Gov. Brown's Proposed Budget Cuts Will Affect State Parks, Including Those in OC

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Chasen Marshall/OC Weekly
It's technically San Diego County, but OC treats San Onofre like its own
Jerry Brown hasn't held the governor title for long, but he's already worthy of our unsupportive scowl. Reasoning? Part of his current suggestions for budget cuts milk state parks for $11 million through closures and partial closures.

We know he stepped into a difficult situation the second he stepped into the capitol building with a substantial deficit staring him in the face--but the state parks? Come on! Just slice a bit more from the education pool; no one cares anyway. We're kidding. We love education; we have the debt to prove so.

But back to the state parks . . .

Within the borders of OC, we have five state beaches and Crystal Cove State Park that may or may not face the chopping block. 

It's believed that popular parks such as San Onofre could be safe and that lesser attended parks will be the first to go. Or maybe parks such as San Onofre will be locked off.

"As of right now, literally everything is on the table for discussion," said Roy Stearns, the deputy director of communications for the California State Parks. "But there have been no decisions or plans made yet on any closures, non-closures or partial closures."

Stearns indicated that the hard decisions won't be made until early February. 

This isn't the first time state park closures have been discussed as a means to cut the deficit. In 2009, Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed closing as many as 100 of the state's 270-plus parks. 

The parks survived the Governator, but now the state faces a greater deficit and a governor in desperate need of financial wiggle room.

Ruth Coleman, the director of California State Parks, released the following statement: 

"The governor is moving to find a solution to this unprecedented budget crisis. To achieve that goal and get California's economy moving again, California State Parks will remain focused in support of his direction while working to maintain our mission on behalf of millions of visitors who enjoy our park system."

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6 comments
RoyS
RoyS

Well at least Gov. brown spared the EPA/Calif Air Resource board- $850 million budget with 1200 EE's of course no layoffs and maybe 10% salary cuts. Maybe they can share some of that money with the parks?

briansays
briansays

another selfish liberal trying to defend theirsthey are poping up everywhere now in the presshigher educationsocial welfare groupsnow enviroswining about their pet government funding that is more deserving and should be sparedall living in denilekeep blaming prop 13 while you are at ittrying to maintain the budget process charade that has existed in cali for well over a decadeliving beyond your meanstax revenues will pick up?obama will print more money to save us?so just keep spending which has far exceeded the growth in population and inflation over the last two decadesparty is over childrengrow up and face reality

Rtrcflyr
Rtrcflyr

Maybe they should have private industry take over the state parks. They probably would make a profit and do a better job.

Rednail64
Rednail64

It's a publicity stunt to garner support for maintaining the taxes. The state park budget is less than .5 percent of the entire state budget.

Thanks OCW, for acting as shills for Sacramento!

Ophiucus
Ophiucus

Since the uncalled-for military spending of alleged CONSERVATIVES has driven up our deficit to astronomical heights, it seems like you might be the one who is having some problems facing reality. In addition, your inability to use spell-check suggests a little higher education wouldn't have gone amiss. As for selfish? For you helping people=selfish. I bet you are just a real joy to know in private life.

anon
anon

Ahh yes, the same way that the private sector (with copious amounts of deregulation thrown in) did such a great job with the economy 2000-2008.

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