Today, community leaders welcomed President Obama's visit to San Dimas and the San Gabriel Valley for the official designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. This designation came in response to more than a decade of input and support from state and local officials, community leaders, environmental justice organizations, churches, water districts, veterans, educators and residents.
A diverse partnership of cities, residents and organizations applaud the announcement that President Barack Obama will designate a San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The San Gabriel Mountains, north of Los Angeles within the Angeles National Forest, provide one-third of the region's clean water supply and 70 percent of the region's open space.
Southern California had its chance. In 1930, two of the country's most esteemed landscape and planning firms presented a blueprint for what would have created, in the words of this newspaper, "the finest outdoor recreation system in America."
The plan - a necklace of parks, parkways, playgrounds and public beaches - would have stretched nearly 440 miles from Malibu to Long Beach, from the Angeles National Forest to Bolsa Chica, and pushed back the momentum of development that was quickly transforming this flood plain by the
National monument status is the best way right now to ensure needed resources to protect the San Gabriel Mountains.
Not someday. Not whenever it is that the U.S. Forest Service is allocated enough money to pay for more rangers and trail maintenance.
In these hot years, in this almost permanent wildfire season, almost all of its budget goes toward fighting fires.
Local Communities Join Congressional Leaders, Call for President Obama to Protect San Gabriel Mountains as National MonumentAugust 27th, 2014
Los Angeles - Area residents today will urge officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to recommend that President Obama protect the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument. Under Secretary for Natural Resources Robert Bonnie and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell are convening a public meeting in Baldwin Park, which is expected to include U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, Los Angeles County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis, and other local leaders.
LOS ANGELES - A new poll of Los Angeles County voters, released today by San Gabriel Mountains Forever on a press conference call with Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), demonstrates strong support across the political and demographic spectrum for permanent protection of the San Gabriel Mountains. In fact, a majority say they would tell President Barack Obama to take action on this proposal now.