'Rim of Valley' Land Preservation Bill, with Implications for Arroyo Seco, Garners Bipartisan Support

Published : Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 5:46 AM

U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, whose district includes portions of West Pasadena, saw his effort to revive his “Rim of the Valley” land preservation bill gain bipartisan support after Rep. Steve Knight (R-Santa Clarita) signed on as a co-sponsor, breaking ranks with fellow Republicans.

The legislation which would impact the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena.

The proposal to add 191,000 acres of wild lands and Los Angeles historical sites to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was introduced about 10 years ago and would more than double its size. Hikers, environmental groups, wildlife nonprofits, and social justice advocates have been supporting the bill and view it as a way to introduce more Angelenos to nature and also improve trails and picnic areas in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The “Rim of the Valley” unit will include a narrow stretch along the urban shores of the Los Angeles River and its tributary, the Arroyo Seco, the Verdugo Mountains above Glendale, the San Rafael Hills – a portion of the popular Chantry Flat hiking area above Sierra Madre – the Simi Hills and the Santa Susana and Conejo mountains in Ventura County.

The addition’s boundary would also dip southeast to envelop Griffith Park, Hansen Dam Recreation Area, Sepulveda Basin, Ernest Debs Regional Park, El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument, Eaton Canyon in east Pasadena, the Rose Bowl, Hahamongna Watershed Park and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a Los Angeles Daily News report said.

Schiff re-introduced the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act (HR 4086) last year with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) as a co-author after a similar bill introduced in 2016 died. Since last year, the new bill hasn’t moved.

On Wednesday, Knight co-authored a letter with Schiff to Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and ranking committee member Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) asking that H.R. 4086 be heard.

“This bipartisan bill enjoys broad support from local leaders and landowners throughout the Los Angeles region and would preserve open space in one of the densest metropolitan regions in the nation,” the letter said.

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