Brown kills Blakeslee parks bill
October 5, 2011
A proposal by Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) to allow cities or counties to operate state parks threatened with closure was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday.
Brown then inked into law a Democratic plan allowing nonprofit organizations to assist in limited park operations.
Blakeslee’s bill, which had solid Republican backing, was an attempt to offset a $33 million budget slash to the parks department. The governor also axed another GOP plan to require the parks department to post a 30-day advance notice of a proposed closure, and to entertain inquiries from parties interested in operating the park in the state’s absence.
Brown said Blakeslee’s bill was unnecessary because state parks department officials already have signed contracts with cities and counties willing to operate state parks within their jurisdictions. The senator said he was “disappointed” by the veto.