parks

Guadalupe reconvenes a parks and rec commission

Aug 22, 2019
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The city of Guadalupe, in northern Santa Barbara County, is bringing back its recreation and parks commission. The commission will allow the city to pursue more state and federal grants to help build, renovate and maintain parks there, and work to resume the city’s overall recreation program.

Guadalupe’s mayor, Ariston Julian, said after the 2008 economic recession began, the city struggled to support a parks and rec commission.

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The park rangers patrolling Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio—located along the Monterey-San Luis Obispo County line—are in danger of losing their jobs.

A total of 14 park employees have been handed the pink slips by the Monterey County Parks Department. Monterey County runs the lakes, including Nacimiento which is physically in San Luis Obispo County. 

The drought has drastically altered the revenue created through boating and camping fees, making supervision of the lakes a financial drain.