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California State Parks

California State Parks Director Abruptly Retires From Department Rocked By Fiscal Mismanagement

California’s state parks director has abruptly announced his retirement, just 19 months after he took control of a department that had been rocked by years of fiscal mismanagement.

05/21/2014

Henry Coe State Park in Santa Clara County (CBS)

Park Officials Conspired At Highest Levels To Hide $20M From State

The state attorney general’s office says officials at the highest level of the California Department of Parks and Recreation helped keep millions of dollars secret for more than a decade.

01/04/2013

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.

09/25/2012

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

China Camp State Park (California State Parks)

Many California State Parks Remain Slated For Closure

Even with fundraising efforts saving dozens of state parks, several are still slated for closure come July 1.

06/22/2012

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

Santa Cruz Mission

Santa Cruz Mission Latest Park To Be Saved From Cut List

Thanks to efforts by a local non-profit group, the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park will remain open for the next three years.

04/15/2012

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

Burney Falls

North Bay Lawmaker Works To Keep State Parks Open

State Senator Noreen Evans has introduced legislation that would create a plan to develop long-term funding for all state parks.

02/19/2012

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

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