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California State SenateCandidate for District 13

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Alexander Glew

Engineer/Business Owner
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Local Control of Zoning: I oppose taking zoning control from the cities and giving it to the State. I opposed SB-50 and any form in which it may return. Those closest to the problem should solve it.
  • Property rights: I oppose changing proposition 13, rent control and other attacks on property rights and increses in taxation.
  • Health Care cost reduction: I want CA to reduce health care costs by at least 50% by adopting "The Cure That Works" by Prof. Sean Flynn. We need published prices, the ability to shop for treatment, and health savings plans that roll over for all.



Profession:Materials Scientist and Mechanical Enigneer
President and CEO, Glew Engineering Consulting Inc. (1997–current)
Design Review Commissioner, City of Los Altos Design Review Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Core Technologist, Applied Materials (1987–1997)


Stanford University Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Materials Science and Engineering (2003)
Stanford University Masters of Science (M.S.), Materials Scient and Engineering (1995)
University of California at Berkeley Masters of Science (M.S.), Mechanical Engineering (1987)
University of California at Berkeley Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mechanical Engineering (1985)

Community Activities

Design Review Commissioner, City of Los Altos (2016–2020)
Member, NorCal Golden Retriever Club (2010–current)
Member, Past Board Member and Director of Operations, Veterans Committee, Los Altos Rotary Club (2015–current)
Board Member, Secretary, South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (2017–current)
Alumni Awards Committee, UC Berkeley Alumni Association (2014–2016)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Alexander Glew:

I don't have an axe to grind and will listen to anything that works. Generally, I support the positions of the Citizens Climate Lobby, with a dividend paid to the people on energy usage fees.  Energy production is monolithic and can be addressed uniformly. Specifically, we need to increase renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro-electric.  In the meantime, until we have more renewable energy we need to increase less burdensome forms such as nuclear and natural gas while eliminating coal and reducing petroleum.  We must work constructively with the energy providers to do this in an efficient and manner.  With regards to transportation, all private cars should be offered in hybrid and electric versions, and made from aluminum.  Commercial vehicles must move to at least a hybrid status. Mass transit must be expanded.  Ironically, we need more highways and roads to reduce congestion and increase the efficiency of cars, trucks, buses and other forms of transport on the roads.  Also, we need to address the "last mile" aspect of mass transit by making areas near transit dropoff points friendly to pedestrians, bicycles, electric scooters and whatever people want to use.  

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Alexander Glew:

Much of the housing problems cost is caused by the lack of transportation infrastructure in the Bay Area. With an expanded range in which to build extending in all directions, there is the opportunity to reduce congestion and increase the quality of life for all, while reducing the cost for entry-level housing.   We need better transportation so that people can live where affordable housing can be built. That means we need "lanes and trains."   We need mass transit so that people can commute 30-50 miles quickly and live in single-family homes as 80% of the country prefers and 70% of the country does. We need speedy medium-haul trains that only stop every 5-10 miles, coupled with light rail and/or busses to connect in between the trains stops. We need three more trains or light rails across the SF Bay: Golden Gate, and two on the Peninsula. We need another bridge in the South Bay.   Ironically, we need more highways and expressways to make the commutes easy.  We have the second-worst commute in the USA due to a lack of investment in infrastructure.  The Bay Area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the USA, and we need a transportation system to match it.

Having served for four years as a Design Review Commission, and as a licensed engineer, I am well aware of the red tape, delays, bureaucracy, and costs that exist when one is trying to build housing.  We need to streamline the permitting process, while still maintaining local zoning control.  SB 50 is not the solution.  Simply requiring cities to respond to all permit actions within 15 business days, or something along those lines would be a start. We need to hold the cities and planning departments to a standard of responsiveness that is commensurate with the housing situation in which we now find ourselves.

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Alexander Glew:

There are numerous causes for incarceration and recidivism.  There are a few areas where there is an opportunity for ameliorating the problem.  Those with mental illness or chemical dependencies need to be treated and housed separately.  Those who commit crimes that harm others while being fully aware that it is wrong must be rehabilitated.  I would suggest lengthy work and social programs to transition them slowly back into society and make sure they have the opportunity and capability to succeed. They should not be eligible for parole until they are reintegrated into civilized society with a job, a residence, and membership in at least one social or religious organization so that they have a sense of community. They need an opportunity for a job and social context for living a "good life."  We can partner with the many non-profit organizations, religious organizations, employers and others that will take convicts back into society.  12% of the people living in the streets of SF are ex-convicts.  The cost of not rehabilitating drug addicts and criminals is great and affects many aspects of their families, neighborhoods, and society as a whole.

Property crimes less than $949 should be returned to felony status and we need a bail system. We do not want to create a class of career criminals.  Whereas the "3 strikes law" was draconian, the current dismantling of the criminal justice system is too permissive.


What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Alexander Glew:

We need to create water storage.  We have not created a new dam in 40 years. In 2014 SBI1 set aside $7.5B for water storage that CA has not yet implemented.  We also need clean hydroelectric energy that comes along with water storage. We need to enable and encourage drip irrigation in farming and other water saving techniques, while not harming the agricultural community that is so vital to CA and feeds fruits and vegetables to one half of our nation.  We need to have water plans in place to accommodate regional growth while not robbing the farmers.

Also, we need to reevaluate the "save the smelt" program and other programs that have not been shown to be effective. As a scientist, if the data does not support the hypothesis, then it is wrong. As a business person, if something does not work, I stop spending money on it.  The CA government should not persist in water follies.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $6,734

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Alex Glew Engineering
Employees of Brass Rat Group
Employees of Jones Financial (Edward Jones)
Employees of GE Law Group
Employees of Rockledge Associates
Employees of Self: Roger Riffenburgh

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.39%
Virginia 1.61%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.98%)
Small contributions (8.02%)

By Type:

From organizations (2.34%)
From individuals (97.66%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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