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Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
March 2020

Carson Refinery Explosion Reignites Fears

Another explosion and fire rages at Marathon refinery in South Bay, home to several large refineries and the worst air quality in the U.S.

By Will McWhinney

On Tuesday, February 25th, a major fire broke out at the Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Carson that was sparked by an explosion in one of their cooling towers. It raged out of control for six hours. 

Nuestra Tierra CA Public Lands Celebration

"Nuestra Tierra" CA Public Lands Celebration

By Jenny Binstock, Sierra Club Senior Campaigns Representative - Lands, Water, Wildlife

Join us in celebrating "Nuestra Tierra" and the recent wins to protect our public lands and rivers with the passage of the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act in the House which protects such treasures as our San Gabriel Mountains, the Rim of the Valley, Central Coast and Northwest Forests. We also want to show support for action in the Senate on the California PUBLIC Lands Act, Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act and for the Outdoors for All Act.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Register for "Nuestra Tierra"


Bears Ears, NM National Monument Under Threat

Public Lands in Southern Utah Under Threat

By Jim Hines

Public lands are now being targeted for coal mining as well as fracking and oil drilling operations. US Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) has introduced America's Redrock Wilderness Act to protect YOUR national public lands in Utah./p>

Take Action


By Jim Hines

Recent news about the killing of a mountain lion in the Santa Monica Mountains that was approved by the state of California has renewed activists commitment to protect mountain lions in its memory. Mountain Lions FOREVER! is a Sierra Club campaign that was launched to protect the largest wild cats in California.

Check it Out

Sierra Club Political Action

Sierra Club Endorsements for the March 3rd Primary

The Angeles Chapter Political Committee has made a number of important endorsements. The committee evaluated past environmental records of candidates, completed questionnaires and interviews in making these endorsements.

We urge you to consider the environment when you vote. Only by electing candidates who share the view of the Sierra Club on the importance of the protection of the environment can we make our state the model for the rest of the nation.


VOTE!National Sierra Club Elections are Underway - VOTE!

The Sierra Club is a democratically structured organization at all levels. Sierra Club requires the regular flow of views on policy and priorities from its grassroots membership in order to function well. Yearly participation in elections at all Sierra Club levels is a major membership obligation.

The election of 5 members of the Sierra Club national Board of Directors will be held beginning March 1. Ballots will be sent to eligible members, either electronically or by U.S. mail, during the last week in February. Find more information about the candidates and Angeles Chapter recommendations.

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Friendship AuditoriumAngeles Chapter Annual Awards Banquet: Come Celebrate with Us - Open to All!

Honoring 2019 Awardees for Outstanding Volunteer Achievements

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020

Located on Riverside Drive between Los Feliz Blvd and Glendale Blvd Exits on I-5 just south of Griffith Park

Catering by Award-Winning MR. J’s Kitchen

Reservation & Awardess

Bob Cates Autumn colors of buckwheat and bunchgrass on Pinyon Ridge

Travel Adventures

MAY. 15 - 22, 2020
Travel with your Sierra Club friends to see the "wilder" side of Alaska! Come cruise aboard the Radiance of the Seas from Vancouver, B.C. to Seward, AK. Sailing through the Inside Passage.
More info and RSVP Here

MAY. 22 - 30, 2020
You can extend your Voyage Alaska Cruise (May 15-22, 2020) or meet us in Anchorage. Experience the Call of the Wild on a seven night/eight day fully escorted charter coach trip from Anchorage to Talkeetna, Denali National Park and back to Anchorage for a fun slice of urban life, Alaska style.
More info and RSVP Here

NOV. 4 - 18, 2020
Join us for a ten-day, nine-night tour to see the wonders of ancient Egypt. Our tour will be led by an English speaking Egyptologist. In Cairo, you will see the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Citadel of Saladin, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, one of the grand mosques of Cairo, the Temple of Philae and visit to the worlds oldest marketplace.
More info and RSVP Here

California Sellers of Travel # CST 2087766-40
Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Winter Combo Getaway Mammoth Lakes | March 20 - 22, 2020
Jki Downhill or Snowboard on Mammoth Mountain. Daily back-country ski tours and snowshoe tours with the leaders. XC Ski or Snowshoe on your own at Tamarack Nordic Center.
Click here for more details

Outing Leadership Training Program Seminar | April 18, 2020
Take that first step and become a Leader!  Offered just twice a year, the next Sierra Club Angeles Chapter's Leadership Training Program (LTP) Seminar will be in April 18, 2020.  Apply at least two weeks in advance to guarantee your spot. Later applications accepted on a space-available basis but are not guaranteed, so register early. Come learn all about the best leadership practices of our outings program.
Click here for more details

Zion National Park Car Camp | April 18, 2020
Join us in car camping and day hiking outing to learn about the geologic history of one of the most incredible parks in the United States National Park system. The Park is the setting of remarkable spires, cliffs and arches.
Click here for more details

For more trips view our Featured Outings

Looking for more adventures, outings and events? Check out our Schedule of Activities or the full list.

Donate Your Vehicle: Angeles Chapter Sierra Club

Donate Your Vehicle

Have an old car taking up space in your driveway? Donate it to Sierra Club Foundation Vehicle Donation Program to support the Angeles Chapter!


You may also call 844-6-SIERRA or 844-674-3772.

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