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Letter: Comments on RTC Passenger Rail Study

Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015

The following letter was written to the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission Executive Director, staff, and commissioners regarding the RTC's Passenger Rail Study. You can learn more and review the draft study on the RTC website: http://www.sccrtc.org/projects/rail/passenger-rail/. The comment period closes on Friday, July 31, and you can take the survey online here to share your opinion on passenger rail in our county.

2015-06-23 Joint Santa Cruz City Council/Water Supply Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

On Tuesday, June 23, at 7:30 PM at Louden Nelson Community Center Room 3, there is a joint Santa Cruz City Council/Water Supply Advisory Committee meeting. Please see attachments for information about what will be discussed. Our Conservation Committee has representation on the WSAC, and we encourage you to attend the meeting to learn more about possible water supply solutions!

2015-06-24 Conservation Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Conservation Committee discusses and reviews conservation issues that are affecting Santa Cruz County, including conservation topics such as forestry, wildlife habitats, water, transportation, pollution, preservation of heritage trees, and more.

Tips for Preventing the Sixth Mass Extinction

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Need another reminder that it's well past time to take action? A new study "says that animal species are disappearing at an accelerating rate -- portending the sixth mass extinction in the 4.5-billion-year history of the Earth." Read the article (excerpted and linked below), and then read UC Berkeley's Anthony Barnosky's preventive actions for how we can be the change we need to see in the world!

Take Action to Request Proper Environmental Review to Protect San Lorenzo River

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Take action now to urge Santa Cruz City Council to conduct proper environmental review to protect our San Lorenzo River wildlife! This Tuesday, June 23rd, the Santa Cruz City Council is considering recommendations from a Pilot Paddling Program Advisory Group before completing proper CEQA reviews. The Sierra Club has requested this kind of review twice in written letters to Council (continue reading for more information), but it still has not occurred. Write a letter or attend the meeting on Tuesday to urge your support for proper environmental review!

Egret in San Lorenzo River, by Greg McPheeters
Photo: Egret on the San Lorenzo River in April 2015, by Executive Committee Chair Greg McPheeters.

2015-07-16 "Bicycling Across Cuba" Travel Adventure Talk with Leonie Sherman

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Event Type:

Committee:

Join the Santa Cruz Group of the Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club for an evening talk with Leonie Sherman titled "Bicycling Across Cuba." If you like travel adventure stories that include bicycling, salsa dancing, caves, and waterfalls, you don't want to miss this event!

The slideshow will take place Thursday, July 16, at the Live Oak "Green" Grange (1900 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz). Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments and social time, and the event will begin at 7:00pm.

About the Presentation
In the summer of 2006, Leonie Sherman and Tanya Stiller rode bikes and occasionally hitch-hiked across Cuba. In six weeks they learned to salsa, suffered from heat exhaustion, were placed under house arrest and heard the true story behind sexual assault in Cuba. Along the way Fidel got sick and they explored a little known eco-tourist haven with roaring waterfalls and immense cave systems. Come hear Leonie tell stories and answer questions about this rapidly changing island nation.

Please try to arrive sustainably by walking, bicycling, taking the bus, or carpooling. You can offer or request rides on our MeetUp page here and share this event on Facebook

About Leonie
Leonie Sherman has hiked, biked, climbed and ridden horses on four continents. She is an adventure writer, self-defense instructor and intrepid lover of all things wild. Come hear why Cuba stands out among the over thirty countries she has visited.

For more information, please contact Outreach Coordinator Melissa at melissa.ott@sierraclub.org.

Photo to the right by Chip Scheuer.

Give Back with California State Parks Foundation

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Want to give back to your California State Parks? "There are so many exciting ways to get your hands dirty helping state parks this June! Become a Park Champion and help restore coastal habitat at Candlestick Point or Half Moon Bay, repaint the hand rails at the top of Mount Diablo, care for a historic orchard at Jack London, or maintain trails at China Camp or Salt Point. Many projects are family friendly, and China Camp and Salt Point offer FREE TENT CAMPING to pre-registered volunteers! Training, tools, snacks, and smiles provided!" - California State Parks Foundation. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the California State Parks Foundation website here.
Photo credit: California State Parks Foundation

Letter: City Funding for Widening of San Lorenzo Bridge

Date: 
Monday, June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015

Santa Cruz City Council
809 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Subject: City Funding for Widening of San Lorenzo Bridge

Dear Mayor Don Lane and Council Members,

The Sierra Club is writing to reiterate our opposition to the Highway 1 San Lorenzo Bridge widening project detailed in our letter to you dated May 9th and linked to here: https://ventana2.sierraclub.org/santacruz/node/288

Climate Mobilization Rally in Santa Cruz (June 14)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Our Conservation Committee Chair Gillian Greensite spoke on June 14, 2015, at a Climate Mobilization Rally in downtown Santa Cruz. The rally was designed to "encourage individuals to take the Climate Mobilization pledge, which demands a 'WWII scale' effort by society to create a 100% clean energy economy by 2025." For more information, read this posting by Alex Darocy. UPDATE: Cabrillo College Professor Richard Nolthenius also posted information about the rally on his website here.

Gillian Greensite

Our Conservation Committee Chair, Gillian Greensite, speaking at the Climate Mobilization Rally. Photo by Alex Darocy.

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