Advocacy

California State Parks Foundation is dedicated to advocating for legislation and policy changes to advance our mission of protecting and enhancing the California state parks system. To advance our policy goals, we work with policymakers at the state, federal and local levels. We also encourage our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts.

Citizen Action

CSPF encourages our park partners, members and park supporters throughout California to become engaged in our grassroots advocacy efforts to advance our mission of protecting and enhancing the California state parks system.

Join California State Parks Foundation and advocates from across California for Park Advocacy Day on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Sacramento. Register today!

Learn how to take action for parks, share your park story with state elected officials and policy staff, meet with legislators and more.

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Legislative Agenda

As part of our role in advancing state parks issues for the last decade, CSPF has provided leadership in lobbying the California legislature on relevant bills and budget actions as well as proactively sponsoring legislation. CSPF has sponsored legislation to achieve park protection as well as facilitate fiscal sustainability for the state park system.

In addition to sponsoring legislation, CSPF also maintains regular communication with key policy committee members and provides testimony to legislative hearings and coordinates with other like-minded organizations on policy priorities.

Current Legislative Bills

Assembly Bill 209 (Limón) — AB-209 Parks: environmental education: grant program.

Current Status: Assembly Appropriations
CSPF's Position: Support
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On March 12, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee heard and passed Assembly Bill 209 with strong support. AB 209, which was introduced by Assemblymember Monique Limón this year, works to give more of California’s youth the opportunity to have enriched, meaningful experiences in the outdoors, fostering the future generation of empowered park stewards.

Not all Californians have this opportunity, and those experiencing and visiting state parks don’t reflec the diversity of the entire state. This is especially true for youth – who at a national level spend less time outside than prison inmates, playing freely outside for just four to seven minutes a day on average, according to the recent report The Path Ahead. Additional research shows that children spend half as much time outside today as youth did 20 years ago.

Assembly Bill 209 will now move to the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee.

Senate Bill 45 (Allen) — Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.

Current Status: Senate Appropriations
CSPF's Position: Support
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This bill would enact the Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an amount of $4,300,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects to restore fire damaged areas, reduce wildfire risk, create healthy forest and watersheds, reduce climate impacts on urban areas and vulnerable populations, protect water supply and water quality, protect rivers, lakes, and streams, reduce flood risk, protect fish and wildlife from climate impacts, improve climate resilience of agricultural lands, and protect coastal lands and resources. 

Assembly Bill 426 (Horvath) — State beaches: San Onofre State Beach: report on encroaching state or local agency infrastructure project.

Current Status: Assembly Appropriations
CSPF's Position: Support
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AB 1426 would require the California Department of Parks and Recreation to report to the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee about any proposed state or local agency infrastructure projects that would encroach or interfere with the operation of San Onofre State Beach. 

Background on San Onofre State Beach: 

For almost two decades, the Save San Onofre Coalition has fought to prevent highway infrastructure through San Onofre State Beach, which is one of the top five most-visited state parks in California. The park protects the last remaining undeveloped watershed in southern California, is home to the world-famous Trestles Beach, and houses ten federally-threatened or endangered species. Over the past 15 years our coalition has won many victories to protect this world-class park. In 2008, thousands of activists showed up to the Coastal Commission hearing, defeating the permitting of a 6-lane toll road and fight for park protections. During the hard-fought lawsuit and settlement negotiations, support was received from the California Attorney General and many other agencies and leaders to ensure the park was protected from a toll road.  While the lawsuit was successfully settled and an agreement secured bans Toll Road Developers from building a road through the park, concerns remain about recent statements by local government officials calling for building road construction through San Onofre State Beach and other protected conservation land. Such statements defy the decades-long battle to protect the park and, once again, put San Onofre State Beach at risk.  Assemblymember Tasha Boerner-Horvath introduced AB1426 aiming to shore up protections for San Onofre State Beach.  

Assembly Bill AB 556 (Carrillo) — Outdoor experiences: community access program: grant program.

Current Status: Assembly Appropriations
CSPF's Position: Support
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This bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to develop and implement a community access program focused on engagement programs, technical assistance, or facilities that maximize safe and equitable physical admittance, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities, to natural or cultural resources, community education programs, or recreational amenities. The bill would authorize the Natural Resources Agency to develop a grant program for innovative transportation projects that provide disadvantaged and low-income youth with access to outdoor experiences. 

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