Rain Delay: Volunteer Training Postponed

sgmf volunteers image.jpgUPDATE ON FEB. 17: Because of heavy rains, we have postponed the volunteer training planned for this weekend. We’ll post a new date when it’s confirmed. 

Want to help protect the San Gabriel Mountains and become a community leader? Volunteer for San Gabriel Mountains Forever! We are recruiting volunteers for a special training on Saturday, February 18 in El Monte.

Attendees will learn about our coalition and upcoming volunteer opportunities, as well as hearing about ways of engaging community support. All are welcome! Complimentary breakfast and snacks will also be provided.

WHAT:
SGMF Volunteer Training

WHEN:
Saturday, February 18, 2017

WHERE:
Jeff Seymour Family Center
10900 Mulhall St.
Room 9
El Monte, California 91731

HOW:
RSVP via Facebook Questions? Contact Roberto Morales at roberto [at] morales [at] sierraclub [dot] org or 818-400-6340.

Future Leaders: Welcome, 11th Cohort!

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 9.35.41 AM.pngWe’re excited to introduce the 11th San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy: Angela Miramontes, Araceli “Celi” Hernandez, Art Moy, Brian Velez, Daniel Ramli, Dorothy Wong, Edward Duong, Gabriel Machain, Jasmine Sara, Jeanette Ramirez, Karen Gutierrez, Rebecca Contreras, Liliana Griego, Maricela Rosales, and Payton Robinson. We held our orientation class on January 14 with a visit to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, where we were joined by Leadership Academy alumni/SGMF members Andrew Fung Yip, Amy Wong, Xochicuicatl Valenzuela, and Cuauhtemotzin Hache.

#GivingTuesday: Give to Protect and Improve the San Gabriel Mountains Region

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Please consider a donation to SGMF to help us advance our work. With additional support, we can fund more:

  • Efforts to increase transit-to-trails shuttle services, so more of our communities can access the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
  • Leadership Academy projects to engage community members and improve the region
  • Clean-up and improvement projects to protect our water, natural resources, recreational amenities, and wildlife — and make it safer and more welcoming for Angelenos to enjoy the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Please consider a donation today!

Leadership Academy: Graduation Celebration for the 10th Cohort

What a great night celebrating the graduation of the 10th cohort of our Leadership Academy!

Congratulations to the graduates: Bryan Quan, Carlos Diaz, Liliana Camacho Guzman, Yara Herrarte, Jose Jimenez, Jelani Khalfani, Kevin Liao, Rebecca Leung, Bryan Matsumoto, Jose Molina, Francisco Ojeda, Diego Paniagua, Elaine Valenzuela.

 

East Fork Project: Public Meetings

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Public meetings are being held this this week in Baldwin Park and Arcadia to discuss the East Fork Project. You can help us by providing public input!

We’re working with the US Forest Service (USFS) and The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) to make sure that improvements to the East Fork serve our communities and protect our precious public lands.

We want to improve the area for recreation and also protect water and wildlife. Currently there is a shortage of trails and safe access points, and water quality and aquatic life are threatened by illegal dams, mechanical mineral dredging, and disease.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 6-8:30 pm
WHERE: Julia McNeill Senior Center, Celebration Hall, 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 11 am-1:30 pm
WHERE: Angeles National Forest HQ, 701 North Saint Anita Ave, Arcadia

They are seeking comments from the public on the following matters:

What environmental issues should be analyzed?

Are there alternatives that should be evaluated that will meet the purpose and need for the project?

What mitigation measures would help avoid or minimize any negative impacts?

Written comments will also be accepted via email at commentspacificsouthwest-angeles@fs.fed.us. Comments must be received no later than November 30, 2016.

Measure A: Why We Support the Parks Measure

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Access to open, green space is something we think about every day at SGMF.

We see social, health, environmental, and economic benefits from efforts to green our neighborhoods with more parks and green spaces. It’s why we are proud to be on the Our Parks coalition and we support Measure A, The Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks Measure of 2016.

At a recent meeting, we talked about ways to spread the word about the measure and asked our SGMF colleagues to jot down the first thing that came to mind when thinking about why it’s so important. Here’s what we had to say:

  • We need to provide more access to public, open space for underserved communities
  • Our communities need more green spaces to play, all across LA county
  • Parks provide recreational opportunities for kids to play — off the streets
  • Parks are where we can build community with our neighbors
  • Parks help us connect to our land
  • For children in LA County with special needs, parks are an important location for occupational therapy and ADD therapy
  • More parks are crucial for the physical and mental health of both children and adults in Los Angeles