Last July, the California State Parks department learned that it was sitting on a $20 million surplus. The embarrassing discovery came after the agency had declared that financial woes would force it to close 70 parks. The department got a new director and a two-year moratorium that allowed it to avoid closures. How is the agency faring now? We check the pulse of the parks, and discuss a recent state report which calls for increased outsourcing of some park sites and functions.
Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation
Stuart Drown, executive director of the Little Hoover Commission
Matt Weiser, environment reporter for the Sacramento Bee
Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California
Richard Dale, the Sonoma Ecology Center