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Sierra Club endorses Trautman

Posted: March 16, 2008 11:19 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Local chapters of the Sierra Club and the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters have endorsed Diane Trautman for Santa Clarita City Council in next month's election.

"It's the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for environmentalists when we endorse someone," said Isaac Lieberman, political chairman of the Sierra Club's Santa Clarita branch. "Diane's been an environmental leader for many years. She was instrumental in stopping Elsemere Canyon from becoming a landfill," he said.

The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest environmental group in the nation, with 750,000 members nationally and 50,000 members in the Angeles Chapter.

"We are confident that (Trautman) will continue to work to protect Santa Clarita's environment, for our families and our future," Lieberman said.

According to Mitchell Schwartz, president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Trautman is highly knowledgeable and qualified on environmental issues.

"She understands that care for the environment is not an extra ... but an essential," he said in a written statement.

Trautman has served five years on the Santa Clarita Planning Commission and lists among her accomplishments securing property for open space, creating new parks, convincing the Air Resources Board to uphold air quality standards, and approving a "green" city transit facility.

In her current campaign, Trautman pledges to encourage developers to incorporate environmentally friendly and energy efficient design into their projects; to develop new parks and community centers; to acquire more open space; and to protect the Santa Clara River and its flood plain.

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