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The Fate of State Parks Could be Determined Tomorrow

Point Mugu will close if State Parks funding is eliminated | Photo by flismac via Flickr
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The threat of closing most all state parks and a proposal to save them will hit the Assembly floor tomorrow during the budget revision process. Around 20 bills are queued one, one of them asking legislators two park related questions.

Question one: do you vote to eliminate funding for parks?

If that passes, then legislators will be asked to vote on an alternative mechanism--an annual $15 vehicle registration "park pass" fee that would fully fund parks to the point that even parking would be free to the public to those with a California license plate.

Interestingly enough, the $15 idea isn't a new one. It was floated last year without much success when parks were not threatened to be cut. "The parks have always needed their own source of funding that isn't dependent on the general fund," said Budget Committee Chair and Assemblymember Noreen Evans to LAist over the phone. She said that the fee would help protect parks from funding raids.