National Recreation Area,good or bad?
Dear Editor:Congressmember Judy Chu is travelingthe 27th Congressional District in an ef-fort to bring attention to her proposed leg-islation for the National Recreation Area(NRA). What is the NRA? It’s the expan-sion of our national recreation area whichcovers more than 1000 square miles of LA County and parts of Orange and SanBernardino counties.Approximately 1.5 million residentslive within the proposed boundaries,which includes over 50 communities, ourlocal mountains, and the San Gabriel andRio Hondo Rivers. If our rivers and otherwaterways come under the control of theWild and Scenic Rivers Act, how will thataffect our overall controls and rates?I’m having a problem with only oneside of the issue being presented with theproposed legislation.At all the forumsand workshops, those with opposingopinions have only been given a few min-utes to voice their concerns. If Congress-member Chu has nothing to hide, thenplease present an open forum or a paneldiscussion that includes experts on bothsides so we can make an informed deci-sion as to whether this will be good or badfor our communities.I’m all in favor of protecting our moun-tains and recreational areas, but at whatcost to our local governments, schools,water and property rights?Why does the NRA need to turn Route66 (Foothill Boulevard), our waterwaysand other highly populated areas into anational recreational area?On September 7, CongressmemberChu will conduct a town hall meeting todiscuss the NRA. Please mark your cal-endars and plan on attending to get a moreinformed perspective of the proposed leg-islation. The meeting will take place at 10a.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill,Claremont.
Dear Editor:I remember Al Leiga as a staunchmember of the troop Committee for BoyScout Troop 403, when his son Steve wasa member of the troop while preparing tobecome an Eagle Scout. The troop wasthen sponsored by Our Lady of the As-sumption Catholic Church in Claremont.Al and the others, most of them membersof OLA, always welcomed me as the onlyJewish member of the board, and later ac-cepted me as their committee chair as wellas Scoutmaster. I remember him fondly.
For the record
Dear Editor:Thanks to Annie Carlson and theCOURIER staff for the nice piece in theAlmanac about Claremont music. I’mhonored to be mentioned in the articlealongside such illustrious musical com-pany. For the record, I should point outthat my good friend Mark Takeuchi is thebass player in the Squeakin’ Wheels andnot me. Mark is a first-rate player and, asthe drummer for the Squeaks, I’ve en- joyed a good musical relationship withMark for a number of years.Again, thanks for the great work on re-porting on our town.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, August 23, 2013
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