The Sierra Club California Legislative Office, located in Sacramento, began in the late 1960s. It was one of the first offices
established to work strictly on state-level environmental legislation. The staff consists of a state director, currently Michael
Paparian, legislative representatives, the editor of the California Legislative Agenda, and a fund-raising coordinator.
John Zierold, formerly the head of the California Planning and Conservation League, began advising the Sierra Club on state
legislative matters in the 1960s, and he became a full-fledged lobbyist for the club in 1970. Some of his early successes
included helping to pass the legislation which created the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the [San Francisco] Bay Conservation
and Development Commission, and the California State Solid Waste Management Board. He also influenced laws on logging and
forestry management, nuclear safeguards, coastal zone management, and California's counterpart to the National Environmental
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