State and local candidates and issues
Below are articles about selected candidates. See Vote
The Environment, Nov 2 for a more complete list of Sierra Club
endorsements. Endorsements are not made in every race.
Senator Boxer has spent her career working to safeguard the California
coast from oil and gas drilling. She has consistently voted for
the health and safety of our children and worked to protect our
coast for future generations.
Boxer introduced the California Wild Heritage Act to protect additional
wilderness in the state. Boxer is a true friend of the environment.
27th State Assembly District
Club endorses John Laird for the 27th State Assembly District. This
year John has been working on bills to preserve open space. The
Sierra Nevada Conservancy, sponsored by Laird, has recently been
signed into law. This bill establishes a broad conservancy for the
Sierras, from Kern County to the Oregon border. Another of Laird's
bills signed into law bans cruise ships from incinerating garbage
and dumping graywater into state waters including the Monterey Bay.
If Laird is reelected and the Democrats retain their majority,
he will serve as chair of the Assembly Budget Committee. In the
2003 session, Laird sponsored bills that strengthened the Williamson
Act to preserve agricultural land, preserved federal funding of
toxic clean-up programs at military installations such as Fort Ord,
and strengthened underground storage tank regulations.
Monterey County Supervisor, District 4
Club endorses Jane Parker because of her commitment to ensure a
General Plan Update that manages growth, reduces traffic, increases
affordable housing, and protects working farmland. The Club believes
Jane will stand up to special interests. She will work to protect
the quality of Monterey County's land, air, and water. Jane has
a proven track record of increasing access to critical health care
Jane Parker is the former chair of the Monterey Peninsula College
board. She currently serves as a vice president for Planned Parenthood
Santa Cruz County Supervisor, District 5
Stone has helped local communities facing timber harvests understand
and assert their rights during the review process. Mark used his
influence as a Supervisor to help the Community of Lompico fight
the dangerous logging plan directed at the pristine Lompico Creek
headwaters, their primary community water source.
Mark's interest in local water resources led him to successfully
defend the County's Water Resources Program from the budget ax,
saving our ability to monitor and assess local water supply and
Mark provided the mechanism for Felton residents to buy back their
water system. Mark believes that only through public ownership of
water sources can we set successful regional water policy.
Mark Stone has been an attorney for high-technology companies where
he drafted and negotiated agreements. He is a former Assistant Professor
at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and spent five years
on the Scotts Valley School Board where he was the Board President
for three years.
Santa Cruz City Council
Club endorses Ed Porter because of his "green" track record
on the City Council. He has voted to protect Arana Gulch greenbelt
from being bisected by a bike road, opposes widening Highway 1,
has supported recycling and waste reduction and installation of
solar power on city facilities. Porter is a strong proponent of
a green redesign of the former Dream Inn and supports bicycle facilities
wholeheartedly. His responses to the Club election questionaire
was more environmentally sensitve than the responses of the other
candidates. In addition, Porter opposes an Eastern Access road through
Capitola City Council
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
San Lorenzo Valley Water District