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Rim of the Valley National Park Proposal Draws Reaction

January 25, 2014
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An adjoining proposal to create a national recreation area out of the rest of the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel River and the Rio Hondo, plus part of the Puente-Chino Hills, was launched by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena and is further along. The NPS scaled down Chu’s preferred proposal from 581,000 acres to about 50,000 acres in April. The NPS also recommended that it become a “unit of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA” and not a separate park. The NPS recommendation was met with considerable push back from Chu, the county Board of Supervisors and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. They generally supported the larger proposal and did not want to be part of the Santa Monica Mountains NRA. Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, wrote in a letter to Schiff stating that he and Chu favor an expanded boundary, one that would provide more resources in Cucamonga Canyon, an area of waterfalls and intense use in the eastern Angeles. The city of Rancho Cucamonga supports the wider San Gabriel NRA, Holden wrote. Holden, as does Chu, opposes association with the Santa Monica plan or its conservancy. The implication being, if Schiff’s proposal gets attached to Santa Monica, then Chu’s might as well.