It was a great honor to receive the Smith Weiss Award from the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters on May 22nd, 2016.
I’d like to thank LALCV for this recognition and long-time support for my campaigns. The League of Conservation Voters helped me get elected not once but twice, so the environmental work I began as a grassroots activist, and continued during my first term, can deepen to make Culver City a model sustainable city.
Cities have for too long been designed to create climate disaster: the way we manage energy & waste, the way we build our streets, the way we permit pollution… But cities are also nimble: we can and must lead the change our future depends on. And we are moving forward.
Here are some environmental victories from the past four years in Culver City:
• We banned single use plastic bags
• We introduced composting to our entire school district
• We passed a resolution asking Governor Brown to ban fracking & supported Senator Holly Mitchell’s Assembly & Senate bills to do the same
• Culver City is at this moment crafting strong legislation to protect our residents from the largest urban oil field in the US
• We drastically reduced energy consumption at City Hall saving taxpayer money & conserving resources
• We’ve joined with South Bay Clean Power to explore Community Choice Aggregation for cheaper greener energy
• We passed successful water conservation measures – Culver City has met & exceeded its State water reduction targets since implemented
• We’ve installed rain gardens, green streets & have major projects in pipeline to clean urban run-off & ensure the water going into Ballona Creek is clean & healthy
• We’ve installed bike lanes, bike parking & made streets safer for pedestrians
• Guess what we did on May 20th? We celebrated the opening of the Expo light rail line from Culver City to Santa Monica!
We’ve got challenges ahead, but I’m happy to say, we’re well on our way forward to meet them!