Torrance, CA -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of The Daily Breeze, a trusted widely-circulated news source of the South Bay, in his bid to represent California’s 26th Senate District.
The Daily Breeze cited Allen's strong track record of local public service and deep roots in his community as defining factors that set him apart from his opponent and make him the right choice for SD26's next State Senator:
“[I]t's the focus on the district that gives Ben Allen the edge.... [W]hat this region is desperately in need of is somebody who more intimately knows the community and has gotten into the nitty gritty of some tough regional issues. Allen has [done this].... Allen, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member and an attorney and lecturer at UCLA law school, has spent the last years focusing on local education, helping make some tough fiscal decisions in the district. That experience will serve him well in the Legislature.... [T]his editorial board believes he has the political roots and knowledge of the region and its issues to be a strong representative for a district that stretches from Hollywood to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and includes most of the coastal South Bay."
To read the full article, please click here.
“I am very honored and pleased that the widely-respected Daily Breeze believes that my experience, strength, and determination to improve the quality of life for the readers in the South Bay sets me apart from my opponent. I am inspired by the pride and strength of the South Bay community, and I know that I will be the strong voice to represent their needs and all of District 26 in Sacramento,” said Ben Allen.
The Daily Breeze joins other area news publications, including the Los Angeles Daily News, Beverly Hills Weekly, and Los Angeles Register in endorsing Ben 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 former U.S. Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Yvonne Burke, and Mel Levine; Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Don Knabe; former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; former State Senators Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge; Manhattan Beach Mayor Wayne Powell, Hermosa Beach Mayor Peter Tucker, Redondo Beach Mayor Steve Aspel, Lomita Mayor Michael Savidan, Torrance Mayor Pat Furey, Palos Verdes Estates Mayor Ellen Perkins, Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Jerry Duhovic, Rolling Hills Mayor B. Allen Lay, Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Judith Mitchell, and environmental organizations Sierra Club California and California League of Conservation Voters. For the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements, please click here.
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.