I did not try to give our foothills to the federal government.
This is the silliest falsehood of all. The Wilderness Preserve and Canyon Park remain in Monrovia’s control and all private property and water rights are protected. The Presidential designation of portions of the Angeles National Forest to a National Monument does not include any property owned by the City or Citizens of Monrovia. This issue is so convoluted and so wrapped in national politics that the details can take quite a while to lay out.
Here are details about the timeline for the National Recreation Area (NRA)