Calif. Panel Calling for Revamp of State Parks

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July 31, 2014 by   Comments Off on Calif. Panel Calling for Revamp of State Parks

California needs to completely make over the way it pays and cares for its state parks, according to a state commission reviewing a park system it says is in severe crises.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, the 12-person commission issued a preliminary report calling for an “internal transformational team” to develop a new organizational and business model within two years.

“This is not time to be shy or reticent,” said Ken Wiseman, executive director of the Parks Forward commission.

The commission also called for the state to cooperate better with private groups and nonprofits that want to donate to the parks. Wiseman said that California laws and regulations make donating difficult. That has to change, he said.

Wiseman said the panel spent a year meeting with the public and analyzing the causes of the dysfunction in the parks system. The draft plan will be finalized and presented to Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature on Nov. 20.

Two years ago, financial problems led the state to announce the closure of 70 state parks and reduce services at others. Most of the park closures were eventually averted.

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