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No Help for State Parks in State Budget

At the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills | Photo by Mike Chen via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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This year's approved state budget looks very similar when it comes to state parks. What that means is the continuation of partial closures, reduced staff and hours and no end in sight for the $1.3 billion backlog in needed maintenance and repairs.

"This budget simply puts another band-aid on the crisis that has mounted for over three decades in our state parks," said the California State Parks Foundation, which is sponsoring Prop 21 on the November Ballot.

If that prop is passed, the system of 278 state parks would have guaranteed funding via an $18 annual vehicle registration, all cars with California license plates would get free parking (places like Malibu Creek charge over $10 to park) and the state budget would have $130 million more to play with each year.

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