CalBike is pleased to endorse Josh Newman for Senate District 29.
As a former member of the state senate, Josh Newman already has experience championing what a fossil-free economy can look like in the capitol. He is up for the necessary fight to achieve this important goal because he knows we have no time to waste. Newman understands that our carbon-based economy absolutely needs to change, especially in our transportation sector, which is responsible for a large part of California’s emissions.
Josh Newman is no stranger to making this change, he was an early and strong supporter of SB 127, our Complete Streets bill that passed both houses of the legislature in 2019 before being vetoed by Governor Newsom.
Senate District 29 straddles the intersection of three counties: Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino. Centered on the Chino Hills and the northern Santa Ana Valley, it includes Walnut in the north and Cypress in the west. The main transportation corridor, Highway 57, is almost exclusively designed for fast car movement. As a result, the district is yet another area dominated by unfriendly infrastructure for cyclists. But that won’t stop Newman from supporting policies that make streets more walkable and bike-able. In 2017, Newman voted for SB 1, which directed funds to active transportation programs, fighting climate change, and improving livability and public health in at-risk communities. Although Newman was subsequently targeted for that vote, he says he has “no regrets about the actual vote,” which he would make again today, “especially given the obvious need for investment in California’s aging infrastructure and the inclusion of the active transportation provisions.”
The rest of Newman’s questionnaire responses are equally impressive for their breadth and depth of knowledge. For these reasons, CalBike is excited to see Josh Newman emerge as the leading candidate in the SD 29 race. We look forward to seeing him provide the leadership needed to work toward safer and more sustainable transportation alternatives for all Californians.
CalBike endorses Josh Newman for Senate District 29. Please visit his website to see how you can pitch in and vote for Josh Newman by November 3, 2020.