Hey fellow Incubus fans! I'm sure some of you have heard that CA's governor is circling the idea of closing all CA state parks to help balance the budget for the state. Let's urge our representatives to keep the parks open as they are a huge part of our sate identity as well as beautiful natural areas for citizens and wildlife as well as a source of revenue. Some of these parks are beaches like the ones our best buds from Calabasas grew up surfing on! Here's a message from Environment California. Please take action. Thanks guys.
Is closing 70 state parks a smart solution to our state budget crisis? No.
It was a bad idea two years ago, when Environment California supporters helped stop then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from closing the parks. And it's a bad idea now. That's why we're urging Gov. Brown to reconsider his plan, and why I hope you join us by signing on to our letter.
Why do we think closing our state parks is the wrong way to go? Many reasons:
It's not just that the value of the places we love — including the rugged forest of Portola Redwoods, Candlestick Point and its scenic views of San Francisco Bay, the family-friendly beach at Twin Lakes, and so many others — can't be measured in mere dollars and cents.
It's not just that our state parks have been explored and enjoyed by generations of California families — and it's our responsibility to give the next generation a chance to treasure them, too.
The amazing thing about this debate is that the parks contribute far more to our economy than they cost the state — including an estimated $88 million in direct revenue each year.  Why on earth would we close them down, especially with our economy still struggling?
It just doesn't make sense. That's why we're urging the governor to do the right thing and keep our parks open. I hope you join us by signing our letter today.
And please, forward this email to your family and friends. We need to show the governor as much support for our parks as possible.
PS: California has already cut spending on our state parks to the bone, with the Park Service limited to the same number of employees it had in 1979, even though our parks now receive 10 million more visitors per year.