California State Parks
Scandals in the California Parks and Recreation Department and raises for legislative staff make Sacramento look incompetent and tone-deaf.
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.
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.
State Senators Joe Simitian and Noreen Evans unveiled a budget plan Tuesday to prevent 70 state parks from closing in July.
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.
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.
Several dozen state parks are scheduled for closure throughout the state in 2012. But a state assemblyman from San Rafael has introduced a bill to stop that from happening.
Republican lawmakers have failed to override Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill that would have allowed local governments to take over the operations of state parks that are set to close because of budget cuts.
Starting Jan. 1, the entrance fee to the national park is increasing from $5 to $7, according to the National Park Service.
The National Park Service has come to the rescue of three California parks -two in Marin County – that were scheduled to close because of state budget cuts.