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April 16, 2004

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PALO ALTO – A major State environmental group has recognized Assemblyman Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) for his 2003 voting record on environmental issues.

The California League of Conservation Voters gave Simitian a perfect score – a 100% rating on his 2003 voting record. This marks the second consecutive year Simitian has been rated 100% on environmental issues by CLCV. The average CLCV rating in the State Assembly this past year was just 58%.

“I’m gratified by the recognition,” said Simitian. “We’ve made important headway on environmental issues these last few years. I plan to continue to legislate to protect our environment and our quality of life.”

“Assemblyman Simitian’s score of 100% on our Environmental Scorecard reflects his tremendous commitment and service to the environment and to all Californians,” said CLCV’s Executive Director Susan Smartt.  She added that the 2003 Legislative session was one of the most “pro-environmental sessions in recent memory, and Joe was a big part of that.”

Simitian’s 100% rating by CLCV reflects Simitian’s voting record on 22 key environmental bills during the course of the 2003 Legislative Session. Included among those bills is Simitian’s own legislation, AB 47, “which took an important step in protecting our watersheds,” Simitian said. The bill requires loggers to provide detailed information on past, current and future timber cuts. “This information from loggers is essential. It helps us to understand the impact these cuts will have on our ecosystems and watersheds, and protects our forests from those impacts,” Simitian said.

Recognition by CLCV is the latest in a series of environmental honors for Simitian. Other recent community acknowledgements have come from Bluewater Network, where Simitian received the group’s first-ever “Environmental Leadership Award.”

Simitian has been recognized as a “Shining Open Space Partner” by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for his work on preserving open space. He has received the “Coastal Steward” award from Vote the Coast, and the California Park and Recreation Society placed Simitian on its “Honor Roll.”




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