“I believe that climate change is the defining crisis of our time, and that California must be a leader in promoting policies that radically reduce carbon emissions, not only in our state but across the world.” Those are the first words Dave Min wrote in his answers to our candidate questionnaire. He’s running to unseat an incumbent in Senate District 37 whose views on climate change are exactly the opposite. Min’s proposals to mitigate this “defining crisis” aren’t just electric vehicles. He wrote: “We must move away from the car culture that has defined California development over our past 100 years.” That’s why we’re endorsing Min’s broad vision for SD 37 and beyond.
Senate District 37 is entirely within Orange County. It includes the cities of Huntington Beach, Irvine, Orange, and Tustin. It is one of our state’s most wealthy senate districts. It also has some of the most rapidly changing demographics and now includes a large population of people of color who are often also low-income. Min knows that his dynamic district would benefit from more people walking and biking, not just for environmental, safety, and health reasons but for economic health and equity too. As a nationally-recognized expert on economic policy, Min understands the financial side of a Green New Deal-type framework. He knows that bold changes can lower carbon emissions and reduce our environmental footprint without sacrificing California’s economic vibrancy. His plan to implement these changes emphasizes active transportation initiatives such as “progressive bikeway design, low-stress bikeway networks, and complete streets with adequate space for pedestrians, bikers, and mass transit.” It’s about time for a leader in SD 37 who will think about the economy, environment, and equity in tandem. That’s why we’re endorsing Dave Min for SD 37.
The rest of his questionnaire responses are equally as impressive for their breadth and depth of knowledge. For these reasons, we are excited to see Dave Min emerge as a prominent candidate in the SD 37 race. We look forward to seeing him provide the leadership needed to work toward safer and more sustainable transportation alternatives for all of the state’s residents.
CalBike is pleased to endorse Dave Min for Senate District 37. Please visit his website to see how you can pitch in and vote for Dave Min on March 3, 2020.