Griffith Park's field of schemes

Although Colonel Griffith J. Griffith donated almost 4,000 acres of his Rancho Los Feliz land to the City of Los Angeles in order to provide a place of respite for the “plain people,” many eye this piece of real estate as a land of financial or patronage opportunity. L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge’s 4th District includes almost all of Griffith Park. The councilmember often proclaims his love for the park, and, to show his love, he would like to gift the park with some pet projects.

Is this the face of nature's next generation? We hope so

We (heart) Abby, big-time. Why? Because she's the face of the Sierra Club's future -- and a promising one at that.

Abby King, a newly minted 14-year-old, hopes to complete 25 of the peaks on the Angeles Chapter's Hundred Peaks Section list by the end of the year.

She even created this sweet peak-of-a-cake for the 2014 HPS Banquet earlier this year. Awww.

The natural side of Israel

When you hear Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee, Crusader castles, and the Jordan River, you think of Israel. But what about stunning coral reefs, strikingly bold deserts, luxuriant mesas, stark white sea cliffs, verdant streams and rivers, millions of migrating birds — do you also know this is Israel?

What have we done for you lately? Plenty!

If you wonder what the Angeles Chapter has been working on to help the planet, we have much to tell. In 2013, conservation activities focused on preventing a restart of the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant; promoting sustainable and reliable local water supplies and oppose expensive environmentally-damaging water sources, including desalination and the Bay Delta tunnels proposal in Northern California; and addressing waste issues to promote sustainability and address the impacts of landfills on global climate change.

L.A. City takes first step toward fracking moratorium

The Angeles Chapter's newly formed Fracking: Oil & Gas Committee has teamed up with several partner organizations to push for ending the practice of hydraulic fracturing in the City of Los Angeles. Their efforts paid off on February 28 when the Los Angeles City Council voted 10-0 to adopt a fracking moratorium – which, if approved, would make Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to adopt a moratorium on this controversial oil and gas drilling practice.

Mt. Everest mountaineer Kurt Wedberg to speak at Chapter Banquet

Mountaineer, guide and outdoor enthusiast Kurt Wedberg will speak at the Chapter’s Annual Banquet on May 4. Wedberg of Bishop, Calif., founded Sierra Mountaineering International in the fall of 1995 after returning from his first successful expedition to Mt. Everest which he has since successfully summited two more times.

Wallraff, Dorsey and Helm endorsed for Sierra Club national Board of Directors

The Angeles Chapter recommends a vote for Dean Wallraff, Michael Dorsey and Jessica Helm in the upcoming election for the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors. Only Chapters may endorse/recommend candidates.

Extreme oil extraction comes to Los Angeles

To feed our continuing addiction to gasoline, local Wilmington oil refineries have quietly been making plans to bring in large amounts of Canadian tar sands crude oil and North Dakota Bakken crude oil.

The flaws with new oil and gas proposals for Carson and Hermosa Beach

New oil and gas projects proposed for Carson and Hermost create the potential for spills, blow outs, and methane leaks, no to mention increased water demands and the effects of CO2, methane and other greenhouse gas emissions. These effects and others are detailed in the Draft Environmental Impact Reports recently released for each project. Here's a synopsis of each report.


Say no to fracking: March 15 rally in Sacramento

Fracking Rally


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