Advocacy - Making a Case for Parks & Recreation

CPRS believes there should be public investment in parks, open space and recreation to achieve positive environmental, economic, and health outcomes for all Californians.  This investment can be financial; thru local, regional or state policies; or via regulations or laws.

CPRS Legislative Priorities:

  • Support efforts to provide funding for the rehabilitation, development and capital improvements for local and state park improvements in order to enhance the active and passive recreational infrastructures in the state.
  • Support the enactment of policies and encourage state funding opportunities to assist agencies in meeting sustainability objectives including energy and water efficiencies, active transportation enhancements, connecitvity and mobility improvements and carbon sequestration through natural landscape management and protection.
  • Oppose legislation that has a negative impact on the administraiton of park and recreation services and resource management including the sale of park lands and open space, relaxations of park dedication fee requirements and the imposition of regulatory or statutory requirements that provide no added protections or benefit to California's recreational consumer.
  • Support access opportunities for all Californians to physical activity, proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle options through the promotion of active transportation, complete street implementation, healthy foods, youth programming and maximizing the usage of green space in urban/suburban and rural settings for personal enjoyment. 
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At 1:58am Saturday, September 16, the Senate took up, and passed, SB 5 on concurrence from the Assembly.  This means that the measure will be transmitted to the Governor for signature within the next 30 days. 

Thank you to those who took the time to write letters and call their legislators, and especially to those who encouraged their community to do the same.  YOU made the difference in getting SB5 to the Governor's desk! 

For next steps, everyone should write and request the Governor sign this measure.  You can submit those letters at any time next week, but please do not delay longer than that.  Submit letters online here!

This isn't the end.  We will need to now refocus our energy on the passage of a ballot initiative.  Stay tuned as we learn more and develop a plan.  Should you have ideas or suggestions, please share.  

Next Steps for SB5:

  • Governor Brown's desk for signing
  • Statewide ballot in June 2018 - passage is a simple majority of the people

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, feel free to contact any one of us:

Doug Houston, CPRS Advocate, Houston Magnani
Pilar Alcivar-McCoy, CPRS Legislative Committee Chair
Stephanie Stephens, CPRS Executive Director

SB5 Text
Funding Allocation Chart

 PS – if you are so inclined, a quick Thank You call, email or note to Assemblymember and HUGE park supporter Eduardo Garcia would be highly appropriate.  If it were not for he and his team, we would not have the $215 million per capita program included in this bill at all.  Please take a moment to say thanks

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