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The Treasures Living in the California State Parks Warehouse

July 5, 2013 | 11:19 am

The Treasures Living in the California State Parks Warehouse

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Northeast of Sacramento, on a remote part of the former McClellan Air Force Base, there’s a massive warehouse that holds a treasure trove of artifacts from early California — items ranging from historic railroad ledgers to enormous Gold Rush-era freight wagons. California State Parks curators Ross McGuire and Nancy Jenner, as well as State Parks […]

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Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

May 22, 2013 | 5:50 am

Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

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Two years ago this month, the California Department of Parks & Recreation announced a list of 70 parks it planned to close. Park lovers rallied, giving their time and money to pick up the parks the state was willing to drop off. There is no closure list now, and the department is under new management, […]

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Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park’s Future

April 11, 2013 | 5:00 am

Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park’s Future

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We’ve heard a lot over the last couple of years about all the money troubles the California state parks have been having—but not all state parks are starved for cash. Eight “off-highway vehicle parks” get a steady stream of gas-tax funds guaranteed by state law. These parks are a different breed from the rest. They’re even run by a separate division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. And in many ways, off-roaders struggle with Californians who have a very different idea of what a park should be.

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Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

March 25, 2013 | 1:22 pm

Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

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by Tracie Cone, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says. The report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission identified a number of problems with […]

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Deal Will Keep China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay State Parks Running

February 15, 2013 | 12:31 pm

Deal Will Keep China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay State Parks Running

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China Camp Village lovers will be celebrating Saturday as the California Department of Parks & Recreation officially signs a new agreement that keeps the park running. And Olompali State Historic Park near Novato. And Tomales Bay State Park, too. Now for the back story. The Marin State Parks Association, Friends of China Camp, and a […]

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Audit: Parks Officials Hid Budget Surplus Due to Fear of Cuts; ‘Useless Reserve’ Went Unspent

January 4, 2013 | 12:31 pm

Audit: Parks Officials Hid Budget Surplus Due to Fear of Cuts; ‘Useless Reserve’ Went Unspent

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Released today: The Attorney General’s “Report of Investigation into Discrepancies in Financial Reports Submitted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.” The audit of the California state parks department sheds light on why senior officials covered up an unreported funding surplus of as much as $29 million for a decade or more. The report […]

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Park Donors Feel Betrayed, Want Money Back

October 2, 2012 | 11:56 am

Park Donors Feel Betrayed, Want Money Back

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Katharine Mieszkowski, The Bay Citizen Donors in the South Bay, angry over state mismanagement of park funds, are demanding the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars they gave to keep Northern California’s largest state park operating. The Coe Park Preservation Fund, based in Scotts Valley, donated $279,000 earlier this year to prevent the closure […]

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Influenced by Scandal, State Parks Legislation Lands on Governor’s Desk

September 4, 2012 | 5:59 pm

Influenced by Scandal, State Parks Legislation Lands on Governor’s Desk

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Now that we’re all back from Labor Day weekend and nursing sunburns, this seems like a good time to review two key bills related to the future of state parks: AB 1589 and AB 1478. Bear in mind everything parks-related moving through Sacramento now references the summer scandal that exploded when the Sacramento Bee reported […]

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Former Parks Employee Says State Attorneys Told of Budget Stash

August 14, 2012 | 4:27 pm

Former Parks Employee Says State Attorneys Told of Budget Stash

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by Don Thompson, Associated Press  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former California state parks employee says she told state attorneys her department was hiding about $20 million in a special fund several months before officials announced discovering the surplus money, according to a sworn declaration filed in court Tuesday. The development is the latest revelation […]

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Scandal Spurs Plan to Keep Closer Eye on State Parks Budget

August 6, 2012 | 1:25 pm

Scandal Spurs Plan to Keep Closer Eye on State Parks Budget

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By Katharine Mieszkowsk, The Bay Citizen A little-known commission could be empowered to provide more oversight of the California Department of Parks and Recreation after an investigation revealed the department sat on a multimillion-dollar budget surplus for years. This week, state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, plans to introduce legislation giving the State Park and Recreation Commission new authority. “The […]

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