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Monrovia Congresswoman Proposes Federal Overlay Over Part of City

Congresswoman Judy Chu, who represents a sliver across the top of Monrovia, has proposed an expansion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include an even larger chunk of Monrovia. The map above shows the border of Monrovia in black. The green part is already part of the national monument, red is the proposed expansion area for the monument, and blue would be for a proposed San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area. In his weekly report ( ), City Manager Oliver Chi said the city has informed Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (who represents most of Monrovia and who co-sponsored the bill with Chu) that the city wants to be excluded from any national recreation area. He adds that "Napolitano’s staff reached out to the City to let us know that the NRA Bill is still sitting in committee and that there does not seem to be any interest by the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands – or by the House of Representatives for that matter – to consider the NRA Bill in 2016." Note: Chi politely refrains from mentioning that Chu introduced this measure, but she did:

- Brad Haugaard


  1. Why is Chu so hot on this when nobody on the ground here seem to want it?

    I live in the area and if there is one more element of government I don't want looking over my shoulder any more than they already do is the feds, much less BLM or the Park Service.

    So will the Park Service issue architectural rules for my house from DC?

    The idea seems to be going nowhere, which is surprising.

    Most bad ideas really suit the mood in DC about now.