Senator Leyva Honored as “Legislative Champion” by Inland Empire Environmental Justice Leaders

Honored for ‘Lifelong Commitment to Justice and Community Engagement’

Monday, November 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Earlier today, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) honored Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) with the 2015 “Legislative Champion” award for her dedication to working with community residents and state leaders to improve the environment and being a strong voice for the Inland Empire in Sacramento and throughout California.  

“I am truly honored to receive this ‘Legislative Champion’ award from this active and committed group of environmental justice leaders that fight every day to improve our local communities for current and future generations of Californians,” Senator Leyva said. “During my first year in office, I have witnessed first-hand the great work that CCAEJ does in the Inland Empire and the 20th State Senate District.  I look forward to continuing to partner with them and other environmental justice advocates in the months and years ahead to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy healthy communities, clean air and safe water.  I remain firmly committed to fighting for a healthier environment and better quality of life that all California communities and residents deserve.”

Earlier this year, Senator Leyva authored SB 334, which would have prohibited schools from providing drinking water that does not meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking water standards for lead.  The bill also would have specifically required that school districts take steps each school day to provide free, clean and safe drinking water on campus to students, teachers, employees and visitors.  Though SB 334 was vetoed, Senator Leyva will continue to advocate for better water quality testing and access to clean drinking water in schools and communities throughout the Inland Empire and California.

“CCAEJ honored Senator Leyva with the ‘Legislative Champion’ award for taking action alongside residents to fight for a healthy and toxic free life in the Inland Empire and California.  Like many true community champions, Senator Leyva stands up for working people and families in the communities she serves because of her lifelong commitment to justice and community engagement. In her first year as State Senator, she has shown her undying commitment to ensuring a high quality of life for residents in the 20th State Senate District,” said CCAEJ Executive Director Penny Newman.

CCAEJ is a nonprofit organization that works with communities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to bring people together to improve their social and natural environment. For more than 37 years, CCAEJ has worked to develop hands-on leadership, community organizing and advocacy to help build empowered communities.