California State Parks Back on the Chopping Block

As if all of the local cuts to parks, trees, libraries, and services weren’t enough, now we have to worry about California State Parks again. They’ve had a rough go over the past couple years; in 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger threatened to close as many as 223 state parks by eliminating the $150 million the parks receive from the state’s general fund in order help balance a $24 billion deficit. In the end all survived, though not unscathed. The issue persisted through 2010, and November saw Proposition 21 asking voters to tax themselves to save the parks. It failed, and here we are in 2011 with a new governor threatening to give parks the axe once again.

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