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Governor Arnold to Personally Submerge Angel Island



    Governor Arnold to Personally Submerge Angel Island
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    ANGEL ISLAND, CA - DECEMBER 09: A California State Park worker holds a photo of the old pier where boats once arrived at the Angel Island Immigration Station during a media preview December 9, 2008 on Angel Island, in California. A $60 million restoration of the historic Angel Island Immigration Station, better known as "Ellis Island of the West", is near completion after being closed for four years. For the first time ever, the newly restored barracks will be open to the public beginning on February 15, 2009. Between 1910 and 1940, nearly 175,000 Chinese immigrants passed through the immigration station. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


    Closures to California state parks may be coming soon, including to the bay area. But there's still hope! The California State Parks Foundation isn't taking this lying down (on a beach blanket with its shirt off, smeared with suntan lotion).

    It's compiled an excellent clickable map showing all of the proposed closures, with contact info for politicians whom you can nag. Leno, Strickland, and Yee are your points of contact for the closest threatened parklands.

    We hate to admit it, but we've never been to any of these places. Candlestick Point? Thornton? We really need to get out of the city more. And San Buenaventura State Beach is totally unfamiliar to us -- probably because it is hundreds of miles away in Ventura, not Daly City as the map suggests. (They probably meant San Bruno State Park.)

    Meanwhile, SF Weekly poses a valid question: what exactly does "closed" mean? How does one close a grassy field?
    Also! According to some guy on Twitter, every dollar that CA spends on parks brings in an additional $2.35 in taxes. That might be true! Or maybe it isn't! Who knows!

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