Protesters gather in front of Glendale City Hall

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Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
April 2022

Faulty Environmental Review Could Lead Glendale to Build California’s Last Gas-Fired Power Plant

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.

To celebrate Earth Month, Team Sierra and the Angeles Chapter are hosting a virtual Trash-a-thon to raise funds for the chapter's work. Your donation will directly benefit programs to protect wildlife and wild places, ensure clean air and water for all, and fight for environmental justice here in Southern California and beyond!

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Earth Day Wildlife Corridor Cleanup
Sat, Apr 23, 2022; 9:00 AM (Local Time)


39th Annual Santa Monica Mountains Trail Days
Sat, Apr 23, 2022; 7:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (Local Time)


Trash Talk Saturdays - LA river
Sat, May 7, 2022; 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  (Local Time)


In April, if you only do one thing, send in a comment to Long Beach decision-makers! Show them that you support their vote to ban and phase out oil drilling in Long Beach. In the next couple of weeks, a measure could go in front of the Long Beach City Council to determine whether Long Beach will follow LA County’s lead by (1) declaring oil drilling a non-conforming land use and (2) establishing a 5-year phase-out period for all drilling.

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

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Sierra Club Angeles Chapter is pleased to announce the digital publication of our 2021 Annual Report. In this 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. We hope you feel pride as you read this – these are your stories, your victories, and this organization is great because you have made it so.

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Grayson protest


"If our elected leaders are willing to say ‘No fossil fuels means no fossil fuels,’ then that’s the example of what we want to see nationally. We’re asking Glendale Water & Power and other utilities to make some deep changes to how they operate. This is their opportunity to demonstrate leadership and courage.” - Morgan Goodwin, Angeles Chapter Senior Director, quoted in CNBC: Why a California city is trying to build the state’s last fossil-fueled power plant

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“Residents deserve a firm commitment from Glendale City Council for non-combustion... Knowing that technology could be used that would dramatically increase asthma and respiratory disease is not acceptable, especially when we have clean energy options that are proven and can keep our lights on.” - Monica Embrey, who leads the Sierra Club’s California energy campaigns, quoted in the LA Times: L.A. needs clean energy. Hydrogen could be the answer — or gas industry greenwashing

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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.

San Gabriel Mountains Trail Work
Sat, Apr 9, 2022; 7:30 AM (Local Time)

San Gabriel Mountains Trail Work -- The mountain trails we enjoy need constant maintenance to remove downed trees, trim brush crowding the trail and remove dirt that has slid down the hillside to cover the tread. The Angeles Chapter Forest Committee trail crew works on trails near Mt. Wilson the second Saturday of the month. We supply tools, hardhats, work gloves and instructions. Long sleeves and pants required. Bring 2 quarts of water, lunch, sunglasses or other eye protection. Be ready for a rewarding full day, and hiking a few miles to and from the work area.


Virtual Program: Spring in the Sea of Cortez
Mon, Apr 18, 2022; 7:00 PM (Local Time)

Join the Verdugo Hills Group for Spring in the Sea of Cortez as Bruce Hale presents a Lindblad cruise aboard the National Geographic Venture he did with his cousin in the Sea of Cortez in 2019. The luxury ship sailed north from La Paz looking for whales and dolphins. But the ship also visited remote islands for hikes conducted by onboard naturalists and professional photographers, and made some stops for snorkeling as well.  A favorite port stop was the town of Loreto.


Laguna Canyon/Stairsteps Loop
Wed, Apr 20, 2022; 8:45 AM (Local Time)

Laguna Canyon/Stairsteps Loop: Moderate 8 mi, 1300' gain, 1900' loss. Starting at Willow, we'll climb to Bommer Ridge and hike to Laguna Beach via Water Tank. There we'll catch the Laguna Beach shuttle to Top of the World and then follow the West Ridge to Stairsteps, which will return us to the Canyon and our starting point. Hike begins at 9:00 at the Willow parking lot; be there early.


Focal Points


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.
Balanced Rock


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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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.