Barger Mobilizes L.A. County Support to Expand San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger read in a motion during today’s Board of Supervisors meeting that will have the County demonstrate its support of new legislation proposed by U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and Congresswoman Judy Chu to protect and expand the boundary of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by more than 100,000 acres.
The action came on the heels of a successful press conference convened yesterday in Eaton Canyon Natural Area against the backdrop of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains in the Fifth District, which was attended by more than 100 community members and supporters.
“Every Los Angeles County resident in every neighborhood deserves safe and accessible nature, parks, and open space,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Connecting with nature benefits our mental health and overall well-being. As local leaders, we must do everything possible to ensure our communities and visitors alike have equitable access to explore nature. It’s a stabilizing space that makes a big difference in many people’s lives.”
The motion directs the County’s Chief Executive Officer and the County’s Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Branch to issue a support letter that advocates for passage of H.R. 3681. It will be voted upon during the Board of Supervisors’ next meeting on July 11, 2023.