Three Cheers for Two Local Activists
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Elva Yañez and Miguel Luna to Be Honored
The Planning and Conservation League, a statewide environmental
advocacy group, has included two local activists on their list of
environmental heroes of 2008 - Elva Yañez and Miguel Luna. Elva and
Miguel will be feted at a banquet in Sacramento on February 7 that is
part of the group's annual symposium.
Here are the descriptions found in the PCL announcement.
Environmental Justice Advocate of the Year
"Whether she is creating parks for people, running the Audubon Center
in East L.A., or campaigning for environmental legislation, Elva Yañez
is a steadfast environmental and environmental justice activist. Her
extensive experience with coalition building, community organizing,
and public policy has played a central role in her success. In 2008,
she organized Los Angeles area leaders and residents to advocate on
behalf of Senator Kuehl's bill to improve transparency in the
environmental review process, leading local workshops and bringing
teams of activists to lobby in Sacramento."
Dorothy Green Water Advocate Award
"Miguel Luna, the Executive Director of Urban Semillas, is receiving
the inaugural Dorothy Green Award in honor of his efforts to protect
Los Angeles area watersheds and coastal areas and to educate and
inspire young leaders in the environmental and environmental justice
Miguel is a co-founder of "Agua University," a program that teaches
Los Angeles high school students about California water issues as a
way to learn about environmental stewardship and make a difference in
their communities. Miguel carries on Dorothy's tradition of passionate
advocacy for California's water resources and investment in developing
strong community leaders, and we are very pleased to honor him with
this new award."
Other PCL awardees include State Senator Sheila Kuehl, Terry Watt,
Green LA, and Working Assets.
For more information about the PCL conference and banquet, please go to
Congratulatons Elva and Miguel!