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Community Gathers in Opposition to Judy Chu’s National Monument Plan

San Gabriel Valley Businesses and Congressional Candidate, Art Alas, Protest Chu's Federal Land Grab

On Monday, October 6, 2014, Congressional candidate, Art Alas (CA-32), locals, and fellow business leaders of the San Gabriel Valley and SGV Mountains held a protest at Rep. Judy Chu's District office against her proposal to President Obama to declare the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument.

The National Monument Plan federalizes over 620,000 acres of public and private land, and citizens joined together to voice their concerns about the plan. Over 150 people from different businesses, organizations, and communities in the affected areas came to show Congresswoman Chu that they believe her proposal does not accurately represent the desires of the people whom she was elected to represent.

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Rep. Schiff Statement on President Obama Designating the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Burbank, CA – Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who has long worked to help preserve the San Gabriel Mountains, issued the following statement after President Obama signed an order at designating 346,000 acres of National Forest land in the San Gabriel Mountains as the Nation's newest national monument:

"Since I was a California State Senator, I have made protecting open space in the Rim of the Valley and San Gabriel Mountains a top priority. Today's designation of the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument is an important step forward in ensuring that these lands can be enjoyed by future generations of Angelenos. As we await a final recommendation from the National Park Service on the creation of a Rim of the Valley National Recreation Area, I look forward to working with leaders throughout our community towards our common goal of preserving these natural areas and their abundant wildlife, resourcing them well, improving recreational opportunities, and being good stewards of the land."

The effort to protect the San Gabriel Mountains started eleven and a half years ago with the introduction of a bill by then-Representative Hilda Solis, and championed by Representatives Schiff and Judy Chu. The result was a 10-year study by the National Park Service, which included 66 stakeholder meetings, and 16,800 public comments, most overwhelmingly in support of more resources for the San Gabriel Mountains and Rivers.

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