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Mount Diablo observation deck another victim of state budget woes

Original post made on Aug 26, 2011

On a clear day, it's said that one can see 200 miles -- as far away as Yosemite National Park -- from the observation deck at Diablo State Park. If one can get to the observation deck, that is. It's been closed for a year now, another victim of the state's budget crisis.

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Comments (6)

Posted by John DeAngelo
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 26, 2011 at 6:30 am

If our national priorities were right, we would put people to work on our once enviable park system and infrastructure rather than funding wars and subsidizing big oil and agra-industries. This country has lost its "greatness" compass.

Posted by rowlena
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 26, 2011 at 6:33 am

if all thise who can afford it in this rich rich area gave $500 to 1k we could fix and open the observation deck and fix the beacan so fast..alas its new cars and electonics which go obsolete when the new model comes out faster then the new facelift sags...oh well ...carry on ..

Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

Thank you Editor,

Per my request to Dolores, I wanted to engage media in a funding program that would specifically repair and maintain this building and its beacon. Please publish the SMD funding address and how SMD might create a dedicated fund for contributions and at-cost construction services.

Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

What is the fully loaded salary of a Mount Diablo Park Ranger?
Who can tell me?....

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I think a more relevant question to ask JRM is how many park rangers there are today, or will be in the near future, compared to how many there were in 2008. I get your gist; that they get quite a good salary and benefits, but some of that depends on how long they've worked and what level they are at.
People making a decent living wage is NOT what is wrong with our country. Just try to answer the question that Mr. DeAngelo put forth, since that's the one we should be asking.

Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2011 at 9:23 am

Dear Editor,

Here is the response to my previous request:

There is clear precedent for the establishment of dedicated funds to complete many types of work within the State Parks and specifically at Mount Diablo. The Mount Diablo Interpretive Association is the State sanctioned cooperative association for Mount Diablo State Park and is able to collect donations and direct 100% of the funds collected to the state park. As an all volunteer non profit organization, donors receive all allowable tax incentives and the Association works with the park superintendant to direct those donations to specific projects. We have done this over time on many projects at Mount Diablo including the establishment of the visitors center at Mitchell Canyon near Clayton and the recent renovation of the summit visitors center. If any individual or group would like to work on a public fund raising campaign for the summit deck repair, MDIA has all of the financial mechanisms available to help this happen. We are also able to work with closely with Save Mount Diablo who also has a broad reach into fundraising opportunities.

President MDIA

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