July 25, 2012
Californians are feeling betrayed after learning that the Department of Parks and Recreation, while pleading abject poverty and begging for donors to keep 70 state parks from closing, was hoarding nearly $54 million in special accounts, underreporting its holdings to the state. Much of the money was earmarked for specific purposes, but even the remainder is enough to keep the 70 parks open for close to two years. Some of the donors who generously stepped forward to form nonprofits to run parks complain that they were duped.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2011 |
James Hadaway, who emphasized the renovation of inner-city parks as general manager of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department from 1976 to 1992, has died. He was 82. Hadaway, who had cancer, died Monday at his Hermosa Beach home, his family said. "He was the architect of the urban impact program, which refurbished parks and recreation centers in inner-city and lower-income areas that had been kind of neglected," said Kevin Regan, assistant general manager of the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - California's parks system stashed away nearly $54 million even as it was cutting services and threatening to close parks, a revelation that prompted the resignation of the department's director Friday. The hoarded cash remained untapped while the California Department of Parks and Recreation painted a dire picture of the system's health, soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations in what was thought to be a desperate scramble to keep facilities open. At the request of Gov. Jerry Brown, the state attorney general's office has launched an investigation into the hidden surplus, which officials believe the department concealed from state bookkeepers, the governor and the Legislature for at least a dozen years, dating to the tenure of Gray Davis.
January 1, 1987
Deputy City Manager Jesse Duff has been named interim city manager, effective Jan. 10, until a permanent replacement is named for Ken Caresio, who has joined an investment banking firm. Duff, who joined the city in 1979 as director of parks and recreation, was named assistant to the city manager in 1985 and deputy city manager last July. Donna Georgino, Duff's deputy in the parks and recreation division, will become director today.
September 14, 2012 |
Comedy, social media and decidedly old-media book publishing collide in the new book "Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty," out this week. Harris Wittles, a writer on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," coined the practice, which is essentially a boast masquerading as a whine. He started the Twitter feed @humblebrag dedicated to the best 140-character examples. The book collects them, and breaks down humblebrags ("noun, verb = huhm-buhl'brag") by type. Some of our favorite celebrity pretension: --Fox News' Greta Van Susteren: "Ugh.
May 26, 2001
Gordon Mitchell, veteran actor and bodybuilder, will be the guest of honor at the Muscle Beach Classic Physique Show on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. The City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting the event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of outdoor bodybuilding and fitness shows. Admission free. Information: (909) 938-1718.