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Our Slate of Endorsements in the Nov. 4th Election

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Congressional District 1
Heidi Hall - Details >>
Congressional District 3
John Garamendi  -  Details >>
Congressional District 6
Doris Matsui  -  Details >>
Congressional District 7
Ami Bera  - Details >>
Congressional District 9
Jerry McNerney  -  Details >>
Congressional District 10
Michael Eggman  - Details >>

Secretary of State
Alex Padilla - Details >>
State Treasurer
John Chiang - Details >>
State Controller
Betty Yee  -  Details >>
Insurance Commissioner
Dave Jones  -  Details >>

Attorney General
Kamala Harris
Supt of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson  -  Details >>
State Senate District 6       

Roger Dickinson  -   Details >>
   Assembly District 7    
Kevin McCarty  -  Details >>
Assembly District 9
Darrell Fong  -  Details >>
Sacramento City Council Dist. 3
Jeff Harris -  Details >>


Ballot Measures

Prop. 1 - Water Bond 
No Position - Details >>

City of Sacramento
Measure L - "Strong Mayor"
Oppose  -  Details >>
El Dorado County
Measure M - "Fix Highway 50"
Support - Details >>

El Dorado County
Measure N - "Fix Local Roads"
Oppose - Details >>

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Late-Breaking Endorsement Updates

Ami Bera

The right targets

Ami Bera in a key congressional race in our chapter

Karl Rove’s independent expenditure campaign spent almost one million dollars in TV ads before Labor Day to jump-start Doug Ose’s campaign to unseat Ami Bera, one of the strongest friends of the environment in Congress.

Former Congressman Doug Ose, Bera's opponent in the Cong. Dist. 7 race, has said government should take no action to combat climate change, while Rep. Ami Bera M.D. (D-Elk Grove) voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline. In his position on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Bera regularly stands up to those who deny climate change.

Elected to Congress in 2012, Ami Bera fought against a Republican bill which would have diverted more water to southern  California, and has spoken out against the controversial twin tunnels plan.

In his earlier terms in Congress, Doug Ose supported the Bush Energy plan and other corporate welfare measures giving billions in tax breaks to big oil companies.  Big Oil and Koch Industries rewarded him with hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions. Ose attempted to block federal grants for local open space acquisition, and supported the privatization of Sacramento County regional parks – using public land for private profit. The League of Conservation Voters gave Ose a 12% lifetime rating.

Rep. Bera's record has earned an "A" rating from the League of Conservation Voters and a Sierra Club endorsement, but he is one of the most vulnerable Democrats in Congress, with the race rated a “tossup.”

Whether you reside in District 7 or not, you can help Ami Bera offset Ose's support from Karl Rove and Big Oil. The campaign welcomes volunteers and donations – please visit



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Muir's Ride

from the Bay Area to Yosemite

September 25-28

Muiirs Ride


Restore Hetch Hetchy is sponsoring a 4-day ride following in the footsteps of John Muir's 1868 trip to Yosemite, riding on some of California's most beautiful back roads. Read more >>>


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In recognizing World Population Day, July 11, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune  noted, “The problem is not simply what we are doing (climate disruption); it's also how many of us are doing it. Population growth has...a big effect on our climate.“  Read more >>>       






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