News and Notes

Rep. Schiff to speak at Member Training
The Angeles Chapter's Annual Member Training Workshop, Feb. 11, at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena, will feature Congressman Adam Schiff as keynote speaker. If you've taken on new responsibilities in the Chapter and need help learning the job, this is the program for you. The session on 'Where Am I? Naviguessing the Sierra Club,' for example, can help you figure out how your job fits into the big picture of the Club.

Portrait of an activist: Gordon LaBedz spreads the gospel of grassroots activism

The time has come to bid aloha to Angeles Chapter leader Gordon LaBedz, who next month will be moving to Hawaii.

Backyard campout

Crenshaw High School students camp in Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area as part of Club program

More than 80 students and teachers from Crenshaw High School recently spent the night camping under the stars at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills thanks to the Sierra Club's Inside the Outdoors program. The students were members of the Crenshaw High School Eco Club and they enjoyed a fun-filled camping trip at the first annual Eco Club Survivor Challenge.

Democracy at work: State buys more of Bolsa Chica

On Dec. 21, 2005, a 118-acre portion of Bolsa Chica was purchased by the state of California for $65 million dollars. The state used funds from Proposition 50, a 2002 initiative that provided $3.4 billion for environmental projects and acquisitions, in what is a big win for the environment and the people of California.

Angeles Chapter Annual Review: Conservation takes a turn

and Jack Prichett

Is genuine restoration of our wetlands possible?

Vice-chair, Angeles Chapter Conservation Committee and Chair, Ballona Wetlands Restoration Committee

We hear lots of talk today about restoring the Los Angeles River, restoring the Ballona Wetlands, restoring Bolsa Chica Wetlands. What does restoration really mean?

Webster's New World Dictionary, Second College Edition, defines restoration as: restored, or being restored; specifically, a) reinstatement in a former position, b) restitution for loss, damage, etc., c) a putting or bringing back into a former, normal, or unimpaired state or condition.

Long Beach plans to level historic wetland for sports park

A wetland in Long Beach is in danger of being flattened for a pay-for-play sports park.

The 60-acre remnant of a riparian corridor, known as Willow Spring, originated well up in the watershed and emptied into the L.A. River. The city of Long Beach is moving forward with a plan to obliterate the historic topography and habitat in favor of a sports park for which users would be charged a fee.

Study finds smart fixes for refilling aquifers

U.S. Congresswoman

In Southern California over the past 75 years, we've developed an elaborate flood control system that has turned many local creeks and rivers into concrete channels. That's allowed the rain from heavy storms to be moved quickly out to sea, thereby minimizing the risk of floods. It's also allowed for more building and development close to the formerly wild waterways.

Massive development threatens Tejon Ranch

Senior Regional Representative

There's no other place like it in California. Tejon Ranch is 270,000 acres of land owned by one corporation and sitting at the crossroads of the Sierra Nevada, the South Coast mountain ranges, the San Joaquin Valley, and the high desert. Deer, mountain lions, and other threatened species live on the land while the imperiled California condor soars overhead on the lookout for roosting and feeding opportunities.

Mountaineer on the mend

R.J. Secor is hiking again after Mt. Baldy accident

Reprinted with permission from the Arroyo View, the newsletter of the Pasadena Group.

Mountain climber and author R.J. Secor is famous for his classic guide book, The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails; his climbing guides for Aconcagua, Denali, and the volcanoes of Mexico; and internationally for his mountaineering exploits around the world.


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