September 15, 2012 (Palomar) – Assembly Bill 1478, now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting signature, would issue a moratorium on state park closures until at least 2014. It also directs that a windfall of funds found within the Department of Parks and Recreation should be used in part to keep state parks open, with priority given to those parks where citizens have shown support by raising funds through foundations or nonprofits. (For details see http://www.friendsofpalomarsp.org/legislative_update_09_10.htm.) Now supporters of Palomar Mountain State Park are asking for public help to persuade Governor Brown to sign this legislation.
“Palomar Mountain State Park has a golden opportunity to get funding from DPR via Assembly Bill (AB) 1478, which was the direct result of the scandal in Sacramento,” an e-mail from Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park states. The group was instrumental in raising more than $70,000 to prevent closure of Palomar Mountain State Park, thanks in part to efforts by East County Magazine and our generous readers.
Click here to send an email to Governor Brown voicing your support of AB 1478. The governor will either sign the bill, veto it or make amendments to it by the end of the month.