My trip to Sacramento to advocate for the parks was worth it. My beloved Heart's Desire will stay open.......
Here is the news.
Reversal on parks cutsPeter Fimrite
(05-14) 19:19 PDT -- PROPOSAL: The governor's budget would reverse a proposal made in January to dismiss employees and close 48 parks and beaches, including nine in the Bay Area. The plan now is to cut $1.5 million out of the parks budget and make that up by raising entrance fees a maximum of $2. Revenue also could be raised through cabin rentals and fees at new campgrounds.
WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU: All of the state parks will remain open, and all employees, including lifeguards on state beaches, will remain on duty. The 6.5 million visitors a year who would have been harmed by the proposed closures will continue to enjoy the parks, but all visitors will have to pay $1 to $2 more in entrance fees. Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco, Tomales Bay State Park in Inverness and the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park are among the local parks that got a reprieve. About 600,000 children a year take organized tours of state parks, learning about nature, history, geography and biology.
REACTION: "We are really grateful that Californians will be able to continue to use their parks," State Parks Director Ruth Coleman said. "Of all the years that it matters, this is the one, because people are really suffering from high gas prices and a faltering economy. People need a place to get away that doesn't cost them too much and doesn't use too much gas."