Letter Urges Gov. Brown to Find Answers Regarding Revelations at DPR

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The California State Parks Foundation sent a letter to Gov. Brown and other lawmakers urging them to investigate the reported irregularities at the Department of Parks and Recreation, initiate an independent audit, and dedicate “found” funds to keeping state parks open.

We at CSPF feel a commitment and duty to park visitors to ensure that these scandals do not define our state park system. You, as leaders of our state, have an obligation and an opportunity to restore confidence and rebuild this system for California.

The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) delivered a letter Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown, President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, and Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez urging them to take swift action to achieve resolution on the irregularities being reported from the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Speaking on behalf of park supporters statewide, CSPF voiced dismay that the recent news has undermined the urgency and necessity for citizen support for parks. CSPF offered a four-point framework for near-term proceedings and legislative action.

The four points call for an independent audit, dedication of the money to state park purposes, use of the funds to specifically keep parks open, and establishment of a qualified, independent body to provide transparency and oversight for DPR.

The letter, signed by CSPF President Elizabeth Goldstein, is attached.

“We at CSPF feel a commitment and duty to all park visitors to ensure that these scandals do not define our state park system,” said Goldstein in the letter. “You, as leaders of our state, have an obligation and an opportunity to restore confidence and rebuild this system for California.”

About CSPF
With its 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. For more information about California's state parks, visit calparks.org.

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