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MAGAZINE OF THE VENTANA CHAPTER OF THE SIERRA CLUB

MAR, APR
MAY
OUTINGS

Election Picks
Mike LePage, Carmel City Council
Jane Parker, Monterey Co. Supervisor
Mark Stone, Santa Cruz Co. Supervisor
Anna Eshoo, House of Representatives
Sam Farr, House of Representatives
Joe Simitian, State Senate
No on Prop. 98; Yes on Prop. 99
Erica Crawford

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

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hile it is the intent of The Ventana CHAPTER CHAIR
to print articles that reflect the po-
sition of the Ventana Chapter, ideas
expressed in The Ventana are those of the au-
has been irretrievably politicized. To be determined is whether such par-
Fourth District voters had anticipated a tisan politics will be tolerated by local vot-
Jane Parker is clear choice
thors and do not necessarily reflect the position ocal Republicans did a major dis-
of the Sierra Club. Articles, graphics, and pho- service to the citizens of Monterey heated contest between Marina Mayor ers and whether more of Marina's
tographs are copyrighted by the authors and County when they convinced Gov- McCutchon and Jane Parker, a not-for- development projects will unravel before
artists and may be reprinted only with their per-
ernor Arnold Schwarzenegger to appoint profit executive who had narrowly been June, leaving scarred land and local tax-
mission.
Ila Mettee-McCutchon as Fourth District defeated in her 2004 campaign for Super- payers paying the bills.
DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSIONS visor. McCutchon, a Republican, and Parker is the clear choice for the Sierra
Supervisor. With this appointment the os-
All materials for publication must be received
tensibly non-partisan Supervisorial race Parker, a Democrat, were expected to Club. Her record on health care, fair-pay-
by the deadlines listed below. No exceptions. focus on critical development issues, not ing jobs, education, and the environment
SUBMISSIONS FORMAT party affiliation. is clearly superior to that of her opponent.
Please limit articles to 800 words; letters to 300. By engineering the Supervisorial ap- We are confident that Monterey voters,
All submissions may be edited for clarity and pointment just three months before the not Sacramento politicians, will decide the
length. Email to dfbulger@cruzio.com. Mail
hard copy to editor, address below.
June primary, local Republicans exposed Fourth District race and that Jane Parker
their fear that Parker was running ahead will be the next Supervisor.
PHOTOS
of her rival. They also may have felt that For more information on Jane Parker,
Photos submitted to The Ventana must meet the they needed to get McCutchon out of Ma- District 4, and how you can help, visit
following requirements: No laser copies or
inkjet outputs. Electronic photos should be no rina before any more of her massive de- electjaneparker.com.
smaller than 1200 x 1100 pixels or 300 dpi. velopment schemes failed. —Rita Dalessio
Cover photos must be 3000 x 2000 pixels. Film
photos, slides, or negatives are fine. Please call
the editor if you have any questions.
WHERE TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FROM THE EDITOR

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Send submissions to Debbie Bulger, Editor, 1603
King Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Email: The stack of statements for the last six
dfbulger@cruzio.com. years measures 3-1/4 inches high. About
How green is your
CHANGE OF ADDRESS workplace? the volume of three reams of paper!
Do not call editor! Send address changes to: ad- fter my husband and I had solar Back in 2001, PG&E apparently had no
dress.changes@sierraclub.org or use the mail in power installed on our home in mechanism in place to deal with a home-
coupon in each issue. 2001, our electrical use and gener- owner generating power and feeding it
POSTAL NOTICE ation were measured differently by back into the system, so we fell into the
The Ventana (015057) is published 6 times a year, PG&E. In addition to the normal 4-page, same category as an industrial co-genera-
(Feb., Apr., Jun., Aug., Oct., Dec.) paid by sub- 2-sided 11" x 6-3/4" bill which also con- tion plant. I imagine it took someone at
scription included in membership fee, by The tained a record of our gas and electric PG&E a lot of work and convincing of
Ventana Chapter of the Sierra Club, 1001 Cen- usage, we also received another document. bosses to figure out and implement a
ter Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Periodical
postage paid Santa Cruz, CA and at additional
This new communication came more sensible way to handle personal
mailing offices. monthly in a white 9" x 12" envelope and solar electric systems.
Postmaster: Send address changes to Sierra Club, was sent to us because we were now an Not long ago, one of our readers asked
The Ventana, P.O. Box 604, Santa Cruz, CA “Industrial Power Unit.” The new docu- me if I knew of additional ways people
95061-0604. ment ranged from 10 to 13 pages and was who were already living lightly on the
Editors:
Debbie Bulger, dfbulger@cruzio.com,
printed only on one side. It was labeled earth could further reduce their carbon
Virginia Draper, assistant editor “Electric Detail of Bill,” and detailed it footprint. This electric bill saga got me
Production: was. That first statement took 13 pages to thinking. If you are already doing a lot of
Debbie Bulger, Vivian Larkins, let us know that our net electricity con- conservation at home, you might look
Dale Nutley sumption resulted in 23¢ unbilled charges around at work or at your church or so-
Writers:
Rita Dalessio, Debbie Bulger,
which we could choose to pay monthly cial group.
Steve Zmak or annually at our option. Whether your work environment is
Photographers: Now, only six and a half years later, we just beginning to become sustainable and
Erica Crawford, Debbie Bulger, Steve Zmak, are informed that our new energy state- just needs a nudge to use recycled paper
Richard Popchak, Irvin Lindsey, Ventana staff ment will be double-sided. In addition, or whether the problem is more compli-
Proofreaders
Jeff Alford, Charles Koester,
PG&E has managed to reduce the docu- cated as in the case of the PG&E bill, I’m
Virginia Draper, Eloise Graham ment to one page, front and back, plus a sure you will find plenty to do.
Distribution: cover sheet with our address to show After all, living sustainably must hap-
Keith Wood, Esperanza Hernandez, through the window of their 9" x 12" en- pen 24/7, not just at home. How green is
Beth Lilienthal, Debbie Bulger velope. your workplace?
Advertising Sales:
Debbie Bulger
It appears the bureaucratic insanity has, —Debbie Bulger
Carpentry & Software: if not stopped, at least slowed to a walk.
Anonymous
Chapter website:
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2008
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VWA to rehabilitate Cone Peak area trails
participate and for future work dates.
LETTERS April 4-8 - Friday - Tuesday
April 18-22 - Friday - Tuesday
The Ventana welcomes letters. Rain or threat of rain will cancel.
Send to:
Restoration of these trails will allow
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The Ventana, 1603 King Street people to complete popular loop trips.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 The VWA Trail Crew has been working
or email to dfbulger@cruzio.com on trails in the Ventana and Silver Peak
Please include a phone number with your Wilderness areas since 1999. VWA volun-
letter. Anonymous letters are not accepted. Let- teers have contributed over 10,000 hours
ters may be edited for length. of trail work in the Ventana Region over
the past eight years. Previously, the VWA
restored the abandoned 9-mile long Black
Thank you for the article about the Ed- Cone Trail in the heart of the Ventana
Raising non-consumers

ucational Resource Center in Santa Cruz. Wilderness.


We also have had a great experience with The project is being led by VWA Trail
the lending library for our two children. Crew Leader Mike Heard and VWA Trail
We love the quality of toys and resources Crew Chief Dave Knapp.
that are available. And the subtly subver-
sive act of raising non-consumptive chil- The Ventana Wilderness Alliance en-
Richard Popchak

dren is really appealing as well! joys the full support of the United States
—Rena Dubin Forest Service with this project. The For-
Santa Cruz est Service is providing training, safety
equipment and tools for all VWA trail

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I have seen the condors circling above
The Ventana Wilderness Alliance will rehabilitate backcountry trails around spectacular crew volunteers.
Up close and personal
Cone Peak in an ambitious year-long volunteer project.
Big Sur and flying over and roosting at For more information visit
Pinnacles National Monument. But what www.ventanawild.org.
he Ventana Wilderness Alliance • Ojito Camp trail
I saw recently driving up the coast after a
weekend at Moro Bay beats ALL! You (VWA) in collaboration with the • Gamboa trail
can see these magnificent birds from United States Forest Service has • Cone Peak trail
kicked off an ambitious year-long project • North Coast Ridge trail (from the
to rehabilitate backcountry trails in the end of Cone Peak Road to the intersec-
spectacular Cone Peak area of the Los tion with the Arroyo Seco trail
Padres National Forest. The Cone Peak • Cook Spring trail
Trails Network Project is an all-volunteer • Arroyo Seco trail
effort to improve access to local rugged • Carrizo trail
wildlands. Volunteers may join the trail crew
The following trails will be rehabili- for all or part of the dates listed in the
tated: next column above. Call 423-3191 to
Erica Crawford

• Vicente Flat trail


• Stone Ridge trail

above and below so close you can fill your


CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
camera viewfinder. President George W. Bush (831) 424-2229 (Salinas)
They have a new hangout that provides The White House (202) 225-6791 (FAX, Washington, DC)
great viewing from a pullout right on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW samfarr@mail.house.gov
Washington, D.C. 20500
Hwy. 1. about a mile south of Deetjen’s Comment Line: (202) 456-1111 U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo
Big Sur Inn about 30 miles south of FAX: (202) 456-2461 698 Emerson Street
Carmel. There is a pullout with a port-a- president@whitehouse.gov Palo Alto, CA 94301
potty. Below this there is what appears to (408) 245-2339; FAX: (650) 323-3498
Vice President Dick Cheney go to website to email
be a home being constructed and the con- (202) 456-1414
dors seem to have discovered that this vice.president@whitehouse.gov State Senator Abel Maldonado
roof and the few trees there are a great 100 Paseo De San Antonia, Suite 206
jumping off point to soar. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger San Jose, CA 95113
It is a fantastic viewing spot because State Capitol Building (408) 277-9461
Sacramento, CA 95814 senator.maldonado@sen.ca.gov
you get to see them from above as well as (916) 445-2841
below, and they fly so close. FAX: (916) 445-4633 State Senator Joe Simitian
—Erica Crawford www.governor.ca.gov State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814
Soquel (916) 445-6747; FAX: (916) 323-4529
Senator Dianne Feinstein Senator.Simitian@sen.ca.gov
331 Hart Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 State Senator Jeff Denham
(202) 224-3841; (415) 393-0707 369 Main Street, #208
Moving? 1 Post Street, Suite 2450 Salinas, CA 93901
San Francisco, CA 94104 (831) 769-8040
go to website to email Senator.Denham@sen.ca.gov
Please fill out and mail the change
of address form on p. 15 or email: Senator Barbara Boxer Assembly Rep. Anna Caballero
112 Hart Office Building assemblymember.Caballero@assembly.ca.gov
Washington, D.C. 20510
The post office charges us 70¢ each (202) 224-3553; (415) 403-0100 (voice) Assembly Representative John Laird
address.changes@sierraclub.org
1700 Montgomery Street 701 Ocean Street, Room 318-B
if they handle the address change. San Francisco, CA 94111 Santa Cruz, CA 95060; (831) 425-1503
Please help the club by using the go to website to email 99 Pacific Street, Suite 555D
Monterey, CA 93940
coupon on p. 15. U. S. Representative Sam Farr (831) 649-2832; FAX: (831) 649-2935
100 W. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901 assemblymember.Laird@assembly.ca.gov
(831) 429-1976 (Santa Cruz)
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Election Endorsements for June 3rd Primary
More endorsements in next issue
that it has been over 40 years since any sig- Currently, Senator Simitian is carrying
nificant action was taken to protect our legislation that would mandate climate Monterey County
ocean resources, and the degradation has change to be taught in public schools and
become critical. To remedy this situation, would require ocean rangers to monitor
Farr has introduced “OCEANS-21,” bill environmental compliance aboard cruise
HR 21 (the Ocean Conservation, Educa- ships. Senator Simitian has received
tion, & National Strategy for the 21st awards for his work protecting open
Century Act). OCEANS-21 will improve space, reducing waste, and fighting to im-
the stewardship and management of our prove air quality. He has been recognized
ocean and coastal resources, and seeks to by the Sierra Club for a lifetime of com-
secure the full range of ecological, eco- mitment.
nomic, educational, social, cultural, nutri- We are proud to endorse his re-election
tional, and recreational benefits of healthy to California’s 11th Senate District.
marine ecosystems for current and future

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generations. The bill is currently on its
U.S. House of Representatives
way to the House floor.
Sam Farr
To contact Representative Farr's office,
epresentative Sam Farr is endorsed learn more about his record, or help with
by Sierra Club for his eighth bid his campaign, contact Santa Cruz County
Monterey County Board of
Jane Parker
for the House of Representatives. samfarr@mail.house.gov.

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A winner of the prestigious National
Sierra Club’s Ed Wayburn Award in 2003 Supervisors, District 4
Santa Cruz County Supervisor,
for his strong leadership in environmen-
Mark Stone

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tal legislation, Farr has been one of the he Sierra Club Ventana Chapter en-
Club’s and the environment’s most stal- 5th District dorses Jane Parker for the Mon-
wart friends during his seven terms in the terey County Board of Supervisors,
House. His lifetime League of Conserva- ierra Club endorses Mark Stone for District 4. This district was represented by
tion Voters environmental voting record another term as County Supervisor first-term Supervisor Jerry Smith, former
is 95%. for District 5. mayor of Seaside, until he passed away in
Over the last two years, Farr has been Stone has ably represented District 5, office last November. Although the Board
in the forefront of opposition to President providing leadership to protect its water- of Supervisors is a non partisan body, Re-
Bush’s Iraq policy. He has consistently sheds, negotiating a settlement of the pro- publican Governor Schwarzenegger ap-
voted against the supplemental funding posed Lompico headwaters forest logging pointed Ila Mettee-McCutchon this past
bills that keep the war raging and opposed project. The Lompico watershed has since month over protests from local Democ-
the President’s “surge” strategy. Since been permanently protected by its acqui- rats and Independents. In 2004 Jane ran
President Bush sent 30,000 additional sition by Sempervirens Fund. Mark con- for the District 4 seat on the County
troops to Iraq, the United States has seen Board of Supervisors and came within 200

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sistently supported Felton citizens’ efforts
California State Senate,
Joe Simitian
American casualties and, according to all to buy their water distribution system votes of victory.
the recent reports, little or no indication 11th District (now under corporate control by Ger- The Board of Supervisors has primary
that the surge is creating the political en- man-owned California-American Water/ responsibility for the mandated General
vironment necessary for a diplomatic so- s a Mayor, County Supervisor, As- Plan Update (GPU). This process has
semblymember and now running RWE) and transfer its management to the
lution. San Lorenzo Water District. been wending its way through the
Farr believes that the continued toll for his second term in the State County planning process for years. The
Senate, Joe Simitian has been a stalwart While serving on the Regional Trans-
this war exacts on our nation is unsus- portation Commission, Supervisor Stone developer-driven Board has continued to
tainable and threatens our long-term se- advocate for the Sierra Club’s mission. favor a growth-inducing GPU despite the
Senator Simitian chairs the Senate Envi- has worked to improve regional trans-
curity. He voted for, and the House portation planning and options. He un- lack of water, infrastructure, health and
passed, HR 2929, to prohibit any perma- ronmental Quality committee and re- safety constraints and protection of natu-
cently carried bills that would increase the derstands the interrelationships between
nent military installations or bases in Iraq environmental issues, transportation in- ral resources. Jane supported and led the
or U.S. control over Iraqi oil resources. State's use of renewable energy and re- voter contact campaign for Measure A,
quire the State to conduct additional stud- frastructure, and our quality of life. His
On the environmental front, Con- fairness, vision, and accomplishments the Community General Plan on the bal-
gressmember Farr has taken into account ies before approving new liquefied natural lot last year favored by the Ventana Chap-
gas terminals. merit this endorsement and your vote on
June 3. ter and other environmental groups. Her
election is key to protecting the County
from massive development.
Jane Parker grew up in Monterey and
Doors, Windows, & More
Moving? has had a long career in the not-for-profit
field. She is currently employed at the
Please fill out and mail the change
Enhance energy and sound efficiencies
ACTION Council of Monterey County
of address form on p. 15 or email: as Associate Director. Her duties include
The more includes plumbing, electrical

establishing a strong donor base for Girls


and other remodel/addition work
The post office charges us 70¢ each Incorporated (an organization developing
Years of experience address.changes@sierraclub.org
Contractors license
if they handle the address change. leadership skills in girls) and seeking ways
Bruce Kishler Please help the club by using the to address the need for affordable housing
coupon on p. 15. in our county. Jane chairs the MPC Foun-
dation Board of Directors and the Demo-
831-476-8044 408-472-4478
DoorsWindowsAndMore@mac.com Thank you! cratic Club of the Monterey Peninsula.
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Jane founded and managed a healthy meal
preparation and delivery service for work-
ing families and homebound seniors.
While employed for nine years by
Carmel City Council
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, she
raised over $5 million annually in support
of essential family health services and hon-
Election, April 8
est sex education. She has served on the by its natural surroundings,” to quote
Monterey Peninsula College Board of Mike.
Trustees, as President of the Charitable LePage is concerned about the City’s
Council of Monterey, and chair of the lack of maintenance of Carmel Beach,
County Social Services Commission. Carmel’s venerable trees, and City
For further information or to help parks. Carmel’s forestry staff and beach
elect Jane Parker, contact Campaign Man- maintenance were drastically cut by the
ager Lisa Raville at 831-917-7880 or go to present Council as a budget-saving
her website, electjaneparker.com. measure.
LePage is an enthusiastic supporter
of California native plants. He would

No on 98;   Yes on 99
use native Monterey pines and Cypress
to help stabilize the bluffs above
Carmel beach, among other bluff sta-
bility measures. He would work to re-

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Carmel City Council
Mike LePage
Sierra Club opposes Prop. 98 move non-native plants from city
While Prop. 98 is ostensibly about eminent domain, the fine print threatens property and encourage property own-
local land use planning and environmental protections and was deliberately ers to use drought-tolerant native vege-
crafted to challenge affordable housing policies. This measure comes from many he Sierra Club endorses Mike tation.
of the same wealthy special interests who proposed the defeated Prop. 90 in 2006. LePage for Carmel City Council. LePage has pledged to work to en-
Vote NO on Prop. 98. Mike demonstrates a detailed sure a healthy and well-maintained
knowledge of the environmental con- urban forest and to promote and main-
Sierra Club supports Prop. 99 cerns facing the City of Carmel. LePage tain Carmel’s parks and open spaces.
Prop. 99 is a real eminent domain reform measure intended to constitutionally has served six years on the Carmel De- On a personal level, LePage believes
protect homeowners without the hidden agendas and adverse consequences of sign Review Board, two as Chair. He that, “. . . concern for the environment
Prop. 98. Prop. 99 will prohibit government from using eminent domain to take understands the connection between in- begins with personal action.” He buys
a home to transfer to a private developer. It is supported by a broad coalition of vesting in our natural environment and organic produce, landscapes with native
homeowners, environmentalists, labor, business, cities, and counties who want maintaining the quality of life that plants, and walks and rides a bike to
straightforward eminent domain reform that responds to the U.S. Supreme makes Carmel “a place that is inspired minimize his driving.


Court’s Kelo decision. Vote YES on Prop. 99

EPA finally sets plans for mercury limits on cement kilns

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Davenport plant one of biggest polluters
nder intense pressure from states, voluntary emissions estimates that may mercury pollution from these kilns is stag- third suit, which resulted in an order re-
environmental, and public health significantly understate kilns’ actual pol- gering, they are also major emitters of quiring EPA to issue the required mer-
groups, the U.S. Environmental lution levels. Individual cement kilns in toxic organic compounds, such as benzene cury standards no later than December
Protection Agency announced plans to New York, Michigan and Oregon rou- and formaldehyde, known carcinogens. In 2006.
regulate mercury pollution from over 100 tinely understated their emissions until the court documents, EPA also pledged to In 2006, the agency issued another rule
cement kilns across the country by Sep- being required by State officials to con- set emission standards for these pollutants refusing to set mercury standards. On this
tember 2009. The announcement marks a duct emissions tests—at which point it as well. occasion, it was sued not only by local and
dramatic shift in EPA policy which, until was evident that their actual emissions It took 10 years national environmental groups, but also
now, had been to resist requiring mercury were approximately ten times higher than Sierra Club first filed suit in 1998, after the nine states. That case was held in
controls for cement kilns. previously reported. EPA failed to meet a November 15, 1997 abeyance from 2006 until now, when
Three times in the last 10 years, federal “One of California’s biggest mercury deadline to issue air toxics regulations for EPA was forced to indicate whether it
courts have ordered EPA to set emission polluters is a cement kiln in Davenport, cement kilns. In that case, the United wished to set mercury standards or litigate
standards to control cement kilns' mer- California, just across the street from the States District Court for the District of the issue a fourth time. The agency indi-
cury emissions. Until now, EPA has ig- Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctu- Columbia ordered the agency to do so by cated in a motion to the court that it ex-
nored these orders or sought to evade ary,” said Kristen Raugust, a member of May 15, 1999. pected to propose mercury standards by
them. EPA finally indicated that it would the Executive Committee of the Santa When the agency issued the overdue “mid-September 2008” and issue them by
set mercury emission standards in papers Cruz County Group of the Sierra Club. regulations however, it refused to include “mid-September 2009.”
filed on February 20 in a fourth case According to a 1991 article in Science standards to control cement kilns’ mer-
brought by Earthjustice on behalf of News, it only takes 1/70th of a teaspoon cury emissions. Sierra Club, represented
Sierra Club and other environmental of mercury to contaminate a 25-acre lake. by Earthjustice, challenged that decision
groups. The States of New York, Michi- Over 40 states have warned their residents in the United States Court of Appeals for
gan, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, to avoid consuming various fish species the District of Columbia Circuit, which
Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and due to mercury contamination; over half found in 2000 that the agency's refusal vi- To change address by email:
Pennsylvania also filed suit. of those mercury advisories apply to all olated the federal Clean Air Act and or- address.changes@sierraclub.org
Cement kilns pumped nearly 12,000 water bodies in the states. dered the agency to set mercury standards. Membership inquiries:
pounds of mercury into the air in 2006, Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that EPA ignored the D.C. Circuit's order membership.services@sierraclub.org
according to EPA's Toxics Release Inven- can impair a young child’s ability to walk, until 2004, when Sierra Club brought a
tory (TRI). However, the TRI depends on talk, read, write, and learn. While the
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C A L E N D A R

Sierra Club Events

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will be presented by Don Nielsen. See home-cooked food, but store-bought items
Friday, April 11 Volunteers needed for
caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears and (minimum value $5) make great contribu-
more. The potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. tions too. For directions call George at LeConte Lodge
Bring food to share and your own wash- 706-4233. o you enjoy interacting with the
This slide show featuring Alaskan wildlife
Potluck & Slides: Alaska
able plate, cup, utensils, cloth napkin, and public in beautiful Yosemite Val-
serving utensils. We love home- ley? The LeConte Memorial
Spring, Summer
cooked food, but store-bought Lodge, the 104-year-old museum, library,
items (minimum value $5) make and visitor center operated by the Sierra
great contributions too. For di- Club in Yosemite is looking for volunteer
Join other Sierra Club members on 4- or
Channel Island trips
rections call George at 706-4233. staff.
5-day trips to Channel Island National
Park. Informal cruise with bunk and If you are interested in volunteering for
Friday, May 9 meals. Travel with ranger naturalist. Pro- one or two weeks between May 1 and
ceeds from this fundraiser benefit the September 28, contact Bonnie Gisel, the
Club's political program in California. LeConte Lodge curator, at
Cost is $775 or $925. Dates are May 2-5; leconte.curator@sierraclub.org or 209-
Potluck & Slide Show:

The slide show is presented by July 18-21; Aug. 23-27; Sept. 13-17. All 403-6676 before May 1. After May 1 call
Ireland

Chris and Joe from the trip to trips leave from Santa Barbara. To make a 209-372-4542.
Ireland last year. The potluck reservation send $100 check payable to For more information visit
begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring food to Sierra Club to Joan Jones Holtz, 11826
www.sierraclub.org/education/leconte/
share and your own washable The Wye St., El Monte, CA 91732,
jholtzhln@aol.com. volunteering.asp.
plate, cup, utensils, cloth napkin,
The lodge is open from 10:00 a.m. to
Don Nielsen

and serving utensils. We love


4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and
from 8-10:00 p.m. for weekend evening
programs. Volunteers enjoy free entrance
Non-Sierra Club Events of Interest to Yosemite National Park and free camp-
The following activities are not sponsored or administered by the Sierra Club. The Club makes no representations or warranties about the ing at the group campsite during the time
safety, supervision or management of such activities. They are published only as a reader service. they volunteer.

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Saturday, April 5 p.m. Please bring your own cup, plate,
Weekends
utensils, and dish to share. Desserts pro-
Help monitor local creeks
vided. Films include Sierra Club shorts he Coastal Watershed Council and
about solar, wind power, biodiesel, and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citi-
Oceans of Change: Our Climate, Our zen Watershed Monitoring Net-
Marine Sanctuary Symposium Habitat restoration sponsored by
community gardens. Local expert speak-
Sanctuary, Our Future. What will be the Volunteer to restore native habitat in State work are currently recruiting volunteers
CNPS - Monterey
ers. FREE/donations. For more info call
effect of climate change on the Monterey Karen Kaplan, 335-3342. Parks in Monterey Co. Wear layered to help with the 9th annual Snapshot Day
Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Hear the work clothes. Bring water & snacks. Tools event being held Saturday, May 3. Snap-
latest from experts about climate change & gloves provided. Carpools meet at
and oceans. FREE. CSUMB, University Saturdays shot Day is a one-day event that seeks to
Black Bear Diner Park and Ride. Rain or
Center, Seaside. 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For provide a “snapshot” of water quality
shine. Contact Jan Shriner,
more info, www.montereybay@noaa.gov jshriner@mbay.net, 236-0905. Website: throughout the Central Coast. Snapshot
or contact Liz Love, 647-4255, www.montereybaycnps.org. Day volunteers monitor water quality in
Habitat restoration sponsored by
liz.love@noaa.gov. Volunteer to restore native habitat in State over 100 streams flowing into the Mon-
CNPS Santa Cruz

Parks in Santa Cruz Co. Wear layered April 5, Pt. Lobos, 1-4 p.m. terey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
work clothes. Bring water & gloves. Tools April 20, Garrapata, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Volunteer trainings will be conducted
Saturday, April 19 April 25, Garrapata, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
provided. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We on Saturday, April 19 in Santa Cruz and
work rain or shine, but if things get partic- May 3, Pt. Lobos, 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 in Monterey. Vol-
May 18, Garrapata, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Observe Earth Day by attending this Ken-
ularly unpleasant, we call it a day. Contact unteers will be provided with a three-hour
Multimedia presentation
Linda Brodman, redwdrn@pacbell.net, training in the methods of physical, chem-
nan & Karen Ward presentation of “En-
462-4041. Website: www.cruzcnps.org. Fourth Saturday ical, and biological water quality moni-
dangered” at the Rio Theater in Santa
Cruz. Sponsored by UCSC Recreation. March 29, Quail Hollow County Park toring.
Tickets $16 and $14 in advance at April 19, Sunset Beach State Park Snapshot Day began on Earth Day
Sponsored by Watsonville Wetlands 2000 and has become a widely-recognized
Habitat restoration - Watsonville
www.ucscrecreation.com. Tickets $18 and April 26, Quail Hollow County Park
$16 day of show. 7:00 p.m. Watch. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meet at the volunteer event in which important water
Fitz Wetlands Educ. Resource Ctr. at Pa- quality information is gathered. Data col-
FREE Wormshops jaro Valley HS. Gloves, tools, and snack
Saturday, May 3 lected by volunteers is used to influence
provided. Call Jonathan Pilch, 728-4106,
Learn how worms can eat your food for more info. No experience necessary. water-resource management, public pol-
scraps and make beautiful compost for icy decisions, and to educate the general
Reel Work for the Environment. Vegetar- your garden. Master composters will teach public, with the goal of improving water
Environmental films

ian potluck, music and films. Live Oak you everything you need to know. Pre- Saturdays quality. Last year, 164 volunteers moni-
Grange, 1900 17th Ave., Santa Cruz. 4:00 registration required. Free and below tored water quality at 180 sites.
wholesale worm bins for residents of unin- For more information and to volunteer
The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park
Garland Ranch Hikes
Please patronize our corporated Santa Cruz County and Scotts contact:
Valley. $50 charge for residents of Capi- District docents lead hikes at Garland
Santa Cruz County:
advertisers tola, City of Santa Cruz, and Watsonville. Ranch every Saturday. An updated list of
Debi Chirco-Macdonald, 464-9200,
Let them know you have Call 427-3452 to register. Classes on April all hikes may be found on their website:
volunteer@coastalws.org
seen their ad in 19, May 17, June 7, July 27. Sponsored by www.mprpd.org.
Monterey County:
S.C. County Board of Supervisors; pro-
duced by County Public Works Recycling Anna Holden,
647-4227, Anna.Holden@noaa.gov.
The Ventana
and Solid Waste Services.
6 The Sierra Club/Ventana Chapter, Volume 47, Number 2, 2008 Printed on recycled paper
Club involvement greens up Marina development
The Ventana Chap- Armstrong family, Creekbridge Homes,
ter presented Creek- and a number of other local environmen-
bridge Homes with the tal and conservationist organizations to
following criteria that create an 83-acre conservation easement.
would have to be met This, along with the 25 acres of onsite
for us to possibly en- restoration, would allow for the 108 acres
dorse the project. The of restored habitat to meet the first three
California Native Plant points of our criteria.
Society concurs. Creekbridge Homes has agreed to re-
1) No net loss of sen- design the western-most element of the
sitive habitat. project (Phase 8) to eliminate approxi-
2) Sensitive habitat is mately 20 homes to preserve scenic views
kept in or adjacent to from Highway 1, and allow for the preser-
the City of Marina. vation and restoration of two vernal
3) Sensitive habitat is ponds that would have otherwise been
contiguous, not broken graded over. Phase 8 contains the highest
up. concentration of critical habitat that will
4) Hwy. 1 scenic form the 25-acre cornerstone of onsite
views are preserved. restoration.
Marina City Coun- On March 4, the Marina City Council
cilmember Ken Gray approved the project with conditions of
proposed the purchase approval addressing the criteria that were
of an additional 125 agreed upon by the Ventana Chapter,
Steve Zmak

acres by Creekbridge LandWatch, Councilmember Gray, and


Homes adjacent and Creekbridge Homes. The next step will
Phase 8 along the east side of Hwy. 1 contains the highest concentration of critical habitat, including two vernal
ponds, which will form the 25-acre cornerstone of onsite restoration connecting to 83 additional acres of restora- north of the project be for city staff to analyze the changes to

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tion to the north. Marina State Beach is just out of frame to the west (left). from the Armstrong Phase 8, hold public hearings in the Plan-
family to create a re- ning Commission and City Council, and
by Steve Zmak storm water runoff and pump it back into gional park and restoration site, for which approve the amendments. Stay tuned.
arina Station is a 320-acre, 1,360- the aquifers, and a number of other green we advocated. That idea has evolved into
home Creekbridge Homes proj- design and building practices that give it negotiations among the Ventana Chapter,
ect on Armstrong Ranch north Silver and Gold LEED ratings.
of Marina and adjacent to the east side of This is just the type of project the Ven-
Hwy. 1. The project includes retail, light tana Chapter has been seeking to use as a
industrial, residential over retail, and com- environmentally-sensitive model of com-
mercial components. The new urbanism munity development. The catch is that
design exceeds Marina's park-to-residents the project requires the transplanting of
ratio threefold, includes three town cen- 51 acres of federally-endangered Monterey
ters within a five-minute walk of most res- spineflower (1:1), 33 acres of coastal dune “Peace begins
idents, solar power for all the scrub (2:1), and 21 acres of native grass-
single-family homes (60% of the residen- land (2:1) for a total of 108 acres to be re-
Well Within”
tial component), rain gardens that filter stored.

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Lompico forest to benefit from PG&E program
he 425-acre Lompico Headwaters forests have the highest carbon density
P R I V A T E SP A S & S A U N A S O V E R L O O K I N G
Forest will benefit from a new pro- per acre of any ecosystem in the world. A JA P A N E S E G A R D E N
gram of emissions reductions (car- Older redwood forests, under a manage-
bon credits) offered by Sempervirens and ment regime of preservation, sequester
Pacific Gas and Electric as part of PG&E's much higher amounts of carbon than
Climate SmartTM program. The program younger forests that are often subject to
will purchase 14,000 metric tons of green- regular timber harvests. This makes red- u Massage Therapy
house gas emission reductions under Cal- wood forest protection key to any over-
ifornia’s rigorous forest carbon seques- all strategy to stabilize atmospheric CO2 Skin & Body Care
concentrations.
u
tration project protocols.
“This project sets significant precedent “By partnering in the Lompico Head-
by establishing an economic value for red- waters Forest Carbon Project, PG&E and u All Natural Skin Care
wood forestland other than timber har- Sempervirens Fund are responding cre-
vest or development potential. Forest atively to the global warming challenge,”
Products
lands have traditionally been given a value said Gary Patton, General Counsel of the
based on what can be extracted from Planning and Conservation League. “I’m
them. Our project is groundbreaking in proud that their precedent setting initia-
that it places an economic value on pre- tive is occurring in Santa Cruz County.
served forests without sending them to It’s a model of bringing together forest
the lumberyard.” said Brian Steen, Exec- preservation and emissions reduction.”
utive Director of Sempervirens Fund. To learn more visit www.semper
4 1 7 C e d a r St . , S a n ta C r u z 8 31- 4 58 - W E L L .
Scientific evidence indicates redwood virens.org/lompicocarbonproject.htm.
Visit our web site at www.wellwithinspa.com
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Ready . . .

Debbie Bulger
Getting off the bus.

Unfolding a
Commute Solution

A
Debbie Bulger

by Debbie Bulger

Set . . .
fter 18 years of commuting over
the hill in her car, Anni Maver Unfolding her bike.
took a big step last May. Or rather

Folding bike program


a big pedal. She now combines bicycling
with riding the bus thanks to her purchase
of a folding bicycle and monthly bus
Ecology Action of Santa Cruz offers a passes.
Folding Bikes in Buses program which gives In May 2007, Maver attended an envi-
financial incentives for Santa Cruz County ronmental event in Santa Cruz to stop Clara. Luckily the Hwy. 17 bus schedule
residents who wish to commute by bus and Global Warming. “The speeches at the works out perfectly. A Boulder Creek res-
bike instead of by car. The incentives pro- rally were inspiring,” Maver recounts. It ident, she bikes one mile into town where
was an epiphany. Something clicked for she catches a Metro bus to Santa Cruz ported by her employer’s program of en-
vide a rebate up to $200 off a folding bike couraging workers to take public transit.
and also provide up to $70 on two monthly her. “Wow,” she realized, “I could start where she transfers to the Hwy. 17 bus.
taking the bus and bike to work.” Once at Diridon in San Jose, she hops on Employees are assured the free use of a
bus passes. Program participants are required City vehicle if an emergency should arise.
to take a two-hour bicycle safety course. It took her two weeks to organize her her bike and pedals the 6 to 7 miles to the
plan of action. She scouted the route and 911 Center where she works. On the way Additionally, the City subsidizes her bus
The goal of the program is to reduce sin- pass purchase.
gle-occupant automobile travel and resultant looked up bus schedules. She discovered back, she gets off in Scotts Valley and
she could purchase a monthly bus pass for bikes approximately 10 miles home. About once a week, Maver still drives
air pollution, traffic congestion, and parking so she can visit her mother in San Jose and
demand. It is funded by a Monterey Bay $90, $20 of which is reimbursed by her A petite woman, Maver had no trouble
employer for taking public transit. She en- carrying her 30-pound folded bike off the do necessary shopping on the way home.
Unified Air Pollution Control District grant “I have a sedentary job,” Maver ex-
through the Santa Cruz County Regional rolled in the Folding Bike Program bus. Upon disembarking, she quickly un-
through Ecology Action, took the re- folded the bike. If she chooses to walk, the plains. “By biking to work I get a good
Transportation Commission. workout and a fun ride. This year my kids
Folding bikes may be taken on buses even quired bike safety class, and received ad- folded bike can be pushed much like a
ditional discounts on her bus pass for the stroller. When she purchased her folding gave me an MP3 player, so I can listen to
when the exterior racks are full and are eas- books while I'm on the bus.”
ier to store at many work sites. first few months. She also became eligible bike, she selected a special saddle and
for the program's discount on a folding added a powerful headlight for commut- “I am committed to not driving alone,”
To learn more call Ecology Action at 426- Maver notes. “I’m thrilled to no longer
5925, x 128 or visit bike. ing after dark. Maver also uses flashing red
Maver, 53, a longtime recreational cy- lights both on her bike and on the back of commute in a car. Cycling feels so won-
www.ecoact.org/Programs/ derful.”
Transportation/Folding_Bikes_Buses. clist, works the graveyard shift as an emer- her helmet.
gency dispatcher for the City of Santa Maver’s environmental choice is sup-
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Bike Week 2008
NEWSCLIPS

May 10 -17
What's in it?
Senator Joe Simitian has sponsored a
bill (SB 509) which would require manu-
facturers of consumer products to publish
on the Web a list of ingredients. Current
“I’m thrilled to no ingredient laws pertain only to food and
cosmetics. Knowing what is in a product
longer commute in a Selected Bike Week event
will enable purchasers to evaluate claims
car. Cycling feels so of greenness.
listings only. For complete

wonderful.”
event information visit
www.bike2work.com. What's your transportation
footprint?
How much CO2 do your transporta-
tion choices produce? You can calculate
the amount at this website:
Santa Cruz County safeclimate.net/calculator. It has been es-
timated that most Americans can decrease
Saturday, May 10 their motor vehicle trips by one fourth
Ready to ride.
without difficulty by combining trips,
walking and biking for shorter trips, using
Kids 4-8 receive on-bike traffic safety in- transit, and carpooling.
Kid's Bike Safety Obstacle Course

struction. Helmets required. Bring your


bike. 10:00 a.m. Depot Park, 119 Center Clean coal?
Street. Representatives Henry Waxman and
Thursday, May 15 Edward Markey have introduced a bill in
the U.S. House of Representatives that
would require all new coal plants to ad-
FREE breakfast for cyclists at sites around dress global warming by capturing and
Bike to Work/School Day

the County. See website for listings. storing at least 85% of their CO2 emis-
Saturday, May 17 sions. The bill also prohibits free pollu-
tion allowances. The coal industry has
announced it is spending $35 million to
10:00 a.m. Depot Park. Celebrate train convince Americans that coal can be
Train and Bike Ride

and bike travel with a train ride to Felton. burned cleanly. This bill holds their feet
Bring your bike for a group ride back to to the fire. For more info visit
Santa Cruz. CHP escort (road will not be www.sierraclub.org/coal.
closed to motor vehicles). Roundtrip train
ride available to those unable to cycle Want cancer with those fries?
back. Tickets $6 adults one way; $3 kids Sierra Club is supporting a bill in Sacra-
one way. Tickets at the HUB, 703 Pacific mento that would ban Teflon chemicals
Ave. and Bike to Work office, 223 River in food packaging. Greasy foods such as
Street. 7 and under must be in kid’s seat,
french fries or pizza are being served in
trailer, or tag-a-long. Helmets required.
boxes lined with carcinogens. SB 1313
would eliminate this chemical feast.

Trailwork opportunity
Monterey County Mark Readdie, director of the Landels-
Hill Big Creek Reserve in Big Sur, reports
that trailworkers are needed on Saturdays
Monday, May 12 until May. Be prepared to work hard on
steep terrain starting at 10:00 a.m. Bring
gloves, wear work clothes, bring water,
Pledge your organization to compete. Em- lunch, sunscreen. Tecnu provided. Hiking
Bike Week Challenge

ployees log number of days they bike to and camping traded for work. Email
work. Organization with highest percentage bigcreek@ucsc.edu with dates you can
wins prize and award.

Go!
work.
Tuesday, May 13
Club to sue over dunes
The Santa Lucia Chapter has notified
Ride with elected officials and city staff from the California Dept. of Parks and Rec. of
Bike to City Council Meeting

Steinbeck Library to City Council Cham- its intent to sue for allowing vehicles on
bers. Call James Serrano, 758-7195 for more
details.
584 acres of Oceano Dunes in San Luis
Obispo County. Despite prohibition of
Thursday, May 15 vehicles on the dunes by the Local Coastal
Debbie Bulger

Plan, the County and State have allowed


off-road vehicles to varooom over snowy
FREE breakfasts for cyclists at participating plovers and other threatened and endan-
Bike to Work/School Day

schools and work sites.


gered dune species.

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Will the State protect the Carmel River?
Cal Am overpumps by 7,000 acre feet/year

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or years, the California American 112,000 residents, and the water company 15 percent to 50 percent. At that level of
Water Company has been extracting used 10,540 acre-feet from the Carmel reduction Cal Am would still be taking
more water than it has legal right to River in 2006, the most recent water year more river water than is legal.
from the Carmel River. State wildlife of- for which figures are available. Water sav- Cal Am has requested a hearing before
ficials now consider the Carmel River wa- ings resulting from conservation efforts the State Water Resources Control Board
tershed a “priority watershed.” Cal Am’s have been redirected to support marginal on the draft order. The hearing is sched-
overpumping contributes to low water increases in development. The draft order uled for June 19 and 20. The Sierra Club,
levels that threaten steelhead and other says the current water strategy employed Ventana Chapter will testify in support of
wildlife in the river corridor. by Cal Am and the Monterey Peninsula the order. In addition, we have authorized
Now, the State Water Resources Con- Water Management District hasn’t signif- a 60-day letter warning of an Endangered
trol Board has issued a draft Cease and De- icantly reduced the illegal take from the Species Act suit against Cal-Am asking for
Jeff on Pico Blanco in June 2003.
sist order over California American Water Carmel River since 1998. a reduction in diversions similar to what

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Company's failure to comply with the The Carmel River once had a substan- the Water Control Board has proposed.
1995 order to find legal sources of water. tial steelhead population, probably runs We are suggesting that the reductions be Jeff Norman
Cal Am gets about 75% of the water for in the tens of thousands. The run size now based on conditions in the river to avoid warmly remembered
its Peninsula customers from 18 wells is a few hundred. Dams, diversions, and “administrative drought” during periods he Big Sur community as well as
along the lower Carmel River. The 1995 mismanagement of the Carmel River la- when the river has ample water and are friends and family gathered to-
state order said Cal Am has the legal right goon account for most of the decline. The asking the court to order Cal-Am to pro- gether to give an emotional farewell
to only 3,376 acre-feet of river water a Carmel River was perennial until diver- vide adequate fish passage over Los to a much-loved resident and local histo-
year. But over the last 10 years, Cal Am’s sions began, and the mouth of the river Padres. Other environmental organiza- rian on Saturday, March 8. Over 300 peo-
annual diversion of river water has ranged closed each summer to form a lagoon. tions may join us in this potential lawsuit. ple met at Post Ranch to celebrate the life
from 9,538 to 11,178 acre-feet, exceeding The river now goes dry in the summer,
How to help of a brilliant naturalist who had compiled
the company’s legal limit by an average of and stranded steelhead are rescued by the oral histories, copious notes, and several
Write the State Water Resources Con-
7,150 acre-feet annually. Carmel River Steelhead Association and books on the early settlers of Big Sur and
trol Board, P.O. Box 100, Sacramento,
In 1995, the utility was using about Monterey Peninsula Water District. their descendents. Jeff Norman, 56, passed
CA 95812-0100, attn: Chair, Tam Doduc.
14,100 acre-feet of river water a year to The draft order would compel Cal Am away following complications from heart
Mail your letter by June 1 so it will arrive
supply about 100,000 residents. Today, to reduce its take from the Carmel River failure last October 31.
in time to be included in the packets.
Cal Am’s Peninsula service area has about in stages over the next seven years from Jeff grew up in Pebble Beach and at-
tended Pacific Grove High School. He
was interested in biology from a very
Cannery Row project threatens peninsula water supply young age. He is credited with discover-
ing a rare fern at Pico Blanco at 14 and is

Letters needed to Coastal Commission


the youngest person to serve as a lab tech-

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nician at Hopkins Marine Lab at 15.
Jeff was always drawn to Big Sur and
he California Coastal Commission became close with the homestead families
water crisis on the Monterey peninsula has River water through a Cal Am hookup.
met on March 6 in Carmel Valley such as the Posts, Pfeiffers, Ewoldsens,
worsened. The City of Monterey can offer In addition, the Monterey Local Coastal
to discuss the future of the Ocean Harlans and Trotters. As a young man he
no water entitlements because the State has Plan has not been updated since 1980 long
View Plaza project slated for development lived in Palo Colorado and Post Ranch be-
ordered Cal Am to reduce withdrawals before the 1995 Department of Water Re-
on the waterfront at Cannery Row in fore acquiring his beloved sanctuary, Alta
from the Carmel River in a document source's court order to Cal Am to stop
Monterey. This massive project, approved Vista, a remote cabin built in the 1920s
known as Order 95-10. over pumping the Carmel River. The
in 2004 by the Monterey City Council, where he lived for 28 years. Alta Vista sits
In the absence of a Cal Am hook-up, Coastal Plan clearly is out of date.
proposes a 92,000 square foot mixed-use on 20 acres off the Tan Bark Trail about 3
the developer proposes to build a desali- If development is allowed to proceed
development that would include 87,000 steep miles up from Hwy. 1 with no road
nation plant to provide water to the proj- using water from private, for-profit plants,
square feet of retail and restaurant space, access.
ect. This scheme has come under harsh Order 95-10 will not get implemented
38 “market-rate” condominiums, 13 inclu- Throughout his life, Jeff acquired a stag-
criticism from the Coastal Commission as while the Peninsula keeps growing. Efforts
sionary housing units, 377 parking spaces, gering amount of cultural and biological
well as the Ventana Chapter, the League to solve overdrafts from the Carmel River
and reproductions of historical features. knowledge of Monterey County and es-
of Women voters and other groups and will be diluted. Resources that could be
The Coastal Commission staff report pecially the coast. He was considered an
residents. spent solving the water crisis would be
opposes this project on several grounds in- expert botanist and worked as a consult-
Desalination plant water is not proven. spent on private water supplies. When and
cluding the lack of water. In the years since ant and editor for various nonprofit and
The plant could fail completely or in part, if the Peninsula ever addresses Order 95-
this project was planned and approved, the government organizations. He collabo-
requiring the project to tap into Carmel 10, the residents could be left holding the
rated with several local authors on books
bag, responsible for the costs.
relating to nature and history and, most
At the March 6 hearing the developer
recently, authored Images of America: Big
requested that the matter be rescheduled
Sur, a collection of historic photos with
for July 9 - 11 in San Luis Obispo. At
commentary on the region and its families.
press time this date was not confirmed.
Jeff was a great friend to many Club
This massive project would be very
members and often provided background
detrimental both to the coastal zone and
and expert advice on projects and natural
the water supply for the Monterey region.
history in the Ventana Wilderness and the
Please write letters opposing this project
Big Sur coast. His passion and commit-
and in favor of the staff report to Califor-
ment to the area inspired Representative
nia Coastal Commission, 725 Front
Sam Farr to dedicate a section of U. S.
Street, Suite 300, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Forest Service land with a rich inventory
Attention: Susan Craig. Susan Craig's
of maritime chaparral at Pfeiffer Point as
email is scraig@coastal.ca.gov.
the Jeff Norman Botanical Reserve.
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In the interest of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that House. Stops to enjoy flora & fauna. Lunch
with spectacular views of Big Sur; we'll peek in-
participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have in-
OUTINGS RATINGS
side the crumbling old house. Meet at the Black
surance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Car- Bear Diner Park & Ride by 9:00 a.m. Bring
GENERAL INFORMATION:
pooling, ridesharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement water and lunch. Call for a reservation. Leader:
All outings begin and end at the trailhead. among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel. Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777.
Carpooling to and from the trailhead is strictly CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval
a private arrangement between the driver and by the State of California. Tuesday, April 1
the riders. Carpool drivers are not agents or Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver. To read it before choos- HIKE: PLEASANT SURPRISE RIDGE
employees of the Sierra Club. ing to participate on an outing go to Join me for one of the best kept secrets in Santa
www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/. Cruz County. We'll leave our meeting place by
EXPLANATION OF RATINGS: limo for a short ride to the trailhead. Hike thru
The outings described vary in difficulty Monday, March 31 open meadows, oak woodlands, pine and red-
from leisurely walks to strenuous hikes. The HIKE: PINNACLES wood forests and sandy beaches—all at a mod-
following explanation is a general guideline. Join me on my birthday at my favorite hiking erate downhill grade. Expect 45-55 wildflower
(For more information about the difficulty of a place. Pinnacles National Monument has ap- species and almost guaranteed condor and rare
particular outing, call the leader). proximately 30 miles of hiking trails and we bird spottings. Views of the mountains and
will be doing a little over 11 miles with 2,000' bay. Lunch at the winery catered by famous
Walk: Between 2-5 miles, leisurely pace. local chef, with a mini foot massage after, be-
Easy: No more than 5 miles; slight elevation elevation gain/loss. We will be enjoying rock
spires, ramparts, and crags that form the pin- fore we resume our all downhill hike. Pack
gain; easy pace. light. Water and snacks will be provided every
Moderate: 5-10 miles; up to 2000' gain; nacles of this park that have been created by
erosion, faulting, and tectonic plate movement. 1-1/2 miles. Limit 12. Call for reservation.
boots; better than average fitness required.
MARCH
Condor sightings always a possibility. Must Leader: John Howerton, 476-4253.
Strenuous: May involve off-trail hiking; contact me a week in advance or I'll not be able
demanding pace; for experienced hikers in good to respond. For more information call me.
Wednesday, April 2
condition only. HIKE: PICCHETTI RANCH & STEVENS
Sunday, March 30 Leader: Esperanza Hernandez, 678-1968. CREEK COUNTY PARK
HIKE: BUTANO STATE PARK
This preserve is named for Italian immigrants
APRIL
MEETING PLACES Celebrate the Spring equinox with a 10-mile Vincenzo and Secondo Picchetti who home-
hike, including magnificent old-growth red- steaded here in 1882. It has been restored and is
DIRECTIONS: woods, the headwaters of Butano Creek, and listed in the National Register of Historic places.
the north ridge with its fine views. We should Tuesday, April 1 Seasonal wetlands, pond, and trails through or-
Black Bear Diner Park & Ride: This park- see many wildflowers, including, if we're HIKE: TAN BARK TRAIL TO TIN HOUSE chards, vineyards, and meadows. 10 miles and
ing lot is on Rio Road in Carmel. lucky, a colony or two of the uncommon Ca- 600-1000' elevation gain. Views over Stevens Cr.
Save-Mart / Bagel Bakery: (formerly Al- lypso orchids (John Muir's favorite wild- Our moderately-strenuous 8-mile in-and-out
hike with 2000' elevation gain snakes along Reservoir where we might see soaring birds.
bertson’s) South of Monterey on Hwy. 1. One flower). Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Santa Cruz Bring lunch and water. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Sears
County Government Center parking lot to car- Partington Cr then thru redwoods to the Tin
mile past Ocean Ave., turn L on Carmel Valley
Rd. Almost immediately, turn R at the light. pool. Bring lunch and water. Call leader Peter
Save-Mart/ Bagel Bakery on the R. Scott, 423-0796 (or drip@ucsc.edu) for details.
Santa Cruz County Government Center:
The large grey building at the corner of Ocean
& Water in Santa Cruz. We meet at the corner
of the parking lot nearest to the intersection.
Felton Faire: The shopping center at the
junction of Graham Hill and Mt. Hermon Rds
in Felton. We meet at the edge of the Safeway
parking lot nearest Graham Hill Rd.
41st Avenue / Sears: From Hwy. 1 in Capi-
tola take the 41st Ave. exit. Go toward the
ocean on 41st Ave. Pass the main Mall entrance
and turn right into the next entrance near
Sears. We meet behind the bank located at 41st
and Capitola Road.
MPC Parking lot: Monterey Peninsula
College Parking Lot. From Hwy. 1 take the
Fisherman’s Wharf exit, go straight one block,
turn L and L again into the first parking lot—
A. This is the site of the Thurs. Farmers Mkt.
Plenty of parking with no fee on weekends.

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41st Ave. to carpool ($4) or at the parking area lunch. Meet at Black Bear Diner Park & Ride at take it slow, and there are places to turn around Tuesday, April 15
off Hwy. 280 on Foothill Blvd. to Stevens 9:00 a.m. to carpool. Call for reservation. or to watch the waves and perhaps a sea otter HIKE: POINT LOBOS
Canyon Rd. to 0.5 miles on Montebello Rd. at Leader: Dwight Goehring, 277-9908. or two while waiting. Bring lunch and water Our 6-mile grand loop with minimal elevation
10:00 a.m. Leader: Diane Cornell, 423-5925. for this 6-mile hike which seems much longer gain takes us along tree-clad headland trails
Tuesday, April 8 because of the intense elevation gain. Meet at with magnificent views. We are certain to see a
Saturday, April 5 HIKE: TORO PARK 9:00 a.m. at Sears 41st Ave. or at 9:15 a.m. be- variety of wildlife including harbor seals with
HIKE: PICO BLANCO PUBLIC CAMP This 5-1/2 mile hike with 800' elevation gain hind the gas station at Rio Del Mar Hwy. 1 exit pups and many wildflowers which we'll stop
We'll hike to Pico Blanco Camp on rough takes us through a forested valley along the Ol- to carpool. We'll be at the trailhead off Hwy. 1 to enjoy. Bring water & lunch. Meet at the
trails. Strenuous, 11 miles with 2000' elevation lason Trail then up to oak-dotted grasslands 6.8 miles south of Rio Rd. in Carmel at 10:10 Black Bear Diner Park & Ride by 9:30 a.m.
gain. See the best waterfall in the area; bring a possibly covered with lupine. Moderate pace a.m. Leader: Diane Cornell, 423-5925. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn
bathing suit! First, we walk through redwoods with stops to enjoy flora & fauna. Meet at the Bomberger, 375-7777.
and will cross the south fork of the Little Sur north end of Whole Foods by 9:15 a.m. or at Friday, April 11
River. Wear boots, bring lunch and plenty of the dirt parking area outside Toro Park by 9:45 HIKE: VEEDER TRAIL / REDWOOD CYN Wednesday, April 16
water. Meet at Save-Mart at 9:00 a.m. Heavy a.m. Bring water & lunch. Call for reservation. In spring the Veeder Trail in Garland Park HIKE: CANDELABRA TREE TO BUTANO
rain cancels. Leader: Steve Legnard, 402-1422. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777. hosts a profusion of wildflowers. Meet at the We'll see a special old growth redwood tree
Black Bear Diner Park & Ride at 10:00 a.m. to that measures 20 feet in circumference at the
Saturday - Monday, April 5 - 7 Tuesday, April 8 carpool. Our loop hike will be only 4-5 miles base and has 5 massive stems rising from 1
CARRIZO PLAIN SERVICE SENIOR HIKE: TORO PARK but is very steep both up and downhill. Bring trunk. It looks like a giant candelabra. It is lo-
On Sat. we’ll remove fence to allow pronghorn We'll hike the Ollason Trail and hopefully see water and lunch to enjoy at the wildlife pond at cated on a recently-acquired addition to Butano
antelope freer access to the range. Sun. is re- great wildflowers. Three miles with one uphill the high point of our leisurely walk. Leaders: State Park near Pescadero. We'll begin our hike
served for sightseeing. The views from the section. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears 41st Ave. Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372-7427. from a turn-out on Gazos Creek Rd. exactly
Caliente Mountains are spectacular; if rain has or at Toro Park at the next to last parking lot Rain cancels.
been sufficient, there will be spring flowers; the near the bathrooms about 10:40 a.m. Bring
monument is known for the number and vari- water, lunch, sit upon, and $4 carpool. Toro Sunday, April 13
ety of raptors. Mon. we’ll continue our work. Park is off East Hwy. 68 between Monterey HIKE: TERRACE CREEK
Contact leader Craig Deutsche, 310-477-6670, and Salinas. Leader: Bev Meschi, 475-4185. Hike the Pine Ridge Trail to Terrace Creek
or deutsche@earthlink.net. and then down to the Ventana Inn. This 10-
Wednesday, April 9 mile, 2000' elevation gain strenuous hike in Big
Sunday, April 6 HIKE: ROCKY RIDGE/SOBERANES CYN Sur has views of a beautiful creek as well as the
HIKE: SOBERANES CREEK/ROCKY RIDGE Rocky Ridge is a 1435' rounded grassy peak be- Big Sur coast. Meet at the Save Mart in Carmel
5-mile loop with 1650' elevation gain. We'll fol- tween Soberanes Canyon and Malpaso Canyon Valley at 9:00 a.m. Bring boots, water, and
low the Soberanes Creek Trail into a verdant in Garrapata State Park south of Carmel. The lunch. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Steve Leg-
redwood grove, then climb steeply to grassy Rocky Ridge is a dry, exposed hillside with nard 402-1422.
knolls for great views at lunch. We'll descend amazing wildflowers and sweeping views of the
Rocky Ridge with fine views. Boots recom- ocean. The beginning of the hike is up a nar- Tuesday, April 15
mended; hiking poles helpful. Bring water and row canyon of redwoods. Strenuous, but we’ll SENIOR HIKE: BIG BASIN

Irvin Lindsey
A 5-mile hike on the Skyline to Sea Trail down
Slippery Rock to Sempervirens Falls & Sequoia
Trail. One of our favorites. Meet before 9:30
a.m. at Sears 41st Ave. or at Felton Faire at 9:50 0.4 miles from the junction of Gazos Creek Rd.
a.m. To go direct, use the main entrance to Big and Cloverdale Rd. The trail to Gazos Creek
Basin to Visitor's Center. Restrooms available. Trail and Año Nuevo Trail in Butano is
Bring lunch, water, $5 carpool, and share of en- through a gently-sloping wooded area with
trance fee. Leader: Bev Meschi, 475-4185. ferns and wildflowers. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at
Sears 41st Ave. to carpool. Or we can pick you
up at 9:15 a.m. by Shen’s at King and Mission.
Bring lunch, water, and $4 carpool. Leader:
Diane Cornell, 423-5925.
Built by Sierra Club members in 1934, this rustic, hostel-
Saturday, April 19
HIKE: WILDER RANCH
style lodge stands atop historic Donner Pass, just an hour

An 8-1/2 mile loop hike, with 900' elevation


and a half from Sacramento.
gain along the Engelsmann, Long Meadow,
Springtime in the Sierra is a magical time. In early spring Chinquapin, Eucalyptus, Old Cabin and Wild
Boar Trails in the eastern and northern sections
of this state park. We'll traverse several riparian
you can take advantage of longer and warmer days with
forests and open meadows with beautiful ocean
extended ski and snowshoe tours or using the Lodge’s
vistas. Meet at the Santa Cruz County Gov-
own groomed trails. Later in the spring you can
experience the explosion of wildflowers as you hike
miles of trails behind the Lodge or on the Pacific Crest
trail just 1.5 miles from the Lodge.

Guests enjoy excellent family style meals, a friendly staff


and a casual and communal atmosphere.

See you on Donner Summit...

For more information about our special programs


or to receive a full schedule and description of Clair
Tappaan programs please visit our website at
www.ctl.sierraclub.org or call (800) 679-6775.

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ernment Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Bring Wednesday, April 23 ing, arrive by 9:30 a.m. to leave on time at 10:00 a.m. Call for a reservation. Leader: Lynn
water, lunch, share of park entrance fee and $1 HIKE: TORO PARK a.m. For info, call only between 9:00 a.m. and Bomberger, 375-7777.
carpool. Leader: Ed Gilbert, 685-8389. 9:00 p.m. Leader: Jukka, 429-8513.
M AY
Forget the high peaks, and let’s enjoy forested
groves along the base of the hill, parallel to the
Sunday, April 20 stream bed. We’ll follow the near-level grade of Sunday, April 27
HIKE: FORT ORD the old ranch rd. through the rolling grasslands HIKE: FALL CREEK
Saturday, May 3
Spring is flowery at Fort Ord, so let's check out dotted with oaks hoping to find fields of lupine. Join me as we explore this enchanted forest HIKE: UVAS CANYON
what's blooming. Less than 5 miles, leisurely Return on the Gilson Gap Tr. with views of with redwoods, a lovely burbling stream full of
pace; we'll stop to smell the posies! Bring the Devil's Throne. Bring lunch, water, and $4 cascades, a lime kiln, barrel mill, fish pond, and This 1200-acre park is tucked into a beautiful
water, lunch, good walking gear, and a smile. carpool. Meet at Sears 41st Ave. at 9:00 a.m. or dancing springs. 7 miles. Bring water and canyon west of Morgan Hill, near the summit
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the parking lot by the behind the gas station at Rio Del Mar exit in lunch. Meet at Felton Faire at 10:00 a.m. to car- of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Our 6-mile hike
new bathrooms just across Toro Creek near the Aptos at 9:15 a.m. We start from inside the gate pool. Leader: Sheila Dunniway, 336-2325, co- will follow a 3-1/2 mile loop up Swanson
intersection of Hwy. 68 and Reservation Rd., of Toro Park to the right of entrance at 10:00 leader: Andy Burgess, 335-4779. Creek to view Black Rock Falls, Basin Falls and
off Portola Dr. For better directions, Google it a.m. Leader: Diane Cornell, 423-5925. Upper Falls. Side trip up the Alec Cyn Trail to
or call leader: Mary Gale, 626-3565. Sunday, April 27 Manzanita Point, Alec Creek, Triple Falls and
Saturday, April 26 HIKE: POST SUMMIT an old logging camp. The park provides deep
Monday, April 21 HIKE: MARIN HEADLANDS and shady second-growth redwoods along the
A steep, strenuous climb via trail and fire road creek. Meet at Sears 41st Ave. before 9:30 a.m.
HIKE CARRIZO TRAIL AND CONE PEAK We'll carpool to the south end of the Golden to dramatic viewpoint overlooking Big Sur Bring water, lunch, share of park entrance fee
See beautiful rock formations; breathtaking Gate Bridge to take the bus over the bridge to Coast. Ten miles, 3,500' elevation gain. Bring and $5 carpool. Leader: Ed Gilbert, 685-8389.
views guaranteed. The Ventana Wilderness Al- the Point Bonita Lighthouse. Then we'll hike lunch and at least one quart of water. Meet at
liance has worked very hard on these trails. Un- back along the Marin Headlands and over the 8:00 a.m. at Black Bear Diner Park and Ride. Sunday, May 4
fortunately more needs to be done, so bring bridge to San Francisco. Experience coastal Rain cancels. Leader: Eugene Sobka, 449-0873. HIKE: PREWITT LOOP
loppers for some nipping along the way. Trail views, wildflowers, and walking the bridge. 10
is overgrown and rough in parts, so please wear miles. Dinner in S. F. up to drivers. Space lim- Tuesday, April 29 This seldom-done hike has great wildflowers
long sleeves and no shorts. You must be an ited, call for details. John Howerton: 476-4253. HIKE: NISENE MARKS WEST RIDGE and interesting terrain. We’ll start at an old fire
early bird for this hike, have endurance and station south of Kirk Creek. 12 miles with
Join us for this 7-mile hike with 1000' elevation 2000' elevation gain. We have seen Douglas Iris,
stamina. It will take all day to hike this treach- Saturday, April 26 gain through a lovely shaded forest of red-
erous trail. Must call leader, Esperanza Her- HIKE: RANCHO SAN ANTONIO CO. PARK Scarlet Larkspur, Columbine and other great
woods, tan-bark oaks, maples and ferns. Bring flowers in past years. Meet at the Save Mart in
nandez, a week in advance or she will not be We’ll walk up the ridge from the main entrance water & lunch. Meet in Seaside at the Home
able to return your call, 678-1968. at 8:00 a.m. or call for carpool information.
to the windmill pasture above the Duveneck Depot near the gas station by 8:45 a.m. or in from Santa Cruz. Bring lunch, water, and
Farm on Rhus Ridge. 9 miles; 1500' elevation the parking lot behind Aptos Station by 9:30 sturdy shoes. Leader: Steve Legnard 402-1422.
Tuesday, April 22 gain. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Santa Cruz
SENIOR HIKE: PARADISE PARK/RINCON County Gov. Ctr. to carpool. Call Nick for ad-
Enjoy beautiful flowers in Paradise Park. We'll ditional info. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, 462-3101.
walk a fire road to Hwy. 9, cross over to Rin-
con Trail, then cross back to San Lorenzo Saturday, April 26
River. About 4 miles. Some steep uphill on fire WALK: POINT LOBOS
road and up from the river. But you can do it!!!! We'll start this 4-mile hike around beautiful
Meet before 9:30 a.m. at Sears 41st Ave. To go Point Lobos at the hwy, to Whaler's Cove, to
direct, take Hwy. 9 to Paradise Park entrance. the top of Whaler's Knoll and back via south-
Follow signs 1 mile to picnic grounds. Lunch at ern trails. Wildflowers and wildlife. Meet at
picnic area. Restrooms. Bring water, lunch, $2 Save Mart at 9:00 a.m. to carpool. Bring snack,
carpool. Leader: Pat Herzog, 458-9841. water, and optional binoculars for close-ups of
animals. Leader: Martha Saylor, 372-9215.
Tuesday, April 22
HIKE: GLEN DEVEN RANCH Saturday, April 26
Our 7-mile hike with 800' elevation gain takes KAYAKING TRIP: ELKHORN SLOUGH
us into a lovely cyn and along redwood-lined Witness wave after wave of migratory birds
Garrapata Creek. After lunch, we'll explore the landing in Elkhorn Slough amidst otters and
ranch house, a writer's studio, and then go onto seals on their way to polar regions. Depart 10:00
a ridge for spectacular views. Moderate pace a.m. from Moss Landing, Kayak Connection's
with stops to enjoy flora & fauna. Meet at the dock. Using favorable tides in both directions,
Black Bear Diner Park & Ride by 9:30 a.m. expect to be back about 4:00 p.m. Required: pre-
Bring water & lunch. Call for a reservation. vious kayaking experience, seaworthy equip-
Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777. ment. Bring lunch, water, sun protection.
During lunch we may have a question/answer
session with an Elkhorn Slough docent. Kayak
rental available at Kayak Connection. If rent-

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Tuesday, May 6 Diner Park & Ride by 9:00 a.m. Call for a reser- Saturday, May 10 leys. The Pacific, Moss Landing Power Plant
SENIOR WALK: CAPITOLA SECRET PATHS vation. Leader: Lynn Bomberger, 375-7777. WALK: CARMEL RIVER BEACH and Santa Cruz can also be seen from here.
We'll go up and down stairs (short and long) in How about a Saturday morning saunter from From the summit we’ll hike up to the bound-
Capitola from Opal Cliffs to Depot Hill. Ap- Friday, May 9 Carmel River Beach to Monastery Beach, re- ary of South Chalone Peak and return to our
prox. 4 to 5 miles. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at HIKE: EWOLDSEN TRAIL turning via the Bluff Trail? Enjoy the breath- start. This very strenuous all-day hike is only
Sears 41st Ave. Lunch at Jade Street Park. Rest- Starting at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, we'll taking views of Point Lobos and listen to the for early birds. Call leader, Esperanza Hernan-
rooms along the way. Bring water and lunch. hike a 5-mile loop up fern-lined McWay Cyn, surf. 3 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and dress dez a week in advance, 678-1968.
Leader: Margaret Fitzgerald, 475-0857. passing redwood groves to a viewpoint high for weather; wind breaker recommended.
above the ocean. Last time we saw California Bring water and snack. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Tuesday, May 13
Tuesday, May 6 Condors from this spot. The trail is steep but the parking lot at Carmel River Beach at the la- SENIOR WALK: BEAN HOLLOW/PIGEON
POINT
HIKE: JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS/EWOLDSEN we'll take it at a leisurely pace. After, we'll take goon (south end of Carmelo). Leader: Martha
This gorgeous 4-1/2 mile lollipop loop with a short stroll along the scenic waterfall trail. Saylor, 372-9215. A blooming paradise in this flat 2+ mile trail
1600' elevation gain follows McWay Creek Bring lunch and water; meet at the Black Bear south of Pescadero. over 50 species of coastal
through dense coastal redwood forest. Lunch Diner Park & Ride at 9.30 a.m. for hour-long Sunday, May 11 wildflowers. Optional 2-mile hike at Pigeon
at a panoramic overlook of the Big Sur coast- carpool. State Parks now charge an $8 parking HIKE : MT. MANUEL AND POST SUMMIT Point. Restrooms. Meet before 9:30 a.m. at
line. Moderate pace with stops to enjoy flora fee, so please bring some $ for your share. Lead- Always a great workout with great views and Sears 41st Ave. or near Shen's Gallery at Mis-
including red clintonia & possible condors. ers: Cath Farrant and Mary Dainton, 372-7427. wildflowers! 12 miles with 4000' elevation. sion & King at 9:50 a.m. Bring water, lunch, $4
Bring water & lunch. Meet at the Black Bear Looking for a tougher hike? This is the one! Be carpool. Leader: Janet Schwind, 425-3845.
Saturday, May 10 sure to dress in layers and bring plenty of
HIKE: PURISIMA CREEK REDWOODS Tuesday, May 13
water. Varied terrain and elevation gain lead to HIKE: POINT LOBOS
We should find wildflowers in this San Mateo great views and flowers. Meet at Black Bear
County Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Dinner Park & Ride at 8:30 a.m. or Sears 41st See Tuesday, April 15 for description.
District Park. About 7 miles and 1400' eleva- Ave. at 7:35 a.m. or call for carpool informa-
tion gain. Possible car shuttle. Meet at 9:30 a.m. tion. John Howerton: 476- 4253. Sunday, May18
ATTENTION: at the Santa Cruz County Government Center HIKE: PAT SPRINGS
to carpool. Call Nick for additional informa- Sunday, May 11 This is a classic Ventana hike with fantastic
Potential tion. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, 462-3101. HIKE: GARZAS CANYON views of the back country and the actual "win-
The Terrace Tr. at Garland Ranch has good dow" that the area was named after. Strenuous
14-mile hike and 1700' elevation gain. Water at
Advertisers! flowers all spring. This trail climbs to a nicely-
contoured walk above the creek. Then a steep Pat Springs. Bring water, lunch and sturdy
drop down to the creek, nice walk down- shoes. Meet at Save Mart in Carmel Valley at
stream, and finally a steep climb back out. Slow 8:30 a.m., or call for carpool information. from
Sierra Club Member
Profile pace. Bring lunch, water, good footgear, and a Santa Cruz. Leader: Steve Legnard, 402-1422.
stick for steadying on steep hills. Meet at the
Garland Ranch parking lot on Carmel Valley Saturday, May 17
Advertising in this newsletter packs
more clout into your advertising dol-
Rd. at 9:30 a.m. to get organized; hike will start HIKE: GARLAND RANCH
by 10:00 a.m. Leader Mary Gale, 626-3565. Garland has lots of wildflowers on the ridges
lars. Sierra Club members are one of the
above Garzas Creek to the east of the main en-
most valuable audiences in America.
Monday, May 12 trance. 5 miles with 1300' elevation gain. Meet
They are “opinion leaders” and “influ-
entials;” by any name they are some of HIKE PINNACLES at 9:30 a.m. at the Hwy. 1 Mar Monte exit in La
America’s most sought-after advertising
We’ll hike to North Chalone Peak, which has Selva to carpool. Call Nick for additional in-
targets. Their own purchasing activity is a 360º view with 218-mile visibility on a clear formation. Leader: Nick Wyckoff, 462-3101.
substantial. But, more important, they day. Breathtaking vistas of the San Joaquin,
influence others—in everything from Gabilan, Santa Lucia Mtn. Ranges as well as Saturday, May 17
opinion and outlook to choice of prod- views of beautiful Salinas and San Benito Val- HIKE: PESCADERO CREEK
ucts. They are not only consumers, but A 10-mile hike through a 6500-acre redwood-
forested watershed along one of the major
creeks in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We'll hike
also doers and leaders.

the Old Haul Road Trail, and sections of the


Pomponio, Bear Ridge, Canyon and Tarwater
Club Members are among the most
Loop trails. Meet at the Santa Cruz County
active, affluent audiences of adventure
Government Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
travelers and year-round outdoor
Bring water, lunch, and $5 carpool. Leader: Ed
sports enthusiasts your advertising dol-
Gilbert, 685-8389.
lars can buy. It’s an unduplicated audi-
ence with the power to buy your prod-
ucts and services.

Median Age: 41 CLASSIFIEDS


Sierra Club Members are Great Prospects
Male/Female: 63% / 37%
Median Household Income: $56,227 Rates: $5 per line for Sierra Club members. Pay-
Attended/Graduated College: 81% ment must accompany all ads. Make checks
Professional/Technical/Managerial: 36% payable to: Sierra Club. Approx. 35 characters
per line. Spaces and punctuation count as char-
Outdoor Sports Enthusiasts acters. Typewritten or computer generated copy
only.
Backpacking/Hiking 4 times more active
than the average adult HAVE YOU DISCOVERED SHAVER LAKE
Mountain Biking 5 times more active yet?? www.shaverlakelogcabin.com.
Cross-Country Skiing 5 times more active Do you use a non-power (push) lawnmower?
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HOW IS CLIMATE CHANGING YOU?
Source: 1996 MRI Doublebase

How are you changing your lifestyle to cope


with Climate Change? The editor wants to
For Rate Information, Contact:
Debbie Bulger - 457-1036 know. Email: dfbulger@cruzio.com.

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Ventana Chapter
Mailing Address—The Ventana Chapter, P.O. Box 5667, Carmel, CA, 93921
Phone: 624-8032 (Santa Cruz Group Phone: 426-4453) Website: www.ventana.sierraclub.org

Chapter Executive Committee


Chapter Chair Rita Dalessio 16 Via Las Encinas Carmel Valley, CA 93924 659-7046
Treasurer Joel Weinstein 140 Carmel Riviera Dr. Carmel, CA 93923 625-5586
Other Members Julie Engell 15040 Charter Oak Blvd. Prunedale, CA 93907 633-8709
George Jammal 601 Manzanita Ave. Felton, CA 95018 706-4233
Beverly Bean 39 Calera Cyn Rd. Salinas, CA 93908 484-2451
Steve Zmak 3200 Crescent Ave. Marina, CA 93933 883-4459
Heather Zissler 615 Lobos Ave. #B Pac. Grove, CA 93950 541-337-7511
Eva Haase 842 Pine Ave., Apt. 3 Pac. Grove, CA 93950 541-510-0309
Admin Chair/Sec Mary Gale 25430 Telarana Way Carmel, CA 93923 626-3565
Coastal Chair
Conservation Committee
Co-chairs Gudrun Beck 23765 Spectacular Bid Monterey, CA 93940 655-8586
Gillian Taylor 52 La Rancheria Carmel Valley, CA 93924 659-0298
Local Wilderness Committee
Chair
Computer Database
Stephanie Kearns 740 30th Ave. #67 Santa Cruz, CA 95062 475-1308
NC/NRCC Reps George Jammal 601 Manzanita Ave. Felton, CA 95018 706-4233
Patricia Matejcek P.O. Box 2067 Santa Cruz, CA 95063 768-8187
Population Committee
Chair Harriet Mitteldorf 942 Coral Dr. Pebble Beach, CA 93953 373-3694
Political Chair Terry Hallock P.O. Box 22993 Carmel, CA 93922 915-0266
Sierra Club Council
Delegate George Jammal 601 Manzanita Ave. Felton, CA 95018 706-4233
Alternate Rita Dalessio 16 Via Las Encinas Carmel Valley, CA 93924 659-7046
Transportation Committee
Chair Neil Agron 26122 Carmel Knolls Dr. Carmel, CA 93923 624-3038
Outings Chair Anneliese Suter 9500 Center St. #53 Carmel, CA 93923 624-1467
Membership Chair
Ventana Editor Debbie Bulger 1603 King St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 457-1036
Pajaro River Committee
Co-chairs Lois Robin 4701 Nova Dr. Santa Cruz, CA 95062 464-1184
JoAnn Baumgartner P.O. Box 1766 Watsonville, CA 95077 722-5556
Forestry Chair Jodi Frediani 1015 Smith Grade Santa Cruz, CA 95060 426-1697

Santa Cruz County Group of the Ventana Chapter


Group Office: 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz, next to Actorsʼ Theatre Website: www.ventana.sierraclub.org
Mailing Address: Sierra Club, Santa Cruz Group, P.O. Box 604, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0604
Phone: 831-426-HIKE (426-4453), Fax: 831-426-LEAD (426-5323), email: scscrg@cruzio.com

Executive Committee
Chair Aldo Giacchino 1005 Pelton Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 460-1538
VEGAN SHOES
Vice Chair Kevin Collins P.O. Box 722 Felton, CA 95018 335-4196
Secretary Shandra D. Handley 147 S. River St., Ste. 221 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 477-1981
Other members Kristen Raugust 454 Swanton Road Davenport, CA 95017 423-8566
Charles Paulden 415 Palisades Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062 462-3423
Paul Elerick 1960 Jennifer Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 688-2304
Dennis Davie P.O. Box 651 Capitola, CA 95010 427-2626
David Kossack P.O. Box 268 Davenport, CA 95017 427-3733
Patricia Matejcek P.O. Box 2067 Santa Cruz, CA 95063 768-8187
Treasurer Aldo Giacchino 1005 Pelton Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 460-1538
Conservation Chair Patricia Matejcek P.O. Box 2067 Santa Cruz, CA 95063 768-8187
Forestry Chair Jodi Frediani 1015 Smith Grade Santa Cruz, CA 95060 426-1697
Outings Chair George Jammal 601 Manzanita Ave. Felton, CA 95018 706-4233
Transportation Chair
Paul Elerick 1960 Jennifer Dr. Aptos, CA 95003 688-2304
Political Chair Gary Lasky 2350 Felt Street Santa Cruz, CA 95062 476-5702
Coastal Chair Patricia Matejcek P.O. Box 2067 Santa Cruz, CA 95063 768-8187
Water Chair Ken Reiller 990 Hecker Pass Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 728-4046

MEETING SCHEDULE
Ventana Chaper (Monterey Co.) Santa Cruz Regional Group
Information: 624-8032 Information: 426-4453
Meeting Place: Sierra Club Office, 1001
Executive Committee: Center St., Santa Cruz, Suite 11.
Last Thursday of the month; Call for
meeting place & time. Executive Committee:
Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Conservation Committee: Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
As needed.
For dates and times call 655-8586 Conservation Committee:
Call Conservation Chair for meeting
times and dates: 768-8187

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The gentle art and pleasure of


gardening for butterflies is one way to
light a slender candle of hope as the
relentless forces of humanity disturb,
fragment, homogenize, and destroy
the natural habitat, snuffing out the
shining lights of individual species
one by one.
—STANWYN G. SHETLER, "BUTTERFLY GARDENING AND
CONSERVATION," BUTTERFLY GARDENING, CREATING SUM-
MER MAGIC IN YOUR GARDEN, XERCES SOCIETY, 1990.

Erica Crawford
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