I"m only going to send out one email about this so as not to spam you all. I do think it's important to the group, so even though it's "political." I'm forwarding it. Take care -
From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: All State Parks & Beaches in Santa Cruz County Slated for Closure!! What you can do?!?
Date: Sun, 31 May[masked]:48:46 -0700
If you only do one thing to help save our precious parks and beaches from closure please c COME TO THE RALLY - Tomorrow ..Monday, June 1, 5:30 PM, at Natural Bridges State Beach, in the parking lot before the entrance station. We hope for good media coverage, so please come and bring your friends and family. Express your love for the parks by bringing signs, wearing your favorite park t-shirt or docent-wear.
Thanks for your time and community involvement.
The governor has proposed closing 220 of 279 State Parks and Beaches in California, including each and every one in Santa Cruz County!
Big Basin Redwoods State Park (SP), Castle Rock State Park, Castro Adobe State Historic Park (SHP), Coast Dairies State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Lighthouse Field State Beach (SB), Manresa SB, Manresa Uplands SP, Natural Bridges SB, New Brighton SB, Palm SB, Rio Del Mar SB, Santa Cruz Mission SHP, Seabright SB, Seacliff SB, Sunset SB,The Forest of Nisene Marks, Twin Lakes SB, and Wilder Ranch SP
will all be closed if this proposal is adopted.
This is not a drill. All the intelligence out of Sacramento says this is a serious proposal. We must unleash a tsunami of opposition to defeat this proposal within the next week.
This plan is the greatest threat to the California park system in its history and amounts to a direct dismantling of a system that has taken more than 150 years to build. Santa Cruz County's parks and beachs are top destinations not only for locals, but also for visitors from across the nation and around the world. Abandoning our parks will result in access denied to Santa Cruz County state parks and beaches for 11 million visitors (and the loss of the the tourist dollars they spend locally)
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. SEND A MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNOR & LEGISLATURE - Visit our website
, click on "Take Action" and follow the steps to automatically fax the Governor and your legislators. You can also use our mobile computing station at the June 1st rally to send your message to Sacramento.
2. COME TO THE RALLY - Monday, June 1, 5:30 PM, at Natural Bridges State Beach, in the parking lot before the entrance station. We hope for good media coverage, so please come and bring your friends and family. Express your love for the parks by bringing signs, wearing your favorite park t-shirt or docent-wear.
3. COME WITH US TO SACRAMENTO - Let your voice be heard at the ONLY PUBLIC HEARING on this proposal before the Legislative Budget Conference Committee. Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 AM, in the State Capitol, Room 4203. We have hired a bus -- phone Peg at[masked], ext 103, or email her to save your spot and ride with us to Sacramento.
4. GET INVOLVED & GET THE WORD OUT - Go to our website
to stay involved in the campaign, contribute and become a Fan of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks on Facebook. And please help get the word out to your networks about this campaign to Save Our State Parks & Beaches.
Thanks for your help. Together we can defeat this draconian, short-sighted plan!
Bonny Hawley, Executive Director
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
"Yes, We did!"