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ADVOCACY ARCHIVES 2008

Advocacy Archives 2008

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In January 2008, Stewards mobilized a huge local effort to Save our State Parks, when California's Governor proposed closing 48 State Parks as a solution to the State's budget crisis. On March 13, 2008, Stewards held a town hall meeting in Guerneville that was attended by over 500 park supporters. In addition, Stewards chartered a bus with 60 people who traveled to Sacramento for Park Advocacy Day on April 7th to join the voices of over 200 supporters who rallied to KEEP OUR PARKS OPEN.

On May 14, 2008 the Governor removed the proposal to close 48 State Parks in the May revision to the budget. While we are pleased with this victory there is still a need to advocate for and insure a sustainable funding source for California's treasured State Parks.

Please join Stewards and the California State Parks Foundation in this effort!

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Support the Park Access Pass (SPAP)

The California State Parks Access Pass is a proposal to provide critical funding for the state park system, while offering Californians free day-use access to their state parks.  It creates a new funding stream for supporting California's state parks by instituting a $15 surcharge on vehicle license fees of all non-commercial vehicles in California and some light commercial vehicles.

Just think - no more threats to close our State Parks and adequate funding to address the $1.2 billion  deferred maintenance backlog. In addition,  new projects to enhance visitors' enjoyment of our parks will be funded.

Please Help Ensure the Future of Our State Parks

  • Call or write your local legislators (contact info. at bottom of this page). Tell them that it is unacceptable to close our State Parks.

Russian River District Project to be Funded by the SPAP

Click here for details about the following projects

  • Service Learning Field Study Project Development & Implementation
  • Armstrong Visitor Center Planning and Implementation Project
  • Jenner Visitor Center Reconstruction
  • District Wide Trails Reconstruction and Program
  • Wright’s Beach Campground Renovation
  • Willow Creek Access
  • Willow Creek Watershed Restoration Project
  • Fife Creek Watershed Restoration Project
  • Fort Ross Call Barn Reconstruction
  • Salt Point Wells Fargo Building Restoration

Press Releases - 2008

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Encouraged by Announcement of California State Park Access Program

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods expresses their strong support for the California State Parks Access program announced by Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz). The new program will bring over $200 million annually in new funding to support the state park system, while providing free day-use access to California state parks.

This program goes a long way towards providing the funding needed to address the $1.2 billion deferred maintenance shortfall that currently exists in our state parks. The deferred maintenance projects in the Russian River District total in the millions. We have been anxiously waiting for a long-term solution to go along with the Governor’s news on May 14th that closing 48 state parks is off the table. We are very appreciative of the work done by the California State Parks Foundation and Assemblymember Laird to develop this program.

"California’s state parks are finally being thrown the financial life preserver they’ve so desperately needed for decades,” declared Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the California State Parks Foundation. "The California State Parks Foundation believes that a solution to the underlying fiscal crisis in our state park system is the only way to truly save our state parks."

Stewards is committed to working with the California State Parks Foundation and  Assemblymember Laird to gain the Legislature’s and Governor’s support for this critical program. The Save Our State Parks Campaign continues with a new phase.


Representatives for the Sonoma County Area

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  State Capitol Building
  Sacramento, CA 95814
  Phone: 916-445-2841
  Fax: 916-558-3160
  Email: governor@governor.ca.gov

  Assemblymember Wes CHesbro
  50 D St. - Ste.  450
  Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  Phone: 707-576-2526
  Fax: 707-576-2297
  Email:Assemblymember.Chesbro@assembly.ca.gov
    
  Senator Pat Wiggins
  50 D St. - Ste.  120A
  Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  Phone: 707-576-2771
  Fax: 707-576-2773
  Email:Senator.Wiggins@sen.ca.gov 

  Assemblywoman Noreen Evans
  50 D St. - Ste.  310
  Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  Phone: 707-546-5400
  Fax: 707-546-9031
  Email: Assemblymember.Evans@assembly.ca.gov
 
  Senator Carole Migden
  3501 Civic Center Dr. - Rm. 425
  San Rafael, CA 94903
  Phone: 415-479-6612
  Fax: 415-479-1146
  Email:Senator.Migden@sen.ca.gov
    
  Assemblyman Jared Huffman
  3501 Civic Center Dr. - Rm. 412
  San Rafael, CA 94903
  Phone: 415-479-4920
  Fax: 415-479-2123
  Email:Assemblymember.Huffman@assembly.ca.gov 

  Ira Ruskin
  Chair: Resources Budget Subcommittee #3
  State Capitol
  P.O. Box 942849
  Sacramento, CA 94249-0021
  Phone: 916-319-2021
  Fax: 916-319-2121
Assemblymember.Ruskin@assembly.ca.gov

  Ruth Coleman, Director
  California State Parks
  1416 9th St.
  Sacramento 95814
  Phone: 800-777-0369 or 916-653-6995
  Fax: 916-654-637
  Email: rcole@parks.ca.gov

  Dianne Feinstein (US Senate)
  Phone: 415-393-0707

  Barbara Boxer (US Senate)
  Phone: 415-403-0100

  Lynn Woolsey (US House of Representatives)
  Phone: 707-542-7182

District 1 (Sonoma Valley and Oakmont): Sup. Valerie Brown
  Email: vbrown@sonoma-county.org

  District 2 (Petaluma and Penngrove): Sup. Mike Kerns
  Email: mkerns@sonoma-county.org

  District 3 (midtown Santa Rosa, northern Rohnert Park): Sup. Shirlee Zane
  Email: szane@sonoma-county.org

  District 4 (North County and Larkfield/Wikiup): Sup. Paul Kelley
  Email: pkelley@sonoma-county.org

  District 5 (West County, western Santa Rosa): Sup. Efren Carrillo
  Email: ecarrillo@sonoma-county.org

 


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