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Schwarzenegger to Consider 2 Bills that Would Protect State Parks
Among the many bills approved by the legislature and sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for approval are two state parks bills. They have nothing to do with the possible closures and in fact, they were introduced long before any one would have thought that hundreds would be threatened during the budget process.
"In the midst of the devastating proposal to close state parks, the Governor has an opportunity to enact strong policies to protect our park lands from damaging development and infrastructure projects," explains the California Parks Foundation, a sponsor of the bills. "Together, Senate Bill 679 (Wolk) and Assembly Bill 372 (Kehoe) establish a new policy in state law - that there shall be no net loss of state park lands in California."
For example, if a utility company needs to install a substation on 5 acres of land in Topanga State Park, 5 acres of equivalent land in the same area must be given found and given to the state parks system. If that cannot be done, a combination of fewer acres and money for improvements would be allowed.
As of this morning, Schwarzenegger has not approved or vetoed the two bills. However, he took a renewed interest in saving state parks this week.
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.