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Political endorsements
Candidate endorsements for the November 2nd General Election
October 2010

National and State Offices

Jerry Brown | California State Governor

Barbara Boxer | U.S. Senate

Sam Farr | U.S. House of Representatives, District 17

Anna Eshoo | U.S. House of Representatives, District 14

Bill Monning | California State Assembly, 27th District

Gavin Newsom | Lieutenanat Governor

Bill Lockyer | State Treasurer

Kamala Harris | Attorney General

Debra Bowen | Secretary of State

John Chiang | State Controller

Dave Jones | Insurance Commissioner


City of Marina

Bruce Delgado | Mayor

Tom Moore | Marina Coast Water District Board of Directors

David Burnett | City Council


National and State Offices

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown
California State Governor

Jerry Brown is the environmental choice for governor

The choices that Californians make in this November’s election will have critical impacts on our ability to develop a clean energy economy, live free of toxic harm, and preserve our precious parks. No vote will be more important to our future than the choice of our next Governor. The clear choice for anyone who cares about our environment is Jerry Brown.

When one compares Brown to Meg Whitman on their records, commitment, and platforms, the Attorney General wins hands down in each category. While Whitman could rarely even be bothered to cast a vote until she decided she’d like to buy a term as Governor, Brown has a distinguished record of advancing clean technology, safeguarding our coastline, mountains, and deserts, and cracking down on pollution.

As Governor, Brown established California as a leader in solar and wind power, cut air pollution by almost 50%, adopted money-saving efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, fended off federal efforts to expand offshore oil drilling, and added more than 700,000 acres to the state parks system. As Attorney General, he has worked with cities and counties to develop long-term growth plans to reduce pollution and traffic (including a groundbreaking settlement with the City of Stockton of a suit initially brought by Sierra Club), defended California’s pioneering clean-car standards against the auto industry, and stopped Bush Administration efforts to weaken pollution curbs.

In a meeting with Sierra Club California leaders, Brown demonstrated a commitment to environmental values, grasp of complex energy issues, and wisdom derived from actually having sat in the Governor’s chair. His environmental platform (read it yourself at details his plans to reduce air pollution, promote clean energy and jobs, protect our coast and ocean resources, reduce toxic chemicals, build livable communities, protect parks, open space and wildlife, and conserve California’s rich farmland.

In contrast, Whitman spent the primary campaign pandering to polluters by bashing environmentalists and key protections like AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Since the primary, she has tried to get out of the far-right corner she painted herself into, declaring herself an environmentalist and waffling on key issues like global warming and offshore oil drilling.

For all these reasons, Sierra Club California enthusiastically endorses Jerry Brown for Governor.


Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senate

Senator Barbara Boxer is a true environmental hero who has been a staunch supporter of Sierra Club concerns throughout her 28 years in Congress.

As chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Boxer is now setting the environmental agenda in Washington. She wrote the 2007 law requiring federal buildings to use technologies that reduce energy use and pollution, and is committed to the passage of long-overdue legislation to make the United States the world’s leader in carbon reduction. She consistently advocates for the creation of clean energy jobs.

For three decades—ever since her days as a Marin County supervisor—she has led the battle to protect the California coast from offshore oil drilling and to clean up toxic wastes, and as a senator she has been in the vanguard of preserving the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her sponsorship of the California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act has led to the designation of more than a million acres of federal land as wilderness.

Senator Boxer has accomplished a great deal, and it is absolutely vital to keep her in the Senate fighting for the environment—combating climate change, preserving our natural wonders, and keeping pollution from ravaging our land, our water, and the health of our communities. In this difficult political year, facing an opponent whose financial resources appear limitless, her campaign depends on getting out the vote.

Please be sure to vote for Barbara Boxer on November 2: our state, our nation, and our planet depend on her.


Sam Farr
U.S. House of Representatives, District 17

Sam Farr

Representative Farr has earned endorsement by the Sierra Club for his tenth bid for the House of Representatives. He has been one of the environment’s most stalwart friends during his 15 years in public office.

Farr is co-chair of the House Oceans Caucus and continues to provide leadership on ocean policy in Congress. During his tenure in Congress, he has consistently fought for funding and development of ocean activities and programs.

In January 2009 Farr introduced legislation known as Oceans-21, the cornerstone of a strategy to implement the highest priority recommendations for ocean policy. As part of this policy he has recently authored bills that will give added protection and funding for the Southern Sea Otter, create and fund ocean research programs, and establish the Ocean and Great Lakes Conservation Trust Fund to responsibly manage regional and national oceans, coastlines and Great Lakes region through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Ocean policy legislation Farr has cosponsored includes a bill that requires rapid testing methods for bodies of water and forces states to issue beach advisories within 24 hours. Other laws have dealt with establishment of a public-private partnership to identify and conserve salmon strongholds, permanent prohibition of oil and gas leasing off the California coast, increased enforcement and penalties for violations related to illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing, and more stringent protection for coral reefs, marine turtles, and sharks.

A lifelong advocate for the natural wilderness areas in Monterey County, Farr sponsored two wilderness bills last year. One would upgrade the status of Pinnacles National Monument to a National Park and add 2,905 acres to Pinnacles wilderness. The second bill would create a separate funding source for the Big Sur portion of the Los Padres National Forest and add portions of five local rivers to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

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Ann Eshoo

Anna Eshoo
U.S. House of Representatives, District 14

Anna Eshoo has earned the Sierra Club endorsement for reelection to the House of Representatives for the 14th Congressional District, she is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and has received the highest rating from the League of Conservation Voters. 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 2.


Bill Monning

Bill Monning
California State Assembly, 27th District

Sierra Club endorses Bill Monning for a second term as Assembly member for AD 27 which includes coastal communities in Monterey County, and portions of Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County.

This year Monning introduced AB 1956 which provides guidelines to ensure a long-term safe and reliable food supply for the California condor, while also fostering additional collaboration with the Department of Fish and Game to recover this species to the wild.

Monning also introduced a resolution in the Assembly urging the federal government to protect public health and the environment by requiring the disclosure of ingredients in pesticides.


Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor

Gavin Newsom

Sierra Club California has endorsed Gavin Newsom for Lieutenant Governor. The Lieutenant Governor serves on several State commissions that make important environmental decisions, including the State Lands Commission and the Ocean Protection Council.

Newsom has served as Mayor of San Francisco since 2004 and was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2004. During this time, he has advanced numerous laws and policies to protect the environment that serve as national models. He authored the strongest municipal green building standards in the nation for new construction and renovations of buildings. Under his tenure, San Francisco became the first city to prohibit the usage of disposable plastic bags in large stores, the first to phase out municipal usage of plastic water bottles, and the first to require mandatory recycling and composting in all of the city’s buildings. Also, under Newsom, the city has achieved a 7% verified reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels, with a goal of reducing emissions to 20% by 2012.

Newsom is running against the current Lieutenant Governor, Abel Maldonado, who is from Santa Maria. Maldonado, formerly a State Senator, was appointed to his current post this year by Governor Schwarzenegger. Over his last four years in the Legislature, between 2006 and 2009, Maldonado voted for only 11 out of 41 top priority green bills.

If elected Lieutenant Governor, Newsom will advocate for the preservation of California’s coast and ocean. He opposes the expansion of offshore oil drilling. Newsom’s leadership in San Francisco has made it one of the greenest cities in the world. Vote for Newsom for Lieutenant Governor.

Bill Lockyear
State Treasurer

Bill Lockyer

Sierra Club California has endorsed Bill Lockyer for a second term as State Treasurer. Lockyer is working to fight global warming and stimulate California’s green economy. During his first term as State Treasurer, he restored and reinvigorated the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority within the Treasurer’s Office that provides financing for alternative energy. He also directed the state to invest $300 million in World Bank green bonds to finance projects to fight global warming—the first purchase by a U.S. investor.

During last year’s debate over the $11.1 billon water bond, Lockyer argued against the use of general obligation bonds to fund water projects, agreeing with Sierra Club’s position. Also, his office has partnered with the Air Resources Board to provide truckers loan guarantees to help them get financing they need to comply with diesel emissions rules.

Prior to his election to Treasurer in 2006, Lockyer served two terms as Attorney General and served 25 years in the California Legislature. As Attorney General, Lockyer successfully sued several of the nation’s largest coal-fired utilities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through a “public nuisance” lawsuit that is working its way to the US Supreme Court. He defended California’s landmark law to curb global warming emissions from cars and trucks, against a court challenge by automakers. During his legislative career, he wrote many ground-breaking environmental laws, including the first state regulation of trucks hauling toxic substances on California roads and highways, which preceded federal policies adopted by the EPA.

Lockyer considers his signature environmental achievement to be his 1987 bill to create a Bay Trail, an eventual 500-mile-long hiking and cycling path that would entirely encircle San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. The Bay Trail marked its 20th year in 2009 with 293 miles so far open to hikers, bicyclists, joggers and walkers, some of whom use it to commute.

Lockyer is running against Senator Mimi Walters from San Diego. In 2009 and 2008, Walters voted for zero of the Club’s 25 top priority green bills.

Kamala Harris
Attorney General

Kamala Harris
Photo by Dana Seye

Attorney General is the second most important statewide office in its impact on our environment, exceeded only by the Governor. California has been fortunate over the last 12 years to have two very green and effective AGs in Bill Lockyer and Jerry Brown. Kamala Harris is by far the best choice to continue in that tradition as enforcer of the laws that protect our air, water and natural resources.

As the San Francisco DA, Harris created an Environmental Justice Unit to hold polluters accountable and protect the health of the city’s residents. The Environmental Justice Unit has prosecuted cases ranging from illegal dumping of hazardous waste to fraudulent smog test operations. As an elected board member of the California District Attorneys Association, Harris supported that association’s Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Project. She plans to build on that model by having environmental attorneys from the AG’s office travel around the state to lend expertise to local prosecutors handling environmental cases.

Harris is campaigning on a platform that includes a pledge to vigorously enforce AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. She also promises more vigorous use of California’s criminal laws in the cause of environmental enforcement, and to provide fair and equitable environmental protection for all California citizens.

Harris’ main opponent, Steve Cooley, declined invitations to participate in our endorsement process and has been largely silent on environmental issues.

In a meeting with our interview team of environmental lawyers, District Attorney Harris demonstrated her familiarity with and commitment to the body of law that safeguards our air, water, and wilderness for current and future generations. For all these reasons, Sierra Club California enthusiastically endorses Kamala Harris for Attorney General.

Debra Bowen

Debra Bowen
Secretary of State

Achieving our environmental goals often depends on having open and clean governance. We endorse Debra Bowen for re-election because as Secretary of State she has worked for openness, accountability, and integrity in our political system.

Bowen has significantly improved public access to campaign contribution information, which is critical when holding leaders accountable and tracing the influence of polluters on elected officials. Bowen has also restored integrity and confidence in the way elections are conducted in California. The first step she took was a top-to-bottom public review of all voting devices, and those that were not secure were banished.

John Chiang

John Chiang
State Controller

Sierra Club endorses John Chiang for a second term as State Controller. The Controller serves on the State Lands Commission and the Ocean Protection Council—important to protecting California’s coast.

As a member of the State Lands Commission, Chiang cast the deciding vote against what would have been the first offshore oil drilling lease in 40 years. Chiang has worked to phase out the use of ecologically destructive once-through cooling at coastal power plants.

Chiang’s main challenger is Senator Tony Strickland from Simi Valley. In 2009, Strickland voted for only two of our 15 top priority green bills, and his environmental voting record during his six years as an Assemblymember was even worse.

Dave Jones
Insurance Commissioner

Dave Jones

The Office of Insurance Commissioner can affect protection for the environment through education, regulation, and incentives. Jones advocates for incorporating environmental risks and costs in insurance markets so insurance can be used as a vehicle to help change behavior toward more environmentally sound practices.

As an Assemblymember, Jones has authored a wide variety of environmental bills. This year he authored AB 1011, which would expand insurance company investments to include “green investments” in the state’s existing tax credit program for insurers investing in low- and moderate-income communities.

Other Jones bills that have become law include three from 2007: AB 2485, which helps protect sea otters by increasing poaching penalties and creating a tax check-off that has raised almost $800,000 since 2007 to benefit sea otter research; AB 70, which makes local governments jointly liable with the state for property damage from flooding if the local government unreasonably allows new development in a previously undeveloped area; and AB 233, which strengthened enforcement of rules that limit toxic diesel emissions. Last year, he opposed the $11.1 billon water bond slated for the November 2012 ballot, concerned that paying off the bond’s debt would drain general fund resources and harm other state programs.

Jones is running against Assemblymember Mike Villines from Clovis. Over the last four years, between 2006 and 2009, Villines voted for only two of the Club’s top priority green bills out of 48. By contrast, over the same period, Jones voted for 45 top priority green bills out of 48. In fact, Jones authored three of these top priority green bills.

Marina Candidates

Bruce Delgado
Mayor of Marina

Bruce Delgado
Mayor Delgado (on the ground) after leading a Sierra Club volunteer work project in 2009 to San Benito County to install trail signs into “The Gorge.”

Mayor Bruce Carlos Delgado attended Humboldt State University for his wildlife biology degree. As a student he founded the Campus Recycling Program which continues to this day. Since his graduation, Bruce has worked in central California as a botanist for the federal government, focusing on habitat restoration at Fort Ord since 1996.

Bruce’s life mission is to help others understand the connections between the health of people and cities (including their economy) and that of the environment. After four years on City Council and two more as Mayor, Bruce continues working hard to make Marina a green-oriented and prosperous university town. Please vote for Bruce Delgado.

Tom Moore
Marina Coast Water District Board of Directors

Tom Moore
Photo by Richard Newhouse

Dr. Tom Moore has been a Sierra Club member since 1978 and has supported a variety of environmental organizations over the years including Environmental Defense, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Nature Conservancy. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) for 17 years and before that served for three years as the chair of the District’s Water Conservation Commission.

During these 20 years, Tom has been involved in the development of the District’s water conservation ordinance, landscape design guidelines, MCWD’s 300 acre-feet per year (AFY) desalination plant, and 300 AFY reclaimed water plant. He has also played a role in the development of the proposal for the Monterey County Regional Desalination Plant. Throughout the design and operation of these projects, Tom has advocated for the realistic assessment of project costs, impacts and limitations, and the minimization of overall environmental impacts. As an industrial engineer, Tom has a good understanding of the complexities of water projects.

Tom is married to Dr. Monique Fargues, a Ventana Chapter hike leader. For more info, go to

David Burnett
Photo by Gillian Burnett

David Burnett
Marina City Council

As a 3-term City Planning Commissioner, David Burnett has consistently worked and voted to protect the environment and insure that city plans complied with CEQA regulations. As a citizen, he is a vocal advocate for more transparency in government, and he continues to call for a higher standard of sustainable design and construction through his involvement with the 188-acre Cypress Knolls project. David pledges to establish and follow policies and practices that guarantee the environment will be protected and increase the use of recycled materials, solar power, and water conservation in new developments. For more information, go to