Sunday, June 9, 2013

Finally, the L.A. Sierra Club creates a blog....

Success Means Less Newsletters

When I got first got active to save open spaces back in 1985, we had no email, internet or blogs to distribute action alerts. It was all paper. So over the years I built up many piles and boxes and file cabinets full of research on saving the last natural areas in the L.A., Orange and Ventura County areas. I eventually joined the Sierra Club and served on its board for 5 years, collecting piles of the monthly Southern Sierran newspaper. Now they have gone totally electronic, not just to save paper but because they're low on funds. So the Southern Sierran is no longer sent out to all Club members anymore, except by special request.  Back in the day the Club spent around $200,000 a year on conservation campaigns and I mapped out all the natural areas left in these 3 counties and there were 12 large mostly natural areas that were threatened with development. Fast forward to today when 10 of those 12 natural areas are mostly preserved due to our work. So success has meant less work to do for environmental activists. And so even though fundraising is harder, this area is no longer being overrun with bulldozers except in a few spots.

Anyway, here are L.A./OC and Ventura stories from the last 2 years of the Southern Sierran which you might have missed:

SAN ONOFRE NUKE PLANT TO BE PERMANENTLY MOTH-BALLED




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JOSHUA TREE—EAGLE MOUNTAIN LANDFILL PROPOSAL ENDED

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SAN GABRIEL NATIONAL RECREATION AREA PROPOSAL REFINED BY FEDS



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NORTH L.A. COUNTY: SANTA CLARITA'S WATER COMPANY BUYS NEWHALL'S LAND'S WATER COMPANY, AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT PLANS




SANTA CLARITA VALLEY—CREST TO COAST TRAIL

CEMEX MINE PROPOSAL EAST OF SANTA CLARITA

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SOUTH BAY TOXIC SITES TO BE CLEANED FINALLY

STRAWBERRY PEAK TRAILS TO BE FIXED AFTER STATION FIRE

61% OF FULLERTON VOTERS REJECT COYOTE HILLS/CHEVRON'S HOUSING TRACT

L.A COUNTY PLANNING—SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL AREAS

MONTEBELLO HILLS

CADIZ VALLEY—DESERT WATER GRAB

GRIFFITH PARK

FED APPEALS COURT TRASHES NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE PASSES

PALOS VERDES LANDFILL

L.A.'S RIM OF THE VALLEY PARKS SYSTEM MAY BE EXPANDED


L.A. RIVER'S NEWEST PARK

CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE

CHANDLER'S SAND AND GRAVEL—PALOS VERDES-HOUSING TRACT

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