Pictured left to right: David Haake, Nancy Barb, Coby King, Dyana Peña

Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
December 2022

Four win seats on Chapter’s Executive Board

Four newly elected members of the Executive Committee will take office in January at the first board meeting of the year. They will join at-large Aura Vasquez, Liliana Griego, Steve Dunwoody, John Monsen  as well as delegates from each of the 14 regional groups, on the board

The 1200-acre Inglewood Oil Field located in the Baldwin Hills area is the largest urban oil field in the United States and is surrounded by over 300 homes in the communities of Culver City, Baldwin Hills, Inglewood and Los Angeles. Plains Exploration and


Culver City, a little city with just a little under 40,000 people — set a historic precedent for the wider LA area as the first city in recent history to phase out oil drilling and clean up existing oil wells by the end of 2029. From the ground, hear from the people who made it all happen.

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Send a warm welcome to the Angeles Chapter's new Fundraising Officer, Jennifer Gregg; and to Ben Jealous, Sierra Club's new Executive Director.

LA’s first Black female Mayor, a pro-environmental majority on the Orange County Board of Supervisors for the first time, and the passage of Measure ULA in the City of Los Angeles. What the midterm election results mean for climate action and the environment in our region.

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The Oil industry has fronted $9 million dollars to pay signature gatherers per every signature they collect to stall progress on a new law banning new oil and gas production with 3,200 feet of homes, hospitals and schools, continuing to harm frontline communities. Petitioners have been gathering signatures at grocery stores and farmers markets all over the state of California, and have been seen lying to the public about what they are signing. Be wary of any petitions you sign- and tell your family and friends!

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Learn more about how cities across CA are moving to electrify buildings in order to reduce carbon pollution from buildings, and explore how to help move forward the work to pursue rapid, equitable, and economically beneficial building decarbonization here in the Angeles region.

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This November, the Angeles Chapter had the opportunity to join the City of Long Beach at its Veterans Day Celebration on November 12th. Alongside the People of the Earth (POTE) Krew, we connected with the local Long Beach community to engage veterans, military members, and their families with the earth.

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The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter is grateful to Phil Gaimon, pro cyclist, author, and entertainer, for his initiative to support the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter. Join Phil and Team Sierra to support local efforts to ensure a livable community for us & future generations.

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Our neighboring chapter, the Toiyabe Chapter, works to protect Inyo and Mono Counties through the 'every last drop' coalition. Because of LADWPs huge impact on the Owens Valley, we are promoting their newsletter here. Let us know what you think! Learn about the Eastern Sierra and its relationship with water by subscribing to the Every Last Drop eNewsletter. The latest edition's feature article is on the history and future of Long Valley and Crowley Lake.

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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.

Silver Lake Walk
Thu, Dec 15, 2022; 10:00 AM (Local Time)
Join the Verdugo hills Group for a walk around Silver Lake. See the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs. Enjoy seeing this interesting area. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring $ for lunch. Heavy rain and excessive heat [90+] cancels. Meet at the Verdugo Hills rideshare point 9:15 or 10:00 at the Silver Lake Recreation Center [the center has bath rooms and nearby street parking] 1850 W Silver Lake Dr.

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Santa Ynez Canyon to Eagle Rock
Tue, Dec 20, 2022; 8:30 AM (Local Time)
Moderately paced 8 mi, 1500 gain hike from Santa Ynez to Fire Road to Eagle Rock Junction and back via Musch Trail and Trippet Ranch. Meet 8:30 am Santa Ynez trailhead (from PCH E on Sunset Blvd mi, L on Palisades Dr 2 mi, L on Vereda de la Montura to gate). This is a back country hike: medical form required.

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Naples Holiday Lights Walk
Wed, Dec 21, 2022; 7:00 PM (Local Time)
Meet at 7:00 PM at the north end of the big marina parking lot at 6500 E. Marina Drive in Long Beach (where the Sunday farmers market happens).  We'll walk over the bridge to Naples, then wander along the canals to see the extravagant Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/and ? lights. Aiming to be back at the cars by 8:30. Dress for expected evening weather. Perhaps bring a snack and a thermos of some hot beverage? This is a "front country" outing.

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Dilley Loop
Wed, Dec 21, 2022; 9:00 AM (Local Time)
Join us for a moderate 6 mi, 1100 gain/loss rambling loop in the James Dilley Preserve. Entering Dilley from Woods End, well go down Blackjack, up Canyon, then along the ridge, down past Barbaras Lake, and back up Sunflower. Meet 9:00 am at Hummingbird Park in Aliso Viejo. (Heading SW on El Toro Rd from the I-5, turn L on Aliso Creek and first R on Hummingbird Lane, park on street. Bring water, snack, hiking shoes, hiking poles maybe.

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Sunflower with Solar Panels in the background atop a home

Solar panels being installed
Solar panels being installed on homes in Benicia, California by photographer Henrik Kam all rights reserved

Have a question?
It might be a frequently asked question…see if you can find your answer here. Of course, Swell is always happy to take your call or email to address your questions too. You can also check out common myths about solar that we’ve addressed with facts in this month’s Southern Sierran.

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Learn more about the Sierra Club Angeles and Swell Energy partnership offer of $500 cash back on the installation of solar, energy storage or both with a donation to your Sierra Club Angeles chapter of up to $750 here.

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Unlock your inner activist in the new year. Explore how you can get involved in leading the charge to protect our climate and create opportunities for everyone to experience the transformative power of the outdoors.

We're actively recruiting for the following:

  • Chapter Office Volunteer
  • Sighted Guides for Blind Hikers
  • Fundraiser for Silent Auction at Annual Banquet
  • Registration Coordinator for Annual Banquet
  • Event Coordinator for Annual Banquet

And more!


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