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Co-authored by local Rep. Grace Napolitano, a Democrat from El Monte and Rep. Darin LaHood, a Republican from Illinois, the bipartisan bill making Route 66 the nation’s 20th historical trail was introduced last year.
The project has drawn interest from Los Angeles County supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger, as well as U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte. Other possible sources of funding include the state’s Cap and Trade fund, said Belinda Faustinos, executive director of Nature For All, formerly called San Gabriel Mountains Forever.
We appreciate Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, for championing the reopening. But we hear the budget skepticism of Supervisor Kathryn Barger loud and clear. Some future time when the rest of our roads are fixed will be the time to fix Highway 39.
Despite the obstacles, both Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger pushed for the project — both had just taken helicopter tours of the damaged state highway which was washed away in a rain storm and abandoned by the state nearly 40 years ago.
Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, who requested the helicopter tour with newly elected Supervisor Kathryn Barger, is getting impatient.
“The state has mandated it. It is in stone. But they are fighting me,” Napolitano said during a phone interview last week. “They are finding excuses. So we are trying to get to the bottom of it.”
(MONROVIA, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) marked October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, issuing the following statement:
“We had heard that they stopped looking for him and we thought it was not proper they needed to find him,” Rep. Grace Napolitano, D- CA 32nd District, said. Velasco’s body was flown home Friday.
(EL MONTE, CA) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) issued the following statement after the untimely death of Private First Class (Pfc.) Ruben Velasco, United States Marine Corps, a native of the City of West Covina: