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Environmentalists win fight to keep NFL team out of Pasadena

In the end, the arguments of preservationists, parkland advocates, environmentalists and worried neighbors carried the day. A 4-4 vote from the Pasadena City Council killed the plan to base a National Football League team at the Rose Bowl, and the city began searching for an alternate plan for preserving the 82-year-old stadium with needed repairs and upgrades at a reasonable cost.

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The Open Spaces, Wild Places campaign captures and presents the beauty of Orange County.

Orange County is a beautiful place. Residents know that from their daily experiences, favorite places, and hidden spots. Those who visit know that from the beaches, the canyons, the parks. The plan is to have urban conveniences, suburban lifestyle, economic and academic opportunities, entertainment choices, and open spaces in one area under mostly blue skies. Who wouldn't love this? Who wouldn't want this? The real question is, who is willing to preserve it?

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Chapter office seeks volunteers
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm. Volunteers at the front desk answer inquiries about conservation and political issues, membership matters, hikes, trips, publications, and meetings. They handle mail, learn to use the Sierra Club's website and Chapter database and process donations. Shift: four hours once a week.

Griffith Park's Invasive Plants

Even the natural areas of parks such as Griffith and Elysian contain a higher percentage of exotic plants than much of the rest of the Santa Monica Mountains. This is in large part due to their proximity to urban development and a long history of human meddling intended to beautify or improve the parks.

Animal, human, or wind-borne dispersion of the seeds of imported plants used for landscaping have easily spread these species to our mountain parks.

Private organization helps secure funding for Chapter events

What do the following have in common? A $500 album of Chapter photos from the 1920s, the Chapter Schedule of Activities, preserving Signal Hill open space, and eight annual CPR/first aid classes open to the public?

If you guessed the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, you're close but wrong.

12 members nominated for seats on Chapter Executive Committee

, Chair of Chapter Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the nomination of 12 members of the Angeles Chapter as candidates for five two-year terms and two one-year at-large seats on the 2006 Executive Committee.

This year's nominees are: Dean Wallraff, Joe Young, Donna Specht, Armando Soto Mayor, Virgil Shields, Kent Schwitkis, Jay Matchett, Lyn Klein, Jan Kidwell, Hersh Kelley, John Fries, and Silvia Darie.

CEQA under attack in Sacramento

, State Legislative Director

We are in a real fight in Sacramento. The fight is over the wish of developers to weaken our single most important environmental law. At stake is the ability of Californians and planners to design development that has fewer impacts on our air, water, and land. As you can imagine, developers have kept up a steady effort over the years to weaken the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. But they apparently have a new ally in the corner office - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Joshua Tree hikes: from easy to extreme

The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree: 60 Favorite Climbs From 5.5 to 5.9, by Charlie and Diane Winger, Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2004.

Finally! A user-friendly technical climbing guide to world-famous Joshua Tree National Park. The Trad Guide to Joshua Tree is specifically for fun-loving rock jocks from the challenged beginner to the intermediate lead climber.

Persistence and herbicide eradicate thirsty tamarisk

photo by Matthew J. McNutt

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Claire Dedrick, 1930-2005

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