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Local Greens Endorse Feinstein

By Cindy Frazier
Senior Writer

September 1 -- Ending a bruising political rift within the local Green Party, the Westside Greens endorsed incumbent Michael Feinstein for re-election in November’s race for four open City Council seats.

Feinstein -- who has been under attack by some Green party members over the disposition of a $10,000 donation to the party despite being cleared of any wrongdoing by the District Attorney -- was praised by supporters for his environmental activism.

"Whether it is planting more trees to make our neighborhoods beautiful, moving to renewable energy to clean our air, treating polluted water to keep our Bay clean, or opposing Playa Vista because of its negative effects on Santa Monica and its importance as a regional nature and open space, Michael Feinstein has been at the forefront of environmental issues in Santa Monica," said Mid-Cities neighborhood resident and Westside Green Linda Pierra Avila.

Feinstein said he was gratified by the unanimous vote of approval.

“I very much appreciate the support and affirmation of my candidacy by my fellow Greens,” Feinstein said. “I hope to do a good job serving them and the entire Santa Monica community in office for the next four years.”

Lori Nafshun, a Recreation and Parks Commissioner who is also a local Green, said she supports Feinstein "because he has been a creative leader in acquiring more parks and open space for our community."

Six of the seven-member administrative committee present voted to endorse Feinstein, one more than the minimum needed for approval. One member was out of town and not available to vote.

The Westside Greens is the local arm of the Green Party and has been in existence since 1988.

Feinstein has also garnered individual endorsements from a roster of prominent Greens, including former Green Party statewide candidates Peter Camejo (Governor 2002, 2003), Medea Benjamin (U.S. Senate 2000), Dan Hamburg (Governor 1998), Sara Amir (Lt. Governor 1998) and Ralph Nader (President 1996, 2000), as well as San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez.

Feinstein was also endorsed earlier this month by the Southern California chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, an independent liberal political organization founded in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Feinstein is running as an independent after failing to win the endorsement of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, the powerful tenants group that has run City Hall for most of the past quarter century.
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