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Chesbro, Huffman author major legislation to rescue state parks
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Assemblymembers Wesley Chesbro, D-North Coast, and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, have introduced new legislation to revive California's ailing state parks system. Assembly Bill 1589, the California State Parks Stewardship Act of 2012, proposes to reshape the relationship between state parks and state government and establishes a blueprint to stop park closures and ensure their long-term viability. "The recent parks closures disproportionately impact rural California, and nowhere is that more true than on the North Coast," Chesbro said. More



California State Parks: Truckee joins Nevada County public bodies to oppose closures
Sun News Service via Sierra Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The list of 70 state parks to be shuttered has shrunk to 61, according to officials, and regional advocates would like to see it shrink by two more in the near future. Each member of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and the councils of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee have signed a statement opposing the closure of South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins state parks, which were on the original California State Parks closure list in May 2011. More

Irate singer hits Los Angeles County worker with her car over dog-leash dispute
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No one ever tells you the dangers of being a county employee, such as the off-chance that a struggling musician might try to run you over. That’s what happened for one L.A. County park employee who was caught in the headlights of a singer who was rabid over the fact that the local government official had the simple temerity to tell Arune Kavaliauskaite to put a leash on her dog at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. More

County to cut down 1,000 trees at Mount Madonna County Park
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For generations, Mount Madonna County Park has been a favorite camping spot for Bay Area families. But for the next three months, the park, which straddles the Santa Cruz Mountains between Gilroy and Watsonville, will play host to a new type of visitor: loggers with buzzing chain saws, aluminum helmets and heavy trucks. Concerned by the spread of a virulent root disease, officials with the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department have drawn up plans to cut down about 1,000 trees in the park between now and April. More

Rethinking redevelopment in California
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Last week, one of the country's oldest and largest public economic development programs came to an inglorious end when the governor and Legislature pulled the plug on California's 400 redevelopment agencies. So why did the governor and lawmakers end the state's only real community revitalization program, especially at a time when there is such great need for jobs and affordable housing? More

Public Works Board OKs proposal for private operators of state parks
The Press Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A state oversight board has approved a controversial proposal that could lead to for-profit companies operating in 11 state parks, including six on the North Coast. Critics fear the action could allow these parks to be taken over by commercial interests or undermine nonprofits that are planning to submit their own bids to run the parks. Despite earlier statements to the contrary, state parks officials said they will not seek to turn over the operations of entire parks to concessionaires. More

CPRS MEMBER HIGHLIGHT


Tom Hellmann
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The February issue of Aquatics International magazine featured a special report called "Power 25," which honors 25 standout leaders in the industry. CPRS member Tom Hellmann made the list of professionals to be recognized for his contributions and ongoing commitment to the aquatic industry. Tom works for Cosumnes Community Services District as a Recreation Supervisor I.
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MEMBERS NETWORKING
The CPRS Forums are the place for members to exchange ideas and to ask questions. The forums area currently has 200-plus threads. The value of forums increases when you share your knowledge and resources. Increase the value of your membership by answering or posting a question in the forums. Visit CPRS Forums. You can also pose your own question.


Nature centers and animal parks
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Rosa Lozoya, city of Norwalk, asks the following question: "Has anyone recently built a nature center/animal park with trails and stables or petting zoo types? I need help with any information." Please post your answers here.

Memorial plaque policies
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Zina Whitney, Jurupa Area Recreation & Park District, asks the following question: "Does anyone have a written policy on allowing memorial plaques in their parks or facilities? We have several plaques in our parks but we are looking for standards and guidelines when someone requests to place such memorial in our parks." Please answer her question here.

RESOURCES


Certified Playground Safety Inspectors: Training, certification, resources
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April 30 to May 2, Elk Grove
Playground Safety Certification Courses are intended to provide training for individuals interested in becoming Certified Playground Safety Inspectors. This certification also provides the authority to examine playgrounds for compliance with California regulations R-39-97. Click here to download registration form.


Webinar: Strategies to Nourish Kids & Community When School's Out
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10-11 a.m. PST on Feb. 23
Looking for opportunities to keep children in your community healthy this summer? Summer meal programs offer an opportunity for communities to serve free, nutritious lunches in low-income neighborhoods (and get reimbursed for it!). This free webinar will provide community-based organizations with practical information to start or expand a summer meal program through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program.
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