City Hike 2022

Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
September 2022

This Year’s Team Sierra City Hike

City Hike is an annual, national, Team Sierra event to raise money for the Club.  This year our campaign will highlight the breadth of conservation and environmental justice efforts of the Angeles Chapter and offer an opportunity to explore downtown LA with friends. I would like to give you a brief preview of the route:

Seabirds by Everette Phillips


Last September Los Angeles County made a historic step to begin the process of phasing out oil drilling. Now that work is moving forward! This month both Los Angeles City and os Angeles County are taking important steps to move forward ordinances that would ban new oil drilling and phase out existing oil drilling. We need to make sure that the County moves forward with the strongest ordinances possible. Sign our petition and keep up to date with important events at

Sign the Petition

We can do something about our polluted air at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The AQMD is currently reviewing a new five-year plan and has a real opportunity to protect our health by regulating pollution sources in our homes and buildings and supporting zero emissions technology. Tell the AQMD: Every Californian has a right to clean air!

Tell the AQMD!

Meet the candidates for the Angeles Chapter Executive Committee Election. Candidates will make an opening statement. We are asking you to submit your questions in advance. Our moderator, Marlene Esquivel, will ask as many of the questions as we have time for. We will end with a closing statement from each candidate.

Meet the Candidates

September marks the end of summer, then the beginning of school, and a special weekend when all of coastal California shows our gratitude for the beauty and wonder of great coastal places by rolling up our sleeves and cleaning litter, debris, and a remarkable amount of garbage.

Get Involved

It’s time to tell the City of West Hollywood and the WeHo Planning Commission to stop issuing permits for basements and subterranean parking that require dewatering and put the water being wasted to beneficial use for the community. It’s time to look for solutions and invest in capturing and treating that water for reuse.

Get Involved

You may have seen the recent news about our partnership with Swell Energy (Swell) to offer Sierra Club Angeles members $500 cash back on the purchase of solar and/or energy storage batteries. Now, we’d like to tell you a little more about Swell and the value they bring to our members and our mission.

Get involved


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.

City Hike with the Angeles Chapter Staff
Sun, Sep 25, 2022; 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  (Local Time)
Let's have fun exploring DTLA while chatting with our Angeles Chapter staff, Morgan, Jon, and Monica. We will walk about five miles in historic areas, checking out sites related to current goals and environmental justice initiatives. This outing is a fundraiser and donations to Sierra Club's work are requested, but not required. Meet at 8:00 am at the main entrance (off Alemeda St) of Union Station (800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012). We should be back at Union Station by noon. Wear comfortable footwear, a hat and sunscreen. Bring water and money for lunch at Grand Central Market or pack a lunch.

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Nix Nature Center East, Laguna Canyon
Sat, Sep 17, 2022; 8:00 AM (Local Time)
Easy paced hike with 520 ft. of elevation gain, 2 mile loop hike. Newcomers Welcome. We will hike from Nix Nature Center east to the Ridgetop Trail, then pass by Barbara's Lake. Meet at Nix Nature Center-18751 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, on the west side of Laguna Canyon Rd just north of the CA 73 toll road. Bring $3 or OC Parks Pass for parking, look for leaders signing in participants. Bring water, sun protection, hat, hiking boots. Light drizzle goes. Please, no dogs, no drones.

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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Hike (Newcomers Welcome!)
Sun, Sep 18, 2022; 8:30 AM (Local Time)
Enjoy the natural beauty of Bolsa Chica, land of the Acjachemen and Tongva, one of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Southern California. No matter how many times you visit the Bolsa Chica, there is always something different to see or learn. Meet 8:30 am. From Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach turn south on Bolsa Chica Street to the end of the street and trailhead (Brightwater Drive). Park on the street. Bring camera, water, sun protection, hat, light hiking boots, rain does not cancel. Arrive early for parking, ecological reserve-no dogs, no restrooms. Easy paced, reasonably flat, 5 mile hike, approx 3 hrs.

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Camera Committee


Portrait of a young Himba woman

Portrait of a young Himba woman 
Southern Angola, Africa

captured by Beverly Houwing

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.

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