Can you imagine being part of a 2-mile walkthrough downtown Oakland where eight thousand people showed up? In spite of the likelihood of rain showers? That was the experience of Loma Prieta Chapter members who participated in the recent March for Real Climate Leadership. That Saturday, February 7, was in the midst of a 3-day rainstorm, but everyone was in good spirits, whether they were securing rain coats or basking in the brief sunshine.
Have you driven along the South Bay highways between 880 & Dixon Landing Rd and 237 & N. First Street and smelled a foul odor? Depending on the day and time, it can range from nothing to a powerful olfactory onslaught. What a relief it is to have the bad smell dissipate as you continue driving towards downtown San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View or Fremont.
Skis, snowshoes, and fellow Sierrans – what better way to spend MLK day than in Yosemite? None in our foursome had skied Badger Pass. We were to stay at the Lodge and dine at the Ahwahnee après-ski. Yosemite in winter is a far different place: crowds are gone, campgrounds are empty, even its snowy peaks seem to breathe a sign of relief. But this winter, unlike any before, our beloved Park is facing daunting climatic challenges.
The Soil Subcommittee, recently established by Loma Prieta members Annie Stauffer and Annie Belt, concerns carbon farming and best soil management techniques. Carbon farming, which uses improved soil management practices to pull carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and store the carbon in the soil, has the potential to curb or even mitigate the effects of climate change.
When Bruce Rienzo arrived from New Jersey 15 years ago, he was drawn to the Sierra Club as an outlet for his love of nature and hiking. He joined the Club looking for a compatible group to hike with, and soon found himself developing a broader interest in environmental issues. Little did he know how much this interest would impact his life and benefit the Club.
The City of Oakland is considering an 800-acre development along its San Leandro Bay shoreline (just opposite the Oakland airport) called the Coliseum Area Specific Plan, or Coliseum City. The City of Newark is considering a 500-acre development on wetlands and low-lying land immediately adjacent to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. What do these proposals have in common with the San Francisco and Oakland airports, as well as the campuses of Google, Apple, and Hewlett-Packard? At least one startling fact: they are all likely to be under water by the year 2100 — if not sooner.
This article is the first in a series about the Bay Area’s Priority Development Areas, or PDAs, and the Sierra Club’s efforts to ensure that this critical smart-growth program is implemented successfully and sustainably.
In 2015, the Bay Chapter’s Transportation and Compact Growth Committee will focus special attention on two related subjects:
1) working to make Priority Development Areas (PDAs) a success, and
A Democratic Sierra Club Demands Grassroots Participation! The annual election for the Club's Board of Directors is now underway. Those eligible to vote in the national Sierra Club election will receive in the mail (or by Internet if you chose the electronic delivery option) your national Sierra Club ballot in early March. This will include information on the candidates and where you can find additional information on the Club's web site.
Mountain lions have been seen recently at Milagra Ridge, Mori Point, Rancho Corral de Tierra, San Pedro Valley County Park, and other open spaces and parks on the coastside and along the Peninsula. Mountain lion expert Zara McDonald of Felidae (felidaefund.org) meets with various community groups to discuss mountain lion ecology and how to safely coexist with these important parts of our natural ecosystem. For more information, please call Felidae at 415- 229-9335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org