Sierra Club EndorsesJune 2006
Central Coast Candidates
Central Coast Candidates
U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Farr at the recent opening of the 1700-acre addition to the Pinnacles National Monument
The Political Committee of the Ventana Chapter has again endorsed
Representative Sam Farr for re-election.
Sam Farr was awarded the National Sierra Club's prestigious Ed
Wayburn Award in 2004 for his strong leadership in environmental
legislation. He has also worked on the Southern Sea Otter Research
and Recovery Act, the US Commission on Ocean Policy report, and
secured funds for the planning and design of a new Agricultural
Research Service facility in Salinas.
Recently Congressman Farr was able to help Pinnacles National Monument
get funds to purchase the 1700-acre Pinnacles Ranch which will include
the first public campground for the park. The additional lands also
mean additional grassland, riparian, endangered species, and migratory
habitat. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee Sam has
said, "I'll be fighting to prevent exploitation of our natural
resources as debate over this bill continues."
Keep Sam Farr representing our communities in Washington D.C.
27th State Assembly District
Sierra Club endorses John Laird for re-election to the State Assembly.
During the past year John has assumed a leadership role as Budget
Committee Chair. He is fighting to ensure California's environmental
protection is strong and develop new water conservation standards.
Three of his key water conservation bills currently pending are
AB 984, which calls for control or eradication of invasive tamarisk
on the Colorado River in order to increase water supply and restore
AB 1881, which implements urban landscape irrigation conservation
recommendations that resulted from a previously enacted bill; and
AB 2496, which will save billions of gallons of water through mandating
use of high-efficiency toilets.
John has been an excellent representative of our district in the
Monterey County Supervisor 2nd District
The Ventana Chapter enthusiastically endorses Jyl Lutes for Monterey
County District 2 Supervisor. A Salinas City Councilperson for seven
years and Mayor Pro-Tem, Lutes is an advocate for smart growth,
responsive government and leadership that puts residents before
special interests. Lutes is committed to ending the special-interest
funded politics that currently dominates Monterey County. She pledges
to fight for the public's right to know, to participate and to decide
what is best for their community.
On the City Council, Lutes guided a new vision for the Salinas
General Plan. She promoted vibrant, compact, mixed-use, mixed-income,
pedestrian-friendly communities and city-centered growth. The Salinas
General Plan has earned recognition from the Congress of New Urbanism.
Lutes helped craft a progressive, low-income housing ordinance
which is now included in the City's General Plan. Among all County
jurisdictions, Salinas now requires the highest percentage of new
Lutes helped transform the Salinas budget crisis into a "Standard
and Poor A+" credit rating. As a member of the Transportation
Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), Lutes consistently advocated
for alternatives to automobile travel, and it was Lutes' vote that
killed the Hatton Canyon Freeway.
Understanding the economic and environmental costs of sprawl, Lutes
supports the Community General Plan Initiative. As Supervisor, she
intends to continue advocating city-centered growth and keeping
rural areas rural. She wants guarantees from developers that affordable
housing, adequate infrastructure and community services will be
included in all plans for future growth in Monterey County.
Her experience includes serving as a councilmember for seven years,
as an Alisal School District Trustee, and as Chair of the Transportation
Agency for Monterey County.
To help with her campaign, contact Lutes at 443-5040 or visit www.electLutes.com.
Santa Cruz County Supervisor, 3rd District
The Sierra Club is pleased to endorse Chris Krohn for Santa Cruz
County Supervisor, 3rd District. Krohn's commitment to protection
of Santa Cruz County's natural and open space lands is one of his
top priorities. He is firmly on record as opposing the widening
of Highway 1 and supporting environmentally-friendly public transportation
including a bicycle-pedestrian trail on the rail right-of way. Krohn
promotes affordable housing within current urban footprints at levels
that ensure adequate water supplies. He believes in strengthening
the local economy by attracting green businesses that will provide
employment without pollution.
As a Santa Cruz City Council member, Krohn successfully fought
to improve water quality by stopping timber harvesting in the City's
watershed lands. He has worked to preserve agricultural lands from
Krohn is a former Mayor of Santa Cruz. He is currently the Environmental
Studies Internship Coordinator at UCSC, and his wife, Rachel, is
Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State
University. The Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club feels that Krohn
reflects the values of the Sierra Club.
To help with his campaign, contact Krohn at 420-1266 or visit www.chriskrohnforsupervisor.org.
Phil Angelides and Steve Westly
Sierra Club California endorses both Angelides and Westly. Either
would be the greenest governor California has ever had. Both candidates
have used their current positions to safeguard our state's air,
water, coast, and open space.
Angelides has guided California's huge pension funds, CALPERS and
CALSTRS, into green investments. Westly has taken on the auto companies
on global warming and the power plants on marine life protection.
Liz Figueroa, John Garamendi, and Jackie Speier
All three of these candidates have good records. Senator Figueroa
has voted for all of the Club's most important bills in the Senate
over the last three years. Insurance Commissioner Garamendi authored
laws on clean energy and toxic clean-up when he served in the legislature.
As Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Interior he blocked the
Ward Valley nuclear waste dump and implemented water reforms. Senator
Speier voted for 83% of the Club's highest priority bills in the
Senate over the last three years.
As Governor of California, Jerry Brown pushed for alternative energy
and green building. He favored mass transit over highway construction
and was a strong advocate for river and forest protection. During
his interview with the Sierra Club, Brown emphasized the need to
defend the state vigorously against efforts by the right-wing congressional
leadership and the White House to preempt important state environmental
laws with looser (or non-existent) federal standards. Brown will
be a strong advocate for coastal and forest protection and will
vigorously pursue polluters in court.
Secretary of State
One of the principal issues facing the secretary of state is the
problem of applying modern technology to voting. As chair of the
Senate Elections Committee, Senator Bowen has been an aggressive
leader in fighting for safeguards to ensure that all votes will
be accurately recorded and reported. She has been a strong supporter
of Clean Money campaign finance reform.
Bowen has been an environmental leader during her 14 years in the
legislature. She voted for 23 of the Club's 24 highest priority
bills in the last three years.
For eight years Lockyer has been the greenest attorney general
in California history. He now promises to be the greenest treasurer.
The treasurer can influence environmental policy through investment
decisions of the pension funds and through leadership of the California
Pollution Control Financing Authority.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Sierra Club's main interest in this position stems from our active
involvement in environmental education. O'Connell has supported
environmental education both in the classroom and in outdoor schools.
John Chiang and Joe Dunn
The controller sits on the State Lands Commission, the California
Pollution Control Financing Authority and state pension funds.
On the Board of Equalization Chiang has consistently voted to uphold
and rigorously enforce a series of "polluter-pays" fees
that fund programs for electronic waste recycling, hazardous waste
clean up and prevention of childhood lead poisoning. He advocated
ocean and desert protection as a staff member for former Controller
Senator Dunn has voted for all of the Club's highest priority bills
in the Senate over the last three years. A successful consumer attorney,
he demonstrated his investigative ability by leading a hard-hitting
Senate inquiry into the profiteering energy companies such as Enron
who abused California during the electricity crisis.
Community General Plan Initiative and Rancho San Juan Referendum
not on ballot
Monterey County voters will not be able to vote in June on two
important land use ballot measures supported by the Ventana Chapter-the
Community General Plan Initiative and the Rancho San Juan/Butterfly
Village Referendum. These measures remain stalled in the Ninth Circuit
Court. However, the lawsuit cited to justify their absence (Padilla
v Lever) is scheduled to be reheard on June 22. Sierra Club is hopeful
both measures will be restored to the November ballot.
Until these legal issues are resolved satisfactorily, Monterey
County citizens will continue to be denied the rights to referendum
and initiative, which the state constitution grants them. A well-respected
election-law authority has filed legal papers with the court on
the Padilla decision, laying out the serious issues it raises. We
share his concerns, and we have raised them with local and state
officials. You can read one of his submissions on this issue at:
Vote NO on Measure A
Donít subsidize development of farmland
Measure A is a proposal placed on the June ballot by the Transportation
Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) to enact a 1/2 cent sales tax increase
to begin land purchases for the Prunedale Bypass.
Measure A has many provisions that are of concern to the Ventana
Chapter. First and foremost is the initiation of a land acquisition
plan for the U.S. 101 Prunedale Freeway Bypass Project. This would
be a new freeway leaving Hwy. 101 just north of Salinas, proceeding
east of the present highway, and re-connecting with Hwy. 101 just
north of Prunedale. Not only is it not needed, the Prunedale Bypass
will enable development of the area east of Hwy. 101 and the Gavilan
Developers do not like to pay for infrastructure. It is not a coincidence
that they and big business are supporting this measure. They would
much rather have working people foot their bills. It is clear that
the function of this tax hike is to subsidize development making
traffic and congestion worse. The Sierra Club and responsible urban
planners know that you can't pave your way out of congestion.
Remember, vote no on Measure A.