I have been endorsed for re-election by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV). LALCV is the only environmental Political Action Committee (PAC) in Los Angeles County. Their mission is to support candidates who demonstrate a dedication to environmental stewardship and I am honored to receive their endorsement.
We are fortunate to have the beautiful Fish Canyon Falls in our city. Duarte has been an active participant in Amigos de los Rios, which has been creating an Emerald Necklace of parks and open space along the San Gabriel River. My experience with transportation has been that San Gabriel Valley-based agencies tend to more equitably obtain and distribute funds to San Gabriel Valley-based projects. As a result, Duarte opposed efforts to expand the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to include our San Gabriel Mountains and River. Instead, then Senator Hilda Solis authored legislation creating the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. The conservancy helped Duarte obtain funds to preserve 329 acres of Duarte hillside from future development.
I have actively worked to prevent Vulcan from expanding their mining operations above Duarte. Strip mining has already caused drastic scarring on the face of our mountain. It pollutes the air with particulates and reduces water quality. To date, Azusa has turned a deaf ear to our complaints. I have been working zealously with others to put a halt to an impending expansion which would cause further destruction and continue to impede access to the Fish Canyon trail.
Working with Supervisor Gloria Molina, I have led the effort to obtain funding through Metro to extend the San Gabriel River bike path from the area near Santa Fe Dam to Duarte Road near Highland Avenue adjacent to the City of Hope. We are working with Los Angeles County and the Army Corps of Engineers to complete this effort. This access point will be immediately across the street from Duarte’s Gold Line station. This Fall, Duarte received an additional grant from Metro to extend bike access along the north side of Duarte Road to create better connections between Duarte neighborhoods and the Duarte Gold Line station. The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority also received a federal grant that will help expand this effort.
I have extended my interests in transportation and energy to include environmentally clean personal transportation. I purchased an all-electric Nissan Leaf for personal use and was among the initial 1,000 + American drivers to take delivery at the end of April 2011. I am excited about my new electric vehicle. Perhaps this video by another Leaf owner will convince you to go electric, too.
©2012 John Fasana