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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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Two More State Parks Reprieved From Closure

June 8, 2012 | 10:50 am

Two More State Parks Reprieved From Closure

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In case it flew past you, two more historic state parks have been saved from “The List” of those slated to close July 1st: Los Encinos and Santa Susanna. Both are in Los Angeles County. Both were saved (at least for one more year) by grants from the California State Parks Foundation. In the press […]

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List of State Park Closures Shrinks to Around 50

May 18, 2012 | 12:05 pm

List of State Park Closures Shrinks to Around 50

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Come July 1st, more than 50 state parks are slated to close until further notice … That’s a fair drop from the Original 70, but if non-profits are scrambling to ink deals with the state to shrink the list further, they don’t have much time left. This week, the Hendy Woods Community and Save the […]

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