Central Group Newsletter
August 2018

this month's topic:
the Los Angeles River

**In this issue**

**Save the Date!**

East LA Mural Walk - Reimagining Space, Identity and Inclusion
October 20, 10am
$85 donation to your Central Group

Their last event partnering with LACMA SOLD OUT, so you won't want to msis this!
Exploring the LA River's Role as a Wildlife Corridor - An Interview with the National Park Service

For thousands of years, the Los Angeles River was a main focal point of our region’s ecosystem – for flora, fauna, and the original native people. Then came European settlers, development, and overdevelopment, turning the wild LA River into a flood risk. Indeed, after an historic flood in 1938, the city and the Army Corp of Engineers devised a plan to

channelize the river to prevent such disasters; the riparian ecosystem was dramatically altered.

But just because it was altered doesn’t mean it was completely destroyed. Enter the National Park Service's new LA River wildlife monitoring program!

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Notes from the Chair:

We are more than midway through our first year of reorganization as the Central Group, and we are on a roll. With the Angeles Chapter, we held Los Angeles’ first Zero Waste Fair in DTLA. We successfully advocated for saving Liberty Park in K-town. We made phone calls, wrote articles and helped pass Proposition 68, the bond measure that will aid in water security, new parks, wildlife corridors and pedestrian walkways on the Los Angeles River! And there is more to come! We are developing criteria to evaluate development projects in the Central Group for purposes of the California Environmental and Air Quality Act (‘CEQA”), helping the Frogtown Art Walk, scheduled for September 22, limit their impact on the environment by reducing the waste they generate, and we are hosting a mural walk/fundraiser in East Los Angeles on October with Pete Galindo, who did the same sold-out walk for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The midterm elections are coming; . Betsy Estudillo heads our political committee and we will make our first endorsements soon. What we are missing? YOU! We need activist members to help on the political committee, help with transit and development issues, hiking, and whatever suits your passion. Contact me for coffee! I’ll be happy to tell you more about us and help you pursue your passion. Email me at
"A River for All" Political Action Committee Fundraiser
An Interview with Sierra Club Vice President Susana Reyes
On Saturday, August 25th, the Sierra Club will hold a fundraiser in support of the organization’s political advocacy on behalf of the environment. 

Awardees include Congress member Jimmy Gomez, Congressmember Lou Correa, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, L.A. City Council member Mitch O’Farrell, and Culver City Vice Mayor Meghan Sahli Wells. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune will present the awards.

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The LA River is About to Get a Facelift

The Los Angeles River – 51 miles of the concrete river flowing from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach – is being reimagined to help connect and serve the diverse communities of L.A. County. 

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Prop 68 Passed!
So Now What?

We were excited by the passage of Proposition 68 this past June, but it got us thinking about how those all those new funds are going to help us here in LA. So, we did some research.

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Upcoming Events

Sierra Club Central Group is leading hikes and adventures all over Southern California, both in the moutnains and right here in the city. Join us!

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The Central Group is the heart of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, representing the area from West Hollywood through East LA, from Griffith Park through South LA, and a number of Gateway Cities. For more info, check out our website and join us at an upcoming event..
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