August 21, 2013

Joe Simitian: Protecting the Environment through Politics

Every year Save Our Shores has the honor of selecting an Ocean Hero who has shown exemplary assistance in the fight to protect California’s coastline. This year, we are proud to have selected Joe Simitian, current Santa Clara County Supervisor and former senator. 

Throughout his career, Simitian has proved continued commitment to the environment. He is the author of amazingly powerful legislation such as a ban on cruise ship sewage dumping, adoption of sustainable marine aquaculture, and California’s renewable energy portfolio that demands more effort toward becoming a green state. 
Joe Simitian at work. Photo courtesy of his website

Simitian has also served on many committees that serve to protect California’s waterways and coasts and air quality. He chaired the Committee on Delta Conservation, Conveyance and Governance, the Environmental Quality Committee and the Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy, and Transportation during his eight years in Senate. He also served as an influential member of other groups such as the Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Committee on Delta Stewardship and Sustainability.

As a politician truly working for the people of California, Simitian has also paved the way for other important acts such as heavier sentences for elderly abuse and the hands-free cell phone law. 

Recognized by other organizations as having a 100 percent environmental rating, this Palo Alto native has done everything in his power to cleanup California’s oceans and air and to preserve the state for future generations. 

We are privileged to recognize Supervisor Joe Simitian for his years of service and dedication to California’s unique environmental issues. Please join us in observing him as Save Our Shores’ 2013 Ocean Hero this Sunday, August 25th, at our annual Toast to the Coast celebration!

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