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May 8, 2004
Thanks to Al Martinez for his eloquent reflection on the Sierra Club election ("A Sierra Club Majority Comes Shining Through," May 3). Martinez correctly analyzes the election as a shining moment in organizational democracy. The club membership voted decisively to defeat the slate of immigration-reductionists. The club has survived the test and is more united than ever, working together to enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. Will McWhinney Los Angeles
October 17, 1997
Attacks from the far left or right are not new experiences for me, although seldom have I been treated to one as venomous, inaccurate or distorted as that of Alexander Cockburn (Column Left, Oct. 2). Virtually the only correct statement in the column was that I wrote "The Population Bomb" in 1968. Bald associations of pre-World War II eugenicists and Nazis with the Sierra Club's current discussion will unquestionably fan the flames of hysteria already surrounding the issue of immigration and force rational discussion further off the agenda.
When businessman Donald Bohnert leaves prison after serving a year for dumping hazardous waste, he will have to do more time--as a Sierra Club member. Several other Ohio polluters also agreed to join the environmental group as part of their punishments, and the trend irritates some civil rights advocates.
December 18, 1994
Peter Green's attack on the Sierra Club ("Now Sierra Club Threatens Wetlands," Dec. 13) is unwarranted and an attempt to deflect recent criticism of the Amigos (de Bolsa Chica). The past efforts of the Amigos are appreciated, but a great many of the members do not support the densities proposed. Density is the issue, and it will cost the city of Huntington Beach $6 million per year in subsidies to pay for spill-over infrastructure improvements and services. Is there a more sound economic as well as environmental solution?
January 26, 2004
"As long as I live," John Muir wrote, "I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.... I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can." Nearly 25 years of running "wild" in the Yosemite Valley and its environs had left the Scottish immigrant so smitten with the Sierra Nevada mountains that he resolved that other Americans should have the chance to see and experience what he had.
April 26, 2004
Sierra Club members were quite clear in their vote to conserve the original mission of their organization: They would not mix their message of environmentalism with an anti-immigrant agenda. The results of the weeks-long mail-in election for board of directors can only be good for the venerable club's ongoing work. The worry that the anti-immigrant slate would gain a majority on the board shook awake its complacent membership.
December 4, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Elden Hughes, a crusader for wild places and a leader of the Sierra Club's battles to protect desert wilderness from development and abuse, has died. He was 80. Hughes, who died of prostate cancer early Sunday at his home in Joshua Tree, Calif., was a visionary and inspirational figure who mentored generations of activists in fights to reduce the environmental damage of developments, including renewable energy projects on pristine landscapes and wildlife. Hughes was among a dozen environmentalists invited to the White House in 1994 when President Clinton signed the landmark California Desert Protection Act, which created a new national park in the eastern Mojave Desert and elevated Death Valley and Joshua Tree from national monument to national park status.
October 26, 1990 | KENNETH R. WEISS
Reversing its decision to stay out of congressional politics, the area chapter of the Sierra Club has decided to support Democrat Anita Perez Ferguson in her bid to unseat Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-Ventura). After weeks of holding out, one member of the Sierra Club's Los Padres chapter executive board switched positions to provide the pivotal vote in favor of Ferguson, said Beverly Full, the chapter's political action chairwoman.
May 30, 1991 | Times Wire Services
A fire that began early Wednesday in an abandoned store two blocks from the state Capitol caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a downtown redevelopment district and destroyed the Sierra Club's state headquarters. Transients who frequented the area were seen running from the abandoned Metropolitan Army-Navy store on J Street, but investigators had not determined whether the fire was deliberately set.
August 1, 1990 | KENNETH R. WEISS
A spokesman for Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-Ventura) said the congressman plans to compete actively for the endorsement of the Sierra Club--a political blessing from the nation's leading environmental group that Lagomarsino has never received during his 16 years in federal office. "We're taking this seriously," said John Doherty, Lagomarsino's spokesman. "We are competing for their endorsement."
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