Santa Monica, CA - In his bid to represent California's 26th Senate District, UCLA Law School Lecturer and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Los Angeles Community College District Board Trustee Nancy Pearlman.
"As an educator and an advocate for environmental protection and gender equality, I understand the heart and passion it takes to fight for a cause. Not only is Ben passionate about public service and protecting and preserving our environment, but he also has the necessary experience and leadership qualities to implement and execute his beliefs. As a Regent for the University of California, Ben's efforts to implement sustainability measures echo my championing of more sustainable buildings in the Los Angeles Community College District. I am confident that Ben Allen will be an effective and capable legislator in Sacramento, and I am happy to endorse him as the next State Senator for District 26," said Los Angeles Community College District Board Trustee Nancy Pearlman.
"I am honored to have the endorsement of Los Angeles Community College District Board Trustee Nancy Pearlman. Her Emmy-nominated television special 'Gem in the Heart of the City' is the definitive piece on the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the open space that I pledge to protect as State Senator. I aspire to Nancy's skillfulness in crafting and implementing education and environmental policies that will benefit our future generations," said Ben Allen.
Elected in 2001 as Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board Trustee, which serves over 250,000 students from 40 cities, Nancy Pearlman has chaired LACCD's Infrastructure Committee, charged with reviewing all construction projects under Propositions A and AA and Measure J. During her tenure, she has also led LACCD's efforts for more sustainable buildings and operations. Pearlman is also an award-winning broadcaster, environmentalist, college instructor, anthropologist, editor, producer, and on-air personality. Passionate about open space, Pearlman has also been an environmental advocate for more than 44 years, resulting in her selection by the United Nations Environment Programme as a Global 500 Laureate. In the 1970s, Pearlman coordinated the first Earth Day in Southern California and has since worked with hundreds of conservation organizations. She has founded a number of environmental organizations, including the Ecology Center of Southern California in 1972, Environmental Directions radio series in 1977, ECONEWS television series in 1984, Project Ecotourism in 1993, Humanity and the Planet in 2001, and Earth Cultures in 2004.
With her endorsement, Pearlman joins a long list of well-respected elected officials who are backing 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 U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Grace Napolitano; former U.S. Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Yvonne Burke, and Mel Levine; Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; State Senators Jerry Hill and Fran Pavley; former State Senators Tom Hayden and Alan Sieroty; Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Steven Bradford, Isadore Hall, III, and Adrin Nazarian; former Assemblymembers Terry Friedman, Warren Furutani, Richard Katz, Tony Mendoza, and George Nakano; Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge; and Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustee President Scott Svonkin and Los Angeles Community College District Board Trustee Mike Eng. Click here for the full list of Ben Allen's endorsements.
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.