President Obama announcing National Monument at Bonelli Park
Please help us rally to show opposition as President Obama prepares to sign the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument into effect. This will be the 11th National Monument that President Obama has designated with an executive order. On Friday, October 10th, 2014 the President will be holding a press conference at Bonelli Park in the San Gabriel Valley to announce his plan to use an executive order to create a San Gabriel National Monument for over half a million acres of mountain and foothill land.
Friday, Oct. 10 2014 at 9:00-noon (we want to be set-up early for the press) Main entrance at Bonelli Park 120 E. Via Verde Drive San Dimas, CA 91773
For questions about the rally please contact: 323-899-7694
At the last rally we had 150 people attend, and hope to have several hundred more at this event. Bring friends. Please arrive early for the press and be prepared with a sign. Suggestions: Be non-partisan. Use your creativity while keeping the message focused on the topic— No Antiquities Act, Hands off our Mountains, No National Monument, Water Rights, Save Mt. Baldy, No Executive Order, Where’s the Public Input?, What Happened to the Democratic Process?, etc. The President is expected to land at Brackett Field Airport and hold his presentation at 1:00. Only invited guests will be allowed to enter the park to hear him. We will be situated just outside the main gate. All of the invited guests and press will have to drive past us as they enter a nearby parking lot for screening and transportation by shuttle into the park. The shuttles will run from 9:45 until 11:45. Then it will probably be just us left on the outside. Directions and parking info are listed below: Rumor has it that the Via Verde Dr. exit off the 57 freeway may be closed. It is the most direct route, however be prepared with an alternate route if it is detoured. We will send an update if we receive new information. Bonelli Park is located on the Northeast corner of the 10 and 57 Freeways in San Dimas, CA. Parking Info: At the exit of the 57 and Via Verde, on the NE corner, there is a Park and Ride lot. If it is full, there is an industrial park across the street on the SE corner with a large parking lot and no parking restrictions. We will also be able to shuttle you from parking that is further away. The demonstration will be at the main entrance to the park. Additional Background Information: There is currently a bill in congress, HR4858, by Rep. Judy Chu (CA D-27) for a San Gabriel Mountains Recreation Area. This bill is in a congressional review committee and has not yet received a vote. This bill does not have enough support to get out of committee, so President Obama has stated he will use the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate the area as a national monument instead. The two designations (Recreation Area vs. Monument) are not the same, however there will be no studies or public outreach performed on the impacts of a national monument. The National Monument designation was announced to stakeholders by Rep. Chu on August 18th, 2014. Only two months later, Obama is planning to sign it into law.