Articles Tagged With ‘California State Parks’

Visiting Montana de Oro could cost you

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is slated to vote Tuesday on a contract amendment that would allow the state to charge a fee to visitors and campers at Montaña de Oro State Park. [Tribune] Contract language between... (Continue reading)

Hearst Castle waives fees for politically connected

While many  California state parks battled to escape closure because of budget cuts, the crown jewel of the park system – Hearst Castle in San Luis Obispo County– waived $611,000 in private event fees over the last decade for the... (Continue reading)

Parks may get big money boost

 A veritable state parks windfall of $54 million may help keep some facilities from closing after Gov. Jerry Brown met Monday with lawmakers to discuss the matter. (San Francisco Chronicle) It was learned late last week that the department had... (Continue reading)

State parks hoarded $54 million, claimed budget shortfall

The director of California’s state parks resigned and a deputy was fired Friday following the discovery the  department had stashed away nearly $54 million in surplus money while parks were threatened with closures because of budget cuts. While the under-reported... (Continue reading)

State Parks’ plan seeks to avoid closures

A variety of plans to manage the state park system to avoid widespread closures of California’s 278 facilities has been completed by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) and distributed to lawmakers. Financial problems plaguing the system still may result in... (Continue reading)

Brown kills Blakeslee parks bill

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... (Continue reading)

70 state parks get the ax

Seventy state parks across California including Morro Strand State Beach will be closed starting in September and completed in July 2012, State Parks’ officials announced on Friday. The governor’s mansion, Limekiln State Park in Big Sur Redwood forests and some... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee bill provides alternatives if State parks are closed

With budget cuts threatening California’s state parks, State Sen. Sam Blakeslee is supporting a bill to give local governments or private contractors a chance to take over operations of a closed state park for one to five years. [MercuryNews] A... (Continue reading)

Some state parks to close

Plans are currently underway to close some California state parks due to budget problems. [San Francisco Chronicle] California Natural Resources chief John Laird told reporters Monday night that a number of state parks are currently being considered for closure. “An... (Continue reading)

Butterflies at Pismo Beach Monarch Grove, photos

From late October through February, experience the wonder of the Monarch Butterfly migration to the groves of eucalyptus trees at Pismo Beach State Park. With an average count of 25,000 butterflies arriving a year, Pismo Beach is arguably the largest... (Continue reading)