Times are tough, and the state is faced with some horrible financial scenarios. Among the programs in jeopardy is state parks. Gov. Schwarzenegger has proposed cutting the parks budget to zero, which could result in up to 220 state parks being closed.
E-mail Gov. Schwarzenegger telling him to protect California's stat...
Of course, we understand that some parks might need their hours and services cut, and others may need to be closed for the time being, as we weather this financial storm. But our parks are an important refuge for people, especially when times are tight. And they are a critical part of our economy -- for every dollar we spend on state parks they bring $2.35 back to our economy in tourism.1
Parks spending is such a small part of the overall problem. In fact, 100% of parks funding only makes up 0.88% of the budget shortfall. And these parks, from Montana Del Oro to Topanga State Park, mean a lot to people around the state. I know they mean a lot to me.
Join me in e-mailing Gov. Schwarzenegger, telling him to set aside enough funding to keep our state parks open as an important haven for Californians in these troubled times, by clicking on the link below:
Environment California Legislative Director
P.S. California's budget problems and pressure from the chemical industry has also stalled a ban on Styrofoam takeout containers until next year. Thanks for all your work to back the ban on Styrofoam containers. We will continue to call on big chain stores, including Jamba Juice, to stop using Styrofoam. What we can't do in Sacramento, we'll just have to do ourselves. Thanks for making it possible.