The Hall of Shame includes the state legislators most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with corporate and special interests that exploit Californians. To make the list, a legislator needs to have a Courage Score of 59 or lower — resulting in a grade of “ F ” — and represent a district which clearly supports more progressive policies than the legislator. By clicking “Read More” on each Hall of Shame profile a user will be able to see the legislator’s top corporate contributors, as well as a narrative describing how the representative failed his or her constituents.
STEVE GLAZER (DEM)
TOP CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS
- Millionaires / Super wealthy donors
- Real Estate & Development
Sen. Steven Glazer won his seat with the help of MILLIONS of dollars from independent expenditures backed by conservative megadonor Bill Bloomfield, the California Real Estate industry, and other ultra-wealthy donors including Reed Hastings (CEO of Netflix) and Doris Fisher (co-founder of The Gap).
But how did this impact his voting record? Let’s look. For starters, he OPPOSED expanding the Paid Family Leave Program (SB 406) and did NOT support AB 1017, which would institute policies to help secure equal pay for women. These issues are of particular concern in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, which Sen. Glazer represents, where the wage gap between men and women is among the worst in the state, and where it is particularly difficult for a single mother to afford housing, according to research done by the CA Budget and Policy Center.
It’s no surprise that Sen. Glazer has the SECOND WORST voting record among Democrats in the Senate. His Courage Score comes in at 25, earning him a low “F”.
Meanwhile, the constituents he represents support far more progressive policies. They voted to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund schools (56% in favor of Prop 30 in 2012) and to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools (63% in favor of Prop 39 in 2012). Sen. Glazer’s district also voted overwhelmingly (69%) in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (Prop 36 in 2012) and 62% in support of Prop. 47 in 2014 to reduce non-violent felonies to misdemeanors — both key steps towards dismantling the deeply racist and flawed War on Drugs. Yet, Sen. Glazer opposed a bill (AB 1351) that would promote drug rehabilitation instead of prison time for certain nonviolent, misdemeanor drug offenses.
Sen. Glazer also did not support SB 654 (Regulate Hazardous Waste) or SB 546 (Stopping Unjustified Health Insurance Rate Hikes).