October 23rd, 2016
Steve Knight Remains Absent and Prioritizes Dirty Energy Special Interests
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Today Bryan Caforio, congressional candidate for California’s 25th District, spoke at a community rally to raise awareness for the families still affected one year after the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Last year the SoCalGas leak displaced thousands of families in Porter Ranch, and residents continue to feel the effects of this environmental disaster.
“What happened in Porter Ranch happened because politicians and the people in charge failed to look out for anybody but themselves,” said Caforio. “The science is clear, gas leaks are a huge threat to the health of our communities and the environment. There are common sense safety measures that can be put in place to ensure this never happens in Porter Ranch, or in the 400 other communities that are near active gas facilities.”
Immediately after learning of the disaster, Caforio met with the community and testified at a town hall. He also proposed the Nation Overcoming Leaking Emissions by Acting Knowingly and Controlling Toxins (NO LEAK) Act, which would assist local agencies in responding to the leak immediately; prevent future gas leaks with stronger nationwide uniform standards; and ensure that all of those harmed have access to justice.
Conversely, Rep. Steve Knight, who relied on SoCalGas as one of his biggest contributors in the State Legislature and continues to accept large contributions from Big Oil and Gas, faced much criticism for his inaction. Knight waited two months before saying he was “satisfied” with how the gas company was handling the leak, and did not make a public appearance until nearly three months after the leak was discovered. The Los Angeles Daily News criticized Knight for “[staying] largely quiet on the issue” and being “late to the conversation.”
Knight’s anti-environmental record includes:
Caforio was born and raised in Southern California by two public school teachers, attended UCLA and Yale Law School, worked for a United States federal judge, and practices as an attorney taking on some of the world’s biggest banks. Bryan lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Lisa, who serves as a Deputy City Attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
The 25th District covers northern Los Angeles County and part of Ventura County including the Antelope Valley, Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valley. President Obama won the district in 2008, and experts consider this race a toss-up . Last year Democratic registration eclipsed Republican registration, and the district is now majority-minority. National Republicans list Congressman Knight as one of their most vulnerable incumbents.