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September 28, 2010
ASSEMBLYMEMBER IRA RUSKIN TO RECEIVE LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM SANTA CLARA COUNTY LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS THURSDAY
LOS ALTOS – Assemblymember Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City) will receive the Legislator of the Year Award from the Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters at the League’s 17th Annual Environmental Awards Event Thursday, September 30, in Los Gatos.
Each year, the League recognizes “Environmental Heroes” that help protect and sustain natural resources in the state. Past honorees have included San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.
According to League of Conversation Voters board member Shiloh Ballard, Assemblymember Ruskin’s strong track record of championing the environment throughout his assembly career enabled him to stand out in the board’s discussion and decision. In the League’s 17-year history, this is the only the sixth time that the group has selected a Legislator of the Year.
Since Ruskin joined the legislature in 2005, more than 15 of his environmental protection bills have been signed into law. Included are bills that have helped: safeguard the water table from leaking underground petroleum storage tanks; keep Mercury out of landfills; reduce air-pollution from petroleum transfer; and, enforce hazardous materials storage regulations. He has served as Chair of the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, and is currently the Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Resources.
"As CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a Board Member of both the State and local League of Conservation Voters' Boards of Directors, I respect legislators who value both a sustainable environment and a strong economy," said Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. "Assemblyman Ruskin knows that California is strongest when we enhance our environment and invigorate the Innovation Economy. He richly deserves this recognition."
This will be the third environmental award presented to Assemblymember Ruskin within the past two months. On August 16, he received the 2010 Byron Sher Award from Sierra Club California. On August 10, he received the inaugural Legislative Leadership Award from the California Product Stewardship Council.
“We are gifted with many natural resources and great beauty in this state. If we protect these resources now and work together to safeguard our environment, we will improve our quality of life,” Ruskin said. “I have had the privilege to work with many dedicated organizations in this effort and I am honored by their recognition.”