parks http://kvpr.org en Study Links Access to Parks to Teenage Exercise Habits http://kvpr.org/post/study-links-access-parks-teenage-exercise-habits <p></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new <a href="http://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/publications/search/pages/detail.aspx?PubID=1189">study</a> from the UCLA Center For Health Policy Research shows that teenagers who live near parks and open space areas are more physically active than those who don't.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The study also shows that low income teens use parks less, citing safety concerns. Low income teens were also less likely to be active for at least one hour a day.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:20:08 +0000 Joe Moore 12893 at http://kvpr.org Study Links Access to Parks to Teenage Exercise Habits Oil Severance Tax Proposed; Would Fund CA Parks, Higher Ed http://kvpr.org/post/oil-severance-tax-proposed-would-fund-ca-parks-higher-ed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Democratic lawmakers are calling for a new tax on oil removed from the ground in California – with the money going toward state parks and higher education.</p><p>Senator Noreen Evans is one of the bill’s co-authors.&nbsp; She says the revenue would fill two of the state’s most critical funding needs.&nbsp; And she says California is the only oil-producing state in the nation without an oil severance tax.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:13:45 +0000 Ben Adler 10723 at http://kvpr.org Oil Severance Tax Proposed; Would Fund CA Parks, Higher Ed State Parks Investigation Shows Intentional Hiding of Funds http://kvpr.org/post/state-parks-investigation-shows-intentional-hiding-funds <p></p><p>The California Attorney General’s office has released its investigation into the funding surplus at the state Parks Department.</p><p>As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it shows that only part of the $54 million dollars found in two funds were intentionally hidden from the Department of Finance.</p><p>The audit shows senior management at the parks department intentionally underreported as much as 20 million dollars beginning in 1996. It found that $34 million concealed in one fund was unintentional. But it’s a different story for the State Parks and Recreation Fund.</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 23:27:42 +0000 Amy Quinton 8998 at http://kvpr.org State Parks Investigation Shows Intentional Hiding of Funds California Lawmakers Pass Bill Designed to Prevent Another Parks Scandal http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-designed-prevent-another-parks-scandal <p>California lawmakers have approved a bill designed to improve the state’s accounting practices in hopes of avoiding the kind of scandal that happened with the parks department.</p><p>In July, an unreported surplus of $54 million was discovered in two special funds accounts in the parks department. A later audit found accounting discrepancies in other state special funds.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:32:34 +0000 Amy Quinton 3172 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Pass Bill Designed to Prevent Another Parks Scandal California Lawmakers Hold First Special Funds Hearing http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-hold-first-special-funds-hearing <p>The Chair of a California Assembly committee looking into the state&rsquo;s special funds accounts called the parks department scandal &ldquo;shameful&rdquo; today. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, lawmakers asked finance officials for assurances that there are no more hidden assets.</p><p>At issue is how $54 million in surplus Parks department funds could remain hidden for 12 years. An audit last week also found discrepancies in other state special funds accounts. Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield chairs the oversight committee.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:25:05 +0000 Amy Quinton 1961 at http://kvpr.org California's Senate Democratic Leader Responds to Park Scandal and Pay Raises http://kvpr.org/post/californias-senate-democratic-leader-responds-park-scandal-and-pay-raises <p>California&rsquo;s Senate President Pro Tem is responding to criticisms of legislative pay raises and the hidden assets found at the parks department. The issues are giving ammunition to opponents of Governor Jerry Brown&rsquo;s tax initiative.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:47:56 +0000 Amy Quinton 1790 at http://kvpr.org Audit of State's Hidden Surplus Money Due Next Week http://kvpr.org/post/audit-states-hidden-surplus-money-due-next-week <p>We should learn next week whether there’s any more hidden surplus money in California state special funds. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the Finance Department plans to release its audit of those accounts after 54 million dollars in surplus money was found in two parks funds.</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 01:30:51 +0000 Amy Quinton 1275 at http://kvpr.org Audit of State's Hidden Surplus Money Due Next Week California Governor Downplays Parks Scandal http://kvpr.org/post/california-governor-downplays-parks-scandal <p>California Governor Jerry Brown is downplaying the state parks scandal in his first public statement on the issue. </p> <p>Last week, the Brown administration revealed that the Parks department had failed to report 54 million dollars in two funds for the last 12 years. State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned as a result.</p> <p>But the governor says it’s better to find money than to discover money missing.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 01:23:06 +0000 Amy Quinton 1291 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Valley Environment Study, State Parks, Fresno Zoo http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-valley-environment-study-state-parks-fresno-zoo <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk with the UC&nbsp;Merced scientist behind a new study of the Valley&#39;s environment, and find out where we&#39;re making progress and where we&#39;re still falling behind in cleaning up our air and water. We also examine the fiasco involving the State of California&#39;s Department of Parks and Recreation, which last week discovered over $50 million in an account that had gone unreported for a decade, all happening at the same time that many parks have been threatened by closure. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:05:05 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 884 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Valley Environment Study, State Parks, Fresno Zoo Future of Mariposa Museum Still In Doubt http://kvpr.org/post/future-mariposa-museum-still-doubt <p>California's State Mining and Mineral Museum was supposed to close by July 1, as part of the state's planned closure of some 70 state parks. Nearly one month into the new fiscal year, it remains open, but it's future is far from certain. Valley Public Radio's traveled to the Gold Country to bring us this report.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:00:05 +0000 Joe Moore 777 at http://kvpr.org Future of Mariposa Museum Still In Doubt California Parks Director Resigns Admid Scandal http://kvpr.org/post/california-parks-director-resigns-admid-scandal <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has accepted the resignation of state Parks Director Ruth Coleman after learning the department underreported tens of millions of dollars for at least 12 years.</p><p>A preliminary investigation revealed that the State Parks and Recreation Fund and the Off Highway Vehicle Fund held a total of 54 million dollars more than what was reported.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:32:23 +0000 Amy Quinton 694 at http://kvpr.org Community Rallies as State Park Faces Threat of Closure http://kvpr.org/post/community-rallies-state-park-faces-threat-closure <p>Many of California&rsquo;s state parks were saved from closing this year thanks to operating agreements with nonprofits and private organizations. &nbsp;Others are on the rocks &ndash; or narrowly avoided closure, like Benicia State Recreation Area, which we heard about yesterday. &nbsp;But one state park in Nevada County offers quite a different story. As Amy Quinton reports in the second of our two-part series, the entire community pulled together to save South Yuba River State Park.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:31:28 +0000 Amy Quinton 609 at http://kvpr.org State Park Scrambles as It Faces Two Week Deadline http://kvpr.org/post/state-park-scrambles-it-faces-two-week-deadline <p>It&#39;s been a rollercoaster ride for California state parks. A year ago, the Department of Parks and Recreation selected 70 parks to close on July 1st as a result of budget cuts. But operating agreements with private partners have kept 40 of the parks open.</p><p>Now it appears all but a handful will stay open, but nobody knows for how long. In the first of a two-part series looking at the state of California&#39;s state parks reporter Kathleen Masterson visited one still struggling to stay open.</p><p>-------</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:44:16 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 471 at http://kvpr.org State Park Scrambles as It Faces Two Week Deadline On Valley Edition: Learn2Earn; Parks; Fresno Film Festival http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-learn2earn-parks-fresno-film-festival-0 <p>This week on Valley Edition, we talk about the new program called Learn2Earn, the future of parks programs in the cities of Fresno and Bakersfield in an era of tight budgets, and learn about the upcoming Fresno Film Festival.</p><p><strong>Valley Edition for April 24, 2012:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:06:03 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 1147 at http://kvpr.org On Quality of Life: State and National Parks http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-state-and-national-parks <p><strong>Part I: National Parks </strong>- Central California&#39;s National Parks are known worldwide and attract millions of visitors each year. In 2010, over 4 million people visited Yosemite National Park, just short of breaking the park&#39;s all-time record. But those visitors bring big city problems with them, from traffic jams, to pollution and safety concerns. This week on Quality of Life, we examine the difficult task of balancing public access with preservation of natural resources, in Yosemite and beyond. Wed, 25 May 2011 01:25:18 +0000 Joe Moore 1220 at http://kvpr.org