The final hike will be taken on Feb. 29 and will view the property from
Mr. Gregg's second erroneous, almost laughable, assumption is that
national Sierra Club policy somehow differs from local club policy and
justifies the destruction of 238 acres of the Verdugos in favor of
accommodating the 'demands of a growing population . . . by advocating
development in existing urban areas with available infrastructure (like
Mr. Gregg has a point, as twisted as it may be, that the Sierra Club
prefers meeting growth demands by redeveloping decaying urban areas
rather than destroying natural places. What Mr. Gregg conveniently
neglected is that Sierra Club policy, local and national, expressly
'excludes parks, park-like lands, agricultural lands, and sensitive and
Sounds a whole like Oakmont V to us.
Local Sierra Club leaders understand well national Sierra Club policy
-'to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice
and promote responsible use of the earths eco-systems and resources; to
educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the
natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out
We pursue those policies in an ethical fashion, per our charter and
Mr. Gregg may not like Sierra Club opposition to his speculative
investment, Oakmont View V, and we certainly understand the motives
behind his displeasure. However, while we unequivocally support the
rights of private land owners, we do not bow to the pressures of
speculative land investors.
The Sierra Club's only motive is a deep desire to conserve the valuable
and irreplaceable lands that we all love for the children of future
generations a goal into which our volunteers and supporters pour their
energy and time.
Mike Smith is the project
coordinator of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapters Livable Glendale project.