Celebrating Our Centennial
2010-2011 in Review
Preserving the Poppy Reserve
The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve was threatened when developers proposed a motorsports racetrack nearby.The track would have destroyed 320 acres of wildflower habitat, while the noise and pollution from the races would have damaged the local ecosystem and spoiled the serenity of the Reserve.As a result of Sierra Club involvement, the proposal was withdrawn and the property was preserved as open space.
Opposing Offshore Drilling
In response to the 2010 Gulf oil disaster, over 500 Sierra Club members, elected officials and local residents participated in the Hands Across the Sand event at Santa Monica Beach.Activists joined hands in solidarity with clean energy advocates across the country, to become part of the largest demonstration against offshore drilling in U.S. history.
Promoting Water Conservation
The Water Committee released its Water Conservation Measures Scorecard ranking local cities based on their ordinances that address water use, prevent water waste, improve building standards, and prescribe water-efficient business practices. The scorecard received media attention and succeeded in encouraging several cities to expand their water conservation measures to better manage limited water resources.
Sierra Club-endorsed candidates successfully campaigned for federal, state and local seats.Notable races included the election of Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Barbara Boxer’s re-election, and the tight-fought vote for California Attorney General, narrowly won by Kamala Harris. Locally, Janice Hahn was elected to Congress and Mitch Englander won his bid to serve on the Los Angeles City Council.
When two Texas oil companies spearheaded efforts that threatened to suspend California’s global warming and pollution laws, our volunteers rallied in full force to get out the vote to defeat Proposition 23.
With a wide variety of outings and evening activities, the Angeles Chapter offered even our busiest members the opportunity to enjoy and explore. Three times a week, hikers of all ages and abilities converged to explore Griffith Park’s trails by moonlight on our Griffith Park Evening Hikes. Beach lovers enjoyed brisk walks along the ocean on the Conditioning Beach Walk in Long Beach. And every week, hikers in Orange County enjoyed the lush canyons of the Puente/Whittier Hills.
More adventurous travelers trekked the rainforests of Costa Rica and set sail on a Mediterranean cruise with our Fundraising Outings.Closer to home, vacationers swam near the waterfalls of Hawaii, communed with American buffalo in the Black Hills, and marveled at the volcanic wonders of Mt. Shasta and Lava Beds National Monument.
The Chapter is honored to have been named a charity of choice by the Warner Brother’s IMPACT program and privileged to continue our partnership with Amoeba Music.We began a new project teaming with local solar service provider, SunRun, to expand rooftop solar installations and raise funds for the Chapter while we curb global warming.
2011 marked the Angeles Chapter’s 100 years.At the Centennial Awards Banquet, we honored extraordinary volunteers and esteemed elected officials like L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti. The event featured an exhibit of vintage camping gear and hiking garments worn across the decades. Continuing the celebration, hundreds of our members gathered for an afternoon in the Santa Monica Mountains for festivities at the Chapter’s Centennial Picnic for Posterity.
[Header photo of Griffith Park, Los Angeles]