"Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Putting Freeze on State Park Closures"

"SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday setting a two-year moratorium on closing state parks in the wake of a scandal in which some parks officials hid surplus funds while facilities were threatened with being shuttered."

"The legislation by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) was in response to the discovery in July that some parks officials had concealed about $54 million in unspent funds even as the governor was proposing to close 70 parks because of a budget shortfall.

'Rogue bureaucrats lied to all of us,' Blumenfield said Tuesday. 'The governor acted swiftly and appropriately to remove them. Now, after signing this bill, we can move forward.'"

Patrick McGreevy reports for the Los Angeles Times September 25, 2012.

Source: LA Times, 09/27/2012