Santa Monica, CA -- In his bid to represent California's 26th State Senate District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Sierra Club California, the nation's most influential and highly regarded grassroots environmental organization.
“Ben Allen is dedicated to California and its environment. He understands that Californians need clean air, clean water, and protected natural areas. We are pleased to support Ben Allen for State Senate,” said Kathryn Phillips, Director of Sierra Club California.
"Protecting and preserving our natural resources and finding solutions to environmental issues will always be a priority for me. As a State Senator, I will take my involvement and experience in environmental affairs to work on critical legislation that will positively impact the future of California. The Sierra Club understands the importance of having an environmental advocate champion the issues that affect the quality of life for all Californians, and I am deeply honored to have their endorsement" said Ben Allen
Ben Allen has an extensive track record of enacting environmental practices and policies. As a former University of California Regent, Allen helped pass a sustainability measure that improved the University's green building practices, changing its green building policy to require LEED certification for all new buildings. The University of California system now leads in more LEED certifications than any other university in the country.
With its endorsement, Sierra Club California joins a growing list of environmental leaders and organizations, including Senator Fran Pavley; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom Labonge; actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr.; R.L. Miller, California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus Chair; Todd Flora, Member of Heal the Bay Board of Directors*; David Auch, Chair of the Ocean Park Association* and the California League of Conservation Voters.
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.