CALIFORNIA — An editorial in The Tribune agrees with a Little Hoover Commission report that says perhaps the only way — to deal with park system underfunding is to enter into partnership agreements with private concessionaires, nonprofits or local or county governments. The newspaper points out that in the late 1970s, the general fund covered 91 percent of its expenses; this year, it’s covering just 22 percent of operating costs.
However, The Tribune editorial says, “We strongly believe that the state has the primary responsibility for managing and maintaining its public lands and historic sites, … And we don’t want to see the state shirk its duty by transferring that responsibility to other government agencies or nonprofits that may be in no better financial position to operate parks.
To read the complete report in The Tribune, click here.
To read a related editorial in The Sacramento Bee that’s focused on restoring trust, click here.
To read a related editorial in The Modesto Bee about sustaining the park system sustainable, click here.