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Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
February 2022

LA Passes Motion to Begin Process of Phasing Out Oil Drilling City Wide

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.

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The Long Beach Sustainable City Commission (SCC) is urging the mayor and city council to end oil drilling and to declare a climate emergency—prioritizing health and safety for the city's most vulnerable communities.

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The City of West Hollywood makes a commitment to protecting the environment, passing an ordinance to ban all non-BPI certified compostable plastics AND putting the ban into effect beginning January 1st, 2023, a full six months earlier than originally suggested! This is what leading by example looks like.

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We depend on nature for our survival and need to give it space to thrive. There's no time to waste in taking action to protect public lands, waters, and wildlife. Sierra Club is working to protect 30 percent of lands and waters in the US by 2030, meeting the challenge of climate change head-on. Here's what that work looks like in our neck of the woods and how you can help.

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West LA Group writer Linda Demer stops to appreciate the Sierra Club volunteers who help create the trails under our feet.

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Hawthorne (80,000+ plus population) voted unanimously to go 100% renewable energy as their default and Hermosa Beach voted unanimously to join the Clean Power Alliance.Our Sierra Club letters of support were trusted voices in the deliberations and we continue to monitor other cities might be interested in joining these ranks.

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List of grassroots actions to take written down on notepad



How does a 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?

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Stop Gas at GraysonRe-powering the Grayson Gas Plant is a bad deal for Glendale and for California.

The proposal to build new gas turbines at Grayson is costly, would worsen our air quality and increase global warming emissions, and would be a missed opportunity to invest in the health and well-being of our communities. With the key city council vote a week away, we have to keep pushing for more clean energy and a better plan for Glendale. The stakes couldn't be greater. Write the Glendale City Council today!

Write the Glendale City Council today!

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road


Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
By Velda Ruddock

Olympus E-5
Olympus 12-40 F2.8 @30mm
f2.8 @ 1/60
ISO 160
3 Bracket Exposure

See this photo and many more in Focal Points Magazine, courtesy of the Angeles Chapter Camera Committee. Instructions to subscribe are in Focal Points or contact the editor.


"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
—John Muir

OUTINGS BLOG - Local Long Beach student shares his experience enjoying the natural beauty of Bolsa Chica, one of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Southern California.

Are you looking for an outdoor adventure, an opportunity to meet like-minded people, or something to do on a Saturday afternoon? Our schedule of activities is your guide to Sierra Club events throughout the region.

Here are a few activities to keep an eye out for this month.

 January '22 OCSS Mammoth Lakes Bus Trip GroupWinter Getaway Bus Trip to Mammoth Lakes
Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6, 2022
Join OCSS for an awesome weekend adventure! Enjoy backcountry ski touring with leaders; cross country ski or snowshoe on your own at Tamarack Nordic Ski Center; Downhill ski or snowboard on Mammoth Mountain. Newcomers and non-skiers welcome, tons of stuff to do in Mammoth! Includes bus, lodging, happy hour drinks, Sunday dinner, bus refreshments and driver gratuity. Don't wait! Spots are filling quickly.

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Golden Valley Open Space Hike
Sun, Feb 13, 2022; 9:00 AM
Easy 4 mile, 500 ft gain hike through rolling hills in Santa Clarita. Meet 9 AM at the Golden Valley Trailhead on Placerita Cyn. Road. Take Placerita Canyon Rd exit off the 14 Freeway and go App 4 miles to trailhead on the left(north) side, just past the Walker Ranch entrance to Placerita State Park. If you reach Sand Canyon you have gone a mile too far. Suitable for beginners and Little Hikers.

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Willow Staging Area, Laguna Canyon
Sat, Feb 26, 2022 8:00 AM
Easy paced hike with 600 ft. of elevation gain, 4 mile loop hike. Newcomers Welcome. We will hike from the Willow Staging Area through Laurel Canyon to Moro Ridge, then down Willow Canyon Ridge and return back to Willow Staging Area. Meet at 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Bring $3 or OC Parks Pass for parking, look for leaders signing in participants. Bring water, sun protection, hat, hiking boots. Light drizzle goes.

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We're looking for people to fill some specific roles in our organization. Checkout our volunteer page to find ways to get involved!

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Donate a Vehicle

When you donate a vehicle that you no longer need or use, you reduce your impact, support the charitable programs of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter sponsored by the Sierra Club Foundation, and receive a tax deduction.