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Activists Raise Money for Nature Center

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Aired 4/19/09

Community activists in the South Bay say they've raised enough money to keep the Chula Vista Nature Center open for six more months. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The Chula Vista Nature Center is home to an endangered bird known as the light-footed clapper rail. Bald eagles, turtles and sharks also call the center home.

But now the facility itself is on the brink of extinction. City officials recommend closing the facility because Chula Vista is facing a $20 million budget deficit.

Community activists responded by launching a three-day fundraising effort this week which netted close to $400,000. Stephanie Kingston says the community is refusing to let the center close.

Kingston: The community gave up dollars dimes anything, in this tough economic time, during the holiday season, in a recession, and showed elected officials their commitment to the nature center.

The Chula Vista City Council is expected to decide next week whether to keep the center open using the money raised.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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