Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


California State Parks - SOS


As part of California's ongoing budget struggles, the Governor's budget proposal last year included a cut of $22 million to California's State Parks, which meant that 70 of the Parks were slated for closure.  These 70 Parks represent 25% of the total Parks, including 50% of the Historic State Parks.  Although $22 million may seem like a significant amount of money, in the overall budget for California, it's a very wee slice of the pie, and the potential consequences of this loss are devastating.

Aside from the logistical challenges of actually "closing" a State Park, the potential of losing these natural resources will have a huge impact on local communities, residents, and visitors.  To highlight the impact of this legislative decision, the California State Parks Foundation helped to support the creation of a documentary, "The First 70," which was premiered at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento this evening as a free screening.

I urge everyone who reads this and cares at all about saving our natural resources for future generations to watch the trailer of the documentary and then donate to the Foundation to help Save Our State Parks!

In our fast-paced, technology-driven, uber-civilized world, it's so critical to have tranquil places to enjoy nature without the influence of human development.  Losing these resources would truly be a travesty.


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