California State Parks

California State Parks

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.

08/14/2012

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.

07/31/2012

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.

07/23/2012

California State Parks

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.

07/20/2012

California State Parks

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.

06/28/2012

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.

05/08/2012

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.

04/25/2012

The former California State Capitol at Benicia State Historic Park (parks.ca.gov)

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.

03/27/2012

Samuel P Taylor State Park

Marin Lawmaker Pushing Alternative To California Park Closures

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.

02/10/2012

Samuel P Taylor State Park

Legislature Stops GOP Override Of State Parks Bill

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.

01/19/2012

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