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California Parks

PHOTOS: We Love California!

Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.14.2013 | San Francisco

"Our state's scenic landscapes have always been a source of pride and pleasure," said California Governor Jerry Brown in a recent statement proclaimin...

Clean Up!

San Bernardino County Sun, Calif. | Michel Nolan | Posted 06.19.2013 | Los Angeles

Joshua Tree National Park's Rattlesnake Canyon, closed to the public for two weeks, has been visited this week by a group of Good Samaritans helping t...

Bad News For Local Parks

Merced Sun-Star | Joshua Emerson Smith | Posted 05.26.2013 | San Francisco

Despite having received enough money to remain open until next summer, McConnell and Hatfield state recreation areas continue to face uncertainty. "W...

Report Uncovers Shocking Information About California's Parks System

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS and JUDY LIN | Posted 03.06.2013 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Officials at the highest levels of the California Department of Parks and Recreation helped keep millions of dollars secret...

Bad News For State Parks

San Jose Mercury News | Paul Rogers | Posted 02.21.2013 | San Francisco

A new audit Friday revealed millions of dollars in unspent donations and other financial irregularities at California's state parks department, six mo...

State Parks Face A Murky Future

AP | By JASON DEAREN | Posted 08.29.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- While California found ways to keep open most of the state parks earmarked for closure due to budget cuts, the long-term future of it...

SAVED! (For Now)

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 08.28.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — With a busy Fourth of July week looming, California parks officials announced Thursday that 65 of the 70 state parks once slated...

Aaron Sankin

HOORAY: Most State Parks Slated For Closure Will Be Saved

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.22.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the state's Department of Parks and Recreation announced last year it would be closing a quarter of its parks due to budget cuts...

Aaron Sankin

Did We Just Find A Way To Save State Parks?

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.09.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- With only weeks to go before a full quarter of California state parks are scheduled to shut their gates due to budget cuts, a pair of...

Another Obstacle To Closing State Parks

AP | By JASON DEAREN and TRACIE CONE | Posted 06.08.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shuttering dozens of California state parks to trim millions from the state budget will take more than simply hanging a "Closed" sign...

Aaron Sankin

Should Private Owners Be Allowed To Take Over California State Parks?

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 03.09.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Transferring many of California's state parks to private operation was among a number of suggestions, according to a recent Californi...

SAVED: Three Beloved Local Parks No Longer Face Closure

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.07.2011 | San Francisco

Thanks to last minute action by the National Parks Service (NPS), three California state parks previously slated for closure due to budget cuts will r...

WATCH: Lone Resident Of Abandoned Shrimping Village Faces Eviction

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Posted 10.24.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Joanna Lin Frank Quan is 85 years old, and he has lived nearly his entire life in one ...

State Parks Closure Presents Unique Dilemma

AP | By JASON DEAREN | Posted 09.16.2011 | San Francisco

CHINA CAMP STATE PARK, Calif. -- Floating in the bay just outside 85-year-old Frank Quan's house, a replica Chinese junk named after his mother rocks ...

Summertime Living Is Easy

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 08.06.2011 | Los Angeles
Linnie Frank Bailey

Let's face it -- this is the summer of 'staycations.' However, as bad as things are, the dog days of summer don't have to be spent lamenting your dismal finances and wishing you were in St. Thomas.

PHOTOS: Desert Dreaming: Escape To Joshua Tree

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com By Megan Cytron With sunny highs in the 60s and bright blue winter skies, December and January are excellent month...

PHOTOS: Roadtrip To Mono Lake In Search Of Alien Life Forms

Trazzler.com | Megan Cytron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com By Megan Cytron NASA's big announcement will surely inspire many to head up to beautiful Mono Lake, peer into the ...

169 Ways To Tackle California's State Parks

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

While America's national parks get the full Ken-Burns treatment, state parks protect vast swaths of the country's natural and historic treasures witho...

California Parks Could Be Seized By Feds

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials said Wednesday they are trying to avert the federal government's threat to seize six parks that could ...