On Thursday, August 22nd the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast hosted a social mixer at The Board Club in Newport Beach. With more than 50 business owners, elected officials, and ocean advocates gathered, we celebrated Congressman Harley Rouda’s (CA-48) environmental leadership and discussed how we will work together to oppose new offshore drilling on the West Coast.
Congressman Harley Rouda gave opening remarks about his experience championing environmental issues in Washington D.C. He stressed the importance of protecting our coast and committed to supporting bills to prevent the expansion of offshore drilling. Following his remarks, Congressional Certificates of Recognition were awarded to all speakers and BAPPC on behalf of Congressman Rouda. While not in attendance, Congressman Alan Lowenthal and Mike Levin both sent their own certificates to be awarded to BAPPC for our work to protect our coast.
Following the certificate presentation, BAPPC Founding member and Entrepreneur, Vipe Desai spoke about his experience with the business alliance and the opportunities it has afforded him, such as the chance to testify before Congress earlier this year. Peter Belden, The Board Club owner and host for the evening, spoke from the perspective of a new BAPPC member about his new-found interest in environmental activism. He also stressed the importance of a healthy ocean to California’s economy and urged those in the room to join the business alliance.
Also at the event were partners, Surfrider Foundation and Oceana. Pete Stauffer, the Environmental Director for Surfrider Foundation gave the group an update on federal legislation and urged business owners to ask their members of Congress to support H.R. 1941 and 205; two bills that would protect our coast from new offshore drilling. Nancy Downes, Oceana Campaign Organizer then closed out the event thanking those in attendance, remarking on the successes of BAPPC and echoing those before her in a call to join BAPPC.
Thank you again to all who helped make this night a success. To Peter Belden, owner of The Board Club and both Surfrider Foundation Newport Beach and South Orange County Chapters for co-hosting. Special thanks to Taco Rosa, an ocean friendly restaurant, Golden Road Brewing and Humblemaker Coffee for providing food and beverages. In the words of Vipe Desai, “that ocean out there is the most powerful economic engine on earth … without a healthy ocean there are no healthy people, planet or profits.” Thank you again to those who joined us – the fight to oppose offshore drilling is ongoing but we look forward to more nights dedicated to protecting our coast.