An autonomous and unimpeded audit or People suck in nature, too

Ron would privatize our state parks.

This California Department of Parks and Recreation financial scandal just continues to prove that until robots rule the world, things will continue to suck because people are behind things.

The Sacramento Bee reported July 20 that state parks has been sitting on $54 million in “hidden assets” for at least 12 years…The money was held in two special funds even as the agency undertook painful service reductions and park closures to achieve $22 million in budget cuts…Some of the surplus money could have been used to avoid those cuts, but it was never reported to the Department of Finance, as required by long-standing state fiscal policy.

All the while, of course, we are asked to “Save Our State Parks” you know, because of the budget.

In January 2011, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed budget, which included a reduction of General Fund support for state parks by $11 million for Fiscal Year 2011-12 and a total reduction of $22 million by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2012-2013. The California Legislature passed this $22 million General Fund reduction, imposing these permanent park closures.

So, what does one do? Throw the parks out with the bath water? Can I boycott people?

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7 Responses to An autonomous and unimpeded audit or People suck in nature, too

  1. RonTopofIt says:

    Of course we were told the recycling program was being gutted and that we wouldn’t be able to recycle our bottles and cans for much longer. You know, because no one thought people would actually return their recyclables for cash when this tax, fee, program was concocted.

  2. cogmeyer says:

    The off-road community has been accusing the State Parks & Rec department of diverting monies intended for OHV parks for years.

    One angle from the LA Times is that the OHV money was hidden because the Parks & Rec dept is anti-OHV, and/or because Parks & Recs were trying to limit the legislatures regular practice of “borrowing” from the fund.

  3. RonTopofit says:

    More information about the “special fund” scandal.

    A former California state parks employee says she told state attorneys her department was hiding about $20 million in a special fund several months before officials announced discovering the surplus money, according to a sworn declaration filed in court Tuesday.
    The development is the latest revelation in a budget scandal that has state officials on the defensive and threatens to undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s push for a voter-approved tax increase.

    Yeah, good luck with that, Jerry. We don’t have a problem making money in this state, we have a problem with people sucking and not caring about ethics, morals, and general look out for one another behavior.

  4. cogmeyer says:

    So what will be the catchy lawn-sign slogan that links the parks scandal to a “No” vote on the tax increase?

    Mine: “No more checks for CA Parks & Wrecks”

  5. RonTopofit says:

    Because we couldn’t be more discouraged by the future of people

    The state Department of Parks and Recreation routinely searched for ways to spend extra money each June despite facing the threat of park closures and forgoing upkeep at its 278 properties, based on newly released transcripts from an internal investigation.

  6. RonTopofIt says:

    A step in the right direction.

    California would use $20 million found hidden in a state Department of Parks and Recreation special fund to keep all parks open under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.