Amid revelations that the California Department of Parks and Recreation, which oversees the state's parks, was allegedly operating with a $54-million surplus, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the parks urged Gov. Jerry Brown to investigate.
The California State Parks Foundation delivered a letter Wednesday urging the governor "to take swift action to achieve resolution to the irregularities being reported," according to a news release.
The letter was also delivered to President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez, said Jerry Emory of CSPF, in the news release.
"Speaking on behalf of park supporters statewide, CSPF voiced dismay that the recent news has undermined the urgency and necessity for citizen support for parks. CSPF offered a four-point framework for near-term proceedings and legislative action," Emory said.
The four points in the letter call for an independent audit, dedication of the money to state park purposes, use of the funds to specifically keep parks open, and establishment of a qualified, independent body to provide transparency and oversight for DPR, Emory said.
The letter, signed by CSPF President Elizabeth Goldstein, is attached to this article in PDF format.
"We at CSPF feel a commitment and duty to all park visitors to ensure that these scandals do not define our state park system,” said Goldstein in the letter. "You, as leaders of our state, have an obligation and an opportunity to restore confidence and rebuild this system for California."