The Green Gardener: Earth-friendly alternative lawn care

  • Posted on 31 July 2005
  • By Julia Jones Ufkes

I know this is a risky place to go, but I'm going to discuss that sacred cow of American gardening, the lawn. As a nation we have a love affair with our lawns. We love the look and feel and smell of them. And though they do have their benefits, they also can be a detriment to the environment, and sometimes to you.

CEQA under attack in Sacramento

  • Posted on 31 July 2005
  • By Bill Allayaud

, State Legislative Director

We are in a real fight in Sacramento. The fight is over the wish of developers to weaken our single most important environmental law. At stake is the ability of Californians and planners to design development that has fewer impacts on our air, water, and land. As you can imagine, developers have kept up a steady effort over the years to weaken the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. But they apparently have a new ally in the corner office - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Environmentalists win fight to keep NFL team out of Pasadena

  • Posted on 31 July 2005
  • By Don Bremner

In the end, the arguments of preservationists, parkland advocates, environmentalists and worried neighbors carried the day. A 4-4 vote from the Pasadena City Council killed the plan to base a National Football League team at the Rose Bowl, and the city began searching for an alternate plan for preserving the 82-year-old stadium with needed repairs and upgrades at a reasonable cost.

Tahiti Cruise fundraiser to benefit Chapter PAC

  • Posted on 31 July 2005
  • By Joan Jones Holtz

The Mission of the Angeles Chapter Political Committees which includes Los Angeles and Orange Counties, is to promote voter awareness, to advocate for environmental policy change, and to support the elections campaigns of Sierra Club endorsed candidates committed to working on those changes. All three of these missions, by law, require that we raise funds specifically for the those political purposes.

Promoting voter awareness, for education only (non political) can use 501(c) (3) - tax-deductible funds.

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  • Posted on 31 July 2005
  • By Rich Gomez

The Open Spaces, Wild Places campaign captures and presents the beauty of Orange County.

Orange County is a beautiful place. Residents know that from their daily experiences, favorite places, and hidden spots. Those who visit know that from the beaches, the canyons, the parks. The plan is to have urban conveniences, suburban lifestyle, economic and academic opportunities, entertainment choices, and open spaces in one area under mostly blue skies. Who wouldn't love this? Who wouldn't want this? The real question is, who is willing to preserve it?

Chapter bids fond farewell to two departing staff members

  • Posted on 30 June 2005
  • By Aster Sage

Two members of the Angeles Chapter staff have moved on. Jack Bohlka, who served as senior chapter director for four and a half years, resigned at the end of May in order to run his own photography studio. Johanna Zetterberg, who worked closely with volunteers as conservation coordinator for L.A. county, has left to attend Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Jack Bohlka

War of the Weeds

  • Posted on 30 June 2005
  • By Annelisa Stephan

Arundo for miles? Nonnatives threaten to take over wildlands

Invasive weeds-imported plants that hitchhike to new territory and displace native plants-are rolling across our landscape, and no one really knows how to stop them.

What's the big deal about exotic, or nonnative, plants? After all, most of them are benign, even useful. You won't find any objection from Steve Schoenig, president of the California Invasive Plant Council. 'I'm not against exotic plants,' he said. 'I eat them every night for dinner.'

Activists should adjust strategies for end of oil

  • Posted on 30 June 2005
  • By Danila Oder

The world oil production peak is imminent and the natural gas peak will follow in our lifetimes. After these peaks, oil supplies will diminish and prices will keep rising. Our lives will change drastically because petrochemicals are irreplaceable for transportation, plastics, fertilizers, and in fact our American way of life. This imminent transition to a materially more 19th century way of life has tremendous implications for environmental activism today. We should expect and plan for these changes as we choose our strategies today.