League Announces Endorsements

The League of Conservation Voters San Diego endorsements for the March 7 primary election

by Alice Martinez

he California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation's largest and oldest state political action organization for the environment. Founded in 1972, CLCV mobilizes California voters to support environmentally responsible candidates and issues, and serves as a watchdog to hold elected officials accountable for their environmental votes. CLCV is a nonpartisan organization supported by 30,000 members, working in coalition with a wide spectrum of environmental and community groups. The League of Conservation Voters of San Diego (LCVSD) is a local chapter of the California League of Conservation Voters.

The LCVSD's process of determining election endorsements includes a 6-part questionnaire submitted to each of the candidates. This is followed by candidate interviews with the LCVSD Directors. The questions submitted to the candidates are listed below. LCVSD urges everyone to vote! Your participation matters!

Endorsees running for San Diego City Council include:

Scott Peters in District 1 (North City Coastal)
San Diegans for Scott Peters
PO Box 1852/La Jolla, CA 92038
(858) 729-9920
www.scottpeters.net; email: scott
Toni Atkins in District 3 (Uptown, mid-city)
Toni Atkins for City Council
3535 Adams Ave./San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 281-8664
www.toniatkins.net; email: toni2000@aol.com
Brian Maienschein [pronounced "main shine" like in "sunshine"] in District 5 (North City Inland)
11808 Rancho Bernardo Rd. #123, PMB 452/San Diego CA 92128
(619) 743-1678
email: votebrian@pacbell.net
Deanna Spehn in District 7 (College area/Tierra Santa/Mission Trails)
Friends of Deanna Spehn
10371 Matador Ct./San Diego, CA 92124
(858) 565-4018
email: dspehn1@san.rr.com


LCVSD did not make an endorsement for Mayor for the primary. LCVSD also endorsed:

Pam Slater for reelection to the County Board of Supervisors District 3 (north coastal).
Friends of Pam Slater
PO Box 1274/La Jolla, CA 92038-1274
www.PamSlater4Supervisor.com; email: pslater@utm.net

Vote for Education

Among the clutter of a long ballot, don't forget to vote for education! LCVSD has endorsed:
Jeff Mangum, County Board of Education, District 4, (North and East County Inland)
Committee to Elect Jeff Mangum
PO Box 270725/San Diego, CA 92198
(858) 673-9668
email: jmangum@mangum-assoc.com

Vote by mail

If you can't make it to the polls, request an absentee ballot. For an absentee ballot to be mailed to your home, a fax or letter requesting one must reach the Registrar of Voters Office by Feb. 29. The fax number is: (858) 694-2955. The address is: 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite I, San Diego, 92123. Absentee ballots cannot be requested by telephone. After Feb. 29, voters can obtain and cast an absentee ballot at the Registrar of Voters Office.

For online state initiative endorsements and political news, visit the CLCV website at: www.ecovote.org. You may contact LCVSD at: PO Box 82851/San Diego, CA 92138; (619) 687-1897.

League of Conservation Voters San Diego Candidate Questionnaire

Regional Issues

1. What do you consider the most important issues facing the region and/or city?

2. What is your position on the proposal to create a Regional Infrastructure Transportation Agency (RITA)?


3. What is your opinion of the multiple habitat plans such as the MSCP?

4. Would you support a 1/4 cent sales tax to find the local portion of the MSCP?

5. Would you support enforceable pollution prevention measures to improve water quality and if so, how would you accomplish this? If not, why not?


6. Do you support or oppose regional impact development fees?

7. Should infrastructure facilities be paid for (estimated at $1.3 billion for the City of San Diego) before increasing densities in existing communities to accommodate projected growth increases?

8. Do you support the concept of zero population growth? Why or why not?


9. Given the regional housing crisis (jobs being created at a faster rate than housing), would you support a linkage fee on commercial (non-residential) development?

10. Are you in favor of reinstating the Housing Trust Fund to its original level?

Environmental Justice

11. Would you support regulatory changes, including increased regulation, to protect inner-city and poor communities from environmental pollution?


12. Do you have a viable campaign? Explain.