Santa Monica, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Councilmember and current Vice Mayor of Beverly Hills Julian Gold, in Allen's bid to represent the 26th State Senate District, which includes Beverly Hills.
“People like Ben Allen are what make California great. Highly educated, community oriented, and with a history of making change; these are the qualities of a great leader who will know how to implement the progressive policies we need to make this district the best it can be. His experience ranges from legislation in Washington to education policy here in his hometown of Santa Monica. I’m proud to endorse Ben, and cannot wait to work together to better lives of our fellow residents,” said Vice Mayor Julian Gold.
“It’s a great privilege to have such diverse support from all over the District, and I'm especially proud to have the endorsement of such an esteemed and involved member of our community. Vice Mayor Gold has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others through both his public service and medical practice. As a fellow professor at UCLA, both Dr. Gold and I know the challenges that lay ahead regarding education, public works, and safety for both our campus and throughout District 26," commented Ben Allen.
Julian A. Gold, M.D., was elected to the Beverly Hills City Council in 2011, and previously served on the Recreation and Parks Commission and on the Traffic and Parking Commission, of which he was chairperson. A board certified anesthesiologist for 30 years, Dr. Gold serves as the Co-Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai and Co-Managing Partner of General Anesthesia Specialists Partnership Medical Group. He is also a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at the UCLA School of Medicine and USC Keck School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Gold served as a member of the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as on numerous other committees.
With his endorsement, Gold joins a long list of well-respected local elected officials who are backing Allen for State Senate, the only candidate who grew up in the District and who has represented Californians as a public servant at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsements of some of the region's most popular and respected leaders, including State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The list also includes numerous local mayors in the District: Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, and Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall.
Dr. Julian Gold also joins the following local elected officials in Beverly Hills in supporting Ben Allen for State Senate: Mayor Lili Bosse, former Mayor Steve Webb, and Councilmember Dr. Willie Brien; Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education President Noah Margo, former President Steven Fenton, Vice President Brian Goldberg, and former Board Member AJ Willmer. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please click here.
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 Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, Torrance, 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.