The State Park Terminator

Closing CA State Parks

The Governator has spoken. Starting Labor Day weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to terminate access to more than 100 California state parks to save some $14 million for the now not so Golden State. No official closure list has been released, but rumors abound.

One of the parks in San Diego county that might get axed is Palomar Mountain State Park. So in a last-ditch effort to sign a petition and to relive Tony’s 6th Grade Camp on Palomar Mountain, we went there with our friends Evelyn and Micky.

Palomar Mountain State Park

With the camp grounds overflowing and families flooding in for the day, it is difficult to imagine that all of this is coming to an end. But the budget cuts don’t stop there. Cuts for Medi-Cal, schools and universities, HIV treatment and prevention, health care coverage for children of low-income families… the list goes on.

What do you expect from a cyborg assassin on a mission to fix the budget? Environmentalism? Compassion? Interest in educated voters? I think not.

And for those parks that survive the massacre, increased park fees began on August 17. Oh, the tragedy!

For those of you who want to learn more about the park closures, here’s a link to the California State Parks Foundation.

4 responses to “The State Park Terminator”

  1. avatar evelyn says:

    Dear TnT! Thanks so much for sharing the weekend with us at Palomar State Park and for creating this post. I hope all Californians will get out tomorrow and visit their closest state park and then send an SOS (Save Our State Parks) message to the Governator. Hugs to you for your support!

  2. avatar Maniel says:

    Thanks for supporting CA State Parks in general and Palomar SP in particular. Within range of San Diego, Palomar gives us a place to escape to on weekends. Once lost, it will be impossible to reclaim. CA seems happy to binge on “health care” but has little left over for healthy lives. Arnold came back in Terminator II to be on the right side of the fight – meanwhile, we’ll keep battling and hope for the big guy to arrive in time.

  3. avatar laurelle says:

    Awww … don’t worry about it! Everything’s temporary. The parks will still be there when the economy turns around. Either that or the feds will see the merits of a CCC type make-work campaign. Nice poison oak!

  4. avatar schmittpod says:

    I can’t believe you guys are in Cali. Wish I were there with you. How long are you in the states?
    Love to you both…. Laura

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