Ted Lempert | 11th State Senate District
The Sierra Club endorses former Assembly Member Ted Lempert in the 11th State Senate District, where Lempert and current Assembly Member Joe Simitian are vying for the Democratic nomination to replace term-limited State Senator Byron Sher. Sher has endorsed Lempert as his successor. The 11th Senate District, includes the Santa Cruz and San Mateo County coastline.
Lempert occupied the Assembly seat currently held by Simitian for eight years until term limits forced him to leave. As an Assembly Member, Lempert’s environmental voting record was rated 100% by the California League of Conservation Voters.
As an Assembly Member Ted Lempert authored the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act that became a model for the country in preventing and responding to oil spills along the coast. He also authored the California Coastal Sanctuary Act that banned new offshore oil and gas drilling and established a permanent ban on all new offshore oil and gas leases in state waters between San Simeon and the Farallons.
During his second four years in the State Assembly, Lempert authored the Ballast Water Management Program, the first of its kind in the country, to control the invasion of nonnative species along the coast.
John Laird | 27th State Assembly District
Sierra Club endorses John Laird for 27th Assembly District. 2003 was John Laird’s first year in the State Assembly. No other first-term member had more bills signed into law last year than John Laird. Twelve of his 13 bills were signed by the Governor, and Laird was also named Chair of the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.
Several bills focused on environmental issues, including:
Assembly Member Laird was also the lead author of AB 1702, which strengthens the state’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations through tougher reporting requirements and specification that owners and operators of USTs are responsible for legal compliance.
Highlighting Assembly Member Laird’s deeply held commitment to ongoing protection of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, he jointly authored AB 121 & AB 906. Together, these bills prohibit discharge of sewage, sludge, oily bilge water or hazardous waste into State waters and national marine sanctuaries along the State’s coast.
Jane Parker | Monterey County Supervisor, 4th District
The Ventana Chapter endorses Jane Parker for Monterey County Supervisor
for the 4th District. The 4th District is an open race as pro-growth incumbent
Edith Johnson will be vacating her seat. This is an opportunity to put
someone with environmental priorities and a social conscience on the Board
of Supervisors. Jane Parker plans to advocate for policies to protect
the quality of Monterey County’s land, air, and water; to pursue
sound land use principles such as city-centered growth and a jobs/housing
balance; to bring about more affordable housing to the community, and
to work to ensure access to community health care and county health
Jane Parker currently serves as Chair of the Monterey Peninsula College Board where she is an advocate for quality education-opposing unfair education cuts proposed by Sacramento-and leading efforts to attract and retain quality faculty and teaching staff.
Parker also serves as a Vice President for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte where she raises $5 million/year for provision of essential family health services, education, and counseling. Prior to serving with Planned Parenthood, Jane founded and managed a healthy meal preparation and delivery service targeting working families and homebound seniors.
Dave Potter | Monterey County Supervisor, 5th District
The Ventana Chapter endorses incumbent Dave Potter for Monterey County Board of Supervisor’s Fifth District, now representing Big Sur, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, the Hwy. 68 corridor and Las Palmas in Salinas. Potter is running for his third term, having served since November, 1996. During this time, his accomplishments have included:
Statewide environmental leaders such as Mike Reilly, chair of the California Coastal Commission, and Fred Keeley, endorse Potter.