Vol. ’07, No. 3 of 6 Journal of the Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club
Serving Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties June/July 2007
Energy ﬁghts . . . Energy answers . . . Grizzly . . . Gridlock . . . Forest
Pgs. 1, 7 Pg. 2, 5, 7 Pg. 3 Pg. 1 Pg. 5
Journal of the Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club
Serving Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties June/July 2007
Coalition will ﬁght
Venoco oil projects
Environmental groups are orga- drilling from the aging Platform
nizing to protest Venoco’s plans to Holly into offshore leases that the
expand offshore oil activity from state once withdrew from produc-
Goleta to Carpinteria. Spring and tion. The company says it would
summer hearings undoubtedly will upgrade the existing onshore oil and
bring out concerned citizens to con- gas processing plant, which is a legal
tinue a century of opposition. non-conforming use on land the
The Environmental Defense Center county rezoned many years ago in an
will represent the Sierra Club’s Los effort to end coastal industrialization.
Padres Chapter along with other envi- The oil company also wants ten
ronmental groups at the hearings. (See more years to use a barge to carry
box on page 7 for the hearing schedule oil from a near-shore mooring in the
for all the projects reviewed here.) area to Los Angeles and San Fran-
The issues involve more than cisco. Transporting by oil tankers is
conventional environmental prob- not authorized. Opponents say that
lems, although they too are enor- towing barges should also be ended.
mous. Land use zoning is among A third application request seeks
the concerns, as well as question- to recommission a lease where no
able availability of some offshore production has occurred since 1994.
areas Venoco wants to drill into. Also in the wind is NorthernStar
At Carpinteria, the company Natural Gas Company’s proposal to “Skippy,” along with sidekick “Crocodile Al,” premiered at the State Lands Commission hearing to howls of laughter as
they offered to buy inﬂuence from politicians who would decide on Australian company BHP Billiton’s plan to build an off-
wants to erect a 175-foot-high tower use Venoco’s Platform Grace for an
shore LNG plant. The mascots were conceived by Sierra Club members Janet Bridgers, Mike Demartino and Alan
on the city’s ocean bluff. By direc- LNG-processing facility, which Sanders. Read how LNG was thwarted on page 7. (Photo by Al Sanders)
tional drilling from the tower, may have gained stature since Gov.
Venoco could reach oil deposits Schwarzenegger rejected BHP Bil- SORE AT TRAFFIC?
under offshore leases. liton’s LNG project off the coast of
“I personally have done a
Oxnard last month.
Here are summaries of the
Bold proposal aims at gridlock
bunch of ice climbs around the Carpinteria (Paredon): Venoco’s By Alan Sanders he said. “But all of our attempts to process in Oxnard and helped de-
world that no longer exist . . . I plan to drill into offshore leases from A bold proposal to put large proj- solve these problems through some feat Measure B, a quarter-cent sales
was aghast at the change.” onshore wellheads on the Carpinteria ects in the City of Oxnard on the compromise with the City Council tax meant to subsidize transporta-
—Yvon Choinard of Ventura, waterfront is evoking fervent protest. ballot if the trafﬁc on nearby roads resulted in failure. This may not be tion projects in Ventura County.
founder of Patagonia Inc., comment- Carpinterians have protected their bluffs, is below acceptable limits was a perfect solution but it is the best The announcement was staged at
ing on how climbers and explorers are beaches, wetlands, marshes and foothills announced May 18 by Oxnard City we could do given the difﬁculties of 6 p.m. at the corner of Vineyard and
giving ﬁrst-hand accounts of effects with remarkable success. And now this. Council member Tim Flynn, former resolving large problems through Esplanade Drivem where a constant
they attribute to global warming. EDC There is nothing inconspicuous Ventura mayor Richard Francis, and initiatives.” visual reminder of the issue was
chose Chouinard for one of this year’s about the project. Local artists and Oxnard attorney Fred Rosamond. Attorney Rosamond has been an present in the form of trafﬁc stacked
“Environmental Heroes” awards. draftsmen have designed posters to Flynn is planning on asking the important supporter of the SOAR up in every direction.
illustrate that a 175-foot drilling city to place the measure on the bal-
Building the tower would require
rezoning the property near Venoco’s
tower on the waterfront would be
visible at a great distance, dominat-
lot, but if that doesn’t happen a
committee of volunteers will begin S.B. trail conﬂicts
processing and storage plant. The
impacts there would be many, but
the tower, about 15-stories high, is
probably the bulls-eye of commu-
ing the coastal charms that charac-
terize the small town.
This structure would be onshore
near the foot of the Venoco pier. The
the process of gathering signatures
to ensure voters get a chance to
determine its fate.
The initiative centers on the fail-
need your input
By Jim Childress Sierra Club policy says that existing
nity opposition. rig would drill up to 35 wells in what ure of city planners to mitigate for The Santa Barbara Group made users must not be displaced from
At Ellwood, on the Goleta water- is known as the Paredon Field, and levels of trafﬁc that fall below an an important presentation on trail the trails.
front, Venoco wants to expand VENOCO . . . 8 ofﬁcial rating system of D, E or F. conﬂicts between hikers, bikers, and These local trails are often ridden
Citizens would be allowed to vote equestrians at the June 6 meeting of by “downhill” cyclists riding heavy
on approval of large projects (com- the Multi-jurisdictional Task Force specialized bicycles which are
mercial buildings of over 5,000 (Santa Barbara city, county, and For- essentially gravity powered motor-
square feet or housing projects of est Service), which focuses on the cycles. These bikes must be carried
more than six units) that are located Santa Barbara front country trails. to the tops of the trails and can only
within ﬁve miles of any intersection Club members are urged to give be ridden down. They can achieve
with a failing grade. input at the public meetings, sched- astonishing speeds to the consterna-
Flynn noted that the city’s gen- uled the ﬁrst Wednesday of each tion of hikers and equestrians who
eral plan actually has good lan- month at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Bar- are also on these steep, narrow
guage about preventing lower levels bara City Council chambers, al- trails.
of trafﬁc ﬂows, but that most pro- though in July it will meet on the It is clear that almost all equestri-
jects are nevertheless approved with 11th. The website is: www.santa ans have been displaced from these
little or no substantive mitigation barbaraca.gov/Government. Click on trails and an unknown number of
measures. “Other Committees” and you’ll ﬁnd hikers as well. It is important that
“Every citizen in Oxnard experi- the Front Country Trails Task Force. the task force hear from individual
ences increased congestion and The Santa Barbara Group presen- hikers and equestrians on this issue.
gridlock so they know that the pre- tation focused on the national Sierra If you have an opinion on the needs
sent system of project approvals Club policy on mountain bike usage of the Santa Barbara front country
isn’t working. My goal is to bring as it applies to the local situation. trails please come to at least one of
these people into the permitting The policy holds that outside of these meetings and give your view,
process so that projects that are wilderness, mountain bikes are an TRAILS . . . 7
deemed to be beneﬁcial to the com- appropriate use of the trails where
munity will be approved but those certain conditions have been met and COVER PHOTO
Artist Rob Mullen’s “Conjuring
that are detrimental will be the nature of the trails makes it safe
House Rock” comes from an on-
rejected,” Flynn said. and restricts environmental damage. going series of wilderness canoe
Francis, who was one of the Particular factors to evaluate are expeditions by artists that will pre-
authors of Ventura County’s famed the steepness, narrowness, line of miere from June 27 to Sept. 9 at the
Save Our Agricultural Resources sight, width, drop-off, and trail sur- Wildling Art Museum, 2948 Nojoqui
(SOAR) initiative, has a track face. The Santa Barbara front coun- in Los Olivos. Mullen, the expedi-
record of breaking deadlocks with try trails, which descend from a tion leader, will give a special pre-
decision makers by giving power road at the top of the ridge, are very sentation June 24 next door to the
back to the people. steep, often quite narrow, have museum. Find out more by calling
“We tried everything we could short lines of sight, steep drop-offs 688-1082 or go to www.wildling
think of to avoid taking this action,” and loose surfaces. In addition, the
2 • Condor Call – June/July 2007
From the Chair . . .
then keep ﬁghting!
By Mike Stubbleﬁeld And I want to congratulate EDC on
LOS PADRES CHAPTER CHAIR its 30th Anniversary. I shudder to
By the time that you receive this think what our coast would look
issue of the Condor Call you no like if had not been protected for the
doubt already will have heard that last 30 years by EDC. So when you
the governator terminated BHP get one of those little envelopes
Billiton’s Cabrillo Port. from the folks at EDC asking for
I want to personally thank all of money, try to help them out as
the ﬁne people in the Los Padres much as you can.
Chapter who helped us stop this On other fronts: We’re all await-
monster. I especially want to thank ing the EPA’s decision on whether
to designate the old Halaco facility
at Ormond Beach as a Superfund
EAVESDROPS site. We’re also waiting for EPA to
“It was as if compliance with make up its mind whether to desig-
the law was secondary at best and nate the old Santa Susana Field
irrelevant at worst.” Laboratory in the Santa Susana
—Jamie Clark of Defenders of Mountains south of Simi Valley as a
Wildlife, calling the reign of Julie Superfund site.
MacDonald at Fish and Wildlife’s I had always thought that Super-
Endangered Species Program fund sites were what happened back
“appalling.” MacDonald quit in East in the Rust Belt when industry
The chapter’s ﬁrst Energy Film Festival was a great success and gave the chapter an opportunity to be highly visible and May, charged with altering scien- left town and the taxpayers were
give out Sierra Club materials, including the Condor Call. Shown (from left) are Ali’I Sulit, Al Sanders, Kesa Ryono and tiﬁc conclusions and providing left with the clean-up bill. Now
Alisse Weston Fisher. (Photo by Robert Bernstein) inside information to lobbyists. we’re looking at two Superfund
sites right here in Ventura County.
Energy ﬁlm fest a success
By Robert Bernstein SierraClub.org) lists pany for just $5.
Trevor Smith, the chair of the Club’s
LNG Task Force (and now our
Chapter ExCom Vice-Chair) and Al
Sanders, Conservation Chair, for the
On a brighter note, I want to let
everybody know that Dorothy Lit-
tlejohn, our new Energy Chair, put
on a successful Energy Film Festi-
The Los Padres Chapter’s ﬁrst more than 40 ﬁlms The ﬁlms dealt with con- unbelievable work that they put in val up in Santa Barbara at the Uni-
Energy Film Festival was a success available for a festi- servation and solar over the last two years. And to all tarian Church as part of the Earth
with about 400 people attending. val or home show- energy: Power of Com- the folks from the Sespe Group— Day festivities (see story this page).
The Chapter’s Energy Chair, ings. It was co-spon- munity, Kilowatt Ours, you know who you are!—who Now Dorothy is planning an
Dorothy Littlejohn, organized the sored by the Autos on Welfare, and pitched in, A Big Thank You! alternative vehicle car show for the
event, and Santa Barbara City Unitarian Society of Fossil Free by 33, which Also a huge thank you to Susan annual Fourth of July Street Fair in
Council member Grant House was Santa Barbara, which is about the Santa Bar- Jordan and the California Coastal Ventura (see story on page 5).
emcee and kept the discussion hosted the event in its bara Community Envi- Protection Network. Those of you The City of Ventura has gener-
lively and brief. There were also main Parish Hall and ronmental Council’s local who attended the California Coastal ously handed over a whole block
giveaways of free bus passes and in the large outdoor Dorothy Littlejohn campaign. Commission hearing in Santa Bar- for us to display all kinds of new
other goodies from group tables. plaza. organized the A full page article in the bara will surely agree that Susan ways to get around: electrics,
Energy Film Festival.
The event is part of a National Most seats ﬁlled, April 26 issue of The Jordan is amazing. She personally hybrids, bio-diesels, etc. There will
Sierra Club campaign, and Little- and an excellent vegetarian dinner Independent appeared in the ﬁlm lobbied virtually every coastal com- also be information booths with
john said the club’s website (www. was provided by a catering com- section, and helped to turn out missioner the day before the hear- valuable beta on all kinds of alter-
many new people. ing. native transportation alternatives.
Finally, I want to thank the Envi- Now, let’s party! I hope to see all
Condor Call New P.O. Box ronmental Defense Center (EDC)
for its work on the Billiton project.
of you in the High Country this
ONLINE: http://lospadres.sierraclub.org The Los Padres Chapter
EDITOR: John Hankins, 745-5432
1056 Eugenia Pl., ‘A’, Carpinteria, CA 93013 • firstname.lastname@example.org
members should note a
new post ofﬁce box for the
Ed Easton honored as the
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Publication schedule: Sierra Club Congratulations to Ed Easton for They include the 275-unit Village
Feb/Mar, April/May, June/July, Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan P.O. Box 31241, becoming the City of Goleta’s ﬁrst at Los Carneros, Costco gas station,
SUBSCRIPTIONS: Free to members
Santa Barbara, CA 93130-1241 planning commission chair. He was Venoco oil projects and a nearly
Non-members, $5 per year. Contact:
Art Benkaim, 645 Costa del Mar, #C, Santa Barbara 93103 While its ﬁrst use will be chosen by the other six commis- 17,000-square foot mixed use pro-
Photos, news, tips always welcome! sioners. ject called the Fairview Commercial
to receive donation checks Easton has served as the Santa Center, among many others.
SIERRA CLUB from the once-per-year
March fundraising appeal,
Barbara Group chair and represents
the group at the chapter’s Executive
“We have a new General Plan and
we also are faced with a large number
* LOS PADRES CHAPTER *
Post Office Box 31241, Santa Barbara, CA 93130-1241 it will also be used for gen- Committee meetings. However, as of proposed changes to what was cre-
eral purposes. of June he had to resign his Sierra ated by an earlier administration.
Santa Barbara 965-9719 • Ventura 488-7988 Club positions to avoid any con- Good planning does not change its
Change of Address: Member Services
P.O. Box 52968, Boulder, Colorado 80322-2968
ﬂicts of interest. mind at every election. I hope we
or email@example.com or call (415) 977-5653 Easton encouraged the Sierra Club might produce recommendations
National Office: (415) 977-5500 to continue its involvement in Goleta- which will be effective in protecting
85 2nd St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-3441 area issues as there is a list with at and enhancing what all Goletans
Washington Office: (202) 547-5550 least 27 major projects at this time. value in our community,” Easton said.
408 C St., N.E., Washington, D.C., 20002
* CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE *
The Chapter Executive Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month
at 7:00 p.m. IHOP Restaurant in Carpinteria.
Mike Stubblefield (chair) 988-0339, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trevor Smith (vice-chair) 469-9765, email@example.com
Alisse Weston Fisher (secretary) 443-4367, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kesa Ryono, 271-0506, email@example.com
Daniel Pearson, 488-5168, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. John Ziv, email@example.com
* GROUP REPRESENTATIVES *
Arguello: Jerry Connor, 928-3598
Conejo: Jeri Andrews, 379-2768 Memorial or Commemorative
Santa Barbara: Ed Easton, 967-1113 gifts are a unique way to honor
Sespe: Alan Sanders, 488-7988 an individual or special event
* GROUP CHAIRS * and at the same time provide
Arguello: Jerry Connor, 928-3598 important funding towards
Conejo: John Holroyd, 495-6391
Santa Barbara: Ed Easton, 967-1113
Sierra Club’s long-term goals.
Sespe: Joy Kobayashi, firstname.lastname@example.org And like the memories you hold,
* CHAPTER SERVICES * this is a gift that will last
Chapter-wide Outings: Jerry Connor, 928-3598 forever. For more information,
Conservation Chair Ventura: Al Sanders, 488-7988 call (415) 977-5653.
Conservation Chair Santa Barbara
Legal Chair: David Gold, 642-7748
85 SECOND STREET
Joy Kobayashi, email@example.com
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105
Treasurer: Richard Hunt, 682-0695
222 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara 93101
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Ed Easton will be trading his wooden walking stick for a wooden gavel now that
he’s been named ﬁrst-ever Chair of the city of Goleta’s Planning Commission.
June/July – Condor Call • 3
JUNE 20 PROGRAM
Los Padres Group News
The public is welcome to our programs Grizzly stories at potluck
CHAPTER EXCOM By Lynn P. Kirst
• The Los Padres Chapter Executive Committee meets on the fourth The Santa Barbara Museum of
Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., IHOP Restaurant in Carpinteria. Natural History is the location of
Next dates: June 22 and July 26. Call 965-9719 for agendas. the Santa Barbara Group’s annual
ARGUELLO GROUP potluck dinner, being held in con-
• Program information from Jerry Connor, 928-3598 junction with a special program co-
CONEJO GROUP sponsored by the Wildling Art
• Get info from: http://users.adelphia.net/~conejo hiker. Museum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June
SANTA BARBARA GROUP 20.
• Special program at S.B. Museum of Natural History, 7 p.m., Wed.,
Well-known Santa Barbara artist
June 20. Grizzly bears and a potluck! See details this page.
Patti Jacquemain will give a visual
Conservation issues from Ed Easton, 967-1113.
presentation on the history and fate
of the California grizzly bear and its
• Oxnard/Ventura-based group information from Al Sanders, 488-7988.
mystique throughout the ages. Ear-
lier this year, Jacquemain published
her latest book, a children’s story
ExCom shuts ofﬁce called Journey of the Great Bear
Through California’s Golden Past.
and allocates funds A book signing will be held during
the potluck dinner following the
The Sierra Club will no longer Chouinard and Fran Pavley. program.
have a downtown Santa Barbara —Heard a presentation by EDC A lifelong nature lover, Jacque-
presence as the Chapter Executive attorney Linda Krop about Venoco’s main has had over 30 local and
Committee decided to close the many pending oil projects (see story national one-person exhibits of her
ofﬁce at the end of June, using a on page 1), among other projects. A original wood block prints. The
Post Ofﬁce box for mail, while coalition has been formed to ﬁght Sierra Club has published several of
putting more effort into upgrading the Venoco project in Carpinteria her works as greeting cards, which
the website. and the ExCom allocated $5,000 for will be available during the book
The ExCom also decided it it. signing. Jacquemain is also an ac-
should continue an agreement with Fran Farina of the SB Group was complished mosaic artist, with the
the Western Alliance for Nature, voted to represent the chapter on the bear being one of her favorite sub-
which has matched chapter funds oil coalition. jects.
for various projects. The Los Padres Chapter and Jacquemain was the founder of the
In other actions during the April EDC have worked together in coali- Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos,
and May meetings, the ExCom: tions for about 16 years, not only on which specializes in the art of Amer- Patti Jacquemain will be the speaker at the Santa Barbara Group’s June 20
program, speaking about her favorite animal, the grizzly bear. She is seen here
—Voted to pay Al Sanders oil, but also on coastal development ica’s wilderness. She has served con-
beside one of her mosaic creations.
$15,000 for the rest of the year for such as the Gaviota Coast and tinuously as the museum’s board
conservation work in both Santa Halaco on the Oxnard Coast. president since its founding in 1997.
Barbara and Ventura counties.
—Spent $300 to co-sponsor the
—Intend to set up training ses-
sions on how to post issues, meet-
The program begins at 7 p.m.
Since this is a potluck dinner,
Environmental Defense Center’s ings, outings, etc. to the chapter’s everyone is encouraged to bring a Editor’s Note: This letter was The importance of your action
annual award and auction, held in website and to make it more inter- dish to share, preferably one that sent May 24 to State Senator Don cannot be overstated, nor can the
early June and honoring Yvonne active and informative. serves at least eight people. Plan to Perata, Chair of the Senate Rules feeling of extreme gratitude from
SANTA BARBARA GROUP arrive a few minutes early to set Committee, on behalf of the Los many people in the environmental
your dish on the buffet table, and Padres Chapter for his reappoint- community. Your action gives us a
Group honors Art Benkaim bring serving utensils if necessary.
The SB Group will provide plates,
ment of Sara Wan to the California
cause for celebration that is very
rare, very personal and very much
for S.B. trail guide book cutlery and beverages. Admission is
Dear Chairman Perata,
Thank you for listening to all of
I, myself, am acquainted with
The Santa Barbara Group heard of the work updating the Santa An additional attraction is the the “little people” who have been scores of coastal activists who will
an update on the trail guide and Barbara Trail Guide is done and on opportunity to enjoy the exhibition requesting that you act to reappoint be very thankful to you for this
voted that the Los Padres Chapter the website, which includes GPS “Traje: Village Clothing of Mexico Sara Wan to the California Coastal action.
should allocate $1 per member to points, photos, new hikes and new and Guatemala,” which is installed Commission. Clearly, you have lis- On behalf of the Los Padres
each of the chapter’s four groups text. If you haven’t visited it yet, go in the display cases of the Fleish- tened to our voices and to your own Chapter, thank you very much.
during its meetings in March, April, to: www.santabarbaratrailguide.com. mann Auditorium. Nearly 50 exam- environmental ethics that are out- Sincerely, Alan Sanders
and May. The book, written by Art ples of colorful garments worn by standing. Conservation Chair
However, the group is further Benkaim, is no longer in print but indigenous peoples are on display
researching how the Club handles Biegen plans to get it done when for the ﬁrst time.
such funding in other chapters.
It also decided not to pay for a
downtown ofﬁce, which will be
The group will send Art an ofﬁ-
cial letter thanking him not only for
The museum is located at 2559
Puesta del Sol Road in Santa Bar-
bara. For details call 2007 Program
closed at the end of June. the book, but for the many years of Chairman Lynn Kirst at 969-6848. LOOKING for a friend with Prius in Mon- Call Tali, 448-2619. www.yoga hike.com
In other business, the Group proﬁt accrued to the chapter from tecito. Call 969-4610. SOUTHOLD, Long Island, room and shared
heard from Tony Biegen that most its sales. SAVE THE DATE AUG. 26: Mark your LIGHTEN UP. Professional organizing. Help- bath, hostel type, 3 beds in one room, 2nd
calendar for Santa Barbara Group’s ing create homes that uplift and enlighten. ﬂoor, Victorian. $500/week. Area of old
Chapter to ﬁght desal annual beach breakfast at Shoreline 805-680-9033. firstname.lastname@example.org
Park on Sunday, Aug.26.
houses, barns, cemeteries, kayaking, too.
PASS ON your outdoor gear or whatever 962-6508.
What better way to start a sum- through the Condor Call classiﬁeds. Just ﬁll ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE for back, feet,
By Alan Sanders Chapter Chair Mike Stubbleﬁeld mer Sunday than with orange juice in the blanks below and send us a check. hands, etc., for adults, children and ani-
The City of Oxnard is moving for- “We went through this same issue overlooking the ocean, pancakes REAL ESTATE: I can help. Kevin Young mals; your home or ofﬁce. Be healthy.
RE/MAX SB, 564-3400. www.sbre.com; Paula Westbury, 962-6508.
ward on a proposed desalinization with Ventura years ago during the over the Paciﬁc? 22 years experience, UCSB grad. SAVE THIS HOUSE: 1236 San Andres.
plant at Ormond Beach that has so last drought . . . despite the fact that it Check the next issue of Condor YOGA HIKE: Add another dimension to your Call 564-5470, ask to be notiﬁed of all
far received scant public attention. would have polluted the air for Call for details. nature experience with yoga. Sundays, 10am. hearings, etc. Go to hearings.
But now the Sierra Club’s Sespe everyone [Oxnard and Camarillo]
Group is actively ﬁghting it after downwind. Ventura’s city council
the public was surprised by news of actually approved the construction of Classiﬁed Ad Placement Form
the project printed in the Ventura a desal plant but the drought ended.” A classiﬁed ad in the Condor Call reaches over 6,500 Sierra Club members in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Ads cost only $5 for three lines, and 75¢ for each additional line per issue.
County Star on May 8. His noted Santa Barbara did build Specify by circling the months below. Deadline for next issue is July 20.
The city is now seeking nearly a desal plant at the end of the same Questions? Call the Condor at 745-5432.
$14 million in federal funding and drought, “then ended up mothballing Enclose a check made out to the Condor Call, 1056 Eugenia Pl., “A”, Carpinteria, Calif. 93013
additional support from the U.S. it and, later I’m told, even sold off
Senate. The ﬁrst phase of the pro- some of the facility.”
ject is estimated to cost $55 million. “The alternative that we should Name:
The plant’s location would dis- be pushing is conservation of water, Phone:
place remaining open space at not desal plants,” he concluded.
Ormond Beach and use tremendous
amounts of electricity. It is growth- EAVESDROPS
inducing and has other cumulative “Because I didn’t speak, every-
impacts that are of concern to one paid attention.”
activists trying to protect Ormond —Dr. John Francis who, for 17
Beach. years, refused to speak to protest
“Desal plants not only pollute and pollution after two oil tankers col-
consume vast amounts of energy, lided beneath the Golden Gate
they’re also growth-inducing be- Bridge in 1971. His commitment
cause they’re modular, so when a remains high: “It’s about trees and
city needs more desalinated water it pollution and loss of species. But
just adds another module to the also it’s a crisis of mind and spirit.” Number of issues: ____ Feb/Mar • Apr/May • June/July • Aug/Sept • Oct/Nov • Dec/Jan
existing facility,” said Los Padres
4 • Condor Call – June/July 2007
Los Padres Chapter — Sierra Club
PUNCH BOWLS AND BEYOND – SANTA PAULA Outing Notes
CANYON: Join us for some swimming, jumping, slid- The two letter abbreviation at the end of
ing in the best pools and slides in the county. Moder- each outing is a key to the group who
ate to strenuous hike due to rock and boulder hop- has organized the outing.
ping, about 8 mrt. Wear/bring shoes for walking in AR–Arguello Group
water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant. Bring water, CJ–Conejo Group
lunch, snacks. Meet at dirt parking by Thomas SB–Santa Barbara Group
Aquinas College at 8am. Suzanne 643-2815 (SP) SP–Sespe Group
MT. WATERMAN BACKPACK: Rescheduled to WLA —West LA (Angeles Chapter)
July 14-15. (SP) All phone numbers are in area code
June 20 (805) unless otherwise noted.
NICHOLAS FLAT TRAIL MAINTENANCE – LEO The public is welcome at all outings listed,
CARRILLO STATE BEACH: Meet at 9am at end of unless otherwise speciﬁed. Please bring
Decker School Road (not Lane). Leaders: TOM drinking water to all outings and optionally a
SIEBERT 987-3437, NORM SIMMONDS 523- lunch. Study footwear is recommended. If
7250 (CJ) you have questions contact the leader listed.
June 23 Pets are generally not allowed. A parent or
LA CUMBRE PEAK: Beautiful views from the responsible adult must accompany children
highest peak on the front range. Strenuous 11 under the age of 14.
mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Be pre- A frequently updated listing of all outings
pared for what could be a very hot day. Meet can be viewed at: http://lospadres.sierra
behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at club.org. This website also contains links to
9am. JIM 447-1876/644-6934 (SB) the Group web pages.
CRAIGS ROAD TRAIL MAINTENANCE – MALIBU
CREEK STATE PARK: Meet at 8:30am at the Mal- (ticks) and lug-soled shoes. Bring water, food
ibu Creek day parking lower lot for shuttle to the and wear lug-soled shoes. Meet at Satwiwa
trailhead. Tell the attendant that you are part of parking lot no later than 8:30am. Entrance on
the volunteer trail crew. Leader: BURT ELLIOTT Via Goleta before Two Winds Riding Stables on
498-2475 (CJ) Lynn Road next to Dos Vientos in Newbury Park.
THREE POOLS BEYOND SEVEN FALLS: Fun LILLIAN TREVISAN 498-1623 (CJ)
summer hike. Primitive trail, rock hopping, one July 7
difﬁcult rock to climb, and swimming. Difﬁcult BUENA VISTA TRAIL: This hike will follow the San
but short 5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet at Ysidero Trail from the Park Lane trailhead to the
Ventura carpool at 8:30am. Ben 479-4846 (SP) catway road and then over to Buena Vista Canyon
June 24 and down to the Pueblo Trail. A nice little hike with
UCSB LAGOON: Stroll for an hour or so around great views of Montecito. Moderate, 4 mrt, 1000
One of our favorite outings is at the “Playground” off of West Camino Cielo. the Lagoon and over the Bluffs at the University. ft gain/loss. Bring water and a light lunch. Meet at
Hikers always have a good time there. (Photo by Robert Bernstein) Children welcome, bring water, slow paced 3 the Bank of America parking lot, Hope Ave. &
A number of campgrounds and roads State St. at 9am. PAUL 964-9002 (SB)
miles or so. Meet behind B of A on upper State
in Los Padres National Forest are closed or June 9 tide permits. Bring water and food. Meet in park- ROYAL GORGE – SAN GABRIELS: Adventure hike
St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. DAVID P. 705-3025 (SB)
have restricted (no autos) access due to MOUNT PINOS: Mt Pinos is the tallest peak in ing lot near Burger King on Hampshire Road in requiring navigation and hiking along streambed
SYCAMORE CANYON TO RANCH HEADQUAR-
protection of habitats and species or are Ventura County at 8820 feet. We will start the Thousand Oaks at 8:30am for carpooling. LIL- in beautiful canyon to small waterfall and pool
TERS, DANIELSON RANCH: Easy, leisurely paced
under repair. Before you go into the local hike at the Nordic Station at 8500 feet from the LIAN TREVISAN 498-1623 (CJ) 8 mile rt hike thru Big Sycamore Canyon to Ranch for swimming. 2 mile hike through gorge plus 9
backcountry, it’s a good idea to check parking lot. Be prepared for snow and cold SANTA PAULA PEAK: Moderately strenuous, Headquarters/Danielson Ranch for lunch under miles on trail. Wear hiking shoes that drain and
conditions with rangers. Numbers to call weather. Bring lunch and plenty of water. We will 3600’ gain/loss, approx. 9 miles round trip with the trees at campﬁre area. Bring water, lunch; grip well. Bring water and food and swimsuit.
(unless noted, all 805 area code): hike up to the summit for a panoramic view. great views at the peak. Meet 7:30am at Toland wear hiking shoes, hat. Meet 9am at old bridge by After hike dinner in Pasadena. Meet at Ventura
Los Padres National Forest Districts: Moderate. 2-3 mrt hike. Call leader to make Park to leave cars (525 Toland Road (between entrance to Sycamore Canyon campground (park- carpool lot at 7am. Suzanne 218-8613 (SP)
Headquarters 968-6640 transportation arrangements. This is a 2 hour Santa Paula and Fillmore), 1/4 mile inside park. ing fee). Ted Guenther 985-8963 (SP) July 8
Ojai Dist. 646-4348 drive one way to Frazier Park. NOTE EARLY Teresa 524-7170 (SP) June 27 GOLETA BEACH-MORE MESA: Beach hike, south
Mt. Pinos (661) 245-3731 START TIME. Hike starts at 9am and we will June 10 CALABASAS PEAK VIA THE SECRET TRAIL: Mod- along this quiet section of coast. Easy 6 to 8 mrt.
Santa Barbara 967-3481 leave the B of A at 8am for a start time of around RED ROCK TO GIBRALTAR DAM: Hike up the erate 6 mrt route with views of the Santa Monica Bring lunch, water and a swimsuit for an optional
Santa Lucia 925-9538 10am at the trailhead. JASNA 805-907-6026 road to Gibraltar Dam, then back past a popular Mountains and the San Fernando Valley. Bring swim. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at
Other Areas: Cell. RAIN AND SNOW CANCELS. (SB) swimming area. Moderate-strenuous 6.5 mrt. water, food, appropriate clothing and footwear Hope Ave. at 9am. DAVE 563-4850 (SB)
Santa Monica Mts. Area 370-2301 MEDITATION MOUNTAIN: Our annual Meditation Bring swimsuit, wading shoes, lunch and water. (required). Meet at the trailhead at 5:30pm.
Mt. loop ending at Boccali’s Pizza for dinner.
Meet at 3pm at the downtown Ojai Park and
Ride at the Fox St. signal, or at 3:15pm on
Optional side trip to old mercury mine adds 4
miles. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at
Hope Ave. at 9am. TONY 687-1929
Directions to the trailhead: from the 101 free-
way, head South on Las Virgenes Road to Mul- Wildlife hotline
holland. Turn Left on Mulholland and continue There’s a new wildlife hotline sponsored by
Forest Notes Reeves Road. Bring water. Easy, but there is a June 12 5.7 miles to a small dirt parking lot on the right.
climb up to the mount. Sheila 649-9044 (SP) Wild Rescue handling both land and sea ani-
For updated information, news releases, FILLMORE EVENING WALK: 5 miles along Fill- JOHN HOLROYD 495-6391 (CJ)
BACKBONE TRAIL – TRIUNFO PEAK TRAIL more’s bike paths. Meet 5:45pm at Mountain
mals (no domestics) that are injured and
maps, and many other goodies, go to Los June 30
MAINTENANCE – CIRCLE X RANCH – NPS: Meet View and Main. Teresa 524-7170 (SP) which covers both Santa Barbara and Ventura
Padres National Forest website: ENNISBROOK: Morning walk through this Mon-
www.r5.fs.fed.us/lospadres at 8:30am at the Mishe Mokwa trailhead parking June 13 tecito area with large trees and plants near San counties, as well as L.A. An accompanying
Public’s Forest at milepost 7.0 on Yerba Buena Road. Leader: MIDWEEK BIKE RIDE – SANTA BARBARA: Easy Ysidro Creek. Flat, slow paced 2-3 miles. Chil- website is: www.wildrescue.org.
Best website run by citizens of the Los TOM SIEBERT 987-3437 (CJ) bike ride along Modoc Rd. in Santa Barbara to dren welcome, bring water and meet behind B of The 24-hour hotline is (866) 945-3911
Padres Forest Association, with info as BEACH WALK – POINT DUME – EASY HIKE UCSB. Lunch afterwards in Goleta. Meet at Har- A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. VICKI which spells (866) WILD911
varied as wildﬂower alerts, trailwork
SERIES: Why pay for a silent hike? Free walk bor & Seaward in Ventura at 10am with bike hel- 563-4850 (SB)
without talk hike to communicate with nature met. Sheila 649-9044 (SP) PACIFIC CREST TRAIL BACKPACK: Rescheduled SUNDAY BRUNCH IN CARPINTERIA: Leisurely 7
opportunities and factious issues, wel-
and meditate. Speech allowed during snack. June 14 TBD. Sonora Pass to Ebbetts Pass, 31.4 miles at mrt scenic beach walk along Rincon bluff to
comes your input too:
Easy 6 mrt hike with 250’ elev. gain. Hike along BLACKROCK MOUNTAIN BACKPACK: Depart elevations from 8,100-10,500’, approx 10 miles Carpinteria for Sunday Brunch. Wear hat, sun-
the beach, up to the bluff & down to tide pools if Thousand Oaks at 8am, Thursday June 14 and per day, possible snow and ice, one-way with glasses, sunscreen; bring water and $ for brunch.
return late Sunday June 17. Moderate 20 mrt car shuttle. Room for 8 experienced backpack- Meet 8:15am at Ventura carpool lot or 9am at
Bates Beach. Ted Guenther 985-8963 (SP)
Ongoing Outings outing starting at Blackrock parking lot in the
southern Sierras. Group limited to eight. Appro-
priate equipment and leader approval required.
ers, moderate pace. Teresa 524-7170 (SP)
FULL MOON HIKE – LA JOLLA CANYON: Moder-
ate 6 mile loop hike to La Jolla Canyon to Over-
BEACH WALK – POINT DUME – EASY HIKE
Every Monday morning JOHN HOLROYD 495-6391 (CJ) look Trail and return via Ray Miller trail. Bring SERIES: Easy 6 mrt hike with 250’ elev. gain.
Join Elizabeth Budworth and Patricia Jump every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. for moderate SOLSTICE CANYON – MALIBU – EASY HIKE water, snack, ﬂashlight. Meet in front of La Jolla Hike along the beach, up to the bluff and down
walks in the Ventura and Ojai areas. Now in its seventh year, the walks last about two hours SERIES: Easy to moderate 4 mrt loop hike with parking lot at 6pm. Park outside gate on PCH. to tidepools if tide permits. Bring water and food.
and the group sometimes goes for coffee afterward. CALL 643-0270 or 642-6971. 400-500’ elev. gain. Bring water, food, lug-soled Suzanne 218-8613 (SP) Meet in parking lot near Burger King on Hamp-
Every Wednesday shoes and protective clothing (Poison Oak). We MIDDLE MATILIJA TO MAPLE CAMP: Moderate shire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:30am for car-
URBAN EVENING HIKE: Weekly urban hike in Ventura meets at 6:45 pm for a 4.5 mile hike up will hike to the Tropical Terraces to enjoy a break 16 mrt, 2200’ elev. gain. along stream, mostly pooling. LILLIAN TREVISAN 498-1623 (CJ)
hill to Father Serra’s Cross (spectacular scenic views of Ventura, sunset and Channel Islands); hike by a shaded year-round stream. On the way back shaded, to Maple Camp. There are at least 17 July 14
continues across hillside, down to the ocean and out to end of pier; then along beach promenade we will pass by the 1865 Matthew Keller House. creek crossings, but we will have no problem SAN ANTONIO CREEK: Beginning at Tuckers
to mouth of Ventura River; up the Ventura River to Main Street and ﬁnally loop back to the mission. Meet in the parking lot near Burger King on rock hopping across. Bring plenty of water, sun- Grove County Park, we will walk on a creek side
People interest in this hike should meet at the fountain across the street from the San Buenaven- screen, and good pair of hiking shoes/boots, and trail that meets up with Hwy 154. A short walk
Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:30am
tura Mission. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Contact: KURT PREISSLER, 643-5902 (SP) hat. Meet 8am at Ventura capool. Jim D. (SP) on this busy highway will link us to a return via
for carpooling. BILL GOURLEY 492-6000 (CJ)
Tuesday Evenings July 1 San Antonio Creek Road. Easy, 2 mrt. Meet at
HIKES: Short, easy 90-min. hikes at Surf Beach, the Mission, Miguelito Canyon, or other the Bank of America parking lot, Hope Ave. &
LATIGO CANYON – CASTRO PEAK: Moderate 8 ROMERO – SADDLEBACK LOOP: A combination
spots near Lompoc (approx. 3 miles) Novice hikers will ﬁnd these hikes to be a good intro- State St. at 9a.m. VICKI 563-4850 (SB)
mrt with approx. 1000’ elev. gain. Bring water, of seven trails above Montecito take you from
duction to group hiking. Meet in the parking lot behind the Lompoc Civic Center Pool by July 14-15
food and wear lug-soled shoes. Meet in parking Romero Canyon to San Ysidro Canyon and back.
6:25 pm for carpool to hike location. Wear walking shoes and bring a ﬂashlight. Rain can- MT. WATERMAN BACKPACK: Mt Waterman
lot near Burger King on Hampshire Road in Moderately strenuous 10 mrt. Bring lunch and
cels. VERN 733-2903 or DEAN 736-6685. (AR) Backpack in the San Gabriel Mountains, 3700’
Thousand Oaks no later than 8:30am for car- plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper State
Every Friday gain/loss, 14 miles round trip. Call to reserve
pooling. LILLIAN TREVISAN 498-1623 (CJ) St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. DIANE 687-1929 (SB)
SOCIAL HIKE: An easy-to-moderate 2-4-mrt night hike in Santa Barbara front country, spot. Teresa 524-7170 (SP)
June 16 July 6
beach, or back roads. Meet at 6:15 p.m. at the Old Mission. Bring a ﬂashlight. Optional July 15
SADDLEROCK – HOT SPRINGS – COLD SPRING MOUNT BONEY TRAIL – POINT MUGU STATE
potluck or pizza afterward. AL SLAYDEK (SB) THREE POOLS BEYOND SEVEN FALLS: Primitive
LOOP: See the best of these three trails in a PARK: Moderately strenuous 10 mrt hike with
Sunday Afternoons trail, some rock climbing. Bring swimsuit. Difﬁ-
moderate loop of about 4 miles. Bring lunch and 1500’ (est.) elev. gain along Mt. Boney Trail (not
CONEJO GROUP is leading a special series of Sunday Afternoon Hikes approximately twice a cult but short 5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet
water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at to peak). Get close to the mountain and enjoy
month. These hikes are geared to the interests of individuals or families who wish to take a 2- behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at
Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685-1283 (SB) beautiful vistas. Wear light-colored long pants
3-hr. walk in the outdoors with frequent stops to examine or study wildlife and the ecology. 9am. DAVID P. 705-3025 (SB)
Exercise is of secondary concern. The hikes are not intended to be strenuous, but may entail July 18
some ascending of hills or walking on rocks. No pets or radios. TOM MAXWELL, 492-2184 (CJ) CHINA FLAT – SIMI PEAK: Moderately strenuous 6
Monthly Programs mrt hike with 1000’ elev. gain. Great views of east
Conejo and Simi Valleys. Bring water, food and
ARGUELLO GROUP: Slide shows, speakers, and movies—third Friday of each month.
Inquire for details: 928-3598. (AR)
Don’t be, with my lug-soled shoes. Meet at trailhead on Lindero
Canyon Road 1/2 block east of King James Court
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Help keep Highway 1 beautiful. Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup
from the Lompoc ‘Wye’ to the Base boundary. Meet at Vandenberg Village Shopping Center
“Mileage Hiking at 5:30pm. JOANNE SULKOSKE 492-3061 (CJ)
parking lot at 9 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of odd-numbered months. Rain cancels. For
information contact Connie (805) 735-2292. “CD Format Only” 156 Detailed Hikes 1,000 Miles LATIGO CANYON – CASTRO PEAK: Moderate 8
mrt with approx. 1000’ elev. gain. Bring water,
San Luis Obispo Outings of Local Trails in Ventura, S.B. & L.A. Conties. To order: food and wear lug-soled shoes. Meet in parking
THERE ARE MANY south San Luis Obispo County outings planned monthly that should
interest Los Padres Chapter members and the public. They include hikes, bike trips, cam- (805) 984-1504 or (805) 984-5394 lot near Burger King on Hampshire Road in
Thousand Oaks no later than 8:30am for car-
pouts, trail riding with horses, kayaking Avila and Morro bays, and treks through the Nipomo
Dunes area. For a detailed schedule, call or write to Bill Deneen at (805) 929-3647, write to
1040 Cielo Lane, Nipomo 93444, or email email@example.com.
30-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
About .16 cents a hike and years of hiking!
pooling. LILLIAN TREVISAN 498-1623 (CJ)
RATTLESNAKE TRAIL: Hike up a wooded canyon
6 • Condor Call – April/May 2005 April/May 2005 – Condor Call • 6
Rigorous ﬁre rules imposed
Los Padres National Forest is in have been opened after restricted cessible, including some sections of
“high ﬁre season,” exacerbated this entry since September 2006, within the Red Reef and Sespe River Trails
year due to drought conditions. the Angeles and Los Padres National and many roads in the Mt. Pinos
This means rigorous rules and Forests. Some roads, trails and off- Ranger District—a list is available at
restricted areas for forest visitors, highway vehicle routes are still inac- Chuchupate Ranger Station.
no burn permits issued for private
property within the forest, required
campﬁre permits except within des-
ignated campgrounds and a “surge”
Forest swap opposed
By Alan Sanders circumvention of existing mecha-
of ﬁreﬁghters and equipment on A proposal for the U.S. Forest nisms for land exchanges.
duty and on call. Service to give away several parcels
Rules could change depending
on conditions, so it’s best to check
of land around Lake Piru to the
United Water Conservation District
with the forest service, especially is once again being pursued by There are three sessions this year
before a backcountry trip. Also, United. for “Monsters of Rock: Traditional
many areas are or will be closed. The proposal is being opposed by Trail Skills Workshop,” a joint
To keep on top of the changes, the Los Padres Chapter, The Sierra effort by the Student Conservation
call the appropriate ranger station Club Southern California Forests Association (SCA) and the U.S.
(numbers always listed on page 4, Committee, Forestwatch, Keep the Forest Service.
Outings) or log on to: www.fs.fed. Sespe Wild and several biologists Work will continue on the Paciﬁc
us/r5/lospadres. interested in endangered species. Crest Trail Aug. 23-26, Aug. 30-
Meanwhile, most of the 163,000 The land is on the southeastern Sept. 2 and Sept. 6-9.
acres burned in the (Labor) Day Fire edge of the forest at the Ventura– For more information call (510)
Los Angeles county line. The plan is 832-1966 ext. 303 or go to: www.the
for the Forest Service to receive sca.org/trail_skills
with scenic views to Gibraltar Rock. Moderate
5.5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of fewer lands of lesser value because
A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. Paul
the USFS would give up 440 acres
of good bottomland for 340 acres of
Name a condor
BATES BEACH TO CARPINTERIA: Nice summer land high and dry on a steep hillside. The Ventana Wildlife Society is Actor Ed Begley Jr. is all gussied up with his bike on hand, ready for the July
walk along the beach/coastline with great views of
An earlier proposal was rolled conducting a contest to name a new 4th annual Street Fair in Ventura that will include a “green block” presenting the
the Channel Islands. Moderate pace, 6 mrt, to
Carpinteria for brunch. Bring water, wear hat, sun- into a bill sponsored by Congress- baby condor that was hatched in the most amazing alternative vehicles, plus tips on how you can reduce your
screen, shoes for hiking on beach and trail, $$ for member Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura) wild in April. energy consumption. (Photo submitted)
brunch. Meet 8:30am at Ventura carpool lot or 9am that passed the House of Represen- Prizes include lodging at the
at Bates Beach parking lot. Ben 479-4846 (SP)
RED ROCK TO GIBRALTAR DAM AND THE MINE:
tatives last year. That proposal was
stopped when Senator Dianne Fein-
stein asked the Club if it supported
Pfeiffer Big Sur Lodge and a pri-
vate tour of the wilderness area.
Local Assembly member Pedro
July 4th Street Fair
Optional hike up the road to Gibraltar Dam and on
to an old mercury mine. Then walk back past a
popular swimming area. Moderate-strenuous 10
mrt. Bring swimsuit, wading shoes, lunch and
The Club’s response was outrage
over the secrecy employed to move
Nava is cosponsoring the contest in
concert with a bill (AB 821) that
would ban lead ammunition, which is
The City of Ventura and the Los stages of continuous live entertain-
water. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at
Hope Ave. at 9am. JIM 447-1876/644-6934 (SB) the bill forward and opposition responsible for some condor deaths Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club ment. The Street Fair opens at
July 27 linked to several areas of signiﬁcant when ingested from dead carcasses. are bringing a ﬂeet of alternative 10 a.m. and goes all day until 5 p.m.
SOLSTICE CANYON: Moderate 7-8 mrt hike with environmental impacts. Send in your condor name by vehicles to the 4th of July Street Did you know that Ventura
1200’ elev. gain. Hike Rising Sun and Upper Sos-
Other issues include the level of June 30 to Name the Baby Condor Fair this year on Oak Street, aka the County has never achieved attain-
tomo Loop Trails. See tropical terrace, oldest
stone building in Malibu and 150’ waterfall (sea- protection for endangered species, Contest, P.O. Box 90459, Santa “green block.” ment for state and federal standards
sonal). Bring water, food and wear lug-soled loss of public access rights, dimin- Barbara CA, 93190, or go online at: Besides the cars, trucks, and for ozone? Our car show will offer
shoes. Meet in parking lot near Burger King on ishing land use designations and www.savethecondor.com scooters, there will be information commuters viable alternatives to the
Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:30am booths with all kinds of tips and polluting, wasteful “one person in
for carpooling. LILLIAN TREVISAN 498-1623 (CJ)
PLAYGROUND: Explore the labyrinth of boulders
forming a natural playground off West Camino
Cielo. Some rock scrambling and agility
Carp. access possible advice for commuters looking to
save gas and money.
All events are free to the public,
one gasoline powered car” approach.
We will be showcasing forward-
thinking vehicles like hybrids, elec-
After many years of no access to to get the Los Padres Forest Associ- and there is also a free shuttle ser- tric cars, fuel cells, biodiesel, algae
required. Always a new route! Bring lunch and
the Los Padres National Forest ation to start work clearing portions vice from the Ventura County Gov- and veggie oil, bicycles, electric
plenty of water. Meet behind B of A on upper
State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. ROBERT 685- from the Carpinteria area, there is a of the trail from the top in forest ernment Center to the fair, located bikes, van pools, car pools, South
1283 (SB) good chance there will be soon via land. Also involved is the Montecito along nine blocks of Main and Santa Coast Area Transit (SCAT) infor-
July 29 the Franklin Trail, which has been Trails Assn. and the Santa Barbara Clara Streets and several side streets. mation booth (bus-pass rafﬂe fea-
SAN YSIDRO TO THE FALLS: Hike past a favorite closed since the 1970s because it mountain bike group with the Forest The popular Street Fair, held on our tured), commuter buses, skate-
rock climbing location to a seasonal waterfall,
returning to a pool for lunch. Steep in spots. goes through private property. Service monitoring the work. nation’s birthday every year, attracts boards, compressed natural gas
Moderate 5 mrt. with 1150 ft elevation gain. However, easements may be “The goal is to open the trail as many as 50,000 people to down- (CNG) cars, and other new and
Bring lunch and water. Meet behind B of A on granted soon by two more property enough that a proper survey can be town Ventura. A children’s parade emerging technologies.
upper State St. at Hope Ave. at 9am. DAVE 563- owners near the high school to open done, both to assess what work will kicks off the party at 10:30 a.m. fol- And we will show how these
the historic trail, following the lead be needed to completely reopen it lowed by six hours of non-stop art, alternatives to the old-school gaso-
LOWER NEWTON CANYON – BUZZARD’S ROOST: of Rancho Monte Alegre which and to make it possible for the entertainment, food and shopping. line-powered car are actually more
Moderate 9 mrt hike with 280’ elev. gain. Visit granted an easement to the county. archaeologists and biologists to The streets will be ﬁlled with 300 economical.
waterfall. Bring water, food and wear lug-soled There is enough optimism that make their way through,” said Ray artisans, food booths, displays by For more information, call 654-
shoes. Meet in parking lot near Burger King on the other easements will be granted Ford of the LPFA. nonproﬁt organizations and four 7830 or 637-7350.
Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks at 8:30am for
carpooling. LILLIAN TREVISAN 498-1623 (CJ)
WEST FORK, COLD SPRING TRAIL: This is a
moderate hike up the west fork of the Cold
Spring Trail. This is a nicely graded trail, but we
do gain over 1000 ft. of elevation. We will start
at the main Cold Spring trailhead, cross the
creek and head up the west fork, passing the old
Water Tunnel on the newly revised section. We’ll
lunch at the top of the trail, where it meets
Gibralter Rd. About 5 mrt and 1100 ft elevation
gain. Bring a light lunch and a full bottle of
water. Meet at 9am in the parking lot of the Bank
of America on upper State St. (corner of State &
Hope Ave). GERRY 964-5411 (SB)
FIR CANYON: Car pool to Davy Brown camp
behind Figueroa Mt. Steep hike up the most beau-
tiful canyon in the area to near the top of Figueroa
Mt. Moderate 6.5 mrt. Bring lunch and water. Meet
behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope Ave. at
9am. CALL FOR DETAILS 687-1929 (SB)
FRANKLIN TRAIL: Long car pool to Juncal Camp-
ground. Hike past Jameson Lake then up Alder
Creek canyon to the ridge overlooking Carpinte-
ria. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Strenuous
Rocky Pine Ridge is just one of the great places you can go on a Sierra Club
12 mrt. Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at
Hope Ave. at 9am. TONY 687-1929 (SB) hike, and even sweeter if you’re a member. (Photo by Robert Bernstein)
ROMERO CANYON TO CAMINO CIELO: Walk all
the way up this mostly tree shaded trail to the
top. Great views of back country. Moderate-
strenuous 9 mrt. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Sierra Club believes everyday is
Meet behind B of A on upper State St. at Hope
Ave. at 9am. DIANE 687-1929 (SB)
OUTINGS NEEDED: Now is the time to start plan-
ning your outings for the next Condor Call out-
ings schedule, covering the period of Oct 2007
EARTH DAY 1000
thru Jan 2008 plus at least a week into Feb
2008. Send your outings to your Group outings
Join the Club today
6 • Condor Call – June/July 2007
Goodbye to gorgeous views?
By Alan Sanders the degradation of the area and report with a hearing before the
Those gorgeous coastal views eventual elimination of most Planning Commission at the end of
one experiences when driving east wildlife including several endan- the comment time.
on Hueneme Road just past Edison gered species. The Los Padres Chapter supports
Drive in the City of Oxnard can be Warnings against this scenario the Ormond Beach Task Force Con-
kissed goodbye if newly proposed were made years ago by famed sensus Plan as a model for area land
projects to develop hundreds of coastal advocate Dr. Rim Fay, who use planning. The plan was devel-
acres of the Ormond Beach area often cautioned that such develop- oped after years of discussions with
move forward. ment would result “in a landscaping area stakeholders. Most of the area
Hearthside Homes wants to project rather than a restoration proj- now planned for development was
develop hundreds of homes, shops, ect,” that is also under consideration. identiﬁed as being essential for wet-
schools, and a whole new mini-city The City of Oxnard on May 21 lands and uplands restoration as
on agricultural lands north of Huen- released a draft Environmental Im- part of the Consensus Plan.
eme Road that are now in Ventura pact Report that considers both the Copies of the draft EIR can be
County, thus requiring annexation North and South Ormond Speciﬁc obtained through the City of
into the city. Plan Areas. The City plans to allow Oxnard’s planning department: http://
Similarly, 375 additional acres 45 days to comment on the draft planning.cityofoxnard.org
south of Hueneme Road could be
developed into industrial parks,
which also requires annexation. Hiking the web
Together these projects have the Do you know of a web site that would interest Los Padres Chapter mem-
potential of overwhelming sensitive bers? Send it in to the Condor Call editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
habitat areas at Ormond Beach with call him at 745-5432. All begin with www. unless otherwise speciﬁed.
signiﬁcant impacts that will lead to Vacation Rentals by Owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vrbo.com
Clean marine action bills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . healthebay.org
A bold initiative to give citizens the right to decide the future growth of the city
of Oxnard was announced by (from left) former Ventura Mayor Richard Francis,
Trails . . . Smart growth activist tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ceds.org
Find ‘green’ gardeners . . . . . . . . . . . . greengardener.org
Oxnard City Council member Tim Flynn and Attorney Fred Rosamond. Read Cont’d. from page 2 New wildlife rescue group . . . . . . . . . . . . wildrescue.org
the story on page 1. (Photo by Al Sanders) or go to the website. Extreme adventures . . . . . . . . . . . . . exploreresweb.com
The task force is charged “to
Thanks for your donations develop recommendations which
should be considered by the three
Many gracious thanks go to the scores of members listed below who
responded to our once-per-year March Appeal drive. It is your dona-
jurisdictions in order to foster
responsible, cohesive, coordinated
Ormond Lagoon threatened
tions that help us protect and enhance the land and sea around us. Our and comprehensive management of Citizens learned at the Ormond California least terns, western
latest victory was the leadership in educating the public and politicians the Front Country Trails for the Beach Task Force meeting on May snowy plovers, brown pelicans and
to reject the LNG project proposed off Oxnard’s coast. greater good of the community.” 17 that an Oxnard water-treatment Belding’s savannah sparrows.
You may contribute at any time, of course, and occasionally the Los The meetings provide public company was planning on dumping In 1998 proponents of the project
Padres Chapter may ask for other donations for speciﬁc projects.. But forums to solicit and gather input its efﬂuent into the Oxnard Industrial argued that the increased water vol-
the March Appeal is different as it is not tied to a particular project. from trail users, property owners, Drain if it could get permits from the ume going down the OID would
You can donate at any time; send a check to Sierra Club, Los Padres interest groups and the public at Regional Quality Control Board. help breach the sand berm that
Chapter, PO Box 31241, Santa Barbara, CA, 93190. large. Many individuals have given E.F. Oxnard LLC attempted to serves to form the Ormond lagoon.
Mary Ankeny Ellen Johnson Kenneth Rogers their views though numerically get a similar plan approved in 1998 This action would alter area
Chandler Armstrong Gary Johnson Edward Rose mountain bike supporters have out- before abandoning its efforts. stream ﬂows and could change the
Richard Baldwin Susan Jorgensen Jean and William numbered hikers and equestrians. The Los Padres Chapter opposed lagoon feature to an open estuary.
Marion Baronowski Wilhelm Kapp Rountree The task force has heard reports issuance of permits in 1998 because The impacts of this alteration on
Bettina Barrett Kalon Kelley Susan Sakauye from staff on the extent and condi- the water from the OID runs into endangered species were under con-
Susan Belloni Sally Kitson Melissa Salter tion of the trails as well as the the sensitive Ormond lagoon area sideration in 1998 when the project
Sally Berg Marianne and Gerald Heather Sanders groups involved with the trails, that is home to several endangered was abandoned.
Lois Birnbaum Kline Santa Barbara Group including the Santa Barbara Trails species including tidewater gobies, —Alan Sanders
Donald Blackwill Steven Kunze Trail Guide Fund Council, the Santa Barbara Moun-
Carol and Lucien Lacour
tain Bike Trail Volunteers, and the
Montecito Trails Foundation. Peaker plant needs EIR
Chris Caretto Julia Laraway Ruediger Schoeer Southern California Edison plans an industrial facility within the
James Case Muriel Lauderdale Donald Scott to get back into the electric produc- Coastal Zone.
Douglas Clegg Don Lauer Rubin Shatavsky
EAVESDROPS tion business in the near future if The Los Padres Chapter’s Execu-
“For a geologist, this is a very plans for its Mandalay Peaker plant tive Committee has voted to ask the
Austin Cline David Lawrence Diane Siegel
exciting ﬁnd. We’re not aware of are fast tracked through the city of City to do the right thing—produce
Martin Conoley and Don Leitch Norm and Sharon
any other features of this nature.” Oxnard Planning Department. an EIR with public hearings. This
Kathryn Mead Ernest Levy Simmonds
—Los Padres Forest geologist Oxnard is allowing the plant to action would produce mitigations
Mary Contrakos Barbara Lindemann Brian Sipes
Allen King, about the “hot spot” in be permitted through the use of a that might not be considered in a
Mindy Cooper-Smith Geoff Loman Meloney Smith
the forest that has no apparent Negative Declaration rather than streamlined Negative Declaration.
William Cornish Tiffany Lynch Chris Soltow
explanation. the usual Environmental Impact Also, the City is allowing only 14
Chris and Linda Coudert N. MacDonald Lynne Stark
Rudyard Deldner MaryJane MacLeod Nancy Stearns Report that would be expected for days for comments. —Alan Sanders
David Doinick Brian MacPolin Frances Stephens
Stephen and Suzanne
Richard and JoAnn
Frank and Kay Stevens
Les and Susan Stewart
Doc donates essential vehicle
Dovgin Carol Marsh Andrea Stouffer By Alan Sanders Foothills Coalition, in April gifts to help the environment. This is
Alice Edwards Janet McAleney Natalie Swan Hauling materials for protecting donated a four-wheel-drive Land probably our fault because our best
Steve Feinberg Lois McCampbell JoAnn Thompson endangered shorebirds, taking sick Rover to support the work of the conservationists are often over-
Bob Field John McDougal, Jr. John Tilton animals to rescuers, and stalking Ormond Project. whelmed with meetings and hearings
Joel Fithian Phil and Melinda Tioli scofﬂaws bent on dumping or graf- “This is a major contribution to and just don’t put enough effort into
Peggy Fletcher McKenna T. N. Trefz ﬁti are just some of the jobs Ormond our work protecting sensitive habi- communicating their needs or their
Elise Foladare Marlene Mills Diane Troik Project volunteers have been doing tats and wildlife. We hope it will victories. We need to do a whole lot
Peter Ford, M. D. Roy Minter, DDS Aiting Tung for years on their own dime. inspire others who care about the better in the future to communicate
Robert Geres Greg Mohr Wayne and Shirley Tustin But this year the fortunes of environment to consider similar with our supporters,” she said.
June Gill Lauren Monda Richard and Rev. Audrey those volunteers have changed in a donations’” said Earth Alert Execu- Bridger’s opinion is supported
Jeremy and Calla Gold Vivienne Moody Vincent major way. Dr. Karin van Hoek, an tive Director Janet Bridgers. by Ventura County ﬁgures that
Herbert Goldman Sally Mueller Mary Vogel internal medicine specialist and “Unfortunately, even serious con- show all conservation organizations
Mary Gosselin Terrence and Linda Diane Volz secretary of the San Marcos servationists often fail to consider gathering only a half of one percent
John Graff O’Neill Eileen Vopelak of all charitable contributions.
Linda Granat Helen Mary O’Neill Elizabeth Wade “I think we should be able to do
Jeffrey Graver Beatrice Oshika Earl Wakelee a lot better than 0.5 percent, but we
Elizabeth Grumette Frances O’Sullivan, M. Donald Wallace need to make it easier to donate to
Mary Haffner D. Jeff Waxman conservation work.” Bridgers said.
Paula Hanover Jean Parcher Wanda Weller Another signiﬁcant donation was
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hartle Chris Paszty Paul Wiechowski made by club member Art
Glenn Havskjold Gary Phillips Tammy Wierl Shaffman, who donated ofﬁce furni-
Joah Hebert Marjorie Popper George Wilde ture on two separate occasions. “We
R. B. Heiserman Janelle Preston Gerry Williams now have serious ofﬁce presence
Joseph Henderson Michael Rattapel Michael and Evelyn because of the beautiful bird’s eye
Donald Herman Richard Regnier Williams maple computer desks and book-
Mary Hintz Kay Renius Bob and NormaJean cases that were given to us,” said
Dan Horgan Bernie Reutemann Wolf Bridgers.
Arthur Hubbard Margery Ricards Barry Wolin “Both of these people have really
Jennifer Hughes James Ring Alan Woodbury Janet Bridgers accepts keys from Dr. Karin van Hoek, who donated this
helped us by their generosity.”
Richard Hunt Stephanie Riordan George and Judy Writer Landrover for use by Ormond Beach activists. Karin hopes that others will be Want to join these angels? If you
Ann Huston Curtis Roads Robert and Katy Zappala inspired to donate ofﬁce machines and other goods for the many volunteers; have an item you are considering for
call 488-7988. (Photo by Al Sanders) a donation please call Al at 488-7988.
June/July 2007 – Condor Call • 7
VENOCO . . .
Cont’d. from page 2
It has plied local waters since the
1980s with no apparent major mis-
continued protests against the off-
shore oil industry that began more
Venoco Oil Projects
(as of May 15 – see websites for updates)
after completion each wellhead haps, and probably with only few than a century ago. The ﬁrst off- ■ Carpinteria, Paredon Project
would be below ground level. The rig Santa Barbarans even being aware shore wells in the world were Draft Environmental Impact Report—Expected by June 11
could be removed after all the wells of its use. But local opinion was erected off Summerland and Car- (60-day public comment period)
are drilled, but some question that it strong against oil tankers in the pinteria in 1896. Public workshop on the draft—Mid-June
Carpinteria Valley Assn. info meeting—7 p.m. June 21, Women’s Club
would remain for well maintenance. Santa Barbara Channel, and now The current proposals have drawn
Public comment meeting on DEIR—Late July
Oil now comes ashore from Plat- state law bans that. Many believe opposition based on potential noise, City Planning Commission hearings—To be determined
form Gail via pipeline and is that the ban should also apply to air pollution, increased trafﬁc, intru- City Council hearings—To be determined
processed and stored at the indus- barges, in favor of pipeline trans- sion into residential areas, visual For updates, go to: www.carpinteria.ca.us
trial complex east of Dump Road. port. Venoco only offers the degradation of the coast, coastal ■ Goleta, Ellwood Marine Terminal Lease
Under the proposed plan, oil would pipeline as part of its full ﬁeld pro- water pollution, water consumption Final Environmental Impact Report—30 days prior to State Lands Commission
continue to be transported in posal and seeks continuation of the and disposition, and a general dis- hearing
State Lands Commission hearing—July (date TBA)
pipelines for processing and storage. barge operations through 2013. ruption of the attraction of the area.
■ Goleta, Lease 421 recommissioning
Oil would go elsewhere for reﬁning. In addition, Venoco wants the The projects could produce some Draft EIR—May
In addition to the industrial image state to recommission two wells on local public revenue from oil royal- Workshop/ public hearing—TBA
of the drilling tower, many have state lease #421 off Goleta that ties. But the amounts have not been ■ Goleta, full ﬁeld development
protested that it would be an unset- have been out of production since determined, and at least some of Draft EIR—Late July, early August
tling source of noise. The harbor 1994, located on two short piers this would be offset by a reduction ■ For Goleta area projects, update at the County Energy Division and
seal rookery, a protected beach, is immediately off the Ellwood oil in tourism which South Coast com- SLC websites:
nearby. Industrial trafﬁc and air pol- and gas plant site. The company has munities have long encouraged. www.countyofsb.org/energy
lution are also oft-voiced concerns. stabilized the wells and pipelines Many argue that since the com-
The site is near many residences. and repaired an access road and bustion of petroleum is among the
Goleta (Ellwood): In 1997, Venoco piers after pipeline leaks and con- greatest contributors to air pollution
purchased from ARCO Platform tends that it doesn’t need a permit and global warming, encouraging
Holly, which produces oil 2.5 miles to resume production. SLC staff new oil drilling is an illogical way
offshore, and the processing plant at contends that a permit is required to face the problem.
Ellwood. The platform and onshore after the accident, repairs, and the Environmentalists, and now even
processing plant are 40 years old. long interruption of production. some major corporations, see efﬁ-
Venoco’s “full ﬁeld development” Summary: In preliminary hear- ciency, conservative use, and clean
proposal would expand production ings on all these projects in recent sources of energy as not just practi-
by drilling from Holly into leases the months, South Coast residents have cal, but essential.
state withdrew from production in
1987. This was part of a lawsuit set-
tlement with ARCO. The Sierra Club
was a party to that settlement and
How we vaporized
now questions whether a quitclaimed
lease can legally, or in good faith, be
reoffered for sale or whether it is a
offshore LNG plan
permanent part of the state sanctuary By Alan Sanders battle to stop Billiton as he helped
in which further leasing is barred. On May 18 Governor Arnold organize activists from Malibu to
In an effort to eliminate coastal Schwarzenegger delivered the ﬁnal Ventura. All of these people and
industrialization in the early 1990s, blow to the reeling Cabrillo Port many others made great sacriﬁces in
the county rezoned oil industry Liquiﬁed Natural Gas project off the trying to stay engaged on this battle
coastal properties from industrial to coast of Ventura County when he to stop Cabrillo Port while ﬁghting
more compatible uses. Five oil and vetoed the required approvals. many other environmental battles.
gas companies cleaned up and But most believe the project really The club had many allies. It would
cleared out. Only Venoco’s plant died when state lands commissioners be impossible to list them all, but they
remains as a non-conforming use. John Garamendi and John Chiang were all necessary, every last one of
Venoco plans to upgrade the voted to deny certiﬁcation and later them, in achieving this victory.
plant despite its non-conforming when the California Coastal Com- Congress member Lois Capps,
zoning status. Oil and gas process- mission followed suit by unani- Assembly members Pedro Nava,
ing would continue at the Ellwood mously voting to deny approval of and Julia Brownley testiﬁed at the
plant. Approval of the full ﬁeld the project. Both asked probing ques- hearings, as did Ventura County
development would extend the pro- tions of BHP Billiton’s representa- Supervisors Steve Bennett and John
ject life to year 2040. tives at the April 9 SLC hearing. Flynn, Oxnard Mayor Tom Holden,
In a separate application to be On several occasions Garamendi Oxnard City Council members Tim Map of Venoco projects proposed along the Goleta – Ellwood area.
heard by the State Lands Commis- challenged the source of information Flynn and John Zaragoza and Mal-
sion (SLC) as early as this July, presented to the commission. The ibu Mayor Andy Stern.
Venoco is asking for a 10-year lease
extension to its Ellwood Marine
Terminal. Under the current opera-
questioning was so withering that
Billiton’s people never recovered.
The magnitude of Billiton’s
Environmental Defense Center
and the California Coastal Protec-
tion Network had submitted sub-
Hike Naples while
tion, Venoco’s oil is transported by
barge from an offshore mooring
facility northwest of Coal Oil Point.
The barge, called Jovalan, is a
defeat is still being determined, but
stantial legal arguments followed
by their public testimony.
But most impressive were the
hundreds of individuals who took the
awaiting draft EIR
An important draft environmen- The Los Padres Chapter is part of
“Moral: Say ‘yes’ when a TV
300-foot, single-hulled vessel built news crew calls and says ‘We’d like time to learn about this very complex tal impact report about develop- the Naples Coalition, which is hard
in 1979 that is towed by a tug with a to interview you, can you make it?’ ” issue and to express themselves, ment in the Naples area of the at work defending the Gaviota
1,000-foot cable and has no other —Janet Bridgers, on the promi- repeatedly during the countless meet- Gaviota Coast may be out this Coast from the suburban, leapfrog
means of propulsion or steerage. It nent play gleaned by the Sierra ings and hearings. At the end of the month (June) after delays, but in the development on the rural Naples
can carry 56,000 barrels of oil east Club on local Fox News the day approval process there was a nine- meantime, join the Naples Coalition property.
or west through the Santa Barbara before the State Lands Commission day period during which four hear- beach hike at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, For all details on this and future
Channel and makes two to three conducted a hearing on an Aus- ings and an organizational meeting June 9. hikes, DEIR, upcoming hearings
trips per month. tralian company’s (BHP Billiton) took place. Your chapter leaders were and other tidbits, contact: Kristen
LNG proposal off the coast of
Oxnard April 9. Featured was local
present at all of these events.
The demise of Billiton doesn’t end Follow Muir Hoye 452-5936 or log on to: www.
solar heat to
Sierra Club members who dreamed
up “Skippy” the carpetbagging kan-
the Chapter’s involvement in LNG
issues. Three other companies are on the web Details are also available on the
Coalition’s special celebratory event
garoo (see story on this page). working on offshore LNG plans in The Sierra Club has chosen ten in July as a way to say thanks and to
reduce gas use it is certainly one of the most grati-
California, including Woodside Petro-
leum and Northernstar Natural Gas,
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Horses have the right of way
By Lynn P. Kirst for the soft shoulder found on the
“Confusion on the trail!” edge of many narrow trails. On a
That was the report from a wider trail, horses still take the
recent Sierra Club outing, when inside, which allows for more
the hikers encountered a group of maneuverability.
equestrians. Although I do partic- Are there exceptions to this
ipate on the occasional Sierra rule? Only on a very narrow trail,
Club hike, my primary trail use is and only if there is a clear space
as an equestrian. Thus I was on the inside for a hiker to stand.
asked to provide this review of If this space is above the horse,
trail protocols from an equestrian such as up a hillside, it is not an
standpoint, so hikers will know acceptable space to move into.
what to do when they encounter Generally, horses don’t like to
horses. have things above them, and a
Because of my familiarity with hiker clinging to a hillside is
horses, I have a comfort level in more likely to slip and slide,
their presence that non-equestri- which really will spook a horse.
ans (which I will hereafter call Not a good scene on a narrow
hikers) cannot know. And yet, trail, especially if it has a drop-off
because I know them so well, I on the other side. Hikers need to be on the outside of trails when encountering horses, as
really can appreciate the hiker’s If the trail is too narrow, there the animals naturally take the “mountain side” in any given situation.
apprehension in passing a horse is no choice but for the hiker to (Photo by Robert Bernstein)
on the trail. Horses ARE big ani- turn around and re-trace his steps ride with loose dogs, a practice in its mouth, much less accept
mals, and seem even more so until he reaches a safe place to which I do not condone. It’s okay big, crunchy carrots from
with a rider on top. They can be pull off to the side. Luckily in on a private ranch, but not on a strangers.
intimidating, which is one reason over 40 years of riding the local public trail. A barking dog could Summer is the busiest season
they are used in police work. front country trails, I’ve only had spook a horse, but it’s more likely on the trails, and remembering
When a hiker encounters a this happen once or twice, and I to risk getting kicked if it circles basic trail protocols helps to
horse on the trail, he instinctively greatly appreciated the hiker’s a horse’s hind legs, barking ensure an enjoyable experience
looks around for someplace to go. cheerful attitude. obnoxiously. A horse is a prey for both the hoofers and the
This is in fact the correct reac- Make an effort to look far animal, and unable to differenti- hoofed.
tion, since horses have priority on ahead on the trail, and keep your ate between your pet dogs and a • Lynn Kirst serves on the Execu-
the trails. At the bottom of most eyes and ears open so you know pack of wolves. tive Committee of the Santa Bar-
trailheads, there are signs that who and what is headed your Will a passing horse kick a bara Group. She writes a
indicate mountain bikers must way. If you see an equestrian hiker? Not likely. Usually a horse biweekly column called “Trail
yield to hikers, and both bikers coming and you ﬁnd a good place will give a warning before kick- Talk” for the Montecito Journal,
and hikers must yield to horses. to stand aside, don’t just stand ing, such as pinning his ears back which can be read online at
The problem is that most hik- there like a tree. Call out a greet- and pumping his head up and www.montecito journal. net.
ers instinctively head to the ing so the horse is aware of you, down. That’s a warning, usually
“inside” of the trail, when in fact and slowly wave your hand so the given to other horses to stay off Next issue of
they should always move to the horse can see you. It’s only when his tail. Horses are used to being
outside of the trail. Horses always
take the “mountain side” in any
you stand stock still, then move
or speak when he is right near
But forget the notion of carry-
comes out 1st of August
given situation. The reason is you, that a horse might be star- ing carrots to feed passing horses, DEADLINES:
simple: weight. A horse with an tled. an idea popular among mountain Editorial: July 15
adult rider and tack can weigh If you hike with a dog, you bikers. Most responsible equestri- Advertising: July 20
nearly 1,500 pounds, and that should keep it leashed for a vari- ans won’t even let their horse eat Questions? Call 745-5432
kind of weight is inappropriate ety of reasons. Some equestrians grass when it’s bridled with a bit
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