November 2014 Election Endorsements
The endorsements on this page are for Bay Chapter (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco Counties) elections only. Check back in throughout the summer as new endorsements are made on a rolling basis.
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Download printer-friendly versions of our endorsement lists for statewide endorsements, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, Marin, and San Francisco, including more detailed descriptions of candidates and ballot measures.
For information on other chapters' endorsements, follow this link.
Jump down to endorsements by geographic area:
- • Statewide endorsements
- • Alameda and Contra Costa County endorsements
- • Marin County endorsements
- • San Francisco endorsements
* For a printer-friendly version of the statewide endorsements, including more detailed descriptions of candidates and ballot measures, click here.
* * For a list of Sierra Club California priority bills for the 2014 session, click here.
Secretary of State
Superintendent of Public Instruction
* For a printer-friendly version of the Alameda and Contra Costa County endorsements, including more detailed descriptions of candidates and ballot measures, click here.
Alameda County Ballot Measures
Vote YES on Alameda County Measure BB: Funding for Better Public Transit and Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure to Help Limit Greenhouse-gas Emissions
House of Representatives
Mike Thompson (District 5)
Mark DeSaulnier (District 11)
Barbara Lee (District 13)
Mike Honda (District 17)
Elizabeth Echols (District 15)
Tim Sbranti (District 16)
Kansen Chu (District 25)
AC Transit Board of Directors
Elsa Ortiz (Ward 3)
Murphy McCalley (Ward 4)
BART Board of Directors
Robert Raburn (District 4)
East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors
Marguerite Young (Ward 3)
Andy Katz (Ward 4)
East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors
Ayn Wieskamp (Ward 5)
West County Wastewater District Board of Directors
Alameda City Council
Berkeley Ballot Measures
Vote YES on Berkeley Measure F: Funding for Berkeley Parks
Vote YES on Berkeley Measure Q: Flexible Work Hours to Allow People to Live More Sustainably
Berkeley City Council
Linda Maio (District 1)
Jesse Arreguin (District 4)
Kriss Worthington (District 7)
George Beier (District 8)
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
Dublin Ballot Measures
Vote NO on Dublin Measure T: Protect Doolan Canyon from Development
Dublin City Council
El Cerrito Ballot Measures
Vote YES on El Cerrito Measure R: Preserve City Services Including Parks and Open Space
El Cerrito City Council
Emeryville City Council
Fremont City Council
Moraga Town Council
Oakland Ballot Measures
Vote YES on Oakland Measure FF: Minimum Wage Increase for a Sustainable and Diverse Bay Area
Oakland City Council
Annie Campbell Washington (District 4)
Michael Johnson (District 6, 1st choice)
Shereda Nosakhare (District 6, 2nd choice)
Richmond Ballot Measures
Vote YES on Richmond Measure U: Funding for Parks
Richmond City Council
San Leandro Mayor
San Leandro City Council
Corina Lopez (District 5)
Union City Ballot Measures
Vote NO on Union City Measure KK: Stop the Developer Land Grab
Union City City Council
* For a printer-friendly version of the Marin County endorsements, including more detailed descriptions of candidates and ballot measures, click here.
House of Representatives
Jared Huffman (District 2)
Marin Municipal Water District
* For a printer-friendly version of the San Francisco endorsements, including more detailed descriptions of candidates and ballot measures, click here.
Vote YES on Proposition A: Transportation and Road Improvement Bond
Vote YES on Proposition B: Adjusting Transportation Funding for Population Growth
Vote YES on Proposition G: To Help Stabilize the SF Housing Market
Vote YES on Proposition H: Keep Natural Grass and Lighting in Golden Gate Park
Vote NO on Proposition I: Parks Poison Pill to Allow Over-development of Our Parks
Vote YES on Proposition J: Minimum Wage Increase for a Sustainable and Diverse Bay Area
Vote YES on Proposition K: To Increase Affordable Housing
Vote NO on Proposition L: Don't Reverse Transit First
House of Representatives
Board of Supervisors
Jane Kim (District 6)
Tony Kelly (District 10, 1st choice)
Ed Donaldson (District 10, 2nd choice)
Superior Court Judge
BART Board of Directors
Nicholas Josefowitz (District 8)
City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees
John Rizzo (4-year seat)
William Walker (2-year seat)
More information about some of the above endorsements
Betty Yee for controller
The race for state controller is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and hotly contested this June. While the office can tend to fly under the radar, there are several key reasons that environmentalists should be excited to have the opportunity to elect a true environmental champion to this position.
Betty Yee, currently a member of the State Board of Equalization, is prepared from day one to tackle climate Change. Yee understands that climate change is the overarching environmental problem to tackle, and will, for instance, promote clean- and renewable-energy standards for public works projects throughout California. She will use her office to alert public officials around the state that climate disruption is not only an environmental disaster, but is going to cost taxpayers a lot of money.
Beyond climate change, Ms. Yee will use her office to address uncontrolled fracking, water conservation, landfill waste and recycling, and income inequality.
The Sierra Club strongly supports Yee’s campaign for controller and urges you to vote for the only candidate who has promised not to accept campaign contributions from oil companies.
John Chiang for treasurer
Sierra Club California endorses John Chiang for treasurer because of his record on environmental issues as Controller, and his continuing personal commitment to combat climate disruption. As treasurer he will promote investment in distributed generation and support other environmentally beneficial activities. He is sponsor of AB 2045 (Rendon) to create a statewide “Building the Economy through Energy Retrofits” (BETER). The treasurer sits on a variety of state boards and commissions including the California Pollution Control Financing Authority and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. The treasurer influences a wide range of public and private investment and policy decisions that affect environmental concerns. John Chiang is the Club’s choice for treasurer.
Dave Jones for insurance commissioner
The Sierra Club endorses Dave Jones for re-election as state insurance commissioner based on his environmental record during his first term. Jones has promoted assessment of the impacts of climate change on insurance risks, and encouraged insurance companies to provide lower automobile insurance rates to people who drive less. Before his election as insurance commissioner, Jones compiled an outstanding environmental record as a member of the California Assembly, including authorship of the Green Insurance Act of 2010.
Tom Torlakson for superintendent of public instruction
The Sierra Club endorses Tom Torlakson for re-election as state superintendent of public instruction.
As superintendent Torlakson has promoted California schools in the National Green Ribbon Program honoring "schools and districts that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs; improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways." He has established an Environmental Education Interagency Network and Environmental Literacy Task Force to help guide California's implementation of Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum. He uses his position to promote green school building design, recycling programs, and environmental literacy for California students.
Torlakson was endorsed by the Club when he ran for the legislature. In the Sierra Club he served as chair of our Mount Diablo Group from 1973 - 1975. He became an ecology teacher in 1970—during the year of the first Earth Day. An avid outdoorsperson, he began backpacking in his youth on Club outings.
McGuire for State Senate (District 2)
Vote for Mike McGuire for state Senate in District 2.
Not only is Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire’s environmental knowledge and record outstanding, his responsiveness to Sierra Club concerns has surpassed “anything we’ve ever seen before”, says Sonoma Group conservation chair Suzanne Doyle. McGuire's election to the State Senate in District 2 will give the North Bay and North Coast another truly exceptional representative, who promises to become a legislative leader in Sacramento from the beginning. We endorse him proudly and urge all to vote for him on June 3. To find out more and to join in his campaign, visit www.mikemcguireforsenate.com.
Vote David Campos for Assembly District 17
At a time when the state legislature is weakening laws and defeating environmental protection, the Assembly needs people who will fight for the environment when big business is putting on the pressure.
This is why the Sierra Club is supporting David Campos for Assembly. Many San Francisco supervisors vote for the environment when it is easy, but Campos is one of the few who fight for the environment when it is hard.
David Campos is the clear environmental leader on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He opposed weakening the San Francisco implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act, which is under assault in Sacramento by the Chamber of Commerce. Campos' opponent, David Chiu, supported weakening. Chiu has received over $200,000 in campaign contributions from Chamber of Commerce interests, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
At the Board of Supervisors, David Campos has been the leader on fighting climate change and an outspoken fighter for implementing CleanPowerSF to offer San Franciscans an option for renewable electricity. Campos has stood up to developers in fighting to prevent development in Candlestick State Park, which his opponent supported. In his position on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Campos worked for environmental-justice issues in regionwide transportation decisions.
With recent California legislative defeats in fracking, clearcut logging, and coastal protection, the state legislature needs someone with a record of standing up to corporate interests to protect the environment.
This is why the Sierra Club supports Campos to succeed Tom Ammiano in the Assembly.
Alex Padilla has helped advance environmental policy to reduce waste, fight air pollution, protect water quality and the human right to clean water, and protect wildlife. To continue ensuring all Californians have access to clean water and breathable air, Californians need to be engaged in the political process and exercise their right to vote. As Secretary of State, Alex Padilla will protect voting rights for all and work to encourage more people to register to vote. Sierra Club California is proud to endorse Alex Padilla for Secretary of State.