Candidate endorsements for the November 4th General Election
Santa Cruz County
City of Santa Cruz
City of Marina/ Marina Coast Water District
City of Scotts Valley
City of Capitola
Soquel Creek Water District
National and State Offices
Representative Sam Farr has earned the endorsement of the Ventana Chapter for his ninth 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, he remains one of the Sierra Club's and the environment's most stalwart friends.
Rep. Farr is best known by the chapter as a staunch defender of coastal resources and a strong advocate for wilderness acquisition, two of our highest priorities. Most recently, he introduced HR 21 (OCEANS 21) to broadly overhaul our ocean management systems and stop the degradation of our oceans.
Farr's long standing advocacy for wilderness has won him fans locally and made him a hero to Sierra Club's Wilderness Committee. Vicky Hoover, Chair of the Sierra Club California/Nevada Wilderness Committee says, "Sam Farr has been a true environmental hero for protecting our wild public lands. While his focus has, of course, centered on his own congressional district, he has also been a cosponsor of the key visionary wilderness bills the Club has promoted over the years for places such as the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America's Redrock Wilderness in Utah."
To help with his campaign, contact or call 373-4607.
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%.
Re-elect Anna Eshoo on November 4.
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.
Elect Bill Monning to the State Assembly. Bill has a long career as a practicing environmental attorney and community organizer. As an attorney with the United Farm Workers Union and later California Rural Legal Assistance, he worked to protect farm workers and rural residents by handling cases related to toxic exposure.
Bill's efforts included holding EPA hearings on the impacts to workers and the environment from exposure to toxic chemicals, fighting pesticide application companies that were dumping Class 1 toxics into the Salinas River, and opposing methyl bromide use.
Bill opposes oil drilling off our coast and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He states, "The focus on offshore drilling distracts from a necessary commitment to development of alternative energy, fuel-efficient vehicles, and investment in mass transit."
Bill strongly supported Measure A in Monterey County, the citizens' Community General Plan Initiative favored by the Chapter and worked with us to gather labor and community support. Bill is committed to work at the state level to see that General Plans are regularly updated as required by law and that they meet standards for ensuring protection of farmland and sensitive habitat.
Monterey and Santa Cruz County residents have serious concerns regarding transportation. Bill shares the Chapter's opposition to widening Highway 1 and supports Santa Cruz County's imminent purchase of the rail corridor to open up short- and long-range possibilities for alternatives to auto transportation.
Bill Monning's strong environmental record and advocacy for the health and well being of residents and wildlife have earned the Ventana Chapter Sierra Club endorsement. Visit www.billmonning.org to contact Bill or to help with the campaign.
Santa Cruz County
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 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, including negotiating a settlement of the proposed Lompico headwaters forest logging project. The Lompico watershed has since been permanently protected through its acquisition by Sempervirens Fund. Mark has consistently supported Felton citizens' efforts to buy their water distribution system and to 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 relationships between environmental issues, transportation infrastructure, and our quality of life. His fairness, vision, and accomplishments merit this endorsement and your vote on November 4.
City of Santa Cruz
Sierra Club endorses Tim Fitzmaurice because of his strong environmental record during his prior eight years on the City Council. He has committed to continue working for the environment. While on the City Council, Tim voted to hire an environmental coordinator for the City, insisted on adoption of green building standards, helped install recycling containers downtown, and voted to place solar panels on City Hall.
Tim has promised to take a strong stand against developing water sources through desalination that would result in increased growth. He is committed to providing leadership in reaching tangible results to address global warming as part of the City's Climate Action Program. While on the Transportation Commission, Tim opposed the widening of Highway 1 and supported transit, bike, and other alternative transportation. The rail trail has been a special project for Tim.
For decades Tim has personally recycled, used public transit, and volunteered at beach, river, and graffiti cleanups. His election will further environmental goals in Santa Cruz.
Katherine Beiers has earned the Sierra Club endorsement for Santa Cruz City Council not only because of her environmental record on the Council from 1989-1999, but also for her continuing advocacy for the environment. For 35 years, Katherine has fought to maintain the beauty and environmental quality of Santa Cruz, helping to preserve Lighthouse Field, establishing the Greenbelt, rebuilding a walkable downtown after the earthquake, and promoting an alternative route to the Broadway/Brommer bike path across Arana Gulch.
If elected, Katherine has promised to address global warming, to allow only responsible and sustainable development, to reduce the negative impacts of growth, to preserve the integrity of our neighborhoods, and to ensure that all of our citizens have a meaningful opportunity to be heard in open, democratic government.
Katherine intends to ensure that environmental reviews fully disclose and examine proposed mitigations and alternatives. She will promote efforts and projects that help people find alternatives to driving alone. She would support legislation to require that environmentally-sound building practices be followed for all new construction. She does not support building a parking garage at the Farmers' Market site downtown. Katherine will discourage "spot-zoning" especially concerning large developers.
Sierra Club believes Katherine will bring great energy and valuable experience to the City Council.
City of Marina
Frank O'Connell has earned the Sierra Club endorsement for the Marina City Council. Frank has been a member of the City Planning Commission since February 2007; he has worked as an attorney in Monterey since 1978. As a member of the planning commission, Frank had a strong voice in the environmental aspects of the Marina Station project on the Armstrong Ranch.
Frank always reviews the City staff reports and recommendations on proposed projects, but does not limit his decisions to that information. He does independent research to determine the accuracy and conclusions of environmental impact reports, traffic impacts, zoning, etc. and follows that research up with more relevant questions prior to making a decision and casting his vote. For example, he researched the feasibility, development, and maintenance of rain gardens in Marina. This research included seeking and obtaining independent data from governmental agencies in other states.
Frank shares Sierra Club concerns about balanced growth, traffic congestion, alternative energy, and fuel-efficient vehicles. He is the proud owner of a hybrid automobile.
Frank's priority of an open and accountable government assures us that the Chapter's priorities will be well served with Frank on the Marina City Council. To get involved with his campaign, call 384-0415.
The Sierra Club is pleased to endorse Bruce Delgado for Mayor of Marina in appreciation of his demonstrated commitment to protecting the environment. As a botanist for the BLM, Bruce has introduced many urban residents to the wonders of nature on the Fort Ord Public Land.
As mayor, Bruce will continue his prior efforts on City Council toward inclusion of walkable community features and renewable technologies in all new projects in the City. He supports incentives for solar and thermal power installations, redeveloping the downtown instead of creating urban sprawl, and making the downtown more exciting, beautiful, and university friendly.
As mayor, Bruce would serve on the Fort Ord Reuse Authority and be in a position to increase the sustainability of future reuse projects. His vision for the Central Coast includes working with the Regional Park District and the Big Sur Land Trust to acquire coastal open space as it becomes available.
Bruce seeks to increase the awareness of the link between environmental issues and economic and social needs in cities around Monterey Bay. To support his campaign, contact Bruce at or call 277-7690.
David Burnett, a Marina resident and homeowner since 1995, is endorsed by Sierra Club. He was appointed to the Marina Planning Commission in 2003 where he served for four years including one year as chair and one year as vice-chair. During that time, David influenced the city's General Plan and insured the ongoing preservation of open space.
Since leaving the Planning Commission, David has been increasingly concerned about the approval of so many large projects in Marina without sufficient public participation. David proposes a return to a sense of fairness and balance in all dealings with the public.
Once elected, David will encourage town hall meetings and promote environmentally-sound policies in decision making. David has deep respect for the Coastal Act and understands the principles of CEQA. He values these guidelines in forging a future for emerging cities like Marina. He will focus on green building practices and the use of sustainable materials.
To support David Burnett and get involved with his campaign, call 384-2828.
Quinn Gardner is endorsed by Sierra Club for the Marina Coast Water District Board of Directors.
Quinn's three primary issues are: 1) Making our water sustainable for the future; 2) protecting our families and the public health; and 3) getting the people involved again through greater government transparency and education. As a member of the Water Board, Quinn will best represent the Sierra Club and the citizens of Marina, and their interest in a continued safe, sustainable, cost effective and economical water supply. He is dedicated to insuring that the district require all new development projects perform an intensive water supply assessment while tripling their efforts to seek out more sustainable water creation solutions and water conservation methods.
Water is by far the most crucial and stressed natural resource on the Monterey Peninsula. With threats of seawater intrusion and carbon tetrachloride left over from Fort Ord, we need a steward who is not afraid to ask tough questions to protect this vital resource. Quinn's first priority will be to protect public health; he will not wait until damage has been done to start looking for remedies.
Both an inspiring community organizer and passionate environmentalist, Quinn has devoted his life to getting people involved in the issues plaguing Marina. He believes in open, transparent, participatory government and a water board that reports directly to the citizens and looks to them for guidance. To support Quinn and get involved with his campaign, call 916-606-3373.
City of Scotts Valley
Sierra Club has endorsed Frank Kertai for Scotts Valley City Council.
Frank has not only stated his concern about City water resource problems, he has attended Scotts Valley Water Board District meetings and made specific suggestions on measures that agency might take to conserve water. He practices what he preaches and has installed a drip irrigation system to cut down on his personal water use.
Kertai has expressed concern about the endangered and threatened native species present in the city including the Ohlone tiger beetle, red-legged frog and Scotts Valley spineflower. Frank supports mandatory green building practices in the City. He notes that green building is often no more expensive than conventional building.
Frank has been active on public issues. His opposition to the proposed Target store is well known, and he submitted 32 pages of comments on the Draft EIR for the project. His grasp of the environmental problems facing the city, his impressive analytical skills, and his commitment to the future of Scotts Valley have earned the Club endorsement.
Sierra Club endorses Caryn Machado, a political newcomer, because of her passion for the conservation of wildlife, her understanding of the intense pressure that human society places on the natural world, and her understanding of the environmental issues facing Scotts Valley.
Caryn's knowledge of city government, the 1994 General Plan, the Scotts Valley Water District Groundwater Management Program, and other key documents will enable her to hit the ground running. She believes water is the most important issue facing the City.
Caryn supports priority placement of local businesses in the new Town Center, adoption of LEED building standards, inclusion of bike lanes and bike parking in the Town Center plan, and follows environmental practices in her personal life. She will work to incorporate sustainability into the Town Center rather than its being optional as it is at present.
Chuck Walker is endorsed by Sierra Club for election to the Scotts Valley City Council. His experience as a former mayor of the City has given him an excellent understanding of the development pressures facing Scotts Valley. Walker understands the principle of build-out and how this is directly related to planning and zoning.
Chuck expressed his support for green building principles and a community where people could enjoy walking and riding bikes rather than simply being stuck in traffic. He is a strong supporter of local small businesses.
As Mayor, Walker supported the wastewater recycling plant which supplies recycled water for landscape use. He believes an adequate and clean water supply and traffic congestion are the most important environmental issues facing the City. He advocates recharge projects and responsible planning as solutions.
City of Capitola
In his previous terms on the Capitola City Council from 1999 to 2006, Dennis Norton was a strong advocate for the environment. As the Capitola representative to the Regional Transportation Commission, Dennis was an outspoken advocate for alternative transportation and purchase of the Union Pacific rail corridor. He championed sensible transportation and opposed widening Highway 1.
Dennis employs green building practices in his design business and is working to incorporate green building into the City Code. He supports housing above retail businesses, preservation of historic neighborhoods, and public open space.
Dennis supported the polystyrene ban in the City and is working to preserve the Golino property along Soquel Creek. He is an advocate for creeks protection and advocates the use of permeable surfaces to decrease storm water runoff. As mayor, Dennis founded the first Soquel Creek Task Force and Capitola's Commission on the Environment.
Sierra Club urges you to vote for Dennis Norton for Capitola City Council.
Sierra Club enthusiastically endorses Michael Termini for reelection to the Capitola City Council. Councilmember Termini is knowledgeable, committed to the environment and effective in turning ideas into action.
Michael Termini's leadership in banning Styrofoam containers in Capitola has made the City a model for the rest of the nation. He saw the blight that polystyrene caused on beaches and in the ocean and took bold steps to ban its use for take-out food. Capitola had the first such ordinance in the nation.
Termini has also taken the lead in persuading restaurants to separate food waste from other trash. This is a vital first step to addressing the problem of fugitive methane in landfills. Methane is a far more dangerous greenhouse gas than CO2 and is generated from organic material such as decomposing food waste in landfills. Eliminating this source of a greenhouse gas is a very important measure that cities can implement to fight global warming.
The City of Capitola is fortunate to have a leader of Michael Termini's quality. Vote for Michael Termini for City Council.
Soquel Creek Water District
The Sierra Club endorses Bruce Daniels and Dr. Tom LaHue for re-election to the Soquel Creek Water District (SCWD) Board of Directors. Bruce Daniels (current SCWD President) was the founding Chair of the Sierra Club's local Water Resources Committee. Tom (current SCWD Vice-President) was the founding Chair of the Santa Cruz County Chapter of Surfrider Foundation.
Many local defenders of our natural resources have joined the Sierra Club in endorsing this slate, including Assembly member John Laird, Fred Keeley, The People's Democratic Club of Santa Cruz County, and hydrologist, Dr. Bob Curry.
Bruce and Tom will continue to address customer needs while dealing with the issues of clean water, salt-water intrusion, environmental protection and conservation. They will base solutions to problems on expert science. They are working to protect both the water quality and resident wildlife of Soquel Creek and the Monterey Bay.
Bruce and Tom also believe that water conservation with financial incentives can reduce our current water deficit and they are dedicated to carbon-neutral solutions. For more information and to support Bruce and Tom, visit www.ProtectWater.info.