Actor and Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. Endorses Ben Allen for State Senate

Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of another high profile environmentalist in his campaign for Senate District 26, which includes the Santa Monica mountains, Hollywood Hills, the beach cities of South Bay, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Ed Begley Jr. has a long history of advocating for better environmental practices in Senate District 26 and across the state. Utilizing his celebrity status to bring awareness to environmental practices and issues, Begley Jr. has taken action to create a more eco-friendly California. At a recent Sierra Club event, Begley Jr. announced his support of life-long environmentalist Ben Allen in his bid for State Senate. Begley Jr. serves on the board of numerous environmental groups including the Coalition for Clean Air, Green Wish and the Thoreau Institute where he has worked with community members and elected officials from all over the state to prioritize an environmental agenda. Additionally, he is the author of "Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life," and engages the public through his friendly eco-competition with famed scientist and environmental activist Bill Nye. He currently lives in Los Angeles in a Platinum LEED-certified home, serving as a model for living a life with a low carbon footprint.

School Board Member Ben Allen has consistently called for more efficient energy practices and has a track record of fighting for the environment. As a University of California Student Regent, Allen drafted a resolution on environmental sustainability that was adopted by the Board and resulted in a green building policy to require LEED certification for all new buildings and Sustainable Foodservice Operations as part of the school’s official sustainability policy. As State Senator, Allen will be at the forefront of promoting broader global protection efforts, including incentivizing the development and use of green technology and fighting to counter the dangers of climate change, working in concert with legislators, activists, and community members from the entire district.

Begley Jr. is yet another strong voice in the group of supporters of Allen, which include environmental champion Senator Fran Pavley, as well as regional elected officials who have played a critical role in open space preservation, such as Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, former Assemblymember Terry Friedman, former Supervisor Ed Edelman, and the California Democratic Party's Environmental Caucus Chair, R.L. Miller. He also has the endorsement of Green Party co-founder Michael Feinstein and Todd Flora from Board of Directors of Heal the Bay*.

Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.

The 26th State Senate District consists of the cities of Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Westwood Village, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Little Holmby, Sunset Hills, Beverly Grove, Mar Vista, Mid City West, Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Fairfax, Carthay, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square; and the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Marina Del Rey, San Clemente Island, Santa Catalina Island, Franklin, Centinela, and Ocean View.

*Title for identification purposes only

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