2010 California Environmental Scorecard


37th Annual Guide to Environmental Legislation and Votes for the 2010 Legislative Year

For nearly four decades, CLCV has rated each member of the California Legislature on key environmental votes of the session in the California Environmental Scorecard.

Read more about the 2010 legislative session in the 37th annual Scorecard: scroll down for the year in review, a snapshot of the numbers, and a search form to find out the scores of state legislators and the governor.

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Year in Review

Holding the Line: After two years of increasing budget deficits and emboldened attacks on environmental protections, 2010 found the environmental community deep in the trenches. The objective of the community this year was a simple and sobering “hold the line!” After a bruising 2009, when only five of the top fifteen environmental priority bills were signed into law and with another budget deficit close to $20 billion, our expectations for the 2010 legislative session were modest at best. With many non-profit coffers already strained by the multi-year recession and the intensity of a statewide election year, many non-governmental organizations tempered their legislative agendas to conserve resources for the challenges later in the year.

Moreover, in a climate where health care, child care, and education funding at all levels had been cut to the breaking point, environmental advocates found themselves dispelling the false dichotomy of jobs versus environment at every turn. Enacting and even maintaining existing environmental protections had never been more difficult.


Snapshot of the Numbers

Scorecard 2010 2009
Average of all Assemblymembers 64% 60%
Average Assembly Democrat Score 94% 87%
Average Assembly Independent Score 95% 86%
Average Assembly Republican Score 7% 13%
Perfect 100s      
(Ammiano, Bass, Beall, Blumenfield, Bradford, Brownley, Carter, Chesbro, Coto, de León, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Gatto, Hayashi, Hill, Huffman, Jones, Lieu, Lowenthal, Monning, Nava, J. Pérez, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Skinner, Swanson, Torlakson, Yamada)
30 12
Average of all Senators 59% 55%
Average Senate Democrat Score 91% 82%
Average Senate Republican Score 6% 9%
Perfect 100s      
(Alquist, Cedillo, Corbett, DeSaulnier, Hancock, Kehoe, Leno, Liu, A. Lowenthal, Pavley, Steinberg, Yee)
12 7
Governor 56% 28%



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