Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fight for your Community Alert: Restore Parks Funding

As we have noted previously, the City's Department of Recreation and Parks sees much of it's city charter mandated funding eroded in crippling charge backs to the Parks for things such as DWP services, fees for things provided by the City to parks. This in violation of the City Charter; it's a shell game to balance the City Budget without looking like the City is cutting park funding, which in fact, it is.

Imagine what full funding could do for a park poor community such as Sunland-Tujunga, where many of the problems we've seen at Sunland Recreation Center, for example, such as the skate park issues, the homeless problem, maintenance, lack of programs, etc. could be addressed if the park was receiving the funding it is entitled to.

A motion is coming before the City Council, sponsored by Council Members Herb Wesson, Paul Krekorian and Tom LaBonge that calls for a process for restoring full funding to parks.

A significant part of restoring park funding, is that Park Rangers are made a priority in the funding. These positions have been severely cut over the years, with a dramatic impact on the parks. Park Rangers not only fulfill a unique law enforcement function (one not easily filled by your average LAPD officer) but they also provide educational services to park users in many ways.

Parks advocate Kristin Sabo, who is actively involved with both Griffith Park and Hansen Dam, is calling for more Park Rangers to be part of the budget and is asking that you contact and reach out to Council Members Krekorian, Wesson and Mitch O'Farrell and urge funding for Rangers. Contact information is below:

Paul Krekorian
200 N. Spring St., Room 435
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7002

Mitch O'Farrell
200 N. Spring St., Room 450
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 715-0997

Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
200 N. Spring St., Room 430
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7010

1 comment:

Michael Higby said...

I've sent my email - have you?