Running in the 48th District of California is a former Mayor of Irvine and current City Council Member. She's an amazing candidate and cares a great deal about the environment.
The current seat warmer is a global warming denier, birther and far right extremist. He refuses to bring money back to our district, even for environmental issues. ENVIRONMENTAL issues, he says don't matter to people.
Orange County’s biggest GOP stronghold is finally getting money for some of its most-cherished local projects, and a lot of the thanks is going to Democrats. Newport Beach, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats almost 3-to-1, for years fought for money to restore a vast estuary called the Back Bay and improve navigation in its harbor.
The town’s congressman, Republican Rep. John Campbell, has long eschewed earmarks – a stance his party recently embraced – forcing Newport to send its own officials on lobbying trips to Washington.
That work has paid off. Last year, more than $17 million from the federal stimulus – which all but three Republicans in Congress voted against – was awarded to the Back Bay project, allowing its completion.
More recently, President Barack Obama included more than $1 million in his budget to get work started restoring the harbor. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is seeking $23 million for Newport Harbor, and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, is asking for $6 million.
“Newport Bay is extremely important to residents; it’s the lifeblood of our community,” said Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, a Republican. “I have not found a similar passion about the earmark issue.”
Campbell says the opposite is true, and that Newport residents rank national-debt reduction far above local environmental projects.
“I can tell you, for the average citizen of Newport Beach, (bay restoration) is not even in the Top 25,” Campbell said.
The Newport Backbay is an estuary and an important part of a watershed. It's been restored and is still in the process of being restored and this is how John Campbell feels about it.