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There are 1.6 million acres of beaches, forests and historic sites in California’s State Park system—threatened by years of budget cuts, scandal, and mismanagement. A changing population hasn’t been showing much interest. Now a blue-ribbon commission has proposed major change, with the promise of improved maintenance and increased access in hope the next generation will use them and pay for them.

Also, the video rental store Vidiots is worth saving. That’s according to one of Hollywood’s top producers. We’ll update last week’s report on plans to close Vidiots down.

Banner Image Credit: Eric Chan

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Sonya Geis

CA Parks Need to Diversify and Upgrade to Survive 16 MIN, 11 SEC

Three years ago, California was threatening to close state parks due to a lack of maintenance and declining attendance. At the same time, park officials were found to be stashing away millions of dollars. Governor Brown appointed a commission called Parks Forward, which has come up with a plan to preserve almost 2 million acres of beaches, forests and historic sites and increase access for a population that’s more diverse than ever.

Guests:
Michael Woo, Parks Forward Commission (@ParksForward)
Robert Garcia, Executive Director and Counsel for The City Project (@robert_garcia)
Carolyn Christian, California League of Park Associations

Angel Funders Save Vidiots 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Last week, we reported that Vidiots—the 30-year-old video-rental shop in Santa Monica—would be closed down. Film critic Joe Morgenstern said it was like “a death in the family.” Doctor Leonard Lipman, a longtime customer, promised some help—but Megan Ellison brought it home. She’s the head of Annapurna, the production company behind Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle and other distinctly contemporary movies.

Guests:
Cathy Tauber, Co-owner, Vidiots
Joe Morgenstern, Host, 'Film Reviews' (@JoeMorgenstern)

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