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Bill to Protect State Parks Moves to Senate Floor
On Tuesday, the State Assembly passed Senate Bill 679, meant to protect the state park system and ensure that lands used as state parks cannot be used for non-park purposes without providing substitute lands. "The least we can do is not dismantle the system," explained Traci Verardo-Torres with the California State Parks Foundation, a sponsor of the bill.
Interestingly enough, the bill was introduced in February, months before Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger threatened to close 80 percent of parks to balance the state's budget. The legislature paired down his threat in the state budget, but Schwarzenegger used his vetoing powersto make additional cuts, which equaled out to about 100 park closures. That list is expected to be released next week.
SB 679, introduced by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Linden), could be voted upon by the end of today or within the next few days.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.