[Supv. Antonovich] – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich opposes the proposed Executive Order by President Barack Obama that seeks to designate over 600,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains from Santa Clarita to San Bernardino as a National Monument.
“Congresswoman Judy Chu’s attempt to designate the forest as a National Recreation Area failed to get traction in Congress and now she is bypassing stakeholders by requesting that the President designate it a National Monument via Executive Order,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “This designation will impact County operations including flood protection, roads and water resources along with the communities of Mt. Baldy, Wrightwood, and the millions of residents that visit the forest each year.
Community leaders and business owners also oppose this designation and over 150 protesters gathered out in front of Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Pasadena office on Monday demanding that this designation be delayed until it is vetted by the community or scrapped all together.
COUNTY REPORT DETAILS NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF PROPOSED NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATION
From Supervisor Antonovich, 10-8-2014
LOS ANGELES COUNTY —The Los Angeles County Departments of Public Works and Fire reported concerns to the Board of Supervisors with the proposed National Monument Designation for the San Gabriel Mountains. This report was requested by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on September 2, 2014 after numerous community stakeholders and business leaders expressed growing concern for the proposed change in designation of the San Gabriel Mountains.
“This list of issues is alarming. We have been told repeatedly that this designation will have no impacts on County operations, yet our County departments immediately identified multiple areas of concern,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “We now have more questions than answers, and unfortunately, we will be unable to definitely determine the potential impacts of a designation prior to the President’s ill-advised Executive Order.”
In their report, the Department of Public Works and Fire Department identified areas of concern, including:
- Fire suppression
- Water resources
- Flood control facilities
The Monument Plan is in response to perceived gridlock in Congress regarding the National Recreation Area Bill. However, the National Recreation Area Bill had significant public input and transparency.
“Congresswoman Chu and the President are bypassing stakeholders by rushing this Monument Designation,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “This should be tabled until the Monument Designations Management Plan has been finalized and vetted with the community and impacted agencies.”