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California screaming: Schwarzenegger proposes to close 48 California State Parks

January 11 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

I've lived all over this country -- the northeast, mid-west, northwest and southwest. Southern California is the only place to which I've ever moved back. I made a conscious choice to return to Southern California because of the lifestyle and the beaches.

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)
This is big news for middle to low income families. According to a 2003 study by the Public Policy Institute of California, over 77% of Latinos indicated they believed the ocean and beaches contributed to the quality of life in California.

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.

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