Reggie Jones-Sawyer, candidate for 47th Assembly District vows to support an end to oil drilling in Baldwin Hills
Sentinel News Service
Already endorsed by community heavy hitters Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell Sr., and 8th District Councilmember Bernard Parks, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, a leading candidate in the race to replace Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass in California’s 47th Assembly District on Tues., June 8, just received the endorsement of The Sierra Club for his stance on the Baldwin Hills Conservancy and the environment.
Since 1892 the Sierra Club has been worked to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. It’s the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
The 47th Assembly District, which includes Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills, Windsor Hills, Mid-City, West Adams, Ladera Heights, and the Crenshaw District, is also home to the Baldwin Hill Conservancy and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Kenneth Hahn Park, as it is affectionately referred to by the many local residents who frequent its more than 7 miles of trails, has long been an issue of concern for Reggie, the former chair of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy.
Having chaired the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, it’s been Reggie’s mission to work with the community to acquire open space and manage public lands within the Baldwin Hills area that provide recreational opportunities, restoration and protection of wildlife habitat within the territory for the public’s enjoyment and educational experience. Kenneth Hahn Park as long been a focus of Reggie’s environmental work understanding its important and significance to the community it serves.
“When I was a young kid like a lot of us, we all grew up in parks and that’s what kept us out of trouble. And now we’re in a really bad situation where we don’t have a lot of parks. We’re in a park poor situation in the inner city. What I don’t want to see is more oil drills added to the area. We don’t need that in our community.”
Reggie Jones-Sawyer has taken a vow during his campaign to not accept any money from oil companies and if elected to champion ending the drilling current taking place in Baldwin Hills.
“It is also very important when we look at our leaders-when you run for office you need a lot of help, you need a lot of financial backing, and that’s fine,” explains Jones-Sawyer. But taking money from people who are polluting your community is wrong. And that’s why I haven’t taken any money-no money from oil companies.”
“The oil drilling in this community is abominable. Look at BP and the people of New Orleans. They have not done right by the people in those communities. I don’t want to see that happen in our community.”
Voters will go to the polls in California’s Primary Election on Tuesday, June 8 to elect a new State Assemblymember in District 47 which includes Culver City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Cheviot Hills, Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills, Windsor Hills, Mid-City, West Adams, Ladera Heights, the Crenshaw District, Little Ethiopia and portions of Korea Town and South Los Angeles.
For more information on Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s campaign, including a complete list of his endorsements, please visit www.reggiejonessawyer.com