Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How are budget cuts affecting state parks?

On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation about California parks. Redwood forests, beaches, and some of the state's most important cultural and historic sites are among 70 parks slated for closure. As many as 220 jobs will be eliminated. Will widespread park closures lead to privatization? Join us live or send us an email at What should be done to save our state parks and keep them in public hands? It's Your Call with me, Rose Aguilar, and you.

Bonny Hawley, executive director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

Ruth Coleman, Director of California State Parks

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Andrew Hoeksema said...

I am Andrew, Volunteer Coordinator at Save Our Shores who called in about concerns regarding the closure of Twin Lakes State Beach. Even with the parks still open, more volunteer effort is needed to keep them clean. If the public wants to volunteer with Save Our Shores this summer to clean that beach and others, please visit

Vivienne said...

I called in about the John Olmsted fund. If you missed it, it's a fund started by John's son Alden Olmsted. John dedicated his life to creating some of California's most valuable state parks. Alden says that if every California resident donated just $1, the parks would have more than what's needed to stay open.

Go to
and donate $1 or whatever you can afford!

I also agree with the caller that said that Silicon Valley business people should give something back to their state and full-on saving the parks would be a drop in the bucket for them.