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Several Calif. Leaders Agree To Help Revamp State Park System

A group of California business, education and nonprofit leaders — including Monterey Bay Aquarium founding director Julie Packard — have agreed to help revamp the state parks system in an effort to restore confidence and financial stability to an institution rocked by scandal.

08/06/2013

Shasta State Historic Park (credit: park.ca.gov)

Controller Finds More Problems In California Parks

A state review finds that more than 200 state employees were overpaid more than $500,000 by managers who deliberately broke state rules at the troubled California Department of Parks and Recreation.

12/18/2012

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Donors Who Helped Save Henry Coe Park Want Money Back From State

The State of California is refusing to refund a group that pledged to keep a Bay Area park open, despite an investigation revealing the State Parks Department was sitting on millions in hidden funds.

10/03/2012

Shasta State Historic Park (credit: park.ca.gov)

Brown OKs State Parks Funding, Prevents Closures

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several bills to keep California’s state parks open and ensure greater spending oversight in the wake of a scandal in which parks officials hid $54 million.

09/25/2012

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Lawmakers Vote To Let Nonprofits Run State Parks

With budget cuts threatening to force the shutdown of 70 California state parks, the state Assembly has unanimously approved legislation making it easier for nonprofit groups to take over operations at some parks.

05/19/2011

Marshall Gold Discovery State Park(credit: paks.ca.gov)

Bills Aim To Keep California State Parks Open Despite Budget Woes

With budget cuts continuing to threaten California’s state parks, two bills up for consideration this week would open the door for local governments or private contractors to keep parks open if the state shuts them.

04/25/2011