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. 

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…

My Walk among the Giants

California’s redwoods are in trouble; Save the Redwoods League strives to help.

The Big Stink in Carson

People suffered headaches, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting. What caused the big stink?

Links of Interest

On Jan. 1, a state law will go into effect that requires Californians to separate all organic material from their other garbage. That means adding food waste such as coffee grounds, eggshells, banana peels, moldy bread, last night’s table scraps and those vegetables at the back of your fridge that are starting to look slimy…

“Pack It In; Pack It Out! And…”

By Cheryl Frick …that means orange peels too!  They can take six months to decompose.  In a drier climate, they can last indefinitely.

Let’s Get Together:

Local communities gained a say in decisions that affect air pollution in the harbor area with the passage of AB617.

Land and Sea Is the Life for Me:

Northern elephant seals spend up to 86% of their time at sea submerged, taking dives of 20-25 minutes on average.

The Taber Grove: A Gift from Good Neighbors

Longtime active Sierra Club members John and Lynn Taber envisioned turning a small, overgrown and weedy pocket park on the east side of Rolling Hills Estates into a space that would entice residents to get outdoors and enjoy time in nature. The Tabers brought a proposal to the city and to their much-beloved Palos Verdes…

Wilderness First Aid Course

A three-day Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Aid course will be offered to WTC staff and students in June, 2022.  Click title to download a flyer.  If this course reaches full enrollment, an additional course will be offered in Fall, 2022.

Help Us Get Social

The PV-SB Sierra Club is more than outdoor activities and environmental action. We’ve enjoyed quarterly get-togethers (often with guest speakers) plus annual trips to the Hollywood Bowl, local theater and potlucks. Now that our Social Chair, Joyce White, has stepped down, we need someone to step up and keep the good times rolling. If you’re…

What Lies Beneath

Decades of legal and illegal dumping off the Palos Verdes coast have left a toxic legacy.


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