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Mount Diablo on list of endangered state parks

Original post made on May 30, 2009

Mount Diablo is on the list of 200 state parks to close in Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget-cutting proposal. Beginning June 1, the governor will cut the parks core funding in half and then eliminate all core funding in the next 12 months, according to the California State Parks Foundation.

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Posted by Community courtesy
a resident of another community
on May 30, 2009 at 8:03 am

Dear Dolores,

We have already answered this reality by suggesting our communities surrounding Mt. Diablo buy the state park before Arnold sells it!!

Hal, as a community courtesy

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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 1, 2009 at 8:38 am

This is exactly what the Mexican Drug Cartels have been waiting for. With no law enforcement presence on the mountain, they will move in and plant hundreds of acres of marijuana crops using out of work illegal aliens who are now abundant throughout CoCo County. This will happen across the State Park system. And when the time comes to take the land back, it will be to late as it will involve gun battles, destroyed eco systems, and poisonous trash.

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Posted by Uncle Charlie
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:30 am

Now there's a great idea! Legalize Pot, lease out park land for Hemp farming, employ those braceros, turn this negative to a positive! Yea, I am sure that the cartels are waiting with baited breath, machetes and AK47's to tromp through all that poison oak to grow Marijuana. Hundred's of acres in hemp on the devil's mountain, well, maybe in Marin, Mendocino and Arcata, but not likely on Mt. Diablo. You have to have water to grow Canabus and Mt. Diablo doesn't have that much draw on!

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Posted by Uncle Charlie
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 1, 2009 at 9:41 am

I just went to the California State Parks Foundation's website and perused the list of parks designated for closure and Mt. Diablo is not listed as a candidate for closure on their site. Where is this information available for substantiation?

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Posted by wee willy
a resident of another community
on Jun 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

so Schwarzarobot is trying to get to us by impressing upon us the reality of his overspending, eh? Rather than shut down unneeded programs in Sacramento, he'll choose the scare tactic by shutting down our precious public parks and campgrounds. Nice try Arnie, we'll just hop the fence and carry on.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

The parks are something that everyone can enjoy! During these difficult times it is wonderful to have these beautiful getaways from hectic city life that the whole family can enjoy. It seems like the money that can be saved isn't all that great but I do appreciate that we are in very dire straits financially. Perhaps there is a comprise here. 80% of our state parks being on the block seems unreasonable. Please give this more consideration. Thank you on behalf of all of those who love nature and all of its beauty.

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Posted by
editor of Danville Express
on Jun 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Dear Uncle Charlie,
Here is where you can find the list of state parks on the closure list:

Web Link

Mount Diablo is indeed on the list.

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Posted by alamogal
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Mount Diablo State Park if closed, will still be patrolled by rangers to enforce the closure. Just one of the reasons that closing the parks actually saves very little money. But if it is closed, it's highly unlikely that marijuana will be widely planted as rangers will still be on site.

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