Sponsored by the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force of the Sierra Club (Angeles Chapter).  Family event, coloring contests, speakers and presentations.

Taylor Ranch House (corner of La Merced and Montebello), 10am - 2pm.

For us in Rosemead or South San Gabriel, if you head south across the Pomona Freeway, that big hill in front of you where Paramount turns into Montebello Blvd is the Montebello Hills.  They link with the Whittier Narrows and can provide part of a much larger piece of contiguous "wild" land.  But the question is whether they will stay mostly open or become mostly covered with  homes?

Hillapalooza is about publicizing the Sierra Club's preferred option.

what if you got a park and trails

According to an article I read in the Whittier Daily and San Gabriel Tribune, not only would Montebello get 1200 homes to add to their property tax revenue, BUT all residents and surrounding residents would get a new park and lots and lots of walking and biking trails. What we see now is a private fenced off, overgrown hills with ugly oil drills. There are 500 acres, and 3/4 of that would be devoted to park lands. Sounds good to me.



Well, even if there's a compromise between 25% houses and 0% houses, it's not much housing in the wildlands. Personally, I'd be happy if the park and wild areas aren't divided by a swath of housing, and if the houses are small and of a natural looking material. "No" to salmon pink stucco mcmansions.


I'll reserve judgement until I see the EIR.  But I'm skeptical as to how they can fit 1200 homes on to 125 acres of land (which they'd have to do if Centaur's numbers are correct).  At a bit more than 1/10th of an acre per home, that's pretty squished together.  And that's before you put in the roads and sidewalks to link the homes to the rest of town.

And night reader's right.  You want the Montebello Hills open space to be contiguous with the adjacent open space, and not just stuck at the top of the hill, or in places that were too steep to build.


The SG Tribue articles states:

..."The project covers an estimated 487 acres of open space - one of the largest open spaces remaining in the San Gabriel Valley - and would include 1,200 residential homes, a series of trails and a public park..."

Well,even if they use a little more than 1/4 or 1/3, that's still more land reserved for parks, and that is saying allot compared to most developments--which would be zero, nilch, nada.