Beyond the typical traffic headaches and streets closures, President Obama will leave Los Angeles on Friday with a national monument in its backyard.
And the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recently approved a resolution opposing a monument designation in its region, where there has not been a public meeting held to discuss the issues.
"As far as I know, there's no more money that Congress has available to fund this proposal in some of our most fire-prone areas," said Janice Rutherford, a San Bernardino County supervisor. "We asked that they leave us the heck out of it."
However, Daniel Rossman, a spokesman for San Gabriel Mountains Forever -- a coalition of environmental and community groups that has long campaigned for the designation -- said such concerns are unfounded.
"The designation will not infringe on existing rights," Rossman said. "It will open up new recreational opportunities without sacrificing the natural beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains."