Posted by Another-Day-Another-Press-Conference, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm
> "The state has never closed a state park,
> not even in the Great Depression," Evans said.
> A closed park has higher risks for criminal activity,
> wildfire and possible lawsuits over injuries.
> "It's a false economy," he said.
So if California has never closed a park, how can any of these claims be known to be true? Notice too, the use of the term “higher risks” for criminal activity. Park employees would probably have a different story—since the level of crime has risen in the nation’s parks, because of people/gangs from urban areas have moved into many of these parks in order to traffic in drugs. With no legitimate visitors in closed parks, it’s difficult to understand just how much crime is going to happen—and who would be the victims of this crime—other than people illegally in the closed parks.
As to lawsuits from injuries—who were be injured in a closed park? Certainly Sen. Simitian supports arresting people trespassing on restricted state properties—included closed parks.
Raise the entrance fees so that the people using the parks pay for them, just like everything else in life.
More smoke and mirrors from Joe Simitian.