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Today’s Challenges for Parks and Recreation

By: T. Keith Gurnee

“Parks Make Life Better!” Month

Just a few years ago, the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) adopted this slogan to brand its purpose as an organization of park advocates. CPRS recently sponsored legislation as State Senate Resolution SCR 14 Wolk to designate the month of July, 2011 as “Parks Make Life Better!” Month. If adopted as expected, the State Legislature will have taken one of the more ironic actions of recent memory. On one hand, the Legislature will have confirmed its agreement with this appropriate statement. On the other, it will be adopting a budget that proposes to close 70 state parks across the state of California, making our lives “less better” in 2012.

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Surfers Point: Making Advances on Shoreline Retreat

By: Tony Keith

Walking along any portion of California’s coast, visitors can observe an ever-changing environment where the tides, waves, shifting sands, and shorebirds all move in concert with the soothing rhythms of the sea. But when the winter El Nino storms come to the West Coast, serenity gives way to the awesome, destructive powers of nature, placing in jeopardy the public improvements that allow us to enjoy the elemental edge where water meets the shore. Nowhere is this more apparent than the city of Ventura’s beaches that flank its distinctive pier, and no agency is more aware of this than the California Coastal Commission.

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