Schwarzenegger Takes a Renewed Interest in Saving State Parks
Good news comes today as Governor Arnold Schwarzegger's office announced that plans to close state parks have changed. Fewer parks will close and plans to release a list of those parks has been dropped.
Although the Governor's office is downplaying the shift in direction, the Mercury News juxtaposes it with this point: "In recent weeks, the prospect that Schwarzenegger would become the first governor in the 108-year history of the state parks system to close a state park to save money has prompted protests, letters from the public, critical newspaper editorials and requests from Republican lawmakers in rural districts that their parks not be closed because of the loss to tourism. An internal memo from state lawyers even said it could expose California taxpayers to millions in lawsuits."