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Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
June 2022

An Environmental Win regarding the Poseidon Ocean Desalination Plant proposed for Huntington Beach

Last month, after 20-plus years, the California Coastal Commission voted to deny the final permits for Poseidon’s proposed water desalination plant in Huntington Beach. A huge victory for CA communities, the ocean, and the climate.

Joshua Tree by Christopher Michel


California’s beloved western Joshua trees (Yucca Brevifolia) are under threat from climate change, wildfire, and development. Read why Sierra Club supporters must act quickly to protect Joshua trees and send a message TODAY to urge the California Fish and Game Commission to protect a vital part of our deserts!
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WIN The city of LA goes Electric for New Buildings.
The city of Los Angeles passed its building electrification reach code policy. This policy will require all new residential and commercial buildings in Los Angeles to be electric to achieve zero-carbon emissions starting in 2023! This makes LA the 55th local municipality to do so in California.
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We want you to run for chapter office. The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Nomination Committee is looking for members from sections and groups across the Chapter to run for the chapter and group Executive Committees (ExCom). ExCom leaders are essential to the operation and success of the chapter and its 14 regional groups. Consider running for an ExCom position this fall.
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Can Hilda Solis save the Puente Hills Park? County Supervisor Hilda Solis promises to create a passive park instead of the previously planned 'disneylandification' of the former Puente Hills landfill site.
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The Environmental Justice in Tobacco Control Project will be hosting a webinar next Thursday, June 9th at 2 pm! Hear from Sierra Club subject matter experts across the nation and a UC Santa Barbara researcher. The intersection of plastic waste, tobacco, and environmental justice is closely related. In this webinar, you can learn how to advance your efforts in these topics by leveraging multi-sector partners.
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Get Outdoors


June is #PrideMonth! A time for joy and celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersexual and asexual, two-spirit, and other LGBTQI+ people who are too often left out of the story of the environmental movement and the great outdoors.

The Gay & Lesbian Sierrans (GLS) is the official activity section of the Sierra Club connecting the LGBTQ+ community around the outdoors, providing invitations for folks to have fun together outside.


Evening Beach Walk in Long Beach
Wed, June 8, 2022; 7:00 PM
We'll make a 4 mile loop from the Belmont Memorial Pier parking lot to the east end of the peninsula and back, on sidewalks and paved beach path, virtually no up or down.
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Solstice Canyon - Rising Sun / Sostomo Loop Trail
Sun, June 26, 2022; 8:00 AM
Would you like a moderate hike partly in a forested canyon with a peek of the Pacific Ocean?  An architectural ruin and if not dried up, a waterfall to boot. Then join us for a hike in Malibu at Solstice Canyon national park.  This is a 6.3 mile loop with an elevation gain of 1800 feet which should take us about 4 hours.
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Little Lakes Valley Mule Pack
Sun, August 22 - 25, 2022; 7:00 AM
5-day backcountry hike beginning at 7 AM from the Mosquito Flat trail head (10,250’), we (with a daypack on our backs) will hike 3.8 miles with a total of 700’ of gain to our base camp by Chickenfoot Lake where we will select sites for our tent and put up tarps for protection from sun and rain. We will have three full days to hike, photo, fish or relax in camp.  This area has numerous alpine lakes to explore and many majestic peaks and wildflowers for our viewing pleasure.  Possible day hiking destinations include local peaks, Mono and Morgan Passes, Ruby, Gem, Treasure, Dade, and many other lakes.To apply, contact Alan Schimpff (Leader) with recent high-altitude and distance conditioning and general health. Assistant Leader is Jeff Bates.
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GLS is looking for new leaders! The section welcomes hikers from all other sections, groups, and committees to join in its activities.
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We’d love to hear from our queer staff and volunteers: In a sentence or two, what does Pride Month mean to you? You can answer anonymously, and we’ll share some of the responses on Campfire and on social media.

Volunteer Opportunities


Here's how you can volunteer to help us change the world...

Chapter Office Volunteer
Time: 5-10 hours/month
Volunteer in the Angeles Chapter office! Learn about our wide range of activities and connect members and the public to what they are interested in. You need to have good communication skills and the ability to work well with others. The main duty is answering the telephone and emails, often for questions about membership and Chapter activities. You would also assist the staff with general office duties, mailings, copying, etc. No experience necessary, but a willingness to learn! The Chapter Office Volunteer position requires a four-month commitment to a four hour shift, once a week, either morning or afternoon. Currently we are staffing the office on Tuesday's and Thursday's in person.
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Military Outdoors Hike Leader
Time: 5-10 hours/month
As a Military Outdoors hike leader, you will work with our volunteer leadership team to help organize and coordinate hikes and outings specifically for veterans. Outings may be at any ability level. You must be a Sierra Club outings leader, or in the process of becoming one, and be committed to creating an inclusive and equitable culture for veterans from all backgrounds.
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Social Media Specialist (Palos Verdes/South Bay Group)
Time: 1-4 hours/month
The group now has Facebook and Instagram accounts that we'd like to enliven. We'd also like to add Twitter and other media you may know. The Social Media Specialist would publicize the group's environmental action and other political activities, programs and outings in coordination with the editor of the website.
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