FROM Ruth Coleman
California State Parks Under Stress Governor Brown likes to sing the praises of California's state parks as "wonderful places… to explore the magnificence of the Golden State." But after years of dwindling support from the general fund, he's proposed to save $22 million by shutting down 70 of the 279 parks in the system. For the first time in state history, 15 will be closed for sure. Twenty-five might be saved, and 30 have earned at least a temporary reprieve. Three of those have signed contracts with private operators. Ruth Coleman is Director of the California State Parks .
State Parks Face the Budget Axe In order to save money, the State is going to shut down 70 parks to all visitors starting early next year. How did they choose which ones to close? Can they really keep people out? Ruth Coleman is Director of the State Department of Parks and Recreation.
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