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|U.S. House, California, District 52|
|California State Assembly|
Saldana has worked as a coach at Clairemont High School, San Diego City College and Madison High School. She was a professor at San Diego Community College, and was an Associate Dean and Director of the Service Learning Program at San Diego Mesa College. Saldana has an undergraduate degree in physical education, and a master's degree in education, from San Diego State University.
Often referred to as a national expert in water quality, Saldana chaired a local chapter of the Sierra Club, and co-founded and chaired San Diego Earth Day Celebrations. Additionally, she was a Presidential appointee to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission.
Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Saldana ranked as a 97.
Saldana is a staunch advocate of environmental legislation. She co-authored the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while instituting renewable energy mandates. She also sought to decrease the use of fossil fuels while making solar energy more affordable by co-authoring the Million Dollar Solar Initiative. Additionally, she authored legislation to increase California's Environmental Fund, which included increasing the use of hybrid vehicles and reduced-emission buses.
- Assembly Bill 6, which would require petition drive management companies to pay an annual fee and register with the California Secretary of State.
- Assembly Bill 426, which would increase the fee that proponents of an initiative measure are required to pay at the time of submitting the draft of the measure to the Attorney General from $200 to $2,000.
- Assembly Bill 1068, which would forbid contracts with signature gatherers premised upon whether or not the measure qualifies for the ballot.
Saldana was a member of these legislative committees:
- Select Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Assembly Legislative Ethics
- Elections and Redistricting Committee, California General Assembly
- Housing and Community Development Committee, California General Assembly
- Select Committee on Ports
- Revenue and Taxation Committee, California General Assembly
- Veterans Affairs Committee, California General Assembly
- Select Committee on Wine
Saldana's sponsored legislation includes:
- AB 330 - Elections: voting devices
- AB 436 - Elections: initiatives
- AB 1068 - Petitions: signature gathering
For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.
Saldana was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the California State Assembly.
In 2008 Saldana was re-elected to the California State Assembly District 76. Saldana (D) finished with 113,754 votes and was followed by Denney Ralph (R) with 55,128 votes and Daniel Baehr (L) with 8,224 votes.
|California State Assembly District 76|
|Lori Saldana (D)||113,754|
|Denney Ralph (R)||55,128|
|Daniel Baehr (L)||8,224|
Lori Saldana on medical marijuana
Below are Saldana's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|CA State Council of Laborers||$10,800|
|CA School Employees Assoc||$9,200|
|CA Dental Assoc||$8,800|
|United Healthcare Workers West||$8,700|
- Legislative profile of Lori Saldana on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of Lori Saldana on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2004
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Catholic Daily, "Death by a thousand cuts," June 16, 2009
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
|California State Assembly District 76
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