Kudos to Agoura Hills and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for leading the way re: Rim of the Valley Corridor!
Last Wednesday, Agoura Hills, our Gateway City to the Santa Monica Mountains, voted UNANIMOUSLY to support Rim of the Valley Corridor – Alternative D!
And yesterday, likewise, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors – lead by Supervisor Linda Parks, in a 4-1 vote endorsed Rim of the Valley Corridor – Alternative D.
Alternative D is being championed by Congressman Adam Schiff who has been driving the Rim of the Valley Corridor effort for more than a decade. He was joined recently by six other members of Congress including: Reps. Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman, Xavier Becerra, and Lucille Roybal-Allard.
The Rim of the Valley Coalition is a broad collection of diverse organizations based in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties who are also all working together to ensure Alternative D comes to fruition – as is the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
As you know, the National Park Service (NPS) evaluated and studied the feasibility and suitability of designating all or a portion of the Rim of the Valley as a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The study included four options – Alternatives A, B, C and D. D is the most acreage expansive and would comprise a boundary adjustment for our national park that takes in new territory from the sea through several mountain ranges, wrapping a wildland/urban park rim around the valleys – and it includes an overlay for the Los Angeles River.
Alternative D is the superior choice because it is the most extensive and therefore delivers the most benefits to all. It provides more parks for more people, engages more urban audiences and affords more recreation with better access – and – it is the most cultural and natural resource protective.
D is very much focused on connectivity. It links a comprehensive, vital network of wildlife corridors and pristine habitat critical to saving our threatened wildlife – and – it preserves more of our rich biological diversity and rare Mediterranean eco-system. Alternatively, option C for example, would leave thousands of acres of “nationally significant resources” without adequate protection.
Expanding the boundaries of our Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area via Alternative D is a win-win for everyone - our homeowners, property owners, wildlife, natural resources, quality of life and commerce.
Public comments are due to NPS by June 30.
LVHF’s e-comment letter is forthcoming.