Leading environmental organization cites Wiener's demonstrated leadership on clean energy, water recycling, mass transit, housing, and other areas key to addressing climate change and enhancing environmental sustainability
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 5, 2016) - Today, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) announced its endorsement of Supervisor Scott Wiener in his campaign for the California State Senate. After interviewing and looking at the environmental track record of both candidates, CLCV endorsed Wiener.
CLCV is the non-partisan political action arm of California's environmental movement. The CLCV mission is to protect and enhance the environment and the health of all California communities by electing environmental champions, advancing critical priorities, and holding policymakers accountable.
"Scott Wiener has prioritized environmental sustainability and climate change in San Francisco, and we know he will do so at the state level," said Sarah Rose, CLCV's Chief Executive Officer. "California is at a cross-roads, and we need environmental champions to help us move an aggressive sustainability agenda in the State Legislature. Based on his track record of championing environmental initiatives on the Board of Supervisors - including water recycling, clean energy, and sustainable transportation and housing - we are confident Scott will be a key partner in helping the environmental movement achieve its goals."
Wiener has been a leader on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in promoting environmental sustainability, for example:
-Wiener authored first-of-its kind legislation requiring water recycling in new developments, and currently has pending legislation to make it easier for people to recycle water in their homes.
-Wiener authored legislation to increase the use of clean power in San Francisco by making the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission the default power provider - of hydroelectric power - for new developments.
-Wiener is the leading advocate in City Hall for investment in and improvement of public transportation. Wiener represents San Francisco on several regional transportation bodies and authored Proposition B, which ties transit funding to population growth.
-Wiener advocates for sustainable housing policies as the city and region grow. He fights for funding for affordable housing, is authoring legislation to streamline the permit process for affordable housing, and authored multiple pieces of legislation to reduce density limits and allow for new in-law units.
-Wiener is working to establish long-term dedicated funding for San Francisco's street trees, in order to shore up and expand our deteriorating urban forest.
"I'm honored to have CLCV's endorsement," said Supervisor Wiener. "CLCV plays a critical role in keeping California on track toward a sustainable future, and I look forward to working with the environmental community in Sacramento. Our state has significant environmental challenges. We need to recycle more water, move aggressively toward clean energy, dramatically increase investment in public transportation, incentivize smart growth strategies, and protect San Francisco Bay and other waterways. California should always be at the leading edge of the environmental movement, and I will work hard to advance that effort."
Wiener's State Senate campaign has garnered significant support, including endorsements from Senator Mark Leno (the incumbent), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, Assemblymember David Chiu, all five members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, the California Medical Association, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and the Firefighters, Teamsters, Laborers, Janitors, and other labor unions. Wiener's complete endorsement list is at www.scottwiener.com/endorsements.
Media contact: Maggie Muir at Erwin and Muir Political Consulting, (510) 219-8008, firstname.lastname@example.org