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May 2, 2022 By Valerie Izquierdo
Many Californians do not realize that they have a right to coastal access outlined within the Coastal Act and regulated by the staff of the Coastal Commission. The Sierra Club wants to help the public to understand this important right and understand the obligations, such as respecting environmentally sensitive habitats that access brings.

May 2, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter leaders and supporters gathered on May 1 at Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park to celebrate its 2019 awardees. More than 100 members and supporters came together to recognize our volunteers, whose efforts to explore and preserve wild places attest to the chapter’s resiliency in the face of overlapping crises to our climate, health, and democracy. 

May 2, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

What were you up to on Earth Day weekend? Sierra Club staff and volunteers kicked off the festivities Friday, co-sponsoring an Earth Day Panel with Natural Resources Defense Council about the Inglewood Oil Field and our work to phase it out at the 30th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF).


April 25, 2022 By PLewis

Thanks to your support, we excitedly share that the West Hollywood City Council unanimously passed the single-use plastic ban ordinance!

April 22, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director Angeles Chapter

April 20, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates
This Friday (4/22) is Earth Day and the beginning of Earth Month. Join us as we celebrate the planet and spread the word about we fight for a future where all people enjoy a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature on this day and every day. Here are activities happening in, and around Earth Day 2022.

April 6, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Today, the Sierra Club announced its endorsement of Karen Bass for Mayor of Los Angeles. As a community organizer and dedicated Member of Congress, Karen Bass has an understanding of environmental justice and the intersectionality of climate and economic justice that is unparalleled. Her progressive record on climate makes us confident she will do an excellent job in protecting the air, climate, and water of Angelenos.

April 4, 2022 By Everette Phillips, Communications Chair

Join the Vision Webinar on April 6th that reviews CALGEM Rulemaking – useful information for any environmentalist wanting to make a difference in Southern California where oil ang gas is involved in any way

April 4, 2022 By Everette Phillips, Communications Chair

In April, if you only do one thing, please add your name to the list of supporters encouraging Long Beach to join Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles to ban new drilling and phase out existing drilling.

April 4, 2022 By Sharon Koch

The Angeles Chapter's Earth-Day Trash-a-Thon is where we each commit to picking up trash in our neighborhoods and parks for a certain number of minutes, over the 4 weeks following Earth Day. We ask our friends to donate to support our efforts, and the proceeds support the Sierra Club's Angeles Chapter. Here's how we're doing it:

March 28, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin - Senior Director Angeles Chapter

We're suing the City of Glendale to stop a gas plant expansion from choking the community! The city can "reliably & affordably meet our energy demand with new #cleanenergy, like solar & battery storage, demand response programs & energy efficiency.

March 24, 2022 By Angeles Chapter

In this annual report, we bring you an overview of how we are doing. You’ll find both victories and stats. We’ll talk about our finances and the role that members and supporters play in promoting this work.

March 15, 2022 By Wendy-Sue Rosen & Robin Smith - Conservation Committee Co-Chairs

Wendy-Sue Rosen and Cynthia “Robin” Smith are excited to be the new co-chairs of the Angeles Chapter Conservation Committee. They invite Angeles Chapter members to be a part of the Conservation Committee, meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m.

March 7, 2022 By Juliet Fang, Communications Volunteer
Myla Collier is the winner of a Sierra Club Angeles Chapter grant to create a traveling mixed media art show called “Climate: A New Look”. Her exhibit will premiere around April. 

March 7, 2022 By Guest Commentary by Andrea León-Grossmann

In 2012, California took the bold step of enacting AB 685, which declared that every person in the state has a right to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. Seven years later, in 2019, Gov. Newsom signed SB 200 to provide funding to “provide safe drinking water in every California community, for every Californian.” Despite these efforts, more than a million Californians today lack access to clean safe affordable drinking water, and millions of people across the U.S. can’t afford water as bills have risen 80 percent in a decade.

March 7, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates
The annual election for Sierra Club’s Board of Directors is now underway. Those eligible to vote in the national Sierra Club election will receive in the mail (or by Internet if you chose the electronic delivery option) your national Sierra Club ballot in early March. This will include information on the candidates and where you can find additional information on Sierra Club’s web site. Your participation is critical for a Strong Sierra Club.

March 7, 2022 By George Courser

So what factors caused Carlsbad's ocean desal water to become one of the world's most expensive tap waters?  Why are the environmental impacts so troubling? Why are the price hikes continuous?   

March 7, 2022 By Caty Wagner

This is a campaign to defeat the Delta Tunnel (aka Delta Conveyance) project, which harms the environment of the San Francisco Bay-Delta region. It is an expensive project that is not climate resistant.

March 7, 2022 By Bill Martin - Co-Chair, Sierra Club California Water Committee
A committee member asks: ‘to what degree is water future trading harmful  to the environment?” Or to phrase it somewhat differently, to what degree will banning water futures trading be beneficial to the environment?  
In my view, working to change our system of water rights has the potential of a greater impact on CA’s environment than working to ban the trading in water futures. 

March 7, 2022 By Brandon Dawson - Director, Sierra Club California

As a newbie to Sierra Club, you hear all kinds of Sierra Club entities being thrown around. National, Sierra Club California, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club Bay Chapter and the list goes on. We’re here to shed a little light today on Sierra Club California.

March 7, 2022 By Sidney M Pitcher

As you may know, it’s becoming more important for everyone to try hard to conserve water due to the increased frequency of dangerous droughts brought on by climate change. Here are some important water conservation tips individuals, including cities can implement on a daily basis.

March 7, 2022 By Charming Evelyn & Ray Hiemstra

March 7, 2022 By John Monsen

Angeles Chapter ExCom member John Monsen recently interviewed Sam Sukaton about the redistricting of congressional and legislative seats in California and, more specifically, in the Angeles Chapter. 

March 7, 2022 By Everette Phillips, Communications Chair

Each month we will highlight one action you can do that will make a difference if you only have 15 minutes. This month, we suggest creating an AddUp account and registering your interest in stopping the ill-conceived desalination plant plan for the old AES plant in Huntington Beach, which is called Poseidon.

March 3, 2022 By Juliet Fang, Communications Volunteer

March 2, 2022 By Penny Elia, Sierra Club member

While the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner tells of the misfortunes of a seaman and suggests that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it, the tale of ocean desalination suggests the same.  The South Coast Water District’s proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant in South Orange County is an excellent example of this conundrum.

March 2, 2022 By Al Sattler

Did you know that in addition to operating wastewater and solid waste facilities, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts own and maintain a marshland?

March 2, 2022 By Guest Writer Annelisa Moe

While sewage is sent to treatment facilities to be cleaned before it is discharged, stormwater flows over streets, through storm drains, and out into receiving waters, picking up bacteria, metals, trash, and other pollutants along the way. This leads to serious water quality issues throughout the Los Angeles region that threaten public and environmental health.

March 1, 2022 By Charming Evelyn

The theme for World Water Day 2022 is, Groundwater: Making the Invisible – Visible. Have you ever taken the time to think about the groundwater beneath your feet? Or where your water comes from?

March 1, 2022 By Charming Evelyn
What is World Water Day? World Water Day has been celebrated by the United Nations annually since 1993 to shine the spotlight on water use, water conservation, water innovation and the lack of access to water in many countries. The Water Committee tirelessly champions for water equity across the board, whether insisting on Tribal representation, fighting water rate hikes or disastrous harmful projects.

February 24, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

After two years and three postponments, the Angeles Chapter Annual Awards Banquet is finally here and we hope you can join us. May 1, from noon to 4 PM at friendship Auditorium in Los Angeles. Who is being honored? Find out at the Annual Chapter Awards Banquet. Congratulations to all awardees for their achievements!

February 7, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates
Dyana Peña, who in December was selected by her peers to serve the remainder of Dennis Loya’s term as Chapter Chair (through 2022) shares her priorities for the year ahead. 

February 7, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

You can help decide the direction of the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization by voting in the Sierra Club’s annual board of directors election. 

February 7, 2022 By Everette Phillips

How does a business supporter of the Sierra Club decide on which action to take if they only have 15 minutes during a week or even during a month where taking action is possible? 

February 7, 2022 By Kim Orbe, Conservation Program Manager

In January, the City of Hawthorne voted unanimously for 100% renewable energy as their default rate while Hermosa Beach voted to join the Clean Power Alliance, thanks in part to the advocacy of the chapter’s Clean Break team. In Orange County, Buena Park became the first city in Orange County to make 100% renewable energy its default, becoming the first member of the Orange County Power Authority to do so. 

February 2, 2022 By Linda Demer, West Los Angeles Group

If you hike in the Santa Monica Mountains, you may at some point notice alongside the trail a yellow sign reading: “Caution - Volunteer Trail Workers Ahead.”  This may leave you wondering what dangers these volunteer workers pose to your safety and how to protect yourself from them.  If you’re curious about them, where they come from, and how to become one, here is the scoop.

February 2, 2022 By Sierra Club 30x30 Taskforce

The first in a series of short newsletter articles on Sierra Club's 30x30 Conservation Agenda - A bold vision for the future: Protect 30 percent of lands and waters in the United States by 2030 to meet the challenge of climate change and provide space for wildlife and communities to thrive.

January 28, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Last night (1/27) the Long Beach Sustainable City Commission approved a recommendation intended to accelerate the phase-out of oil drilling in the city and address the climate crisis

January 26, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Updates

BREAKING: Angeles City Council voted yesterday (1/26) 14-0 to pass a motion to begin the process of phasing out oil drilling citywide and provide a just transition to impacted workers.

January 19, 2022 By Angeles Chapter Sustainability Committee

West Hollywood Single-Use Plastic Ban Ordinance Passes Unanimously!

January 7, 2022 By Carol Henning, Sierra Club Verdugo Hills Group Conservation Chair

While the rest of California advances towards clean energy, the City of Glendale is threatening to move in the opposite direction considering an outdated and irresponsible approach focused on investment in fossil fuel combustion.

January 7, 2022 By Morgan Goodwin

What would an office policy be like that encourages transit, biking and walking at least as equally as driving, if not doing more to promote one over the other? There are some programs in place for staff, but we’ve yet to see something that works for visitors. What should it look like? 

January 5, 2022 By Kimberly Orbe - Conservation Program Manager

Last month (December), L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti along with Los Angeles City Council members demonstrated their commitment to combat Climate Change and eradicate existing air pollution that plagues communities all over Los Angeles by introducing an Energy Justice motion. The motion calls on recommendations for carbon emission elimination strategies in new and existing buildings in accordance with energy and housing justice principles

January 5, 2022 By Juliet Fang, Communications Volunteer

We’re excited to welcome, Steve Dunwoody, one of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s newest elected board members. He will be officially taking office in January 2022. 

December 10, 2021 By Everette Phillips

The decision to drop poison on the Farallon Islands should not be made while the public is distracted by the Holidays. Call the Coastal Commission during their meeting and let them know your personal idea. Although the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter asked the Coastal Commission to consider fertility control over poisoning in August 2020, there is no current Sierra Club opinion that I know of for this week's meeting. As a concerned citizen, however, you have a right to make your concern know by calling in the meeting on Dec 16th (you must register to call in by Dec 15th) 

December 6, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates

Five members-at-large have been chosen to represent the Angeles Chapter’s Executive Committee in elections that ended November 15th, 2021. Newly elected members of the Executive Committee will take office in January at the first board meeting of the year. They will join at-large Marcia Hanscom, Jason Islas, and Lynne Plambeck as well as delegates from each of the 14 regional groups, on the board.

December 6, 2021 By Nicolas Hayes, Local Student

The following is a report from a local Long Beach student who attended one of the chapter’s regular hikes at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve. A huge thank you to Wilson High biology teacher, Ms. Cunradi, who often encourages students to join her on our hikes, and to Nick for his thoughtful write-up. We hope to see you back out on the trails soon!

December 2, 2021 By Seth Weisbord

Oil spills are catastrophic events that make all of us coastal activists in some ways. We must unify in our support in effective and meaningful responses that can make a difference. This is the first in a series on oil spills for coastal activists, and we start with understanding which agency is our first line of defense.

December 2, 2021 By Angeles Chapter Updates

As part of a long struggle to curb unneeded sprawl development and to protect vital wildlife corridors, the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, and California Native Plant Society filed a motion to defend a Calabasas City Council’s denial of a residential and commercial development proposed for the city’s fire-prone hillsides.