California screaming: Schwarzenegger proposes to close 48 California State Parks
January 11 2008 | Jim's Blog,
Anyone who lives here will tell you it is quite expensive to live in California. Many of us who live here do so because there are attributes that make it worthwhile. Our beaches, for instance, are still beautiful and very accessible. Yesterday, Governor Schwarzenegger made some moves to address the California's recent financial crisis. Part of his bevy of cuts was a proposal to close 48 State Parks, including several popular State Beach Parks.
Hit hard in this move was San Luis Obispo County with Montana de Oro, Morro Strand and William Randolph Hearst State Beaches all slated for closure. State beaches that will see reductions in lifeguard staffing include Bolsa Chica, Huntington, San Onofre, Carlsbad, Cardiff and nearly a dozen others.
The Surfrider Foundation believes beaches should be open. We maintain that the proposed closures and staffing reductions would profoundly impact the lives of Californians throughout the state. We don't want California to be like Maine... which leads the nation with the most inaccessible coasts and beaches.
California State Park resources belong to the people of California. If you're a family then beaches are one of the more affordable recreation options you have.
- Cost to take a family of 4 to a State Beach for the day = $10
- Cost to take a family of 4 to the movies = $35 (2 adults @ $10/ea and 2 kids @ $7.50/ea)
- Cost to take a family of 4 to Disneyland = $344 (2 adults @ $91/ea and 2 kids @$81/ea)
I hope this turns out to be an onramp for smaller entities (local cities, towns and NGOs) to pool their services and cover some of this loss. Whether you pop a comment below to this post or go straight to the source of your local need... if you live in California, do something to be part of the solution.
Below is a list of parks slated for closure.