Bogus Shark Warning Signs Posted In Santa Cruz CountySeveral shark warning signs found posted in the Pleasure Point area of Santa Cruz were fake, state parks officials said Thursday. The bogus signs warned people of two shark sightings and one shark attack recently.
Audit Reveals That California Does Not Track Costs Of Operating ParksA new audit finds that the state Department of Parks and Recreation does not know how much it costs to operate each of California’s 270 state parks, beaches and recreational areas.
California State Parks Employees Found Bowling On Company TimeOn state time, driving state vehicles and transporting state workers flown in from Southern California for training, State Department of Parks and Recreation employees dined, bowled and laughed, a CBS Sacramento investigation has learned.
Audit Confirms California Parks Underreported Funding For 19 Years A new audit confirms that staff at the California Department of Parks and Recreation intentionally under-reported the amount of money in its accounts for at least 19 years.
Controller Finds More Money Problems In California ParksA state review finds that more than 200 state employees were overpaid more than $500,000 by managers who deliberately broke state rules at the troubled California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Donors Who Helped Save Henry Coe Park Want Money Back From StateThe State of California is refusing to refund a group that pledged to keep a Bay Area park open, despite an investigation revealing the State Parks Department was sitting on millions in hidden funds.
Governor Brown Signs State Parks Bill Into Law To Ensure Spending OversightGov. 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. Brown Kicks Off Campaign For Tax Ballot Measure; Shrugs Off Parks ScandalCalifornia 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.
California State Lawyers Were Told Of Hidden Park Funds Months Before RevelationA 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.
Tech Report: Google Street View Takes On California ParksIn 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.
Melissa Griffin: Parks Scandal, Staff Raises Threaten Brown Tax PlanScandals in the California Parks and Recreation Department and raises for legislative staff make Sacramento look incompetent and tone-deaf.
California Parks Department Sitting On $54M Surplus; Director ResignsThe 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.
California Parks Slated For Closure To Remain Open TemporarilyWith 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.
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 Damage Thousands Of Plants At Candlestick PointOfficials 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.