State Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills was honored this month by the Bay Foundation for her support of work to protect the Santa Monica Bay.
Pavley, a longtime member of The Bay Foundation and Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, was honored Thursday at the renamed Bay Foundation's 25th anniversary gala.
“I have a lot of fond memories and a lot of good friends I’ve met because of the Santa Monica Bay,” Pavley said. Assemblyman Richard Bloom presented Senator Pavley with her award.
Others were also honored at the gala, including former U.S. Rep. Mel Levine for attaining recognition of the Santa Monica Bay in 1987 as a National Estuary Program and eligible for annual federal funds.
Sheila Kuehl emceed the program. Kuehl authored the legislation that created the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC) in 2002. TBF is the non-profit partner of the Commission.
Suzanne Goode, who is a senior environmental scientist for California State Parks, received the Urban Coast Environmental Hero Award. Goode played a role in the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project, which was concluded earlier this year.
“Suzanne has used her ecology and wildlife expertise to manage very complex issues of wildlands on the urban fringe,” TBF’s Executive Director Shelley Luce said.
David Nahai, the former chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Control Board and former head of the LADWP, was also awarded. He said: “I realized…that if we are truly going to be citizens of Los Angeles, if we…want to enjoy all of the riches that living here offers, we have to start with the ocean” and do more to take care of it.