Environmental Leaders Endorse Torie Osborn for State Assembly

October 4th, 2011

California Environmental Leaders Choose Osborn

SANTA MONICA, CA- Several of California’s environmental leaders today announced their endorsement of Torie Osborn in her campaign to fill California’s vacant new 50th Assembly seat.

Those endorsing Osborn include Jonathan Parfrey, President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV)*, along with Paula Daniels, Former President of Heal the Bay*, and Joel Reynolds of the Natural Resources Defense Council*.

“Torie Osborn has a track record of actually accomplishing meaningful public policy changes that affect real people. She’s done it as a civic leader, working outside of government, and she’s done it while working in government,” said Jonathan Parfrey, President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV)*. “I know that she’ll bring a refreshing approach to government and public policy that really connects with people at a human level—and that’s why we need her kind of leadership in Sacramento.”

“I’m pleased to endorse Torie Osborn for Assembly,” said Paula Daniels, Former President of Heal the Bay*. “I know that she will be a strong leader for California’s new 50th Assembly District and she will continue to carry the torch that her predecessors, Assemblywoman Julie Brownley, State Senator Fran Pavley, and Former State Senator Sheila Kuehl, have carried on progressive environmental legislation.”

Others from the environmental community endorsing Osborn include Mary Nichols, Chair of California’s Air Resources Board*, Felicia Marcus, Former USEPA Regional Administrator, Bill Gallegos, Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment*, Michele Prichard, Steering Committee Member for the GREEN LA Coalition, Glen Dake of the LA Neighborhood Land Trust*, Terry Taminen, former Secretary of Cal EPA, Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza, Vice-President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works*, Sean Arian, Former Director of Economic Development for the City of LA, Romel Pascual, Deputy Mayor for Energy and the Environment in the LA Mayor’s Office*, Prof. Manuel Pastor, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California*, Tom Hayden, former CA State Senator and former Chair of the Senate Resources Committee, Fred Keeley, former Assembly Speaker Pro Temp and Treasurer of the County of Santa Cruz, and Sheila Kuehl, former CA State Senator and Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

“I’m running for Assembly because I believe that this is a turning point in California and the United States,” said Torie Osborn. “This is a time that we can stand up and change course for the better. We can fix our economy. We can create jobs. We can reinvest and fully fund education. And, we can continue to show the rest of the country and the world that California is the leader in protecting the environment and the central hub for innovation and the creation of new green industries.”

Osborn added, “I deeply appreciate the support of these environmental leaders, and I look forward to working with them to find ways to rebuild California.”

For a full list of endorsements, click here: http://torieosborn.com/endorsements/

Osborn has already raised well over $300,000 and has nearly 1,200 individual donors, along with a long list of prominent endorsements, showing an unusually committed level of support and momentum, especially for a first-time candidate.

* For identification purposes only.

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Osborn is acclaimed for her pioneering leadership as an executive at several nonprofit organizations, including the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center – both of which are located in the new 50th Assembly District – as well as United Way of Greater LA. Osborn also served as a senior policy advisor on homelessness, poverty and economic development to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She is currently a senior strategist for California Calls, a network of 25 organizations throughout the state committed to commonsense governmental reform.

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