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San Bernardino assemblywoman named to list of 'most anti-environment' state candidates in the U.S.

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino. (Associated Press)
Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino. (Associated Press)

The California League of Conservation Voters has named Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) to a list of what it calls the "most anti-environment" state candidates nationwide.

The group's "Dirty Dozen in the states" list, maintained by state chapters of the League of Conservation Voters, was first compiled in 2010.

Brown is the first Californian to be named to the state-level list, which is modeled after a "Dirty Dozen" list of federal candidates that the national organization has kept for 20 years.

Brown's environmental record in the Legislature has become a central issue in her pitched battle against fellow Democrat Eloise Reyes, who has received endorsements from the California League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups.

Reyes has criticized Brown for helping block a major provision in Gov. Jerry Brown's climate change bill last year, and for the $1.1 million Chevron has contributed to an independent expenditure committee supporting the incumbent. Overall, oil companies have contributed more than $8 million to various committees supporting Brown as well as other candidates this cycle.

Local environmental groups were up in arms earlier this year when Brown supporters sent out mailers calling the assemblywoman an "environmental champion," and some have dubbed her "Chevron Cheryl."

“The Inland Empire has some of the dirtiest air in the country. Yet time and again Cheryl Brown has sided with Chevron and Big Oil, who fuel her campaign, rather than act to protect the health of her constituents,” said CLCV Political Director James Johnson in a statement Tuesday.

The CLCV has also contributed $40,000 toward an independent expenditure committee that has spent more than $1.4 million supporting Reyes and opposing Brown.

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