10.10.14

The Foothill Record: OBAMA ANNOUNCES NEW SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT

The Foothill Record reports on the creation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument:

“Today I am using my executive authority to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument,” President Barack Obama told a crowd gathered in Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas early this afternoon.

The proposal originated in US Representative Hilda Solis’s office, and Representative Judy Chu inherited part of the mantle. When Chu’s congressional district shifted from 32 to 27, Representative Grace Napolitano took the lead advocacy role for a while. Napolitano and the National Park Service recommended that the new monument extend down into Whittier Narrows. But when Congress blocked discussion of the proposals, leaving the Obama Administration to use an executive declaration if there was to be a new monument, the possibility of adding a large amount of land controlled by nonfederal agencies ended. Obama also singled out the foothills-area’s Representative Adam Schiff as committed to the cause, though much of Schiff’s western portion of the Angeles National Forest is not inside the new monument.

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Source: The Foothill Record