California Landscape

Editorial: State parks system needs to be open to new ideas

The system was plagued by financial problems two years ago, to the point where community groups were forced to raise money to keep the gates and doors to state parks and historical areas open.

Things are better now from a financial standpoint, but other than a needed change at the top when Ruth Coleman resigned after revelations about $54 million being hidden in untouched funds during the crisis, not much else has changed. The old system is still doing things the same way it always has.