California State Parks

California State Parks

Governor Brown Signs State Parks Bill Into Law To Ensure Spending Oversight

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several bills to keep California’s state parks open and ensure greater spending oversight in the wake of a scandal in which parks officials hid $54 million.


Gov. Jerry Brown

Gov. Brown Kicks Off Campaign For Tax Ballot Measure; Shrugs Off Parks Scandal

California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off his campaign for Proposition 30, his ballot measure to raise taxes, in Sacramento on Wednesday and said he isn’t afraid about the impact of the still-growing state parks scandal.


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California State Lawyers Were Told Of Hidden Park Funds Months Before Revelation

A sworn court declaration said a former state parks employee told state attorneys earlier this year that her department was hiding $20 million in a special fund, months before administration officials say they discovered the surplus money.


Google Street View car (CBS)

Tech Report: Google Street View Takes On California Parks

In a move that may promote enthusiasm for exploring the outdoors, Google’s Street View function will now include virtual tours of five of California’s state parks.


Gov. Jerry Brown

Melissa Griffin: Parks Scandal, Staff Raises Threaten Brown Tax Plan

Scandals in the California Parks and Recreation Department and raises for legislative staff make Sacramento look incompetent and tone-deaf.


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California Parks Department Sitting On $54M Surplus; Director Resigns

The director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation has resigned and a deputy has been fired after officials learned the department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for years.


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California Parks Slated For Closure To Remain Open Temporarily

With a busy Fourth of July week looming, California parks officials announced Thursday that 65 of the 70 state parks once slated to close Sunday due to budget cuts will remain open.


Sonoma Coast State Park (California State Parks)

Bay Area Lawmakers Unveil Budget Proposal To Prevent State Park Closures

State Senators Joe Simitian and Noreen Evans unveiled a budget plan Tuesday to prevent 70 state parks from closing in July.


Vandals damaged more than 7,000 plants at a community garden located inside Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. (Francis Mendoza / CBS)

Vandals Damage Thousands Of Plants At Candlestick Point

Officials at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area said vandals are responsible for destroying thousands of native plants and equipment at the state park, which is scheduled to be closed in July.


The former California State Capitol at Benicia State Historic Park (

Most California State Parks To Stay Open Despite Budget Cuts

A state parks official said only a fraction of the 70 California parks originally slated to close this summer because of budget cuts will actually be shut down.