Brian Schmidt
for Santa Clara Valley Water District Board
for Santa Clara Valley
District Water Board

Endorsements

As part of the update of the website for 2014, I'm asking people to renew their previous endorsements (and getting brand new ones!). If you are listed as 2010 endorser, I will be trying to reach you or you can contact me at schmidtb98 @ yahoo.com.

2014 Endorsements:

Suzanne Wilson, former County Supervisor
Val Carpenter, Los Altos City Councilmember
Greg Schmidt, Palo Alto City Councilmember  
Jerry Hearn, community activist
Kit Gordon, community activist


2010  Endorsements

The summary:  Brian is endorsed by the Mercury News and the Mountain View Voice, by the County Democratic Party and the Sierra Club, by a majority of the County Board of Supervisors and Los Altos Hills City Council, and by supermajorities of the Mountain View City Council (five of seven members) and the Palo Alto City Council (eight of nine members).


Endorsements by different categories:

Organizational:

  • San Jose/Silicon Valley Mercury News
  • Mountain View Voice
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • The Sierra Club
  • Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
  • Peninsula Democratic Coalition
  • Committee on Political Education, South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council; also endorsed by AFSCME Council 57 and AFSCME Local 101
  • Democratic Activists for Women Now

State/regionally elected and former elected officials from:

  • California State Assembly
    • Jim Beall, Assembly Member
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
    • Mary Davey, President
    • Nonette Hanko, Director
    • Curt Riffle, Director
  • Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
    • Craige Edgerton, (former Director)
    • Jim Foran, Director
    • Virginia Holtz, Director
    • Alex Kennett, Director
  • Santa Clara County (Brian is endorsed by the majority of sitting County Supervisors)
    • Blanca Alvarado, former Supervisor
    • Liz Kniss, Supervisor
    • Dianne McKenna, former Supervisor
    • Larry Stone, County Assessor
    • Suzanne Wilson, former Supervisor
    • Ken Yeager, Supervisor
  • San Mateo County
    • Rich Gordon, Supervisor and candidate for State Assembly District 21

Locally elected and former elected officials

Brian is endorsed by the majority of the City Council
members in:

  • Los Altos Hills:
    • Breene Kerr (Mayor)
    • Jean Mordo
    • Ginger Summit
  • Mountain View:
    • Ronit Bryant (Mayor)
    • Margaret Abe-Koga (former Mayor)
    • Mike Kasperzak (former Mayor)
    • Laura Macias (former Mayor)
    • Jac Siegel
  • Palo Alto:
    • Sid Espinosa
    • Karen Holman
    • Larry Klein
    • Gail A. Price
    • Greg Scharff
    • Greg Schmid
    • Nancy Shepherd
    • Yiaway Yeh


    As well as by City Councilmembers from
    :

  • San Jose:

    • Kansen Chu

    • Ash Kalra

 

 And former mayor and Councilmembers from:

  • Palo Alto
    • Peter Drekmeier (former Councilmember and Mayor); current Program Director, Tuolumne River Trust
    • Enid Pearson (former Councilmember); and former Member, California State Water Commission
    • Emily Renzel, former Councilmember
  • Los Gatos
    • Tom Ferrito (former Mayor)

  • Mountain View
    • Nick Galiotto (former Mayor)

 

 

Compiled from the other lists, here are some water-related endorsements:

  • Peter Drekmeier (former Palo Alto Councilmember and Mayor); current Program Director, Tuolumne River Trust
  • Enid Pearson (former Palo Alto Councilmember); and former Member, California State Water Commission
  • Margaret ("Meg") Caldwell, Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, Stanford Law School; former Chair, California Coastal Commission
  • David Ginsborg, Chair, Santa Clara Valley Water District Independent Monitoring Committee
  • Rachel Hooper, Managing Partner, Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
  • Shahram Javey, Aquacue and Santa Clara Valley Water District Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Rita Norton, Chair, Environmental Advisory Commitee, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Prof. Julie Phillips, Morgan Family Chair in Environmental Sciences, De Anza College 
  • Sierra Club
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters

Affiliations shown for identification purposes only


“Brian Schmidt represents the new wave of environmental leaders, one who is knowledgeable about the importance
of water in our lives. He is an authentic public servant who will make a significant contribution to the Water District.”
- Mary Davey, President, Midpeninsula
Regional Open Space District

"The Santa Clara Valley Water District is ripe for reform in the Nov. 2 election.... Finally, there's a real chance to shake up the leadership.... We lean toward Schmidt because of his longtime advocacy and deep understanding of environmental issues. His relative youth -- at 43 he would be easily the youngest board member -- could also inject new energy into the board." 
   - San Jose/Silicon Valley Mercury News, October 13, 2010

"Our choice in this race is Schmidt, a Mountain View resident who promises to cut costs and step up mercury reduction in local waterways.  Schmidt's cost-cutting focus centers on the $260 per meeting stipend now paid to board members, and he also promise to look at other areas like superfluous dredging of local waterways.....Vote for Brian Schmidt for Santa Clara Valley Water Board District's District 7 seat."
    - Mountain View Voice, October 15, 2010

Community/Business Leaders
  • Teresa Alvarado, San Jose/Santa Clara County community activist
  • Margaret ("Meg") Caldwell, Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, Stanford Law School; former Chair, California Coastal Commission
  • Michael Closson, Executive Director, Acterra
  • Helen Chapman, activist/former Chair, San Jose Parks Commission
  • Jitze Couperus, President, Los Altos Hills County Fire District
  • Nancy Couperus, member, Los Altos Hills Open Space Committee
  • Wendee Crofoot, former Chair, Mountain View Trees
  • David Ginsborg, Chair, Santa Clara Valley Water District Independent Monitoring Committee
  • Megan Gosch, President, Geografika
  • Walt Hays, Environmental Leader in Palo Alto
  • Jerry Hearn, Educator, Peninsula School
  • Rachel Hooper, Managing Partner, Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP
  • Shahram Javey, Aquacue and Santa Clara Valley Water District's Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Tom Jordan, attorney/activist, Palo Alto
  • Cathy Lehrberg, Community Activist, Palo Alto
  • Magaret MacNiven, Bucks Restaurant
  • Vicki Moore, Community Activist and Environmental Educator, Los Altos School District
  • Rita Norton, Chair, Environmental Advisory Commitee, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Prof. Julie Phillips, Morgan Family Chair in Environmental Sciences, De Anza College 
  • Brooke Partridge, Founder and CEO, Vital Wave Consulting
  • Lennie Roberts, Environmental Advocate/ Board Member,Yosemite Fund
  • Jeff Segall, PhD, scientist/Mountain View resident and activist
  • Emily ("Emy") Thurber, Activist, Santa Clara County
  • Terry Trumbull, Breathe California; Alternate Commissioner, Santa Clara County LAFCO
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