Candidate endorsements for the June 3rd Primary
Representative Sam Farr is endorsed by Sierra Club for his eighth bid for the House of Representatives. A winner of the prestigious National Sierra Club’s Ed Wayburn Award in 2003 for his strong leadership in environmental legislation, Farr has been one of the Club’s and the environment’s most stalwart friends during his seven terms in the House. His lifetime League of Conservation Voters environmental voting record is 95%.
Over the last two years, Farr has been in the forefront of opposition to President Bush’s Iraq policy. He has consistently voted against the supplemental funding bills that keep the war raging and opposed the President’s “surge” strategy. Since President Bush sent 30,000 additional troops to Iraq, the United States has seen American casualties and, according to all the recent reports, little or no indication that the surge is creating the political environment necessary for a diplomatic solution.
Farr believes that the continued toll this war exacts on our nation is unsustainable and threatens our long-term security. He voted for, and the House passed, HR 2929, to prohibit any permanent military installations or bases in Iraq or U.S. control over Iraqi oil resources.
On the environmental front, Congressmember Farr has taken into account that it has been over 40 years since any significant action was taken to protect our ocean resources, and the degradation has become critical. To remedy this situation, Farr has introduced “OCEANS-21,” bill HR 21 (the Ocean Conservation, Education, & National Strategy for the 21st Century Act). OCEANS-21 will improve the stewardship and management of our ocean and coastal resources, and seeks to secure the full range of ecological, economic, educational, social, cultural, nutritional, and recreational benefits of healthy marine ecosystems for current and future generations. The bill is currently on its way to the House floor.
Anna Eshoo has earned the Sierra Club endorsement for reelection to the House of Representatives for the 14th Congressional District. In Washington Eshoo has exercised leadership in proposing increased fuel efficiency standards for automakers resulting in the Fuel Economy Reform Act which raises fuel standards to 35 mpg by 2018. She has fought to end clearcutting, protect old growth forests, and is an original sponsor of the Safe Climate Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
Of particular interest to Santa Cruz County residents, Eshoo worked tirelessly with others to protect Sand Hill Bluff, from future development. The California Congressional delegation led by Eshoo and Senator Feinstein secured $2 million from NOAA toward the $9.6 million purchase price. The 154-acre property immediately north of Coast Dairies was transferred to State Parks last year.
Eshoo also secured funding to purchase Bair Island and thousands of acres of bay wetlands in South San Francisco which have been added to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Anna Eshoo has earned a 2007 League of Conservation Voters rating of 90%. Her lifetime LCV rating is 97%.
Reelect Anna Eshoo on June 3.
As a Mayor, County Supervisor, Assemblymember and now running for his second term in the State Senate, Joe Simitian has been a stalwart advocate for the Sierra Club’s mission. Senator Simitian chairs the Senate Environmental Quality committee and recently carried bills that would increase the State's use of renewable energy and require the State to conduct additional studies before approving new liquefied natural gas terminals.
Currently, Senator Simitian is carrying legislation that would mandate climate change to be taught in public schools and would require ocean rangers to monitor environmental compliance aboard cruise ships. Senator Simitian has received awards for his work protecting open space, reducing waste, and fighting to improve air quality. He has been recognized by the Sierra Club for a lifetime of commitment.
We are proud to endorse his re-election to California’s 11th Senate District.
Bill Monning is endorsed by the Sierra Club for the 27th Assembly District. Bill's work as an environmental and civil rights attorney, and his unique skill at bringing people together make him the clear choice to carry on the work of Assemblymembers John Laird and Fred Keeley.
As an attorney with the United Farmworkers Union (UFW) and later California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) Bill worked to protect farmworkers and the public by helping to limit the use of toxic chemicals on food. To further protect the public, Bill advocated for agricultural buffer zones around schools and neighborhoods. Recently, Bill opposed spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth without proper environmental review.
Bill co-founded the Monterey County Pesticide Coalition (later the Central Coast Pesticide Coalition). This group mobilized residents and workers in campaigns to require field posting for toxic re-entry levels, hold special EPA hearings on environmental and worker impacts from toxic chemicals, fought pesticide application companies from dumping Class 1 toxics into the Salinas River, and opposed methyl bromide use.
Bill strongly supported Measure A, the citizens' Community General Plan Initiative favored by the Chapter, and worked with us to gather labor and community support for it. At the state level, Bill will introduce legislation to see that General Plans are regularly updated as required by law and that they meet standards for ensuring the protection of farmland and sensitive habitat.
Bill shares the Chapter's opposition to widening Highway 1. He recommends improving alternative transportation including expansion of bus systems and extending Caltrain rail service from Gilroy to Pajaro, Castroville and Salinas. His action plan is to see that the state requires local jurisdictions to meet strict goals for reduction of greenhouse gases.
Logging and forestry issues are a statewide concern for the Sierra Club. Bill recognizes that the 27th Assembly District has an immense diversity of rare forest habitats that are in need of far greater protection than they are currently receiving. He favors state acquisition of the highest value forestland habitats for preservation as parkland and will work to ensure adequate funding for State Parks and other agencies entrusted with public lands. Bill and his family have been regular users of the regional park system and the state and federal parks and trails. With strong roots in the Central Coast region, Bill will work for protection of our region with passion and conviction.
Through his experience as a conflict mediator, Bill knows how to build support for an adequate long-term water supply-EMone that will be in place before new development is approved.
Sacramento is a tough place for those who seek to protect our dwindling natural resources. As the only Spanish-speaking candidate, Bill is best qualified to bring all stakeholders to the table for dialogue, both locally and statewide. Given Bill Monning's strong environmental record and advocacy for the health and wellbeing of residents and wildlife, the Ventana Chapter is pleased to endorse his candidacy.
Election of John Leopold to the Board of Supervisors presents a pivotal opportunity to move forward on many critical environmental issues facing Santa Cruz County. On the critical issue of Highway 1 widening in our county, John supports the Sierra Club's opposition to this project, whereas his main competitor supports the widening.
As a Cabrillo College Trustee, Leopold has been working to strengthen alternative transportation to campus and is a strong supporter of having Cabrillo install the largest solar array in the County. He is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through green building, alternative transportation, sustainable urban design, renewable energy, and sustainable lifestyle choices.
John's experience as a small businessman, his extensive work with local non-profits, and his established relationships with other community leaders display the management skills needed by a Supervisor.
As a board member of the Rex Foundation, Leopold has either initiated grant revenue or supported funding for a large number of grassroots environmental groups including the Mattole Restoration Salmon Group, Sustainable Fishery Advocates, the Environmental Protection Information Center, and People Power.
Sierra Club endorses John Leopold for Supervisor for the 1st District, Santa Cruz County.
Sierra Club endorses Mark Stone for another term as County Supervisor for District 5.
Stone has ably represented District 5, providing leadership to protect its watersheds, negotiating a settlement of the proposed Lompico headwaters forest logging project. The Lompico watershed has since been permanently protected by its acquisition by Sempervirens Fund. Mark consistently supported Felton citizens’ efforts to buy their water distribution system (now under corporate control by German-owned California-American Water/RWE) and transfer its management to the San Lorenzo Water District.
While serving on the Regional Transportation Commission, Supervisor Stone has worked to improve regional transportation planning and options. He understands the interrelationships between environmental issues, transportation infrastructure, and our quality of life. His fairness, vision, and accomplishments merit this endorsement and your vote on June 3.
The Sierra Club Ventana Chapter endorses Jane Parker for the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, District 4. This district was represented by first-term Supervisor Jerry Smith, former mayor of Seaside, until he passed away in office last November. Although the Board of Supervisors is a non partisan body, Republican Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Ila Mettee-McCutchon this past month over protests from local Democrats and Independents. In 2004 Jane ran for the District 4 seat on the County Board of Supervisors and came within 200 votes of victory.
The Board of Supervisors has primary responsibility for the mandated General Plan Update (GPU). This process has been wending its way through the County planning process for years. The developer-driven Board has continued to favor a growth-inducing GPU despite the lack of water, infrastructure, health and safety constraints and protection of natural resources. Jane supported and led the voter contact campaign for Measure A, the Community General Plan on the ballot last year favored by the Ventana Chapter and other environmental groups. Her election is key to protecting the County from massive development.
Jane Parker grew up in Monterey and has had a long career in the not-for-profit field. She is currently employed at the ACTION Council of Monterey County as Associate Director. Her duties include establishing a strong donor base for Girls Incorporated (an organization developing leadership skills in girls) and seeking ways to address the need for affordable housing in our county. Jane chairs the MPC Foundation Board of Directors and the Democratic Club of the Monterey Peninsula. Jane founded and managed a healthy meal preparation and delivery service for working families and homebound seniors. While employed for nine years by Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, she raised over $5 million annually in support of essential family health services and honest sex education. She has served on the Monterey Peninsula College Board of Trustees, as President of the Charitable Council of Monterey, and chair of the County Social Services Commission.
For further information or to help elect Jane Parker, contact CampaignManager Lisa Raville at 831-917-7880 or go to her website, electjaneparker.com.