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Ray L. Riley, 1930-2005

Southern Sierran News & Notes

OMC seeks volunteer representatives
The Outings Management Committee has the responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the Angeles Chapter's outings program, including training, safety, and the outings conducted by the Groups, Sections, and Committees within the Chapter.

50,000 Californians will gather to clean the coast

More than 50,000 volunteers will turn out to over 700 inner-coastal cleanup sites throughout California on Sept. 17 from 9am to noon to conduct the world's largest garbage collection.

Cleanups will be held along bays, creeks, rivers, highways, and the coast. Since first organized as an annual event by the California Coastal Commission in 1985, more than 650,000 Californians have removed more than 10 million pounds of debris from our coast.

Southern Sierran USFS to raise entry fees for National Parks

'If it were up to me, the entire forest would be free,' an Angeles National Forest administrator said. 'But we don't live in Wyoming. We live on the edge of a large urban center where 1,000 people at a time take a walk in the woods.'

Southern Sierran Talbert Nature Preserve provides a haven for nature in Costa Mesa

We are told that even in the city, nature is all around us. Affirmative, but only if we take the time to look. When I relocated for a year to Orange County after 30 years in the Santa Monica mountains, the Santa Ana River trail and Talbert Nature Preserve in Costa Mesa saved my life. A woman walking her dog told me about the river trail, and it was all downhill-toward the ocean-from there.

Southern Sierran Tour highlights the majestic, endangered Santa Clara River

Have you heard about the Santa Clara River, L.A.'s last free-flowing, unchannelized river? How about the huge 21,000 unit Newhall Ranch project that threatens to change the river forever? Do you want to see why American Rivers listed the Santa Clara as one of the most endangered rivers in the nation in April of this year?

Come see for yourself what we stand to lose. Join us Sept. 17 from noon to 4pm for a tour of the western reaches of this beautiful river.

Southern Sierran LNG proposals slowed by falsified statements, community protests

Both the Malibu Times and the Ventura County Star reported in August that many of the comments submitted in favor of the proposed BHP Billiton Liquified Natural Gas terminal in Malibu were falsified.

Some were submitted on behalf of people who have never heard of the project and some were submitted with fake names or addresses.

Southern Sierran Master Plan envisions a developed Griffith Park

Imagine Griffith Park with two aerial tramways, six multilevel parking garages, information kiosks, a shuttle bus system, campus-style entrance kiosks, a commercialized bridge over the Los Angeles River, and sports fields and a hotel in the park interior. All of these features are proposed in the Griffith Park Master Plan, released in March by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Southern Sierran Forge Lodge unanimously voted down

The Santa Monica Mountains Task Force and Malibu environmentalists persuaded the Coastal Commission at their Aug. 9 meeting to override a staff recommendation for approval and, instead, vote unanimously to deny approval of the Forge Lodge Hotel adjacent to Solstice Creek in Malibu.

photo by Tom Politeo

ExComm nominees begin campaigns <p><span class=style8>

Five candidate forums in September and October will allow Club members to meet and talk with the candidates running for seven at-large seats on the Angeles Chapter Executive Committee. The candidates will outline their interests and ideas and answer questions at the hour-long forums at monthly meetings of regional groups and sections.

The 10 candidates named by the Chapter Nominating Committee in June are John Fries, Hersh Kelley, Jan Kidwell, Jay Matchett, Kent Schwitkis, Virgil Shields, Armando Soto Mayor, Donna Specht, Dean Wallraff, and Joe Young.

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