SACRAMENTO—As of July 2012, the only fancy mansion you'll be able to visit in Sacramento will be the State Capitol - both the Leland Stanford Mansion and the Governor's Mansion have been chopped out of the Parks and Recreation budget.
"You can't do this according to geography. You have to do this to meet the mission of state parks and what people want in their park system," says State Parks spokesman Roy Stearns.
70 parks in total will be shuttered, from Moss Landing State Beach in Monterey County to Castle Crags near Mount Shasta. Because of the on-going financial crisis in California, the Parks and Recreation budget has to shrink by 11 million dollars this fiscal year and 22 million next fiscal year. Despite shuttering 70 of 278 parks, there won't be any layoffs - because there are 500 vacant positions in the department that will simply be eliminated and those employees at closed parks will be shuffled to open parks.