STEVE GLAZER (D)
Glazer won his seat in 2015 with the help of millions of dollars of support from conservative mega-donor Bill Bloomfield, the California Real Estate industry, and other ultra-wealthy corporate types, among them the CEO of Netflix and the co-founder of The Gap.
In 2016, Glazer once again earned his place in our Hall of Shame by voting TWICE against bills to expand CA’s successful paid family leave program (SB 654 and SB 1166). He objected to retail workers receiving extra compensation if they were forced to leave their families on Thanksgiving (AB 67). He even refused to help educate the public about poisons in household cleaning products (AB 708), leaving us all vulnerable to cancer causing chemicals. Glazer repeatedly sides against workers on behalf of big business and corporate profits.
On housing issues, Sen. Glazer was also a failure. He voted to stop protections for widows and widowers at risk of losing their homes simply because their mortgage was in their spouse’s name (SB 1150), and he objected to common sense protections against abusive landlords (AB 2819). Is it any wonder, with the real estate industry as one of his key campaign donors, that Glazer consistently sides with greedy landlords out to exploit their tenants?
Sen. Glazer also stands on the wrong side of racial justice issues. He opposed farmworkers receiving the same overtime pay hikes that nearly all other professions receive, a disparity that mostly impacts workers of color (AB 1066), and helped water down a critical bill to reform the War on Drugs (AB 966), which would have eliminated sentencing “enhancements” that mostly target blacks and Latinos. Glazer’s approach to racial justice is dangerously regressive.
Last but certainly not least, Sen. Glazer was no friend to the environment or anyone who breathes air or drinks water — particularly poor people and people of color. He tried to block SB 1000, which required cities to take environmental health risks into account during planning, particularly in poorer communities. He opposed improving access to clean, safe water in poor communities (SB 1318) and opposed increasing the voice of environmental justice groups in policy decisions impacting air quality in Southern California (SB 1387). Steve Glazer’s votes on public health and the environment put the health of the people of California at risk.
There are many conservative Assemblymembers in the California Legislature with terrible Courage Scores, so what makes Sen. Glazer’s voting record so egregious? He is grotesquely out of touch with the values of his district. Voters in his East Bay district have repeatedly shown progressive values in votes on statewide ballot measures. They stand for many of the policies Sen. Glazer opposes. In 2012, they voted to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund schools (56% on Prop 30) and they extended those taxes in 2016 (60% on Prop 55). On environmental issues, they voted to ban plastic bags (56% on Prop 67 in 2016) and to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy in schools (63% on Prop 39 in 2012). Sen. Glazer’s district also believes in reforming the racist, wasteful War on Drugs. It voted overwhelmingly in favor of repealing California’s Three Strikes Law (69% on Prop 36 in 2012), and firmly supported reducing non-violent felonies to misdemeanors (63% on Prop. 47 in 2014) and reforming CA’s broken parole and juvenile trial system (66% on Prop 57 in 2016).
The voters in Glazer’s district repeatedly demonstrate progressive values and Sen. Steve Glazer repeatedly lets them down. This is shameful. His constituents deserve better.