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Finance Department Finds No Hidden Funds in Calif. State Budget

August 3, 2012 | 1:17 pm

Finance Department Finds No Hidden Funds in Calif. State Budget

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It sounded outrageous. At a time when the California state government was desperately cutting support for moms on welfare, sick kids and college students, it appeared to have $2.3 billion squirreled away in hidden slush funds. Not, so Finance Department auditors said on Friday in a special report. The question arose after the discovery that […]

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What’s Next for the $54 Million California State Parks Surplus?

July 23, 2012 | 1:37 pm

What’s Next for the $54 Million California State Parks Surplus?

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It might sound like the funding woes facing California’s state parks have been addressed. A $54 million surplus has been found in the Parks Department budget – hallelujah! That’s more than enough to cover the $22 million budget deficit that had state officials planning to eliminate funding to 70 state parks. So parks supporters can pop […]

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State Parks Chief Resigns – Department Found Sitting on $54 Million Surplus

July 20, 2012 | 1:50 pm

State Parks Chief Resigns – Department Found Sitting on $54 Million Surplus

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Ruth Coleman resigned this morning and her second in command has been fired. The Sacramento Bee first broke the story. The inciting incident? The department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years. A rainy day fund, perhaps? The moves come in the wake of a scandal, […]

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Whatever it Takes: City of Benicia Pays Calif. to Keep State Park Maintained

July 13, 2012 | 11:59 am

Whatever it Takes: City of Benicia Pays Calif. to Keep State Park Maintained

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After a wee bit of wrangling, the city of Benicia has proposed an 11-month donor agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the Benicia State Recreation Area maintained. As previously noted in this space, no state parks are closing, but many are in various states of repair. Enter ye at your […]

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Deadline? What Deadline? More State  Parks Stay Open

June 28, 2012 | 2:05 pm

Deadline? What Deadline? More State Parks Stay Open

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This just in: the state Department of Parks and Recreation says it’s got 65 deals going to keep parks open. Forty of those deals are signed; 25 more are still in the negotiation phase. Candlestick Point in San Francisco, recently left for dead, is now annotated as “California State Parks Foundation exploring options” on the […]

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Still Slated for Closure: Candlestick Point Recreation Area

June 26, 2012 | 1:02 pm

Still Slated for Closure: Candlestick Point Recreation Area

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by Katharine Mieszkowski, The Bay Citizen Less than a week before Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is slated to close, no deep-pocketed savior has emerged to keep open the waterfront park, which is located in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods.Unlike Candlestick Point, most of the other 16 state parks in the Bay Area scheduled to close in July […]

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Portola Redwoods State Park Off The List

June 25, 2012 | 10:23 am

Portola Redwoods State Park Off The List

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In case you missed this in last Thursday’s Mercury News, the 2,800-acre Santa Cruz Mountains getaway southwest of Cupertino became the 31st park officially saved from the list of 70 parks. The article quotes Ruth Coleman, the head of California’s Department of Parks & Recreation, saying “We are over 30 now. I would expect we […]

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The Private Solution for State Parks

June 18, 2012 | 12:31 pm

The Private Solution for State Parks

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Trust the Wall Street Journal to wait until California is close to finalizing park rescue bids from private companies to wade into coverage of pending state park closures here. There are – what – 50-odd deals at this point? (30 signed, and 25 in the works, according to Ruth Coleman on KQED’s Forum last week, […]

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Pio Pico State Historic Park to Stay Open Through 2012

June 14, 2012 | 6:53 am

Pio Pico State Historic Park to Stay Open Through 2012

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This just in from the LA Times: The adobe mansion of California’s last governor under Mexican rule will remain open through the end of the year with $40,000 from the city of Whittier and private donors. You’ll recall Pio Pico from Krissy Clark’s feature on the California Report in March. Once upon a time in […]

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Annadel Deal Brings State Park Closure List to 42

June 13, 2012 | 9:03 am

Annadel Deal Brings State Park Closure List to 42

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The latest state park to drop off the closure list is Annadel, east of Santa Rosa. The Press Democrat reports Sonoma County supervisors have just approved a one-year deal with the state to take over the five thousand acre reserve. State parks officials are expected to approve the deal by the end of the month. […]

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