State Senate candidate Alex Glew offers a new approach

State Senate candidate Alex Glew. Post photo.

Editor’s note: This is one part of a series of stories about the candidates running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Jerry Hill. Six candidates will compete in the March 3 primary and the top-two vote-getters will go on to the general election in November. This was published Jan. 24.

BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer

Los Altos resident and engineer Alex Glew says that he wants to take a swing at fixing the state’s health care system if elected to the state Senate to replace termed-out Jerry Hill.

Glew, a Republican, bases his ideas on health care around work done by Scripps College Professor Sean Flynn who wrote “The Cure that Works.”

Glew wants to see more of a retail approach for medicine, where prices are listed from the get-go and people can choose how much they want to pay. He favors health savings accounts, which would be used to pay medical and drug bills.

“It’s like Travelocity for medicine,” Glew said.

Glew, 56, is currently on the Design Review Commission in Los Altos, which reviews home plans. Glew has run unsuccessfully for Los Altos City Council in 2016 and against Assemblyman Marc Berman in 2018.

Glew owns Glew Engineering in Mountain View, which creates equipment for semiconductors and carries out other engineering tasks. He has also been called as an expert witness in tech disputes.

He was born in San Francisco and raised in Pacifica. After graduating from UC-Berkeley, he moved to the Peninsula. He lives in Los Altos with his wife, Martha.

The 13th Senate District spans from Brisbane to Sunnyvale and includes San Mateo, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View.

The Post is in the process of conducting interviews with each of the six candidates running for Hill’s seat and yesterday sat down with Glew. Glew is the only Republican in the race. The other five candidates are Democrats.

Last week the Post interviewed Burlingame Councilman Brownrigg, and earlier this week sat down with Menlo Park resident Josh Becker. Next week the Post is scheduled to interview three more candidates — Redwood City Councilwoman Shelly Masur, Millbrae Councilwoman Annie Oliva and former assemblywoman Sally Lieber.

The Post asked Glew about a variety of topics, here is what he had to say about some of them, including PG&E, SB50 and transit.

Traffic

Asked what approach he’d take to reducing traffic congestion, he said the region needs a better transit system.
When asked about what sort of transportation changes he would like to see happen in the Bay Area, Glew responded with “lanes and trains.” He added that highways next to “green fields,” such as Interstate 280, ought to be expanded to prepare for the added jobs and homes in the area.

As for mass transit, Glew said there should only be one transit agency per county, one regional transit agency and an agency for water transportation.

“We need a complete coordination so it acts like one system, connecting Sonoma to San Jose,” Glew said.

Rail crossings

The Post also asked Glew how local cities ought to pay for projects to separate the road from railroad tracks via a tunnel or bridge, and Glew responded that cities ought to seek federal funding.

As for the controversial housing bill SB50 — the bill slated to increase density near transit, jobs and education centers — Glew said it is not what the area needs to add housing, but instead needs to create regional plans for addressing growth. He said cities need to stop zoning for new businesses and instead create a regional infrastructure plan.
PG&E should have the freedom to do what what it needs to do properly, Glew said.

Glew added that PG&E needs to have competition. Since the public has paid for the electrical lines, then there should be no problem with other companies running their power through those lines and into homes.

“The lines are on public land, the public paid for them. So I don’t know why any company that wants to, can’t use those lines,” Glew said.

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