Community Applauds Bill that Will Benefit Families, Promote Health and Environmental Justice, Protect Clean Water Access, Increase Tourism Revenue
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA 27) introduced legislation June 12, 2014, to provide permanent protections and local control over the San Gabriel Mountains, rivers and parks for millions of Southern California residents and visitors. “The Los Angeles region is one of the most park poor regions of the country. We face two challenges as a result: there are very few options for Angelenos to enjoy the outdoors, and the options we do have are under immense stress from overuse,” said Rep. Chu. “After a decade of consideration and collaboration, I am proud to introduce legislation protecting these mountains that’s consistent with our community needs and priorities.” Rep Chu continued, “This has been a community effort from the very beginning. The vision of this NRA began with the community and it will be realized by the community.”
Please join the celebration with Rep. Chu, former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and other civic leaders on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Peck Park, 5401 Peck Rd, Arcadia Calif., 91006, at 9:30 a.m. Click here for the celebration program. A broad partnership of residents, cities, local businesses, health and environmental justice organizations, community leaders, and conservation groups applauds the legislation.
Nelson’s Bighorn Sheep on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River 2013
The spectacular San Gabriel Mountains are home to often snow-capped alpine peaks, pine forests, chaparral hills, waterfalls and wild, free-flowing rivers. It is essential habitat for endangered and sensitive species including the Nelson’s Bighorn sheep, California condor, mountain lion and the Santa Ana sucker. The bill will protect the Angeles National Forest, which provides 70 percent of Los Angeles County’s open space and one-third of its drinking water. 17 million people live within an hour’s drive of the mountains. The legislation provides for a diverse public advisory council, comprehensive management and visitor plans, and a partnership among federal, state, tribal, and local authorities and the private sector. The public advisory council will include environmental justice representation to ensure the area serves the needs of all people, including people of color and low-income people.
The Los Angeles region is one of the most park poor in the country. Click on the map to see larger sizes and analyses.
- A summary of Rep. Chu’s legislation and a list of supporters can be found here.
- A planning map of Rep. Chu’s legislation can be found here.
- The text of the legislation can be found here.
San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) joined thousands of residents to support the vision to protect the San Gabriel range, its rivers and urban parks that make up Los Angeles’ backyard. The vision of San Gabriel Mountains Forever is: Protection and enhancement of our mountains, rivers and parks with access for all. Click here for the SGMF statement on the legislation in English and Fact Sheet in Spanish.
Diverse allies who submitted public comments on health and environmental justice include the following:
Anahuak Youth Sports Association, Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, Robert Bracamontes, Acjachemen Nation, California Latino Congreso, The City Project, Charles Drew University, Conservation Law Foundation, Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, Tom Hayden, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), Los Jardines Institute (The Gardens Institute), Multicultural Communities for Mobility, National Parks Conservation Association, National Recreation and Parks Association, Sierra Club Environmental Justice & Community Partnerships Program, Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC).
Members who cosponsor Congresswoman Chu’s legislation include Representative Adam Schiff (CA-28), and Representative Tony Cárdenas (CA-29). Former Rep. Hilda Solis introduced the 2003 bill that led to a federal study of the San Gabriel Mountains and rivers. Ms. Solis wrote the statutory California definition of environmental justice as a member of the state assembly.
Hiking the East Fork Bridge to Nowhere Trail
Click here to see a one minute video of Rep. Chu introducing the legislation in Congress.