of South Orange County
In partnership with other environmental organizations in South
Orange County, we are opposing construction of yet another
unnecessary toll road through pristine and wild canyons.
Our Friends of the Foothills coalition has succeeded beyond all
expectations by delaying the project by 1 1/2 years. We
need to stop it completely.
Ana Mountains Task Force
A group formed to protect the natural resources of the
Santa Ana Mountains, mostly in the Cleveland National Forest in
South Orange County. These Mountains face threats such as a
plan to build a superhighway through or even under these
mountains. Also, a plan to build a huge reservoir and
hydroelectric plant in these mountains. It is important to
stop these destructive plans.
are actively supporting two Light Rail lines now being
considered: 1. Exposition - west of downtown Los Angeles
to Culver City and Santa Monica, with an opportunity for parks
and a bikeway along the line. 2. Orange County CenterLine
- from Fullerton to Irvine, past many popular destinations in
Club Port Task Force is committed to an environmental vision of
for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. We see a future port
network with no air pollution, no water pollution, minimal noise
and light pollution and no viewshed pollution. We look forward to
our Ports being friendly to wildlife and human recreation also. We
meet the first Sunday of each month at 4 PM. E-mail Gordon LaBedz
at firstname.lastname@example.org for locations.
(Sierra Club California)
Home to a tidal creek, thousands of killfish, birds and unique
plants, this area is targeted for a mega-development which would
destroy this coastal open space and create even more gridlock on
the 405 Freeway and Lincoln Boulevard. The Angeles Chapter,
together with other concerned citizens, has a vision of a fully
restored and protected Ballona Wetlands Ecosystem.
Santa Monica Mountains Task Force
A group formed to protect the natural resources of the
Santa Monica Mountains.
new San Gabriel Valley Task Force is already providing
leadership in the struggle to protect this beautiful and
critical area from unwarranted development. Tonner Canyon
is a strategic part of the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife
Corridor. Without protection of this link in the corridor,
the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor will be broken and
local wild animals will suffer.
||San Gabriel River
||San Mateo Creek
||Santa Clara River
|Air Quality, Global Warming, and Energy|
|Ancient Forest Task Force|
|Ballona Wetlands Task Force|
|Crystal Cove State Park|
|Dana Point Headlands Preservation|
|Endangered Species/Wildlife Task Force|
|Environmental Justice Roundtable|
|Friends of the Foothills|
|Marine Protected Areas - Sea Otters Campaign|
|LA River Task Force|
|Santa Ana River Estuary and Bluffs Task Force|
|San Gabriel Valley Conservation Task Force|
|Santa Monica Mountains Task Force|
|Santa Susana Mountains Task Force|
|Sustainable Populations and Development|
|Urban Environment and Parks|
(Not including several State propositions favorable
to the environment, open space and parks that passed, which the
Angeles Chapter took very active roles in campaigning for but which
the Chapter cannot claim primary victor.)
Canyon Added to Chino Hills State Park A
1,500 home housing development was stopped in favor of more
protected land in the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife
Corridor. The additional 649 acres protects a critical
link for wildlife to travel from the Santa Ana mountains into
Chino Hills State Park and beyond. The Angeles Chapter was
instrumental in forming the necessary alliances which made this
purchase of land a reality.
at Bolsa Chica
The hard-won campaign, resulting in a much more responsible
vision for this sensitive area near Huntington Beach, has given
rise to a new agency, the "Southern California Wetlands
Recovery Project." The Angeles Chapter helped
coordinate this effort, protecting habitat for raptors, coyotes,
and other species.
development was cited in the Wall Street Journal as the poster
child for urban sprawl. Our successful lawsuit stopped the
proposed development in its tracks and also set an important
||Sierra Club Defends
Good Government in Malibu A Los Angeles Superior Court
judge ruled in favor of Sierra Club and required the Malibu City
Council to conduct a new hearing for a variance for houses on the
beach that exceeded height allowances, following democratic
procedures as outlined by Robert's Rules of Order and the Ralph E.
Brown Act. Both the Mayor of Malibu, Joan House, and City
Council member Ken Kearsley were barred by the Judge from
participating in future hearings on this issue due to conflicts of
interest and prior voting on the issue.
After more than a decade of Sierra Club activism to protect the
Ballona Wetlands, a long-awaited announcement that Playa Vista
developers would sell 193 acres of their land to the public was
greeted with enthusiasm. This 193 acres was previously planned for
development and includes environmentally sensitive habitat areas,
including coastal wetlands and habitat for the endangered Belding's
Savannah Sparrow. Land owners gave an option to purchase these
lands in the summer of 2001 to Trust for Public Land.
State Controller Kathleen Connell declined to grant Playa Vista
developers an extension on their ten year old option to purchase
back 73 acres of state land at Ballona. She asked them for a
check instead, which they could not afford to give, so the public
now has the first 73 acres of land at Ballona they can now access.
Sierra Club joined Wetlands Action Network, Ballona Wetlands Land
Trust, Ballona Valley Preservation League, Santa Monica Baykeeper
and Ballona Ecosystem Education Project as the State Controller and
Actor Ed Begley, Jr., took down the developer's fence and 55 private
property signs on the perimeter of the land in March, and they
formed a new collaborative
"Ballona Wetlands Stewards" which invites the community to
participate in clean-ups restoration work on the land each month.
The 193 acres now for sale, combined with 73 acres of already owned
state land equals 166 acres of land that was previously planned for
development. Add that to the 240 acres of land already
protected by a legal settlement with another environmental group,
and if the developer does not get too greedy and want too high of a
price, the public will now enjoy 506 acres of land at Ballona.
Sierra Club activists continue to work to protect more land at
Ballona, with a goal of 1,087 acres in their sights.
Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal
Commission for approving road construction on wetlands areas at
Ballona. A special plant, the Seaside Heliotrope, is at the
protection of the wetlands in this litigation that could provide a
significantly precedential issue throughout the state of California.
||The Proposed Verdugo
Mountains housing development "Oakmont View V" has been
defeated largely as a result of Angeles Chapter activists.
This proposed development on the north slope of the Verdugo
Mountains threatened what Scenic America has called one of ten "Last
Chance Landscapes." More than 2,300 mature, native trees would have
been destroyed, and an important blue line stream would have been
||Los Angeles Community
College Green Buildings The LA Community College District
has voted and committed to building 40-50 certified "green
buildings" over the next 5-7 years as a result of campaigning by the
Angeles Chapter and the Coalition for Clean Air. This is a
very important environmental victory from many perspectives:
Buildings use 60% of electricity and generate about 1/3 of global
warming emissions in the U.S. They also use significant amounts of
wood products and water, often are built with materials containing
toxic chemicals, and generate significant amounts of construction
Moreover, Green Building -- an effort to minimize those adverse
environmental impacts -- is a relatively new phenomenon, and like
other start-up ventures needs to be nurtured and pushed along in
order to become in demand. As of the year 2000, for example, only 12
certified green buildings had been constructed nationwide. Currently
there are only 3 or 4 constructed in the greater Los Angeles area.
||The Proposed Crystal
Cove State Park Private Resort Chapter activists
worked to prevent construction of a private resort in Crystal Cove State Park, an important step in protecting public access to all of our state parks.
||Exposition line and East
Side line light rail victories were driven primarily by the
Chapter's Transportation Committee activists. Other lines are
currently being pursued.