Two New Laws Spur California State Parks Transformation Team Efforts

Legislation that will accelerate efforts to implement the recommendations of the Parks Forward Commission was signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.


Parks Director Lisa Mangat celebrated the enactment of the legislation with the bill’s sponsors and parks supporters at a ceremony at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Outlook. She said the new laws will help Parks work with partners to “broaden our impact for more resources and services.”

The new laws are:

  • Senate Bill 204 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) will improve partnership efforts. The new law allows park partners to provide programming beyond interpretation and education programs. In addition, it allows the funds they collect to be spent on programs within the park unit.
  • Senate Bill 540 by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) which clarifies the department’s authority to enter into agreements with groups to accept money and services for restoration, repair, development and improvements in parks. It also increases the gross revenue threshold of concession contracts requiring Legislative approval from $500,000 to $1 million.

The laws will be among the topics of discussion at a meeting of the Parks Forward Commission on October 21st at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. At this meeting, the Commission will review the implementation of its recommendations.

Department Director Lisa Mangat will update the Commission on the Transformation Teams’ efforts. There also will be an opportunity for public comment. The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

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