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Ride List for April 2018

March 25 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Marty Hambright, 858-587-0272.

March 25 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am at Carmel Valley Community Center (3777 Townsgate Dr.) for a scenic 43 mi ride through Rancho SF, Carlsbad and Encinitas with a snack stop in Solana Beach on our coastal return. Rain cancels. If weather is questionable, call ride leader on morning of ride. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262, Mobile: 619-246-1893.

April 1 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ellen Scott, 619-405-4819.

April 1 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, steep grade(s), 12-14 mph average pace.
Join us at 9 am in the parking lot west of the Admin Bldg of the Lawrence Welk Resort (8860 Lawrence Welk Dr off Champagne Blvd, 10 mi N of Escondido) for a 40 mi scenic loop over to Rainbow. This ride has four long uphill climbs, each followed by a spectacular downhill cruise. Bring $ for a mid-ride snack. Rain cancels. Leader: David Johnson, 858-483-5877.

April 8 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ron Manherz, 858-587-0272.

April 8 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:45 am at Westfield Mall in Escondido. Take Via Rancho Pky east off I-15 to Beethoven Street, turn left and park in lot behind 24 Hour Fitness Club. This 35 mi route explores the rural areas and neighborhoods of Escondido and San Marcos. Snack stop if the group decides. Rain cancels. Leader: Cynthia Katz, 818-823-7099.

April 15 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Lynn Reaser, 619-255-6819.

April 22 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
On the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, join us for the Sunday Ride starting from Mission Bay. Meet at 9 am in the parking lot immediately north of the Mission Bay Visitor Center. We’ll stop for a short visit to Earth Day in Balboa Park. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Marty Hambright, 858-587-0272.

April 22 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
NEW ROUTE! Meet at 8:45 am at Pepper Park in National City (I-5 to Bay Marina Dr., right onto Bay Marina Dr., then left at Marina Way, right at bend at marina, left into pkg lot. These turns are very quick.) for a 35 mi junior express ride to Otay Lakes. This route has elements of my ride to the Olympic Training Center with some segments on busy roads and others on new roads with very little traffic. About 1,700 feet of climbing. Snack stop on the way back. Leader: Myles Pomeroy, 858-565-7262, Mobile: 619-246-1893.

April 29 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: 21 to 35 mi, rolling hills.
The 1st, 2nd & 5th Sunday of each month, meet at 9 am at the Carmel Valley Community Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, across the street from the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center, 1/2 mi E of I-5. Route & leaders vary each week. Come for the social pace of this ride. Leader: Ron Manherz, 858-587-0272.

April 29 – SUNDAY
Difficulty Rating: over 35 mi, moderate hills, 12-14 mph average pace.
Meet at 8:30 am in the De Anza Cove parking lot of Mission Bay for a 35-40 mi ride along bike paths to Ocean Beach and Nimitz Blvd to the lighthouse in Cabrillo Nat. Monument. Please bring your park pass if you have one. Optional hill ride to tide pools. We’ll stop for snacks after the decent from the hill. Bring provisions, water and money. Leader: Dawn Nowlin, 858-254-8171.

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My Experience at the 2018 Women’s March in San Diego

I asked a few members of the Sierra Club San Diego to tell me about their experience at the 2018 Women’s March. Approximately 1.6 million people participated in the March across the United States to celebrate women and to march for a number of issues that affect everyone nationwide! Over 37,000 participants attended the event in San Diego and roughly 4000 in North County at Palomar College. We would love to hear about your experience and what the march means for you. We welcome your comments below.

Karenlee Robinson, Sierra Club San Diego Steering Committee Member 
At the San Diego Women's Day March with Karenlee RobinsonArriving at 7 am at the County Administrative Center on the morning of the Women’s March to set up the Sierra Club booth, my husband, Jay, and I worried that maybe not many people would attend the March this year. I feared that the publicity had not been as great nor as well orchestrated as last year. But as the morning progressed, slowly the crowd began to grow and then swell to fill the event area and then suddenly there was just a sea of people with signs galore. Most all of the signs were hand made with very personal, inspiring, creative and provocative messages. This definitely is a grass roots movement…you could just feel the energy in the crowd. One of the best signs was “Grab Them by the Midterms”. As always the goal is to somehow transform that energy into continued activism. At the Sierra Club Booth over 100 people signed post cards to send to Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, protesting the planned reduction of National Parks and the opening those areas to mining and drilling. People also signed up wanting to volunteer with the Sierra Club expressing the need to “Do Something” to insure our environment is protected and that our planet survives the growing climate change crisis. In short the March exceeded all expectations! It provided needed encouragement and support…We are Not Alone!

Jody Stell, Sierra Club Member and Chapter Outing Leader

Sierra Club San Diego Booth at the 2018 Women's March with Jody Stell
This past Saturday was my first experience doing a march and I was very glad to have participated. Two friends and I carpooled then walked to the Waterfront Park, where the areas was buzzing with activity – representatives from groups manned booths and met with participants, sharing their vision, looking for petition signatures, or just drumming up excitement for their cause. People running for office were shaking hands and educating constituents. Reading signs alone could entertain you for hours – from profound, deep famous quotes to hilarious satirical drawings.

After about one and a half hours of speeches from a variety of women and organizations, the actual March began. We held our signs up high and proud, chanted along with megaphoned leaders, and enjoyed drumming and other music from the sidelines. It was a crisp gorgeous puffy-cloud day and I was very honored and humbled to be living in a country where this type of freedom of expression is welcomed and celebrated.

Starla Rivers, Sierra Club Member and Activist

At the 2018 San Diego Women's March with Sierra Club Member and Activist Starla RiversFor me, the Women’s March is about more than who sits in the White House. It is about environmental justice, reproductive justice, social justice and many other “justices” that are denied or abrogated under right wing regimes for women, people of color, immigrants, and worst of all – children. The individuals who scream the loudest about individual responsibility are among the first to deny individual rights. They want to classify families by color and gender rather than by love. They want to categorize children as either deserving (in utero) or undeserving (life long access to clean air and water, health care and education). They want to denigrate immigrants as rapists and murderers rather than welcome hard working people seeking what our immigrant ancestors sought – freedom and opportunity.

I find the women and men who participate in the March and other similar activist activities to generally be seekers of truth and compromise, believers in education and strong work ethics, supporters of law enforcement and military personnel, protectors of love and families, and caretakers of our Mother Earth. Celebrating accomplishments and setting goals with 37,000 other energetic and joyful people on January 20, 2018 gave me hope and commitment that I will carry into the November elections.

Cynthia Wootton, Sierra Club Conservation Committee Member

Cynthia Wootton at the 2018 Women's MarchI feel deeply grateful to all the women, men, organizations, politicians, tribes and everyone who came to the Women’s March this January 20 2018 and the last one. I worked for many years in a corporate environment where there was gossip and back biting between women, gender inequality and sexual harassment. For me, this march filled me with empowerment, strength, renewed vigor and hope. As one sign said “EMPOWERED WOMEN EMPOWER WOMEN.”

The refrain of Muse song “Uprising” was sung by a local San Diego band The Resizters and seemed to fit the mood of the movement:

“They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious!”

There were women of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, races. One sign said “DIVERSITY IS AMERICA’S SUPERPOWER.” Everyone was there for one purpose as someone’s sign said, “SOLIDARITY.” Some had signs saying “I’M WITH HER.” They had arrows pointing to all marchers around them, or of Star Wars Princess Leia, or of the earth, or the Statue of Liberty. Some faces were smiling and laughing, others were fierce. One sign said “PERSIST, RESIST, INSIST.“ There were no special outfits, everyone came only to share their commitment to each other, their determination to be the change, as a sign said “UNITED WE STAND.” Men were here too to support our cause. One sign said “PEOPLE OF QUALITY DON’T FEAR EQUALITY.” Some women brought their children and dogs. One sign said “UNITY, EQUALITY & JUSTICE FOR ALL” Although some faces looked tired, they continued to chant “TELL ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE? THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!”

There were many signs that expressed frustration with current government policies and commitment to help our planet earth, prevent climate change, support science and to change our government in the primaries and midterm elections this year.

Our movement needs a song the way “We shall overcome was the song of the sixties.” Maybe it’s the refrain by Muse I feel hopeful, as one sign said, “THERE IS A NEW DAY ON THE HORIZON”.

Suzi Sandore, Sierra Club North County Section Executive Committee
Sierra Club San Diego North Country Section at the 2018 Women's March in North CountyBeing part of the Women’s March in North County was amazing! It was great to see so many people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds coming together to have their voices heard.

We had a number of new and existing Sierra Club members join us at Palomar College for the March.

In addition to promoting women’s rights, people were sharing their views on the current administration. We saw messaging on signs that were humorous in nature, some were angry and some were motivational. One of my favorite initiatives is “Turning Congress Blue”. People were promoting the “Blue Wave” wearing blue gloves and blue ribbons to spread the word!

We look forward to having an even larger contingency for next year’s March.

New Year’s Resolution: Going Green

Is Being Green on Your New Year’s List of Resolutions?

You may remember Kermit the Frog singing the tune “it’s not easy being green”. Here are some tips from Michelle De Nicola on what you can do to live a greener lifestyle. Choose a couple of items and include them in your New Year’s List of Resolutions.

Reusables, Not Disposables:
+ Towel Power – Use cloth towels instead of paper towels. Dedicate a few kitchen towels to drying produce after you wash it, and put a washcloth in with your baby greens to absorb moisture. Use a bar mob or sponge to clean up counter spills, and keep one for floor messes too.

+ BYO Towel – Keep a washcloth or small towel in your bag or car and at work, so when you are on the go, you can dry your hands with your own personal towel, instead of creating paper towel waste or using electricity from running electric hand dryer.

+ BYO Bags – Get reusable bags for all your shopping. Also try the mesh produce bags. Don’t buy into the so-called reusable plastic shopping bags or the paper bags at checkout. If you forgot your bags, grab a cart and wheel your groceries to your car.

+ Reusable Food Storage Bags – These will save you money and cut down on resources used to make virgin single-use plastic bags.

+ BYO Utensils – Not just for camping, you can get a set of reusable utensils for your lunch bag, backpack, briefcase, and car so you’re never in need of a plastic
“single use” utensil again.

+ Bye, Bottled Water – It takes more water to make the plastic bottle of bottled water than to fill it up. Get a reusable, washable bottle instead.

+ Rechargeable batteries – Buy a few sets of rechargeable batteries with chargers instead of buying single-use.

Go Tree-less
+ Paper & Paper Products – Switch you office paper and paper products to a tree-free alternative, such as paper made from sugar cane or 100% post-consumer product. Not just printer paper, but also toilet paper, tissues, napkins, and paper towels.

+ Public Paper – Opt out of using paper towel in public restrooms.

Go Paperless
+ Bills – Sign up for e-statements so your bills get delivered to your email inbox, not your mailbox. Less mail sorting, too!

+ Ditch the Receipts – Many retailers can now email and text receipts to you at the point of sale. Choose whenever you can. Plus, you’ll have more room in your wallet for other things, like cash!

To-Go Green
+ Say No to To-Go boxes – Bring your own sandwich box when you eat out. If you’re picking up an order, bring your own bag.

+ BYO Mug – Carry a travel mug or tumbler with you for beverages on the go. Or make beverages at home and enjoy them on the go

Plastic – Reduce & Replace
+ Water Filtration – Buy a water filter pitcher or a filter for you kitchen sink. It’ll give you more filtered water for less money than bottled water.

+ Bioplastic Bags – Replace your plastic trash bags and doggie doo bags with bioplastic. It’s made from plants and is biodegradeable, unlike its petroleum counterpart.

+ Straws – When you dine out, tell your waiter or bartender you don’t want a straw. If you must have a straw, choose reusable (& get a cleaning kit), bioplastic, or recycled paper.

+ Avoid Polystyrene – Polystyrene is often called Styrofoam, but they’re not the same thing. Polystyrene (PS) is what the foamy white cups and to-go containers are made from. It’s toxic to make and leaches toxins into your food, especially when hot.

Home Improvement
+ Bamboo, Baby! – Ditch the hardwood and choose bamboo for just about everything. It makes great flooring, countertops cabinets, fences, and furniture. And since it’s a quickly-growing reed, it’s super sustainable and naturally pest-resistant.

+ Recycled & Re-purposed – Recycled glass and recycled stone counter tops are beautiful, durable, easy to clean, and much friendlier to the planet than new quarried stone slabs.

+ Reuse – Check out thrift stores for decor, before you hit the retail stores.

Reduce Gas Usage
+ Use Public Transportation – Try Amtrak, the Coaster, the Trolley, bus lines, bike, or walking. Try splitting a cab or ride sharing too.

+ Carpool – You’ll use less gas and you can share the costs with your fellow riders.

+ Shop Local – Buy locally-grown foods at one of the many farmer’s markets in the county. There’s less transportation involved in getting the foods to you, thus reducing the carbon footprint of what you buy.

Water Conservation
+ Water Off – When you wash your hands, lather up with the water off. Keep it off while brushing your teeth, too.

+ Go – Put a water-filled container in your toilet tank for less water useage per flush.

+ Green Thumb: Make your yard and garden water-wise. The City of San Diego has water conservation tips on its website.

Reduce Energy Usage
+ Switch to LED lightbulbs – They use far less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs, and less that compact fluorescents, too. Plus they don’t contain mercury like compact fluorescent bulbs, and put out very little heat.

+ Lights Out – For an easy way to power down, plug devices into power strips around you home. Just flip the switch to turn off everything at once.

+ Save with OhmConnect – Sign up at for free and join the Sierra Club team. You’ll save money and earn points while helping to keep the dirtiest power plants offline during peak hours.

Reduce Waste
+ Compost – Start a compost bin to keep food waste out of the dump, where it rots and releases methane, a major greenhouse gas. The City of San Diego holds free composting classes–just check their website,

+ Diaper Dilemma – Switch to cloth instead of using disposables, which sit around in landfills for 250 – 500 years. Rubber help with waterproofing. If you’re traveling, try biodegradable bamboo diapers.

+ Reuse & Recycle Foil – Don’t buy into the marketing of using foil to avoid doing dishes. Aluminum can be recycled using just 5% of the energy it takes to make a new product. If you must buy foil, go with 100% recycled product.

+ Packaging – Consider the packaging of products you buy and how you’ll recycle it.

Kind Food Choices
+ Go Organic – Pesticides are harmful for humans, animals, and pollinating insects, like bees. One of the most widely-used pesticides, Roundup, contains a key ingredient called glyphosate. It’s a probable human carcinogen that’s present in high amounts in some very popular foods—like a cereal brand often fed to toddlers, brand name chips, cookies, and more. Glyphosate also binds to nutrients, pulling them out of the soil and out of food, decreasing nutritional value. Because it’s water soluble, glyphosate in crop runoff pollutes soil and water sources beyond the area that’s sprayed.

+ Just Say ‘No’ to GMO – Many GMO plants are resistant to pesticides, so multiple rounds of pesticide are sprayed on them to repel insects. Because of the wind and pollinators, like bees, some of the DNA can travel to organic farms and contaminate the crops. To create GMOs, biotech companies alter DNA structure, adding in what nature never intended. This alteration also allows them to patent the plant, and thus own it. We human guinea pigs don’t yet know the full extent of GMOs on our health. Something else to consider–biotech and chemical companies are in control of more of our food supply than our farmers.

+ Real Food, Not Processed – The more you buy plants and grains that are in their whole form, the more nutrition they’ll have and the more money you’ll save. You’ll have less packaging waste, too.

+ Support Sustainable & Fair Companies – You vote with your dollars every time you buy products. Support food and beverage companies with sustainable farming practices—not those who destroy the rain forests and the soil, spray toxins onto our crops, or pollute our rivers, land, and air. Choose companies that are fair to people and humane to animals.

About the Author
Michelle became involved in the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club this past January 2017. She’s a member of the Conservation Committee, working on Zero Waste and Environmental Justice issues, and the new Conservation Chair for the S
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How the Sierra Club is transforming into a more equitable, just and inclusive organization

All across America, the Sierra Club is hosting workshops for staff and volunteers to transform the organization to one that is more equitable, just and inclusive. Recently 4 volunteers, Mayela Manasjan (North County Coastal Group), Kelly Conrad (North County Group), Bobbi Jo Chavarria (San Gorgonio Chapter) and Stefanie Maio (San Diego Chapter) attended the Growing for Change Workshop in Denver, Colorado. At the workshop the representatives from Southern California had the opportunity to meet people from across the country who were interested in learning how they could be part of the club’s transformation.

Over the two days, participants learned more about the history of the Sierra Club including the founding of the club by a group of privileged individuals and how the club is looking to incorporate the Jemez Principles in this journey of transformation.

The Jemez Principles have been endorsed by the Sierra Club Board of Directors as a set of guidelines designed to help people from different struggles and communities work together in solidarity.

Each of attendees are sharing what they learned at the Growing for Change workshop with their respective Executive Committees or Steering Committees to encourage everyone to incorporate the Jemez Principles in transforming the Club.

How can you make a difference? Learn more about the Jemez Principles and try to incorporate them in your daily lives.

Jemez Principles:
• Be Inclusive
• Emphasis on Bottom-Up Organizing
• Let People Speak for Themselves
• Work Together In Solidarity and Mutuality
• Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves
• Commitment to Self-Transformation

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Think Globally, Act Locally

While I was visiting family in early May, a favorite aunt (she’s as environmentally passionate as I am) and I saw the trailer for “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power and we clapped and hooted in the movie theater.  We were so excited for this movie to come out.  At the time, I thought in my head, “I would love to put together a group of friends to go see this then have a discussion afterwards about it”.  Well, my dream came true…without me even having to plan it.  In mid-July, our San Diego Sierra Club chapter invited its Chapter Outing Leaders to a pre-screening of Al Gore’s documentary at the Mission Valley AMC theater, two weeks before general release.  It was to be accompanied by a panel discussion afterwards.  I signed up immediately.

The day came, and three friends of mine carpooled down to the screening with me.  We enjoyed the movie about the Climate Crisis (yet to be honest, it’s hard to ‘enjoy’ something that’s scaring you so much about the future of our planet; more on that later), then the speakers for the panel began.  Leaders and representatives from the Sequoia Foundation, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, and a Gore disciple from his renowned training program spoke to the audience.  They were so passionate, excited, and knowledgeable that it really gave me hope!

If you see the movie and end up wanting to spread the message, there is a PDF or PowerPoint presentation designed to educate in ten minutes at the Climate Reality website called the “Truth in 10“.  If everyone is unable to see the entire documentary, they can at least know the important facts from this.

That same week, a Wilderness Basics Course friend reached out via Facebook asking if anyone wanted to join her for the July 19 Activists Orientation (there was second one held on August 17 too).  After seeing the movie and hearing the speakers, I was in!  I felt like I had to do something but I didn’t know what.  I thought this Orientation may give me some guidance.

Ally and Morgan are the young, friendly co-coordinators for activism in our Chapter.  The Orientation was well-organized and casual, yet very informative.  Presentations were given by many Chapter subcommittees, including the Political Committee and the Conservation Committee.  Even though I’ve been a fairly active member of the Club since 2002, it was a great refresher and I actually learned a lot more than I had known in the first place.

In conclusion, “An Inconvenient Truth” was very interesting but also a bit depressing.  I wanted some better news at the end of the movie, but the panel discussion and the Activists Orientation gave me that better news.  And a plan for moving forward with hope.  There are numerous opportunities within our Chapter for helping out, taking action, informing others, working with local politicians, and affecting change that will shape our future.  It’s a very exciting time and I hope you get involved too!

Jody Stell

About the Author
Jody Stell is a Chapter Outings Leader and Staff member on the Wilderness Basics Course who has kept a Hiking Log since she moved to San Diego and joined the Sierra Club; her favorite was the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  She has Explored and Enjoyed, now she will Protect.

An Evening With Tom Steyer

The mission: strengthen our movement by joining together to discuss, learn, and ask questions about the climate crisis. That’s why SanDiego350 is co-hosting an evening with Tom Steyer on September 7th in San Diego and you’re invited!

Please note: NEW START TIME of PROGRAM IS 6:30 pm (not 7 pm).

Tom is a business leader, activist, and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to ensure that every family has access to economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate. He is President of NextGen America, previously NextGen Climate, which he founded in 2013 to prevent climate disaster, promote prosperity, and protect the rights of every American.
Tom has appeared at numerous rallies and conferences to promote action on climate change, including BreakFree LA in 2016.

RSVP now for an evening with Tom Steyer in San Diego to discuss our political moment and how we can fight back.
We’ll discuss the politics of climate change, NextGen America’s work, and how Californians can take effective action. There will be an extensive Q&A period, so please bring your questions.

Tom will be joined by San Diego Council Member Barbara Bry (District 1), who will give an update on implementing a Community Choice Energy program in San Diego in order to meet our goal of 100% clean energy — and how San Diegans can help make it happen.

Here are the details:

What: An evening with Tom Steyer and Council Member Barbara Bry
When: Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Refreshments and nonprofit tables starting at 6:00)
Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, 92103 (enter on 5th Ave)
Tickets: Click here to reserve your seat (suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
We’ll offer refreshments and also host a wide range of cosponsors at informational tables in the courtyard before and after the talk. See RSVP page for more details.

RSVP now as space is limited, and please join and share our Facebook event.