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Political Committee in High Gear

The Angeles Chapter Political Committee under the direction of Chair Susana Reyes has been hard at work. Teams have been preparing questionnaires, interviewing candidates, and presenting information to the Political Committee and the Executive Committee.

Why now? The general election is in November and the primary in June is just months away. In the California electoral system, vicious gerrymandering has made each Assembly and Senate district safe for one party, so that the primary is the real election.

James Lesperance, 1931-2006

James C. Lesperance, former longtime leader in the Angeles Chapter Basic Mountaineering Course, died Jan. 20 following an extended battle with cancer.

Born in Chicago, Ill., Lesperance graduated from the University of Illinois and CSU Los Angeles. Lesperance was a long-time resident of Arcadia and Mammoth Lakes, Calif. and was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a Group Leader for the Sierra Club's Basic Mountaineering Training Program in the San Gabriel Valley for nearly 20 years.

Citizens' Guide for Wildlife Rehabilitation

Interim Editor, Southern Sierran

It can be very distressing to find an orphaned or injured animal. Though your first instinct may be to help, in some cases it might be best to leave the animal alone until professional help arrives.

Does it need my help?

The U.S. Humane Society recommends that you only help animals in the following circumstances:

Wilderness Etiquette: Enjoy the Land, but Don't Socialize With its Residents

Conservation Program Coordinator

As spring arrives, members enjoying their explorations may notice that wild species are also more abundant. In Southern California, there are several common wildlife species we should be aware of during excursions.

Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes are the only venomous reptiles native to California. They can be recognized by their broad heads, light colored bodies with brown blotches and the notorious rattle bringing up the rear. Younger rattlesnakes may have a button, rather than a full rattle.

Foothill-South Toll Road Approved in Disappointing TCA Vote

On Feb. 23, Orange County's Transportation Corridor Agency voted 12-3 to certify their environmental report on the Foothill-South Toll Road. TCA officially selected an alignment that bisects both San Onofre State Beach (devastating Trestles Surf Beach and the San Mateo Campground) and the Donna O'Neill Land Conservancy.

While disappointing, the vote was not at all surprising.

Chapter Leaders Gather at Conservation Retreat

Angeles Chapter Conservation Chair

On Feb. 25 about 50 members attended the Angeles Chapter's first-ever all-day conservation retreat at the Community Center in El Monte. The program, 'Tricks of the Trade: A Toolbox for Conservation Activists,' was developed by long-time conservation activists Marcia Hanscom and Lynne Plambeck.

Shopping for the Environment

Eco-Friendly Clothing Requires Research, but it's Worth the Clean Conscience

As an environmentalist, I find it hard to enjoy clothes shopping these days. Three words on a label tell me enough about a garment's backstory to make me want to return it to the rack. Was it 'Made in Bangladesh'? Or the Dominican Republic? Maybe Indonesia? That little label tells me my intended impulse buy is hitched to exploited workers and poor environmental practices in the developing world.

New Items at Chapter Library

New Books and DVDs Available for Checkout to Angeles Chapter Members

Former Sierra Club executive director Michael McCloskey heads the library's list of new authors. In The Thick of It: My Life in the Sierra Club is the autobiography of the man who followed the controversial David Brower and helped move the organization to the national stage. McCloskey faced and met an unprecedented challenge in replacing a dynamic fighter and taking the club into a strong and forceful future.

April News & Notes

ExComm Meets

The Angeles Chapter Executive Committee will meet Sunday, April 23 at 1pm in the Chapter office. All members are invited to attend.

Photo Competition

Chapter award winners announced

The Angeles Chapter will honor its members and employees at the Annual Awards Banquet May 7. The event will take place at the Brookside Country Club near the Rose Bowl. Reception from 5-6pm, followed by dinner, presentation of awards, and a short program.

The 2006 Banquet Chair is > Lori Ives. The Awards Chair is > Robin Ives .

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