October 10th, 2011
Clean drinking water is a basic human right. The bills I have signed today will help ensure that every Californian has access to clean and safe sources of water.
California Gov. Jerry Brown in a statement. Brown signed seven bills into law Friday seeking to improve access to clean drinking water in California, particularly for residents in rural and disadvantaged communities.
May 16th, 2011
Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
May 13th, 2011

California officials announce closure of 70 state parks

From The Sacramento Bee: State parks officials today announced the closure of 70 parks because of the state budget deficit, including the governor’s mansion and the Stanford mansion in Sacramento.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget plan proposed reducing the state parks budget by $22 million. The Legislature in March approved $11 million in cuts to state parks and $10 million in cuts to off highway vehicle parks in the next fiscal year, with $22 million in cuts to state parks in future years.

(Photo of South Yuba River State Park, one of the parks being shut down. Photo courtesy of RickC via Flickr)

April 21st, 2011
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