Sierra Club

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Diverse Groups Join Forces to Seek 1 Million More Electric Cars in State by 2023

    A diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign this week to put 1 million more electric cars, trucks and buses on California roads within 10 years.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Fracking on the Fringes of Orange County, With Little Oversight

    Early this month, the Weekly reported the gas drilling practice known as fracking has quietly been occurring around Orange County's borders. For just how long is hard to say, and pinpointing the exact number of companies who have engaged in the practice locally isn't easy. What is known is that fra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    UC Irvine is Again Ranked One of the Nation's Coolest Schools ... No, Not That Kind of Cool

    For the fourth straight year, UC Irvine is listed among America's top 10 "Coolest Schools." No, that's not due to an overabundance of mustaches, craft brews and aviator frames on campus. This particular honor comes from the Sierra Club, which ranks UCI third on its seventh annual list of the nation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    SoCal Edison Demands Latino Advocacy Group Remove Online Video Supporting Rooftop Solar

    Southern California Edison has sent a letter to a Latino advocacy organization demanding that a video linked to a rooftop solar campaign be taken down from its website and YouTube., which is actually a coalition of groups that include The Other 98%, has responded by saying it refuses " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Sierra Club Counters SoCal Edison and PG&E with Campaign Championing Rooftop Solar

    The Sierra Club today announced the launch of an online advertising campaign designed to extoll the benefits of rooftop solar in California--and to counter negative campaigns against the energy source foisted by Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas and Electric. But M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Happy International Surfing Day! Water Pollution Regulators Reject Toll-Road Extension

    Here is great news for Surfrider Foundation members to wake up to on International Surfing Day: the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday denied the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) the necessary permit to build the first segment of the 241 toll road extension.Activists f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2013

    The Half-Life of Half-Truths: San Onofre, Memento Mori!

    I would not presume to review the science or even explain the specifics of the regulatory tar baby that, thankfully, seems to have caught up So Cal Edison in its lies and obfuscations, stubborn insistence on the viability of SONGS. Read Nick Schou and other OC Weekly reporters for that. Mine is a po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    To the Arctic, Documentary on Polar Bears Dealing with Climate Change, Wins Awards; Coming Attraction: A Fierce Green Fire

    To the Arctic, MacGillivray Freeman Films' breathtaking 3D IMAX documentary about living beings dealing with climate change at the top of the world, recently won two top prizes at the 2012 Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards.Produced and directed by the Laguna Beach company's co-found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Cypress Trips the Car Electric

    If the 75 or so cars that pulled into a massive Cypress parking lot Sunday seemed unusually quiet, that was by design. Electric car drivers, makers and enthusiasts gathered at the Mitsubishi Motors North America headquarters for Orange County's National Plug In Day celebration.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Santa Margarita Water District Sued Over its Lead Role in Mojave Groundwater Project

    Environmental groups are suing Orange County's second largest retail water district over plans to pump water Mojave Desert groundwater. Santa Margarita Water District, which serves more than 155,000 residents and businesses in Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch, Talega and its hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Newport Beach Film Festival News and Notes

    Random notes, observations and stuff plucked off the cutting room floor from the Newport Beach Film Festival, which runs through Thursday night.The hierarchy of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is the main antagonist in Macky Alston's excellent documentary Love Free or Die, which is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Santa Ana Sucker, Little Fish at Center of Water Agencies' Suit Against Feds, Gets a Legal Assist

    ​Inland water agencies may say they want to work with government regulators on a Santa Ana River habitat for a tiny fish known as the Santa Ana Sucker, but as long as the H2O providers press their lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, four conservation groups will press back. The Si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Conservationists Hope Federal Dismissal is Final Nail in Coffin for Cleveland National Forest Dam Project

    ​Conservationists are not out of the woods (or watershed) yet, but they believe victory is near in a long battle to stop a dam and hydroelectric project proposed in Cleveland National Forest.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week dismissed the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Entrepreneur Wants to Harness the Power of Waves Near San Onofre to Generate Electricity

    WikipediaSan Onofre Nuclear Generating Station​The waters off the coast of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) are being considered for a massive renewable, green-energy science experiment. The group that was granted permission by the federal energy regulators hopes to one day build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Flavia de la Fuente, Irvine DREAM Act Advocate, on NPR's Talk of the Nation

    ​My news story this week highlighted how Orange Countians have helped push the DREAM Act--which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented college students--to national prominence. One of them was Flavia de la Fuente, an Irvine native, UCLA's most-recent valedictorian, and currently in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Sierra Club Appeals Ruling Limiting Public Access to Orange County Parcel Map System

    ​After losing a ruling in Orange County Superior Court, the Sierra Club is turning to the California Court of Appeal in an attempt to win no- or low-cost access to the County of Orange's Landbase parcel map system, which the public must currently pay thousands of dollars to get to.The lower court ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Conservationists Now Take Positive View of County Accepting Irvine Co. Land Gift

    ​Janet Wilson blogged here in September and did whatever it is they call it when something that had been blogged later appears in print here in November about Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren's "gift" to Orange County of 20,000 acres of rugged wild lands at the county's eastern edge.At first leery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Sun Worshipping Takes On New Meaning at Anaheim Church

    ​There's no denying that at least one church in Anaheim is getting help from above.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Tale of Three Port of Long Beach Realities

    ​"Ports Celebrate Clean Truck Program Anniversary"Long Beach Press Telegram"Port Trucking Company Fights Economy, Environmental Fee"89.3 KPCC"Backroom Deal Leaves Long Beach Truck Program in Hands of Polluting Industry"Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club via PR Newswire

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    OC Environmentalists Celebrate Momentous Decisions

    Ancestor walks take on new meaning after efforts to carve a toll road through Pahne failed.​Holiday celebrating started early for local environmental groups.On Friday, a diverse coalition of allies marked the one-year anniversary of a U.S. Department of Commerce decision that effectively stopped t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Wax On, Wax Off: Mammoth Mountain is a Northern Outpost of Southern California

    Flickr user jcookfisherLast week's storms brought the mountains to life for snowboarders all over Southern California. With well over 14 inches at local spots like Baldy, Mountain High and Bear, people grabbed their boards and headed for higher altitudes. Mammoth Mountain, the southern part of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Major Donor Pulls Funding, Leaves ACLU and Locals Scrambling

    ​An item the New York Times posted online Tuesday night that outed David Gelbaum as a major anonymous donor to the American Civil Liberties Union and reported the Newport Beach philanthropist was cutting off $19 million in yearly donations because of economic setbacks has left the ACLU scrambling, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2009

    UPDATED: The Irvine Co. Gift That Keeps on Giving

    UPDATED WITH PHOTOS FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING . . . Photo by Keith MayCounty Supervisor Bill Campbell, whose district includes the Irvine Co. land in question, is amused by a speaker at Tuesday's board meeting in Santa Ana.​He's got a gift. Donald Bren, the secretive, aging multi-billi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Toll-Road Dissing NOAA Now Fights to Protect Local Steelhead

    Perhaps environmentally sensitive locals should withhold sending support to the Sierra Club, the Surfrider Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council and instead cut checks to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was, after all, the NOAA tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Sexploitation Producer, Rocker Among Those Who Flood Rohrabacher Coffers

    Dana Rohrabacher, Vietnam War, combat duty, House of Representatives, Huntington Beach, Wall Street, PACs, Debbie Cook, Sammy Hagar, Sierra Club, oil drilling, California, Robert F. Kennedy, assassination, R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly, presidential candidate, Los Angeles hotel, Lloyd Kaufman, NSA

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Dead/Not Dead

    Tree Hugger's Ball

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008

    The Governor's New Warts

    Did Arnie's lawn suddenly sprout itchy red bumps? No, it's only volunteers from Sierra Club, Friends of the Foothills and Surfrider - all members of the Save San Onofre Coalition. Each red tent on the lawn represents one of the campsites the Transportation Corridor Agencies would destroy by building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    YouTube Saves Trestles

    The Save San Onofre Coalition really hopes the Coastal Commission is a buncha voyeurs. See, the SSOC (made up of Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Endangered Habitats League, Laguna Greenbelt, Surfrider Foundation, Audubon California, the California State Parks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2008

    Hu-what?! Schwarzenegger gives toll road stamp of approval

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's neutral stance on the 241 toll road extension magically changed for the worse Tuesday, and the Los Angeles Times reports that he's now urging the California Coastal Commission to approve the much-opposed project. The people at the Transportation Corridor Agencies are pre ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    Man-On-Tree Action

    Third Annual Tree Huggers Ball

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    An Inconvenient Slope

    Big Bears ski resorts are covered in snow despite a chronic lack of natural snowfall. So where are the crowds? Dont blame global warmingblame the media

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Stephanie Pacheco

    The president of the Environmental Coalition for the Great Park shares some of her favorite things

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2006

    Something Stinks

    You know how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency announced recently they are joining forces to clean up stinky Aliso Creek (finally), which spews its filth into South Laguna's Aliso Beach? Yeah, when have we heard that before? Oh, yeah, eight years ago. Anyway, you'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2006

    Troubled Waters

    Normally, when a major clean-up effort for a polluted site is announced-- an effort which will bring to bear the resources of both the local and federal government-- environmentalists are happy. But this is Orange County, where the eco-friendly have often seen their green hopes fade to grey (and ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Toll Road Rage

    Hey, Porter! New firm cashes in on bad toll-road PR

  • News

    July 13, 2006

    Not Paving Paradise

    Second Annual Tree Hugger's Ball

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Creative Type

    Glann Hening

  • News

    April 6, 2006

    'Carpetbaggers, Thieves and Land-grabbers'

    Toll road officials raise the dead in their war with local Native Americans

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2006

    TCA Sued Not Once, Not Twice, but THRICE!

    Today, Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued the Transportation Corridor Agencies. Read the complaint HERE. Lockyer is none too keen on their plan to build a toll road through San Onofre State Beach, impacting surfing resources, the San Mateo Campground, Native American sites, and engandered species. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2006

    New Poll Takes Its Toll

    A public opinion survey released this fine Wednesday morning shows that 73% of Californians are opposed to extending a toll road through San Onofre State Beach. Last September, the Transportation Corridor Agencies commissioned their annual public opinion poll on how much we all love toll roads. The ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2005
  • News

    December 30, 2004
  • News

    November 25, 2004

    A Win-Lose Solution

    Say hello to more South County homes, adios to wilderness

  • Columns

    December 4, 2003
  • Columns

    November 13, 2003
  • News

    February 7, 2002

    Hellooooooo, Mr. Wilson!

    Enviros give pro-development supervisor the kid-glove treatment

  • Columns

    November 15, 2001
  • News

    November 16, 2000

    Waste Central

    San Onofres nuclear waste aint going nowhere

  • Features

    June 3, 1999
  • Columns

    October 15, 1998
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