Senator Evans Statement on Governor Brown’s Action on State Parks

Friday, August 3, 2012

SACRAMENTO – Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s recent actions regarding California State Parks funding and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR):

“Every crisis presents an opportunity should we choose to take it. I’m grateful for Governor Brown's quick and responsive leadership. I believe he is doing right by Californians under very challenging circumstances.”

“I am especially pleased to hear the Governor commit to use $20 million to keep parks open and to reopen parks that have been partially closed.  With this, the Governor shows he is a willing and equal partner with local volunteers who have committed their time, talents and money to maintain our beloved state parks. Recent revelations at DPR have proven demoralizing to people who have responded to the crisis, and the Governor's statement today is a significant step toward regaining their trust.

“In addition to keeping parks open, however, we must address the serious backlog of maintenance that has accumulated at our parks. I will be working with the Governor on the Sustainable Parks Plan that Senator Simitian and I proposed earlier this year.

“Californians love their parks and their commitment is unwavering.  One of the positive things to come out of this crisis is the overwhelming response of Californians in support of their state parks.  I’m committed to the recovery and sustainability of our entire state park system and am pleased that the Governor is as well.”

State Senator Noreen Evans represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma. Senator Evans Chairs the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Committee on Judiciary.