Davis | Governor
Since governor is the office with the most influence on Californias environment,
Sierra Club conducted a comprehensive and deliberate endorsement process.
In July, an interview team of six volunteers and three staff met with Governor
Gray Davis (who had already returned a 21-page questionnaire) for two hours, covering
a variety of vital issues his administration has addressed and needs to address,
including forestry, growth management, coastal protection, global warming, air
and water quality, endangered species, toxic and radioactive waste, wilderness,
and campaign finance reform. Over the next two months we followed up with an extensive
dialogue with the states top environmental officials.
Having gone through this exhaustive process of assessing the governors record
and agenda, the interview team recommended endorsing Davis for a second term.
After weighing the pros and cons, the Political Committee, Regional Conservation
Committees, and Executive Committee all voted overwhelmingly to endorse Davis,
the Democratic nominee.
Among Davis many environmental accomplishments are: signing a bill making
California the first state in the nation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions
from motor vehicles; campaigning for two major environmental bond measures; launching
a huge energy conservation campaign in 2001 that successfully averted blackouts
and improved air quality; and appointing accomplished environmentalists like Mike
Paparian (Integrated Waste Management Board), Bob Hattoy (Fish and Game Commission)
and Sue Britting (Board of Forestry) to key regulatory bodies.
Sierra Club California plans to work with Gov. Davis during his second term to
improve his environmental record and, among other things, reduce clearcutting
of forests, establish effective smart growth measures, implement the new global
warming law, protect the coast from over-development, and safeguard our air and
water from toxins such as diesel exhaust, mercury, lead and radiation.
Republican candidate Bill Simon declined to return our questionnaire, which indicates
that his sporadic noises about protecting the coast are merely a facade for his
deregulatory agenda. Green Party candidate Peter Camejo did return our questionnaire,
and we interviewed him on July 3. Although he sounded generally sympathetic to
ecological protection, he did not demonstrate in-depth knowledge about environmental
issues, aside from his well-informed support for solar energy. .
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Bustamante | Lt. Governor
Sierra Club endorses Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante (Dem.) for re-election,
based on his record of environmental advocacy in office.
Bustamante has used his position to champion environmental causes in two ways:
through the specific duties delegated to him, and generally by taking advantage
of his bully pulpit as a constitutional officer.
The Lt. Governor is a member, and sometimes chair, of the State Lands Commission,
which regulates the use of millions of acres of state lands and waterways. Bustamante
has used his role to strengthen the Commissions commitment to ecological
Although he hails from Fresno, Bustamante has made coastal protection a special
priority, opposing offshore oil drilling and over-development of the coast and
making excellent appointments to the Coastal Commission. When the Legislature
was considering important and controversial legislation, he not only took pro-coast
positions, he also actively used his influence to sway key legislators.
Bustamante has also supported other important environmental causes such as parks
bonds and energy conservation. He earned Sierra Clubs endorsement when he
ran for the job in 1998, based in part on his record as Assembly Speaker.
Shelly | Secretary of State
Sierra Club endorses Assembly Member Kevin Shelley (Dem. - San Francisco) for
Secretary of State. First elected to the Assembly in 1996, Shelley rose to the
position of Majority Leader in 1998.
Shelley authored the Healthy Schools Act of 2000 to protect children from toxins
and persisted until the bill was signed into law. His other legislative accomplishments
include bills to fund environmental programs and to protect marine life. He scored
perfect 100s on the California League of Conservation Voter (CLCV) scorecards
for the last four years.
Voting modernization is the central plank in Shelleys platform for the Secretary
of State job. The Secretary of States office is important for political
reform and corporate accountability, two Sierra Club goals. The Republican nominee,
former Assembly Member Keith Olberg, had CLCV scores of 8, 7, and 0 during his
final three years.
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by his positions
in litigation where the Attorney General has represented the people of the State,
independent of any state agency.
Lockyer | Attorney General
Sierra Club endorses Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Dem.) for re-election, based
on his fine performance in office. Lockyer has shown a strong interest in environmental
protection, as reflected especially
The Office of Attorney General has brought several Prop. 65 right-to-know suits,
including one involving diesel trucks at grocery distribution centers. One area
where Lockyer has been active, and has taken positions very different than those
advocated by his predecessor, is in the area of takings litigation. He has been
an outspoken critic of efforts to limit environmental protection through expansion
of the takings doctrine, and has filed briefs in support of state regulation in
important takings cases.
Lockyer has also revitalized the role of the Attorney General in seeking to assure
compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Office of
the Attorney General has brought cases challenging the adequacy of the environmental
documentation used for the Newhall Ranch development, and challenging local governments
failure to comply with CEQA in approving Central Valley dairies.
One of the Attorney Generals first environmental cases involved intervention
in support of restrictions on jet skis at Lake Tahoe, a case Lockyer argued himself.
The Office of the Attorney General has intervened or filed briefs amicus curiae
in support of inclusionary zoning, national energy standards, and the Giant Sequoia
Sierra Club endorsed Lockyer for Attorney General in 1998, based, in part, on
his environmental record as Senate President Pro Tempore and as a longtime Bay
and also serves
on several state finance committees that oversee the implementation of environmental
The Controller can affect environmental policy in other ways through involvement
in a number of taxing and spending decisions.
Westly | State Controller
Sierra Club endorses Steve Westly (Dem.) for Controller. The Controller is one
of three members of the State Lands Commission, which regulates the use of millions
of acres of statelands and waterways,
Westly promises to promote environmentally-friendly energy development, oppose
any offshore drilling, keep our air and water clean, spend bond money on the most
effective environmental projects, and promote smart growth and regional planning.
As a specific example of how he will use his office to help the environment, Westly
pledges to extend and refine the State Lands Commissions Ballast Water
Management program, which curbs the introduction of alien plant and animal
species to Californias bays and harbors.
Tom McClintock, the Republican nominee, has compiled an extremely anti-environment
record with CLCV scores of 13, 0, and 0 over the last three years, often casting
the only no vote on environmental bills in the Senate Environmental
Angelides | State Treasurer
Sierra Club endorses Treasurer Phil Angelides (Dem.) for re-election based on
his impressive performance in office, his grasp of key environmental issues, and
his commitment to promotion of smart growth, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Putting his background as a suburban Sacramento developer behind him, Angelides
has been one of the most visible proponents of smart growth in California state
government. As a member of the boards of the Public Employees Retirement
System (PERS) and the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS), he has promoted
investment in development within urban boundaries, which helps to mitigate sprawl
on the fringes. He has also revamped how affordable housing developers qualify
for tax credits: instead of a lottery, credits are now awarded for adhering to
sustainable growth policies such as proximity to transit, retail shops, and schools.
An original sponsor of the legislation creating the California Consumer Power
and Conservation Financing Authority, on which he now sits, Angelides clearly
affirms that the Authoritys mission is to promote investment in energy efficiency
and renewable energy technologies.
Lake Tahoe and Mono
Lake, hold polluters responsible for their contamination, and promote energy efficiency,
renewable energy and nuclear safety.
Garamendi | Insurance Commissioner
Sierra Club endorses John Garamendi (Dem.), the first elected Insurance Commissioner.
During his sixteen years in the Legislature, Garamendis environmental successes
included laws to protect
As Deputy Secretary of the Interior in the Clinton Administration, Garamendi was
deeply involved in saving the Headwaters redwood forest, negotiating on water
issues, and blocking the Wilson Administrations attempt to open a radioactive
waste dump at Ward Valley.
Although Insurance Commissioner is not central to environmental protection, Garamendi
points out that the commissioner can assure that insurance policies cover
environmental damage, and the commissioner can force companies to honor the contractual
commitments for environmental damage that exist in their policies. Garamendi
has demonstrated that he is willing to take on the big insurance companies
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Sierra Club endorses Senator Jack OConnell (Dem. - San Luis Obispo) for
Superintendent of Public Instruction. OConnell has served in the Legislature
for almost 20 years, as an Assembly Member from 1982 to 1994 and as a senator
A longtime Sierra
Club member, OConnell has authored major environmental bills, including
the 1994 Statewide Offshore Coastal Sanctuary law and Natural Heritage Preservation
Tax Credit Act in 2000. He has supported cleanup of underground toxics and
vigorously opposed offshore oil drilling.
A reliable pro-environment vote on the Environmental Quality Committee, OConnell
scored perfect 100s on the CLCV scorecards for the last four years. The Superintendent
plays an important role in environmental education.