7.20.2009

Sarcasm From Sea Level...

Way to go California! I'm so proud of you. Okay we're all familiar with sarcasm...

Almost three weeks late(r) California passed it's State budget. There are cuts to school funding, to health care for the poor, continued furlough days for state workers, the expansion of oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast, and the taking of billions of dollars from local governments. Those are just some of the highlights.



What about the State Parks? As per the Associated Press (less than an hour ago) the new budget "cuts about $8 million from state parks, allowing the majority of state parks, beaches and attractions to stay open. Some parks are likely to close, however, based on popularity and use." Certainly better than the originally proposed 80% closure, and with all of the cuts all over the place I consider it a win...as much as there can be in this kind of situation.


Oh yeah, fun fact I left out about the Bulldog 50k course - it goes through an area where the opening and other scenes from M*A*S*H were filmed. There are still a couple of rusted out shells of vehicles up there in the middle of nowhere. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was also filmed up in these mountains. Enough trivial trivia...

4 comments:

Nicole Chan said...

Does this mean will rogers is open still?

Dave Chan said...

Though it was on the chop block, it is still open as of now. Also, I doubt that it would be one to close if the budget really does pass. 20 miles this week on those trails alone...don't take it away from me!

Alaskan Assassin said...

Glad most trails will stay open. I was hoping to run the Bulldog this year but it doesnt look like it will happen.

Love the photo.

Dave Chan said...

Assassin, too bad about Bulldog. Are you still planning on the November PCTR 50k in the Santa Monica's?

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