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May 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Come fall, Californians could find themselves with fewer parks to visit and fewer services available at parks that are open. That was the tenor of the plan that California State Parks officials outlined Friday as they targeted for shutdown 70 of the state's 278 parks because of budget problems. But don't panic. The closure plan is far from final, and in the meantime, summer camping reservations are being honored, officials said. Several parks on the hit list are in Southern California , including popular and well-known places such as: McGrath State Beach near Ventura, which draws campers and bird-watchers; Fort Tejon State Historic Park in the Grapevine Canyon north of Los Angeles, with restored adobes and exhibits on Army life; Palomar Mountain State Park in San Diego County, near the world-famous Palomar Observatory, which offers mountainous hiking trails with views of the Pacific; And the quirky and fascinating Salton Sea State Recreation Area in Riverside County, known for its bird life and infamous for its periodic mass die-offs of fish.
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February 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
California's Gold Rush may have started at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, but Empire Mine in Grass Valley proved to be among the largest gold-producing mines in the state. For more than two decades, the state historic park had plans to relive those glory days by taking tourists on mining carts into the historic shaft -- plans that cost the agency $3.5 million before they were scrapped last year over budget and safety concerns. California State Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Tuesday that the agency put the brakes on re-creating the mine-shaft experience at the park in October.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Ronald P. Schafer, who as superintendent of the California state parks' Angeles District pushed to develop urban parks in the core of Los Angeles, has died. He was 53. Schafer had finished competing in a Malibu triathlon Sept. 12 and was eating with friends when he had a stroke. He died Wednesday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said his brother, Randy. In a statement, Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks, said Schafer did everything in life with "tremendous passion" and left behind "a legacy of park protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
On the heels of a riot in downtown Huntington Beach earlier this summer, city officials are trying to halt an oceanfront rave from being staged later this month. The Wet Electric is scheduled for Sept. 14 at Huntington State Beach. Promoters say it will feature almost two dozen well-known deejays, giant water slides, zip lines, cabanas, day beds and bars. But last week, the City Council authorized the city attorney to file suit to halt the daytime event. The rave is being promoted by Premiere Media Group, the state of California and the nonprofit Giving It Back to Kids.
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May 24, 1998 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
A free 346-page book, "California Historical Landmarks," is available for people who order a California State Parks Annual Pass by June 30. The pass is a vehicle sticker that allows unlimited access to lots of state parks. The price ($75) is the same as last year, but the book offer is new. Normally priced at $11.95, the book lists more than 1,000 state historic landmarks, with locations and brief backgrounds. To order the pass, call the California State Parks Store, (800) 777-0369.
TRAVEL
April 30, 1995
Admission to all state parks except Hearst Castle will be free on Monday, the beginning of California State Parks Month. Throughout May, California State Parks, which showcase and protect examples of California's ecological and cultural diversity, will stage special displays and programs. Taking a Tour the Wright Way Daily tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home and estate, Taliesin, are slated to start Monday.
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May 2, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
Standing amid the green hills of Tapia State Park in Calabasas, Gov. Gray Davis announced a plan Monday to cut state park fees in half and increase park use by Californians. Speaking on the first day of "California State Parks Month," Davis said he hoped the fee reduction would make state parks more affordable for working families, groups, associations and clubs.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2009 | David Ng
Three 16th century paintings that have hung in the Hearst Castle in San Simeon for nearly 70 years will be returned to the descendants of Holocaust victims as part of a deal struck with California State Parks. The paintings will be handed over to the heirs of Jacob and Rosa Oppenheimer in a ceremony set for Friday in Sacramento. A spokesman for California State Parks said the paintings date from about 1500 to 1590 and originated in the area of what is now Venice, Italy. The spokesman declined to provide more details ahead of Friday's ceremony.
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September 7, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
On the heels of a riot in downtown Huntington Beach earlier this summer, city officials are trying to halt an oceanfront rave from being staged later this month. The Wet Electric is scheduled for Sept. 14 at Huntington State Beach. Promoters say it will feature almost two dozen well-known deejays, giant water slides, zip lines, cabanas, day beds and bars. But last week, the City Council authorized the city attorney to file suit to halt the daytime event. The rave is being promoted by Premiere Media Group, the state of California and the nonprofit Giving It Back to Kids.
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August 4, 1998 | JOHN POPE
More than 500 young people from Police Activities Leagues throughout the state will gather in Huntington Beach today for two days of beach-related events and camping sponsored by the California state parks. Billed as the first annual Beach Play Day, the event will be the first time many of the youths have gone to the beach and camped, organizers said.
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March 16, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. - Locals call it "The Miracle of March. " If spring rains and temperatures are just right, the forbidding mountains and parched badlands here are transformed into dazzling panoramas of wildflowers that draw thousands of tourists. The crowds provide a major boost to Borrego Springs, a community of about 3,500 permanent residents in the heart of 640,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. When blossoms abound - every five to seven years or so - visitors spend freely on gasoline, groceries, souvenirs, sun hats and cold drinks as they seek directions to "flower hot spots.
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
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November 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
National parks and national forests have a Veteran's Day deal open to all: free admission. Not all parks and forests charge an entry fee, but those that do will welcome visitors free of charge. The deal: The weekend marks the last fee-free day in 2012. (The next one is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in mid-January.) This means you save the $20 entry fee at national parks such as Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon and the $5 Adventure Pass fee in the Angeles National Forest and other nearby forests.
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September 25, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday setting a two-year moratorium on closing state parks in the wake of a scandal in which some parks officials hid surplus funds while facilities were threatened with being shuttered. The legislation by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) was in response to the discovery in July that some parks officials had concealed about $54 million in unspent funds even as the governor was proposing to close 70 parks because of a budget shortfall.
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June 30, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California officials said Friday that only one park will be closed come Sunday, revising plans announced a day earlier to cease operations at five parks. Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, in a remote part of San Bernardino County, has been shut down since earlier this year and will remain so. But the revised plan means four sites expected to close on Sunday - Benicia State Recreation Area, the California Mining and Mineral Museum, Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Zmudowski State Beach - will keep operating for the time being.
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The nonprofit California State Parks Foundation offers cool savings on an annual pass that allows entry to more than 200 parks. In light of ongoing budget struggles, the Department of Parks and Recreation raised the cost of an annual pass to $195 on Tuesday. Those who become a foundation member this month will receive a pass for the old rate of $125 and some extra goodies. The deal: Not everyone may feel comfortable making a membership commitment to get this deal. It will appeal to frequent state park users who care about the fate of the state's parklands and want a break on the cost of the pass.
TRAVEL
July 19, 1998
You can now reserve campsites at California state parks via the Internet, 24 hours a day. The reservations are available at http://cal-parks.ca.gov. Click on "Park Reservations," go to the PARK.NET page, click on "Make a Reservation" (under the PARK.NET title at the top of the page) and follow instructions. The site includes campground maps. Reservations also continue to be available by calling (800) 444-7275, 8 a.m to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
NEWS
October 19, 1986
The number of campers at California state parks is up 23% this year, parks officials told a legislative hearing in Los Angeles last week. Les McCargo, chief deputy director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation, said that from March to September the department rented camp sites for a total of 232,000 "camp nights."
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
One by one, some of the 70 California state parks slated to close in July are quietly being spared in the short term as nonprofits and other agencies raise their hands to take over their operation.  In April, five more parks, including writer Jack London's home and the remaining building of the Santa Cruz Mission, circa 1791, came off the list of closures announced last year as part of a $22-million cost-cutting measure by the California Department...
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May 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you didn't buy an annual California state parks pass yet, prepare to shell out a bit more. The new price of $195 - a $70 leap - goes into effect today (Tuesday). The California Department of Parks and Recreation hopes to generate $1 million to $1.5 million by raising the prices of state park passes, according to a statement. The popular Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass that allows access to all 279 state parks for a year jumps from $125 to $195; the Golden Poppy Vehicle Day Use Pass good at selected parks for a year increases from $90 to $125, and the Boat Use Pass (Sticker)
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