Passage of Proposition 21 is crucial
October 30, 2010
Opponents of Proposition 21 are trying to mislead citizens of California.
The initiative, designed to protect funding for our state parks system, was put on the ballot by citizens fed up with Sacramento, not politicians, and the money can’t — I repeat, CAN’T — be borrowed from or stolen by politicians.
The money from Proposition 21 goes into a Trust Fund overseen by a citizens committee for the sole purpose of State Parks and Wildlife Conservation. That’s the way it is. Period.
Even if a person never uses their free State Park Access Pass, every person benefits from Prop 21: We benefit from the huge economic engine State Parks provides our local economy, $104 million every year in tourist spending outside our local parks, and $4 billion statewide. We benefit from clean air, clean water and protection of pristine natural areas and cultural treasures.
Proposition 21 calls for a simple fee increase of $18 per registered vehicle. $18 doesn’t buy a pizza, doesn’t pay for a movie date, but your $18 will secure the future of State Parks for our generation and future generations.
I have talked to many people on limited incomes, and their support for Proposition 21 is overwhelming. Children spend on average 14 hours per week in front of some type of screen, and only 30 minutes outdoors.
Childhood obesity is an epidemic. Perhaps if we turned off the screens and took our children to our State Parks, something wonderful would happen, the next generation would connect with nature, their history as Californians, and their health.
Vote on Tuesday. And please vote Yes on Proposition 21.
Mary Golden is the chair of the Yes on 21 campaign for San Luis Obispo County.