Do You Hear Us?
Yesterday, a federal public hearing on the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument designation was held in Baldwin Park’s Performing Arts Center. An estimated 700 supporters and opponents were at the hearing with hundreds outside the venue after the auditorium reached capacity. Congress woman Judy Chu, County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis, and U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell were on the panels addressing various issues pertaining to the national monument option.
Member organizations of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Coalition worked very hard the past two weeks specifically on rallying people to the hearing. The result was a highly energized group both inside and outside the venue.
BikeSGV and Day One volunteers, staff, friends, and family came from El Monte, Pasadena, Baldwin Park and Pomona to support a National Monument designation for the San Gabriel Mountain.
Although many of us were forced to stay outside, the atmosphere was joyous. Various community groups that came to call on President Obama for national monument status mingled with each other. Stories were shared in many language from different community organizations. The diverse crowd represented the diversity and cohesiveness the people of the San Gabriel Valley.
We may not have been able to share our stories with the panel, but we were able to ignite each other by talking about our personal stories about the San Gabriel Mountains. Toward the end of the event, US Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell came outside to address the crowd. Most of the crowd stayed throughout the hearing.
He took questions and explained some of the points that were discussed inside the venue. We applaud his efforts to reach out to the people directly.
Overall, there may have been some disappointment but we were even more ecstatic that so many people showed up in support.
Hundreds jam meeting on San Gabriel Mountains national monument proposal
First Meeting for San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Exceeds Capacity
BikeSGV's monthly bike train is only a week away! Come join us at Peck Road Park (5401 N Peck Rd) in Arcadia for a ride along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River Trail.
Bike safety inspections will be conducted until 9:45 AM (please do not arrive late). The ride will begin at 10:00 AM and end no later than 2:00 PM.
The BikeSGV Mobile Pit Stop will provide FREE basic bike repair and maintenance between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Unfortunately, we will not be able to address complete overhauls, complex repairs or full tune-ups.
If you do not have a bike or would prefer to not participate in the bike train, Wolfpack Fitness will be leading our Get Fit Club, which will take place at the same time as the ride.
Women on Wheels (WoW) will also be introducing themselves during the bike train, so come out to learn more about who they are and how you can get involved.
We will be raffling off some cool prizes for BikeSGV members in attendance. If you wish to become a member, please bring cash/check to sign up or visit http://www.bikesgv.org/join--renew.html
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- All youth under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
- All adults are encourage to lead by example and wear a helmet.
- Snacks, water and safety ride marshals provided
- For more info visit: http://www.bikesgv.org/the-bike-train.html
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