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Sierra Club 2016 Candidate Endorsements

Congress (CD-20) Jimmy Panetta

State Senator Bill Monning (SD-17)

Assembly member Mark Stone (AD-29)

Assembly (AD-30) Karina Cervantez Alejo

Mayor of the City of Marina: Bruce Delgado

Mayor of the City of Seaside: Kay Cline

Santa Cruz City Council: Chris Krohn, Sandy Brown, Drew Glover, Steve Shnaar

Sierra Club Endorses Monterey County Ballot Measures E, X and Z -
Join Us and Vote Yes on All 3 on November 8

September-October 2016

Palo Corona
Measure E will ensure that Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District can protect open space at Palo Corona and other properties for future generations to enjoy. (Photo: Burkhard Seidhoff).

Measure E will protect our area's incredible beaches, rivers, coastal areas, open space and wildlife habitat for future generations.

This measure renews vital open space funding to protect beaches, parks, wildlife habitat and natural areas in Seaside, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and throughout the Carmel Valley and Big Sur Coast.

We owe it to our children and grandchildren to vote YES to protect and preserve these natural areas so that future generations can experience nature the same way we do. Local open space funding supports playgrounds and educational programs to promote children's physical health and well-being, more important than ever in today's digital age. To endorse or get more information, go to:

Map of an exciting new route to connect Marina, CSUMB and the Beach that Measure X has planned for Monterey County. (Map by Dr. Fred Watson).

Measure X will improve the transportation system for Monterey County while protecting the environment and the quality of life we enjoy here. The ballot measure provides funding for increased active transportation such as walking and biking, and does not support building any new roadways.

Measure X also provides specific funding for the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway, a 30 mile regional trail that will provide travel routes that connect communities’ centers by way of the vistas and scenery of the former Fort Ord lands.

Agricultural Land
Precious agricultural land, water supplies and tourism are currently threatened by dangerous oil extraction methods and need the protection of Measure Z. (Photo: Steve Zmak).

Measure Z bans fracking, acidizing and wastewater injection in Monterey County, which is the 4th largest oil producing county in California. The oil is dirtier (more carbon intensive) than the Alberta tar sands.

Oil companies are now injecting toxic wastewater into protected aquifers, violating the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. This endangers the water supply of Salinas Valley’s farms and cities (which are majority Latino).

The oil industry is spending millions on TV, radio and internet ads to oppose Measure Z because they know that it will shift the direction of California's policies on energy and underground injection. For more information, or to donate, see

Why You Should Help Elect Sierra Club Endorsed Candidates

The goal of the Sierra Club endorsement process is to preserve the environment through nonpartisan grassroots political action. We seek to elect candidates who will support and promote environmental protection. Sierra Club endorsed candidates are proven leaders for the environment who will help the Sierra Club further its objectives to:

  • Raise public awareness about environmental issues and elevate the priority of these issues for decision-makers
  • Will encourage Club members and other environmentalists to participate in the political process
  • To advance the Club's conservation agenda by building relationships with legislators and other elected officials; and
  • To strengthen the Sierra Club's capacity to elect pro-environment candidates at every level of government.