Forest Committee Program Jan 27

WHAT: “Transforming Recreation along the San Gabriel River”

WHEN:  Reception 7 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena  


The Forest Committee of the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter and San Gabriel Mountains Forever are hosting an informational event on the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Wednesday January 27, 2016.

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Winter in SoCal

Sunny in San Dimas with awesome views of mountain snow. With public support, new trails planned along Walnut Creek will make these spectacular views accessible to the local community.



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Gateway Greening: Lower San Gabriel River November 23

The WCA together with North East Trees and Amigos de los Rios will be hosting a community workshop where there will be information about the Gateway Greening Plan at the Camp Fire Long Beach Lodge on Monday November 23rd. The focus will be on the lower San Gabriel River. We will be hearing short presentation from experts about urban greening and active mobility initiatives, with opportunities for questions, group discussions, and mapping to listen to community interests in parks, open spaces, and greenways in and along the Gateway Cities and rivers. Registration is free, and food will be provided!

Find information about speakers and the event location below.

Please RSVP, invite other people that may be interested, and participate. Register here:



Claire Robinson, Amigos de los Rios | Regional Greening

Kekoa Anderson, Gateway Cities COG | Gateway Active Transportation

Mark Lopez, Office of Orange County 4th District Supervisor Shawn Nelson | Orange County Loop

Ray Thorn, Friends of the Colorado Lagoon | Urban Natural Restoration

Deborah Enos, Watershed Conservation Authority | Introduction to the Gateway Cities and Rivers Urban Greening Master Plan


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Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

Join Heal the Bay for Coastal Cleanup Day This Saturday September 19, 2015!

This event is hosted every year all over the world: last year drawing 10,000 volunteers locally, and well over half a million people globally to help take care of our waterways. Cleanup sites are not only on beaches. Landscapes everywhere are connected, and water flows from rain, arroyos, streams, and rivers into the ocean. Get out to enjoy and appreciate our amazing natural places, and be part of keeping them clean and healthy!

Heal the Bay will host over 50 cleanup sites this year, so click on the link above to find a location near you!



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Anthony Rendon Next Assembly Speaker

 Congratulations Assembly member Anthony Rendon on being elected the next Assembly speaker. See Sacramento Bee article posted below by Jeremy White for more information.


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Anthony Rendon selected next Assembly speaker


Assembly Democrats on Thursday voted unanimously to make Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood their next speaker. Hector Amezcua Sacramento. 

Moving to designate a leader with just days remaining in this year’s legislative session, Assembly Democrats on Thursday voted unanimously to make Assemblyman Anthony Rendon their next speaker.

Speculation about a leadership change spiked last week when Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, circulated a pledge asking members to not hold a vote until next January. Term limits require Atkins to give up her Assembly seat in 2016.

“When it became clear to me that Mr. Rendon had the support of his colleagues to be the speaker-designee, it seemed logical to me that we move forward, that we not hesitate, because we need to be focused on the work we have to get done,” Atkins said.

Caucus members will formally vote to make Rendon the leader in January, Atkins said, and will designate a transition timeline. That means she will remain in charge down the home stretch of a session in which Democrats are trying to pass a far-reaching climate change measure and increase funding for health care and transportation infrastructure.

“The speaker is Ms. Atkins,” Rendon said. “I anticipate we’ll take a vote on SB 350,” the climate bill, “before Sept. 11, and that will be while she’s speaker.”

Rendon, a Lakewood Democrat, was first elected in 2012. He said he arrived in Sacramento with a particular interest in the environment and early childhood education, two issues he pursued during previous roles with nonprofit organizations. Under new term limits rules, he is eligible to serve until 2024.

“In the extended term-limited era, we have the opportunity to accomplish a vast array of different things,” Rendon said.

Earlier this year, Atkins tapped Rendon to lead the powerful Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce, where he has dealt with utility companies seeking to shape Senate Bill 350’s mandate that half of California’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. She said he has served on the caucus campaign team.

“Mr. Rendon has already had a role” in fundraising, Atkins said.

He was instrumental last session in crafting a $7.5 billion water bond that ultimately won voter approval and carried a bill that will ban lead bullets in California as of 2019.

When Rendon assumes power, both houses of the California Legislature will be controlled by Latino, Los Angeles-area lawmakers. His Senate counterpart, Kevin de León of Los Angeles, can remain in office through 2018. A thin strip of freeway separates their districts.

Rendon’s selection caps a tumultuous week of leadership maneuvering. Senate Republicansunexpectedly voted last week to install Jean Fuller of Bakersfield as their new leader. Days later, Assembly Republicans tapped Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley to take over next year.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543@CapitolAlert


Age: 47

Title: Assembly speaker

Party: Democrat

Residence: Lakewood

Résumé highlights: Executive director, Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services; interim executive director, California League of Conservation Voters; received Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside; and worked as adjunct professor of political science at California State University, Fullerton.

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Fox Visitors

This skulk of young grey foxes have recently been regular visitors at the River Wilderness Park, and came to hang out at the overlook and WCA offices after the last rain. 

Foxes are members of the dog family. A female fox is called a “vixen”, a male fox is called a “dog fox” or a “tod” and baby foxes are called “pups”, “kits” or “cubs”. A group of foxes is called a “skulk” or a “leash”. 

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Turf and Toilet Rebates!

The State has announced $30 Million in rebates to help replace turf grass and old toilets! If you still have thirsty lawn or water-wasting toilets, this is another great opportunity to get invested in better alternatives. Find more information here.

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Bike SGV Bike Train: El Encanto!

Bike SGV will be hosting a Bike Train Sunday August 30 from the Santa Fe Dam to River Wilderness Park—the location of 'El Encanto' where the WCA offices are located in the scenic San Gabriel River Canyon north of Azusa.

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Toxic Bike Ride

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice will be hosting a bike ride along the Lower LA River August 15th titled LA River Bike Toxic Tour: History and Construction of Environmental Racism.

The bike ride will focus on environmental issues while touring locations along the river between the East LA Civic Center and Cesar Chavez Park in Long Beach where they will close with a BBQ and highlight steps being taken to address issues facing local communities.

Click here to go to the Facebook page for more information and to join the event.


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Lower LA River: From Grey to Green August 18

The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) and North East Trees in partnership with the UCLA Luskin Center are hosting a workshop August 18th from 6-8pm at Rancho Los Cerritos for community residents and organizations to discuss the Lower LA River. Both the WCA and UCLA Luskin Center will be giving overviews of our plan initiatives and engaging in activities to explore ideas.

Please RSVP, spread the word, and come get involved! Register here:


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Bike SGV Bike Train

Bike San Gabriel Valley (Bike SGV) hosts The Bike Train—a monthly bike ride meetup at locations along the Emerald Necklace in the East San Gabriel Valley. Join other cyclists in exploring our local bikeways, and meet up with active and knowledgeable cyclists. Check The Bike Train Schedule and Find More Information At the Bike SGV Website Here.



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Peck Park Path and Trail

The Peck Park Bike Path and Multi-Use Trail project has a Site for Updates (Click Here).

Check there for information about the project, project partners, and current status.

This exciting project will include construction of a 0.47-mile-long bike path to connect the existing Rio Hondo bike path to Peck Road, construction of a multi-use trail adjacent to the bike path, extensive landscaping, and installation of fence and gate at the Peck Road entrance. 

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July 25 LA River Bike Ride/Run

California Assemblymember Anthony Rendon will be hosting a bike ride/run event Saturday July 25 with information about Assembly Bill 530 and LA River revitalization.

Click here to go to Assemblymember Rendon's event page and RSVP

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