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Bill Would Protect State Parks From Development

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Aired 4/20/09

A San Diego lawmaker has introduced a bill to require legislative approval of any major development proposed in California State Parks. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the proposed law is a response to recent proposals involving state parks in San Diego County.

State Senator Christine Kehoe says the legislation is designed to protect state parks against development.

She says the bill stems from recent proposals to build a toll road in San Onofre State Beach and a powerline in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Kehoe: This was at the suggestion of Bobby Shriver who I heard speak last year at a rally to stop the San Onofre toll road. And he said, "parks should be permanent."

Kehoe says the parks were set aside as preserves and should remain that way.

Kehoe
: Our public parks are everybody's backyard and we need to stop thinking of them as the path of least resistance for public works projects like freeways and transmission lines.

The bill is awaiting a committee hearing.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

 

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