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For immediate release
June 1, 2012

Jerry Emory
(415) 262-4414
Joe Molica
PG&E External Communications

Volunteers Clean Up Candlestick Point Community Garden to Reverse the Destruction Caused by Vandals Last Month



Partners of the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF), including Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), Virgin America and Oracle, will participate in a cleanup day at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area’s Community Garden on Saturday, June 2. Last month, vandals broke into the community garden and destroyed more than $18,000 worth of native plants and equipment. Volunteers will be replanting native plants, fixing community garden boxes and working to remove the old fencing around the garden. PG&E has provided the additional funding of $15,000 to build a secure perimeter fence around the garden to help keep something like this from happening again.


Volunteers, employees from PG&E, Virgin America and Oracle, families and kids, state park rangers.
All available for interviews.   


Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - noon    
Welcome and brief remarks by CSPF, LEJ and PG&E representatives at 9:00 a.m.


Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (Community Garden), 1150 Carroll Avenue, San Francisco

Onsite contacts:  
          Cecille Caterson, CSPF, 415-686-3155
          Patrick Rump, LEJ, 415-574-5103    
          Francis Mendoza, LEJ, 510-780-6926
          Joe Molica, PG&E, 415-973-5930 


The community garden at Candlestick is a valuable resource, but last month vandals broke into the garden and destroyed thousands of native plants, including some that had been growing for years. The plants were slated to be planted in nearby Yosemite Slough in order to help restore the sensitive wetlands. The vandals also destroyed gardening tools used by volunteer groups. The damage reversed much of the work completed at an Earth Day cleanup on April 14. PG&E has donated funds for a new fence to be built around the garden to secure the garden and help prevent further vandalism.

With park closures and continued budget cuts looming for state parks, volunteers are more important than ever to keep the parks clean and safe for all to enjoy.    

About CSPF
With its 130,000 members, the California State Parks Foundation is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. For more information, visit