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California State Parks Auditors Report

Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) issued the following statement today in response to the State Auditor’s Report on Parks 2012:

"The Auditor's report confirms my ongoing criticisms and concerns that Parks failed to use the criteria developed by the legislature in 2011 which led to the premature proposal to close 70 state parks.  Further, the Department of Finance transferred money between funds which should have triggered notification to the legislature and the public.”

“To have reaffirmed today that these false reports go back at least twenty one years is disturbing and was entirely avoidable had appropriate oversight been in place. The votes I—and every other member of the legislature—cast in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 budgets were based on flagrant overstatements that were never disclosed to the public, nor the legislature. 

“I reaffirm my commitment to protect and preserve every California State Park.  With this information and the anticipation of the second half of the Auditor’s report due later this year, I will continue my efforts through legislation this year to again mandate satisfactory oversight within the Parks Department.   In the meantime, I will eagerly await the responses from Parks and the Department of Finance following the Auditor’s recommendations.  Lastly, I renew my offer to work directly with the Governor and his newly appointed Director of Parks to ensure the legacy we leave for our state parks is worthy of the beauty, opportunity and grandeur befitting of this Golden State.”

State Senator Noreen Evans represents the Second Senatorial District, including all or portions of the Counties of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma. Senator Evans Chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary and is the outgoing Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.