Gina's experience is from Southern California where State Parks are very over crowded and over used - there are over 30 million people in LA & Orange counties. My experience is mostly along the California Central Coast - Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo counties. The upkeep is much different.
The article is listing these State Parks for closure in our area, all of which make money:
Chumash Painted Cave SHP
El Capitan SB
Emma Wood SB
La Purisima Mission SHP
Point Sal SB
San Buenaventura SB
Estero Bluffs SP
Hearst San Simeon SP
Los Osos Oaks SNR
Montana de Oro SP
Morro Bay SP
Morro Strand SB
William Randolph Hearst Memorial SB
</blockquote>The ones with SB are State Beaches. My guess they are 100% booked through the summer. The ones with SP are mostly State Parks along the beach like Morro Bay SP and are also 100% booked.
La Purisima Mission is one of the California Missions and is the only working one. The volunteers do all the chores as they were done when the Mission was active - making soap, gardening, black smith, etc. It is heavily used by all the 4th grade school classes in the area. It brings in hundreds of thousands of tourist dollars to the area as does William Randolph Hearst Castle. People wanting to visit these need a place to camp.
Californians just voted down in the Special Election all the the tax raises. They want the govenor and legislature to reduce spending. So the governor is hiting the people where it hurts the most, like school teachers, police, firemen, state parks (camping) not other programs that many of my friends think should be cut like protecting the red legged frog to the tune of millions of dollars and others.
My logic says, "follow the money". These cuts will cause the people of California to vote YES
for the Tax Hikes.