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IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 23, 2013

Contact: Rachel Laing (619) 929-7946

LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS BACKS NATHAN FLETCHER FOR MAYOR


The League of Conservation Voters San Diego has endorsed Nathan Fletcher for mayor, citing Fletchers ability to unite people behind initiatives that will have long-term positive impacts on San Diegos environmental health. Nathans policies on of San Diegos most important environmental quality issues ensuring a sustainable water supply, clean water and safe beaches, addressing climate change and preserving wildlife habitat are thoughtful and recognize how precious and irreplaceable our open space and natural resources are, said Livia Borak, president of the LCV San Diego. But our selection of Nathan was about more than his record and his plans. What put Nathan over the top for us is his proven leadership ability, and our confidence that hell successfully bring people together behind initiatives and move them forward. Fletcher, an avid surfer and cyclist, said he wants to do more than protect San Diegos natural resources; he wants to enhance them by addressing the pollution that plagues our ocean and waterways. He released his eight-point plan to address San Diegos clean water challenges at todays announcement. The health and safety of our ocean and beaches affects all San Diegans; theyre central to our economic prosperity and quality of life, Fletcher said. When Im mayor, were going to have a plan to address the pollution of our bays, beaches and waterways, and were going to bring everyone together to implement the changes we need to protect and enhance our natural resources. Since launching his campaign last month, Fletcher has built a diverse base of support from business, labor and environmental groups. Hes endorsed by the citys Firefighters, Police Officers Association, Lifeguards, Deputy City Attorneys and white-collar workers; Biocom; the California Small Business Association; Union Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 230; the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters; Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 89; UNITE HERE Local 30; United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Providers; the National Electrical Contractors Association; a coalition of interfaith clergy representing San Diegos underserved neighborhoods; the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors and military veterans representing the United Veterans Council and American Combat Veterans of War.

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Hes also earned the endorsement of a number of local, state and federal elected leaders, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Congressmembers Juan Vargas and Scott Peters, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Assembly Speaker John Perez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, State Sens. Marty Block and Ben Hueso, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Chula Vista Councilmember Mary Salas, Escondido Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz, Southwestern College Governing Board President Humberto Peraza, Sweetwater Authority Chair Jose Preciado, and former San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jess Durfee, as well as 16 state Legislators with whom Fletcher served during his time in the Assembly.
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