The Foggy View News

The Foggy View is the newsletter of the Palos Verdes-South Bay Group with the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. Our group includes those members residing in Carson, Gardena, Harbor City, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, San Pedro, Torrance and Wilmington. 

The ExCom Welcomes Elizabeth Neat and Shera Dolmatz

You may recognize the names of our new ExCom members from their writing for the Foggy View. We look forward to more contributions from them. Elizabeth                                                            Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is a Sierra Club program that provides safe and fun outdoor experiences for youth and adults from marginalized communities. ICO is part of the Outdoors…

Foggy View Hiatus

March 2023 will be the last update of the Foggy View or the website until we get a new editor. The only part of the website that will remain current is the Calendar, which is linked to Campfire. For information about hikes, click “Calendar” on the top green bar. You can print out a list…

See a Reggie? Tell the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

By Gwendolyn Henry Have you ever seen or encountered wildlife and wanted to report it to CDFW online? You can using the Wildlife Incident Reporting (WIR) system! Reports made using the WIR system aid CDFW’s research and add to statistics on wildlife reports. If you have difficulty (such as wildlife getting into trash cans) or…

Liane Minckler Joins Communications Team

The Foggy View is happy to welcome our new copy editor, LIane Minckler. Liane says, “I have lived in Colorado my whole life and immensely enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and skiing. I also love water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and lake activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking. I…

Holiday Leader Appreciation Lunch

We celebrated our hard-working leaders and enjoyed socializing over a bountiful Pollo Inka lunch. Photos by Marilee Tadler, human companion to our Monday night mascot, Jag

Holiday Lights Hike

Bill Lavoie led us on our annual Holiday Lights Hike in Torrance’s Sleepy Hollow neighborhood.

Holiday Party and Leader Appreciation Lunch

Please join us for our   Holiday Party and Leader Appreciation Luncheon Sun, Dec 11, 2022,1:00 pm  El Pollo Inka, Peninsula Center. Join us for holiday fun and spirit and leader recognition for the countless hours they volunteer each week. Price: $29 per person. Limited to 50 participants.  Please RSVP early to Leader Bill Lavoie:…

A Mammoth Good Time

The PV-SB Group’s popular Mammoth bus trip returned this year.

The Thunderbird Rises:

The California condor is the largest land bird in North America.

What is the ExCom Anyway?

You may have heard them term “ExCom” bandied about at Sierra Club events. You may even have been urged to join it. But what is it? It stands for Executive Committee, not to be confused with “ex-con.” It’s the officers of the group, plus a few others, who keep the PV-SB Group going. Find their names,…

Raptor Rapture

Volunteers tracking individual raptor nests over years build a picture of how human activity is impacting wildlife.

This Year’s Team Sierra City Hike 

by Elizabeth Neat, PV-SB Group member. Photo ©Ann Salvador. Used by permission. What sights or experiences come to mind when you think of Downtown LA?  For me, it has been hotels and conventions and getting lost driving in a maze of freeway ramps and one-way streets. That said, I recently signed on to help organize…

Earth Day Round-up

Local Earth Day events in April provided an opportunity to recruit new Sierra Club members. The South Bay Parkland Conservancy’s celebration in Redondo Beach’s Wilderness Park offered an array of food and activities, including an overnight camp out. Though they didn’t stay overnight, members of our ExCom Dave Wiggins, Al Sattler and Bill Lavoie were…

Along the Path

Native bees are much more efficient than honey bees because they have evolved with native flowers.

Safeguarding White Sage

Unfortunately, most of the white sage being sold is poached from the wild and local populations are being decimated.

Along the Path: The Wisdom of the Sages

Our local coastal sage scrub is more than just pretty and fragrant. Sage and sagebrush were important for food and medicine to the Tongva, the indigenous people of the South Bay.

Earth Day Activities

***Sierra Club Re-mobilizes for Earth Day*** Click to find out how you can help. Saturday, April 23Palos Verdes Peninsula Land ConservancyEarth Day CelebrationWhite Point Nature Preserve9:00am – 12:00pm1600 West Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA Saturday, April 23AltaSeaCelebrating our Blue Earth10:00am – 1:30pm2451 South Signal Street, Berth 58, San Pedro, CA April 23-24Aquarium…


SEPTEMBER  10-13, 2022 ,  SATURDAY – TUESDAY Back by popular demand! Join us for four fun days of hiking in the spectacular Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, John Muir’s favorite place on Earth.  Participants must be fit to hike 5-7 miles in hilly terrain at high altitude.  The daylong hikes include many breaks and 45 minutes for lunch. There will be…

Air, Land and Sea: Microplastics Are Everywhere

By Shera Dolmatz New evidence illustrates that the ocean is sending minuscule bits of plastic pollution back into the air and onto the land. Bodies of water long believed to be the final resting grounds for discarded plastics are not the last stop.  The atmosphere, ocean, and waterways working together keep microplastics cycling throughout the…

Concerned about Electric Bikes and Other Inappropriate Uses of Trails?

By Vicky Hoover, member, Recreation Issues Subteam Photo by Karl Forsgaard Do one, two, three, or even more, of the issues below bother you?  Interest you?  Concern you?  Upset you? Make you feel some action is needed toward better management? Off-road vehicles (motorcycles, electric bicycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, jet-skis, etc—whether creating noise, conflict with hikers, or…

Get Trained in Wilderness First Aid

A two-day Wilderness First Aid Course (WFAC) will be held on Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15 in Fullerton. The Saturday class will be indoors, with skills exercises in an outdoor courtyard. The Sunday class will be outdoors in a park. Both Saturday and Sunday sessions will have COVID precautions including masks and appropriate…


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