March 22, 2011
On March 22nd, members of Stewards and about 160 other State Park advocates went to Sacramento to tell our legislators how important our State Parks are to our communities and to advocate, or express concern, for upcoming bills being taken up during this legislative session. There are bills being authored by the California State Parks Foundation that will make it easier for nonprofit organizations to enter into operating agreements with their State Parks (AB 42 - Huffman) and provide added protection for our parklands (SB 580 - Wolk). Organizations, like Stewards, might take on some aspect of operating our parks in order to keep them open. This means that we will need broad community support, just like the community in Jenner is helping Stewards keep the Visitor Center and restrooms open now. At Park Advocacy Day we asked our legislators to encourage the Governor to release the park closure list so we can start working on solutions now that will affect our parks in 2012.
January 12, 2011
Governor Brown announced his budget plan on Monday, which includes another $11 million cut for State Parks. The projected general fund cuts for State Parks are expected to grow to $22 million. We are already experiencing seasonal park closures and service reductions so this could mean greater cuts in the months ahead. State Parks are not alone, of course, and many State departments will be feeling the pain. The Govenor is also pushing for a revenue generating tax measure on the June ballot. It's very hard to say at this time how things will play out if the measure should pass or be defeated. I encourage you all to consider attending Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento on March 22nd. It's a wonderful opportunity to visit our elected officials and remind them how important our State Parks are to us.
Park Advocacy Day - March 22, 2011
Stewards has been a proud supporter of Park Advocacy Day for the past eight years. This year we will again take a group of people to Sacramento on March 22nd to advocate for our endangered State Parks. All the information that you need is on the California State Parks Foundation website. You need to register by February 12, 2011. Also contact Annie Cresswell to let her know that you are planning to go. We will arrange carpooling as needed.