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Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
January 2023

LA Green New Deal Update

Sierra Club leaders attended a special Green New Deal event to sign the newly passed ordinances to phase out oil drilling, decarbonize new construction, and ban styrofoam containers. These are all key steps toward implementing LA’s ambitious and equitable Green New Deal.

Ron Webster
Ron Webster, Photo by Bill Vanderberg



A memorial service for volunteer trail crew founder and friend Ron Webster was held Saturday, January 7, at Cheadle Hall in Temescal Gateway Park. Following the informal program, there was a short hike to the recently-installed memorial bench dedicated to Ron's memory along the Rivas Canyon Connector Trail.

The Santa Monica Mountains Task Force is conducting a major fundraising drive to cover the expenses associated with the construction of the bench and services. We ask for your generous support. Contributions can be made online at smmtf.org/bench.


The Glendale City Council is considering whether to waste money on new gas engines at the Grayson Power plant. We're here with Glendale Environmental Coalition to say "no new gas". Glendale doesn't need it, and the climate really doesn't need it.

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On behalf of the Angeles Chapter Awards Banquet Committee, you are cordially invited to join us for our annual celebration on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 300 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033! The banquet is our largest gathering, where we really experience the breadth of our membership and our accomplishments. Who do you know in the Sierra Club who has shown exemplary leadership or made contributions in conservation, political work, or outings?

Who is your nomination?

Pro cyclist & author Phil Gaimon is fighting climate change and protecting the natural world. Take a tour of his new drought-tolerant yard, hear why loves bees, and join him in supporting the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter.

Phil Gaimon Video



Swell Energy
The commission that regulates California's utilities voted unanimously to cut a key incentive for rooftop solar that helped make the state the largest solar market in the nation. Schedule your appointment now to speak with a Swell Energy Consultant to help you protect your power and lock in savings for years to come.

To further incentivize Sierra Club homeowners to act now, Swell is offering up to $750 cashback on your upsized or new installation of solar, storage or both and we’ll contribute $500 to Sierra Club Angeles on your behalf.

Schedule an Appointment

Every Last Drop keeps readers informed on important issues dealing with water in the Eastern Sierra. Every drop of water that travels from the Eastern Sierra to Los Angeles is precious. Unfortunately, a significant amount of water is lost in L.A. due to aging infrastructure.The December feature article of the Every Last Drop enewsletter highlights the ongoing loss of water during drought years and while battling climate change. Investment into the infrastructure is needed now, waiting will just cost more.

Read the full article


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.

Buck Gully Hike
Wed, Jan 11, 2023; 9:00 AM
The hike is a bit short of 6 miles with 600 feet of gain and loss. We walk along the Buck Gully Trail up to San Joaquin Hills road, walk along next to the road, snack at Rane Chen Gazebo, then reenter the park, walk down a steep hill to rejoin the Buck Gully trail.

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Winter Bus Trip to Mammoth Mountain
Fri, Jan 20, 2023; 1:00 PM - Sun, Jan 22, 2023  10:00 PM
Ski Downhill or Snowboard on Mammoth Mtn. Daily backcountry ski tours and snowshoe tours with the leaders. XC Ski or Snowshoe on your own at Tamarack Nordic Center. Newcomers & non-skiers Welcome. Tons of stuff to do in Mammoth in winter.

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Josephine Peak
Sat, Jan 28, 2023; 7:30 AM
Join us for a conditioning hike with views of the interior of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Mojave. We'll hike up the fire road from Clear Creek Junction. The hike will be moderately strenuous and about 8 miles round trip with 1900' gain.

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Sunflower with Solar Panels in the background atop a home



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. Connect with Chapter Staff and learn how to advance the work of the environmental movement. Get involved with the Sierra Club and become an insider with the chapter. Improve your resume with valuable job experience!

Volunteer today!


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