23 percentage points in January to just 3 points today.

Federal Reserve Hears Homeowners' Woes

By Aaron Glantz
New America Media

After sitting through two hours of testimony at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, plumber Carlos Moreno can barely contain his anger.

In January, he lost his home in Menlo Park to foreclosure, after his adjustable rate mortgage reset, and his monthly payments increased by more than $1,000 a month.

“It’s all a bunch of baloney,” he said. “While they’re in there talking, 10 more people will lose their home.”

Dead Vets’ Families Accuse Insurer of $100 Million Scam

By Aaron Glantz
New America Media

Prudential cheated the families of dead American soldiers and Marines out of more than $100 million in interest on their life-insurance policies, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Massachusetts federal court.

The suit, brought by the parents of two veterans who committed suicide after returning home from Iraq, came as the Pentagon, the Department of Veterans Affairs and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo all announced investigations into the allegations, first disclosed by Bloomberg Markets magazine this week.

Mehserle Probe Latest in BART’s Race Problems

By Aaron Glantz
New America Media

Is BART the most racist transit agency in the nation?

That’s a question Bay Area residents should be asking after the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday that it was opening an investigation into the transit agency’s handling of BART police officer Johannes Mehserle’s fatal shooting of Oscar Grant. The investigation, which the Justice Department confirms is being launched together with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. But it is not the first effort by the Obama administration to rein in BART over civil rights.

Phony Agents Prey on Homeowners

By Aaron Glantz
New America Media

In Oakland’s Laurel District, struggling homeowner Giselle Jiles got a letter in the mail that appeared to be from her lender, JP Morgan Chase.

Jiles has been out of work since March 2009, and since last October, she has been trying to get Chase to modify her mortgage so she can stay in her home. But for nine months, her applications for forbearance have gone into a bureaucratic black hole.

As her savings dwindled, Jiles, 52, has gotten increasingly desperate. So she was understandably excited when she read the letter’s subject line: Payment Reduction Notice Regarding Your Loan.

Utility Giants Face Criticism on Minority Contracts

By Aaron Glantz
New America Media

SAN FRANCISCO - California’s utility and telecommunications companies are doing hundreds of millions of dollars more business with minority contractors, according to a new report from the Greenlining Institute, a Bay Area think tank.

But the organization says the news is not all good for minority firms. According to Greenlining’s report, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are lagging behind their competitors. Cable companies, which increasingly compete with regulated telecommunications firms for broadband business, have virtually no minority contracting portfolio at all.