State Parks Evans' bill update: Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 2 voted to approve and adopt the staff recommendation amendments of the ‘Sustainable Parks Proposal’ that was introduced May 8 by State Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) and State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). The budget proposal would keep open up to 50 state parks slated for closure this year while providing a stable and long-term funding solution that will keep all parks open. As many as 70 state parks had been slated for closure beginning July 1, 2012.
The essence of the ‘Sustainable Parks Proposal’ is:
Providing assistance to non-profit partners working for operating agreements for state parks;
Finding “new ways of working” in the parks, including allowing parks to become more entrepreneurial and allowing more personnel flexibility;
Accessing up to $173 million of existing funding sources over several years that may be appropriately used for park purposes. Annually, funds can be up to $10 million/year of existing funds collected the Motor Vehicle Account, $21 million from the Local Assistance Program, and $10 million/year from the Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund, and $10 million from bond money.
The ‘Sustainable Parks Proposal’ now waits for the Assembly Budget Committee to move ahead with their measure.