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California eyes handing over operation of state parks
The Modesto Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want to run a state park? With the California Department of Parks and Recreation facing the prospect of having to cut $33 million from its budget, the agency is looking seriously at finding people and groups to take over the operation — or at least the funding — of parks slated for closure. The agency will hold workshops in five cities in four weeks to teach people how they might be able to swing an operating agreement for one of the 70 parks on the chopping block. The closest meeting to the Northern San Joaquin will be held Feb. 28 in West Sacramento. More

California State Parks looking for partners; more legislation introduced to sustain future of parks
The Times-Standard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
California State Parks is ramping up its efforts to find partnerships to sustain park operations throughout the state. The efforts — in addition to introduction of new legislation that aims to ensure a sustainable future for parks through new revenue streams and placing a cap on park closures — may be a bright spot for the state park system amid recent budget cuts and more park closures planned for July. Locally, these parks include Grizzly Creek, Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Fort Humboldt State Historic Park, Benbow Lake State Recreation Area and Standish-Hickey State Area. More

California budget deficit threatens Merced County's state parks
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On a clear, warm Thursday morning, 57-year-old George Litt meandered from the Hatfield State Recreation Area parking lot, down a walking path leading to a bank by the Merced River, where his daughter and grandchildren were fishing. As his grandchildren, Kyndell and Kyle Johnston, dropped their lines in the water, Litt's daughter, Brandy, helped teach the two some of the finer points of the sport before the group made its way to the park's picnic area to have lunch. Unfortunately, the Norman Rockwell-type scene is one that soon may disappear if the state goes through with cuts to its park system. More

After Occupy LA, City Hall lawn to get a California makeover
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The park surrounding Los Angeles City Hall soon will be getting a California makeover, with less green grass and more native and drought-tolerant plants. The Los Angeles City Council voted on a plan to restore the park around the building after the sprawling lawn was destroyed last year by the Occupy L.A. encampment. Officials considered several options, including one that called for much of the grass to be replanted, and another that would have eliminated nearly all of the turf and replaced it with plants that require less water. More

Frisbee ban on LA beaches? Calm down, folks
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The phone rang and rang last week at the Department of Beaches and Harbors. Upset callers and reporters checked in from throughout the country. One reporter was in London. "Why in the world would county officials ban Frisbee tossing on Los Angeles beaches?" they asked. The trouble was, nobody had. KCBS/KCAL had incorrectly reported that "LA County Approves $1,000 Fine For Throwing Football, Frisbees On Beaches." And like a virus, the story spread through the Internet, Facebook sites and Twitter. It showed up on the Drudge Report and news websites. More

Editorial: State parks need allies not rivalries
The Press Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If, as the author Wallace Stegner said, "national parks are the best idea we ever had," then closing California state parks has to be one of the worst ideas anyone ever had. The state has marked 70‟ parks for closure, asserting that it will save about $22 million a year. To put that figure in perspective, it's about what the state spends annually on cellphone service. In the big picture, it's about two-tenths of one percent of the $9.2 billion budget deficit for the fiscal year that starts July 1. In other words, it's chump change. More

See California state parks closure list
The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The following is the list of parks that should be saved under agreements that have been set up and the type of arrangement in the works for each, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. More

We say "good job!" to members who have retired:
Dave Muela, retired as community services director, city of Mountain View.
Jim Skeels, retired as director of Parks & Recreation, city of Brisbane.

We say "congratulations" to members who have new jobs:
Robb Courtney, formerly with the City of Seattle, is the new director, County of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation.
Margaret Glomstad, formerly general manager, Highlands Recreation District, is now director of Parks & Recreation, City of Burlingame.
Jeff Leatherman, formerly general manager, Valley Wide Recreation & Park District, is now director, Sacramento County Department of Parks & Recreation.
Henry Perezalonso, recreation supervisor, City of Mountain View, will be the new Recreation Services Manager for the Town of Danville.
Jim O'Conner, formerly with County of Santa Clara is now Assistant General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District.
Herman Parker, formerly with the City of Temecula, is now director, County of Santa Barbara.

We celebrate the achievements of our members:
Richard Hawley is president-elect of the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association.

Hats off to these agencies for their achievements:
2012 marks the 40th anniversary for Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District.
2012 marks the 50th anniversary for Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.

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Certified lifeguard trainer
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Stephaine House, West Side Recreation & Park District, asks the following question: "My agency is very interested in having an in-house person certified to train others for lifeguarding and CPR. After many attempts (and one to two years) of trying to get information from the Kern County Chapter of the American Red Cross, we finally have found out that they do not provide this type of training. Digging further, only one person in our close proximity offers this service and she is 'super busy' and doesn't seem willing to assist for fear of 'losing business' by training someone else to do what she does. So I'm reaching out: Do any of you know of opportunities for us to get a person certified? She is a current lifeguard and WSI Instructor for us and it would be so much more cost-efficient to be able to train our own new guards, rather than sending them elsewhere." More

Funding for aquatics
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Drew Nelson, city of Sacramento, asks the following question: "I would just like everybody to know that the city of Sacramento is having trouble with our pools. Currently there is no funding for them to open this summer. However, Savemart has come to our aid and will match any donation or specific item bought up to $500,000 in Sacramento Savemarts. Does anyone know of any federal or State funding for pools?" More


Fingerprinting requirement changes you need to know about
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This calendar year brought additional changes to the California Department of Justice Attorney General's Background Check and Fingerprinting requirements process. For questions, please reference the following website: If the information you are looking for is not on the website, you can send your questions to

Also, effective Jan. 1, 2011, the Custodian of Records must now be confirmed by DOJ. This requires an application and an $81 fee,

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