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$1.3B in Maintenance Backlogs Means Crime is Up in Our State Parks

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Budget cuts for California's 278 State Parks has led to $1.3-billion in backlogged maintenance and repair projects, according to the Sacramento Bee. The underfunding and consequential reduction of staff and services has led to an increase in crime reported in the state parks. “California’s state parks have been starved of funding, which is demonstrated by their deplorable conditions and rising crime rate,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, California State Parks Foundation president.

To illustrate the predicament, the Bee has created a searchable map of our State Parks with each park or beach's corresponding crime and maintenance logs.

Not all the parks have information about repairs needed and crimes logged on the sites, but locally, for example, Will Rogers State Historic Park has a long list of crimes and incidents, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of repairs to roads, structures, walls, and other parts of the property. In Downtown, Los Angeles State Historic Park has only one item on its maintenance list, but does have reports of several kinds of crimes.

A statewide initiative that will protect state parks will be on the November ballot. Read the full text here.