Friday, May 29, 2009

Save Our Beaches!

This isn't a vinyl thing... but this sunset is music to my eyeballs.

Just weeks ago at the polling stations, voters shot down Gov. Schwarzeneggar's proposed tax increases. Now his budget efforts have focused on cutting funding for California's state parks and beaches.

The new proposal threatens to close all but 59 of the state's 279 state parks! Among those slated for closure are landmark spots like Pt. Mugu, Torrey Pines, El Cap, McGrath, Refugio, Carpinteria, even Half Moon Bay and more than 200 others! The plan would be devastating to surfers, campers, cyclists, hikers, conservationists... anyone who enjoys California's natural awesomeness; but it would also hit local economies real hard, taking away the revenue that comes with the many park visitors... in effect worsening the very budget problems it purports to solve.

It's time to take a stand for our beaches and parks. The Surfrider Foundation has put together an easy form letter that you can send right from their site:

We need your help to take action TODAY and tell the Governor and your state legislators that gutting funding to state parks is unacceptable.

Next Tuesday, June 2, the Legislature's Budget Conference Committee will consider this proposal. State park and coastal advocates need to make their voices heard RIGHT NOW. Your contact to your legislators is critical.

Submit yours now and urge your friends to do the same.

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