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    Default "California Forever" - State Park Funding

    I was thinking this would be better suited in the Nature/Wildlife forum.

    Website: http://cal4ever.com/
    Preview Video: http://cal4ever.com/watchcaliforniaforeverpreview.mov

    As most people know, California is in debt. Neither Democrats nor Republicans are willing to do anything that permits any sort of progress and the only way to doing anything about the debt is to cut. It has not helped one bit... and that it has actually worsened the debt. Just yesterday, on Memorial Day, our state government were getting ready to close state parks.

    Anyhow, the site I listed is a documentary that is going to be aired on PBS sometime around this fall. Certain state parks that loses funding and can't be managed after the cut will be handed back to the federal government (I.E. Yosemite and Angel Island if it actually gets that bad even though they are two very popular destinations,) while state parks that are, well, state parks might not be as lucky (many may be drastically cut or closed down.)

    Many ideas have been proposed, like allowing private companies to build freeways on state parks (yes, some actually proposed that idea.) While others thought about allowing fracking to occur near state parks. (like how some people went to my college to propose an idea of allowing fracking to occur in return of funding higher education.)

    Really, I want none of that. It is like history vanishing. The politicians need to learn to get their acts together. The cost to fund these state parks doesn't even compare to many other idea's generated by the state. At 22m to fund the state parks, it is 3 times as less costly as funding immigrants (illegal or not) into going to college (at ~65m.) It is not even close to the $100 billion funding of the state rail ways.

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    Thank you for sharing. I hope they don't close state parks that would suck so so bad. I would want to leave if that happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Thank you for sharing. I hope they don't close state parks that would suck so so bad. I would want to leave if that happened.
    http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/...APN/1205270674
    http://www.californiareport.org/spec...erocks/map.jsp

    Whether they close some of them down or not, I still love this place too much since it is were I was born, raised, and still live in

    There is a current list (second link) of state parks that might be slated to be closed if things get bad (more if things get really bad.) So far, the state legislators are trying to prevent the parks from closing (so rare that they are actually working together,) even if it is only a short term fix. Any park closing is bad, however (as long as the funding is not coming from private companies building over it or fracking them.)

    These state parks are a gift to the people of California(rich, poor, Democrat, Republican, DTS, etc alike,) I don't want our state to close them down just because it costs 22m to maintain... as many of them are still as popular as ever.

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    In light of the whole issue of state funding that came to light months ago.

    http://video.pbs.org/video/2282873753

    If anyone is interested, and hasn't seen the video.

    PBS has an online version of California Forever. Watch and be amazed. Who knows, it might actually spark some desire for you preserve your state parks or come here and see some of what many people here see every-so-often.

    Who knows... you might even have a new-found understanding for your state too and not want people to encroach on it.

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