The Trail Companion
Support California Parks and Wildlife in the March 7th Election
Californians will vote for a parks bond act on March 7th
for the first time since 1988 with Proposition 12, the Safe
Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal
Protection Bond Act of 2000. As the state's population
continues to grow-at a rate of 600,000 people a year--the
need to support our parks and environment has become even
more crucial. This bond, similar to those passed by the
voters during the 1970s and 1980s, provides funds for all
the state agencies that protect land and recreational
resources for future generations, and also makes grants to
local agencies that perform the same functions. The bond
act gives greatest emphasis to urbanized areas, including
the Bay Area, providing special funds to heavily urbanized
areas. It includes funds for urban conservation corps,
recreation for at-risk youth, open space protection in fast
growing suburbs, and protection of remaining wildlife areas
in some of our fastest growing counties. Santa Clara County
alone stands to receive over $40 million for parks, trails,
clean air and water.
The California Environmental
Dialogue (CED), a coalition of business and environmental
groups, have identified a need for over $12 billion over
the next ten years to protect and enhance critical natural
resources and agricultural lands. Prop. 12 will serve as a
down payment for that protection.
Another important bond act is
also on the ballot-Proposition 13, the Safe Drinking Water,
Clean Water, Watershed Protection and Flood Protection Act.
This act would fund improvements to California's drinking
water supply, improved flood control measures (including
improved control over development in flood plains),
protection for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and
statewide watershed protection.
More information, including a
breakdown of funding, is available on the Safe Parks website
(Prop. 12); and at the Yes on 13! website.
We urge you to invest in
California's future and vote for Propositions 12 and 13 on
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