Thousands of picnickers and gold prospectors park every weekend along a two-lane road overlooking the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, then trundle down to the mountain creek with ice chests, boomboxes, shovels, sluice boxes and baby carriers strung with diapers.
June 1st, 2012
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Twenty-three members of Congress this week signed a letter in support of creating a National Recreation Area within the San Gabriel Valley that would include the San Gabriel River, Angeles National Forest and Puente-Chino Hills.
The signees included local representatives Judy Chu, D-El Monte; Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena; Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos. The letter also was signed by Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.
The letter was addressed to Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service and was dated Dec. 19.
June 1st, 2012
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Six years of studies costing more than $500,000, two months of public meetings and years of debate are over.
The question of whether the National Park Service should step in and co-manage the San Gabriel Mountains, San Gabriel River and a portion of the Puente Hills is headed for Congress in December.
But the complicated proposal which marries one federal agency with another, belies a more fundamental question: Will the region get more funding for recreational uses under the NPS? Or should the region stick with the U.S. Forest Service alone?