Assemblymember Nancy Skinner To Discuss Key California Issues at May MeetingAssemblymember Nancy Skinner will join the Lamorinda Democratic Club this month to update us on her first six months in Sacramento and to have a dialogue with our members about what issues she expects to be most important in the aftermath of the May 19 special election.

The Lamorinda Democratic Club’s monthly meeting will be held on Friday, May 15, at the Orinda Community Church in Orinda. The social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the club’s business session to begin at 7:30 p.m., and Assemblymember Skinner’s presentation to begin at 8 p.m.

During her presentation, Skinner will provide an update from Sacramento. She’ll discuss some of the key proposals upon which she’s deliberated during her first six months representing our area in the California State Assembly. She will also discuss some of the issues, like the state budget, that will be priority items in the wake of the May 19 special election.

In November 2008, Nancy Skinner was elected to represent the Bay Area’s 14th Assembly District. The district includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo and parts of Oakland and El Sobrante.

As a freshman legislator, Assemblymember Skinner was named Chair of the Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee. She also is a member of the Utilities and Commerce, Public Safety, Local Government, and Appropriations Committees.

Assemblymember Skinner brings to the Assembly experience as a small business owner. Early in her career, she served on the Berkeley City Council and was responsible for many of Berkeley’s groundbreaking environmental policies, including initiating economic development strategy and waterfront protection policies. Her introduction of Berkeley’s 1988 ban on Styrofoam was the first in the nation.

A nationally renowned leader in the fight against global warming, she founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, an organization dedicated to helping local governments around the world become environmental leaders. As Executive Director of ICLEI’s U.S. office, she launched the Cities for Climate Protection Program, the national movement of Mayors and cities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that now involves over 500 cities and counties.

As the U.S. Director of The Climate Group, Assemblymember Skinner worked with Fortune 500 companies, clean tech industries and state and national leaders to pass groundbreaking legislation such as California’s global warming bill, AB 32. With a team of writers at Earthworks Press, she also wrote and published the best selling book series 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save the Earth.

Prior to being elected to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Skinner served on the Board of the East Bay Regional Parks District. Assemblymember Skinner received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and her Masters in Education from University of California, Berkeley. Her husband, Lance Brady, is retired from the Information Technology Office at the City of Berkeley and her daughter Sirona is a chef in Oakland. <!–