Jim Frazier

Jim Frazier

Assemblymember — CA 11

Democrat Representing East Contra Costa, Solano

Assemblymember Jim Frazier has a destructive environmental voting record.

As chair of the Assembly Transportation committee since 2015 he has developed a reputation of consistently blocking or weakening transportation bills referred to his committee that are related to climate and equity. Specifically, Assemblymember Frazier has blocked or weakened legislation that would have accelerated the deployment of zero-emission vehicles, expanded access to free and reduced transit fare, and increased equity in transportation planning.

His voting record as chair of the Assembly Transportation committee and the letters that he has signed onto in 2020 supporting environmental rollbacks reflects his determination to put profits before people.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

Wrote his own letter as chair of Assembly Transportation Committee asking the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to suspend the development and implementation of all air quality regulations, and even urged CARB to consider delaying implementation of existing air quality regulations.

Signed onto a letter in support of efforts to postpone the adoption of all current and proposed regulations which provide critical air quality and climate protections by regulating emissions from diesel trucks, trains, and ships until 2021.

Signed onto a letter in support of postponing the adoption of the Vessels At-Berth rule which requires emission reductions from California ports by requiring ships to plug into electric power instead of idling diesel engines, a major source of pollution in communities near ports.

In 2018, opposed SB 64 which would have required the reporting of emissions associated with startups, shutdowns and cycling of electrical generating facilities.

In 2016, opposed SB 100, a landmark climate policy which created a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a mandate of 60% renewable energy by 2030.

In 2016, opposed AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, refused to support AB 1550 which requires at least 25 percent of funds from cap-and-trade auction proceeds go to projects directed to disadvantaged communities and at least an additional 10 percent for low-income households or communities.

In 2016, opposed SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, opposed AB 35 which required reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, refused to support AB 142 which provides ongoing funding for the cleanup of lead contamination caused by lead acid battery smelting facilities, in particular to help communities near the site of the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

In 2019, opposed AB 1080, which outline a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

In 2018,opposed AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

In 2017, opposed AB 890 which would have closed a loophole which allows for developers of projects with significant environmental impacts to abuse the initiative process to avoid publicly disclosing or mitigating their environmental and public health impacts.

In 2017, refused to support SB 258 which required ingredient disclosure on both product labels and web sites for most kinds of cleaning products sold to consumers and businesses.

In 2016, opposed AB 1066 which provides the same overtime protections for farmworkers as other hourly employees in California.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

Opposed AB 345, an active bill, which will require regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities by establishing a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive places such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics.

Opposed AB 3214, an active bill, which will update fines, which have not been updated for inflation since the 1980s, for companies that knowingly do not take action that could have avoided an oil spill.

In 2019, refused to support SB 127 during its final floor vote, which would prioritize the inclusion of complete streets, which is safe and accessible infrastructure for people of all abilities who walk, bike, use public transit, when routine maintenance is done on state owned streets.

In 2019, opposed AB 1057 which increased the amount of financial security oil companies must provide to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for the cost of clean up for retired or abandoned oil and gas wells.

In 2019, refused to support AB 936 which required the state to be more prepared for non-floating oil spills, one of the dirtiest and most destructive heavy crudes, by requiring notifications so that communities know when non-floating oil is being transported through their city and can properly respond if a spill occurs.

In 2018, opposed AB 1775 and refused to support SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2018, opposed AB 3146 which would have required oil well operators to regularly test for emissions of harmful hydrocarbon air pollutants in wells close to homes, and required the state to similarly test hazardous or idle wells.

In 2016, opposed AB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

Opposed AB 3030, an active bill, that supports national and international conservation efforts by setting a state target of conserving 30 percent of land, waters, and ocean by 2030 (the 30 by 30 movement).

Opposed AB 2954, an active bill, which will establish an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2019, Opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2018, opposed AB 1668, a drought adaptation policy that helps conserve water by mandating water utilities set and meet conservation targets. Additionally, the bill required agricultural water suppliers to plan for water efficiency and required the state to provide resources to small and rural water suppliers to plan for drought.

In 2018, opposed SB 606, drought adaptation policy helps conserve water by mandating water utility suppliers to set and meet conservation targets.

In 2017, opposed SB 252 which created greater transparency in water well permitting within critically overdrafted water basins by requiring applicants for a new well to notify their neighbors and allow for public comment and a hearing to take place.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1386 which made it state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is important to meeting California’s climate-change goals, and directed all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when conducting their work.

In 2016, opposed SB 1263 which gave the State Water Resources Control Board a stronger role in ensuring public water systems are not approved if they are unnecessary, ensuring that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water.

Campaign Finance

Asm. Jim Frazer has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

Tell Jim Frazier:

I OPPOSE efforts in the legislature to roll back critical environmental and health protections. We are in a public health crisis. I demand that our elected leaders protect our air, our water, our climate and our communities."