Tag: state parks
By removing burls, timber thieves end genetic life of a line of trees; 15 were damaged in February.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]