More than 400 people showed up at the town hall meeting at the Miners Foundry to protest the closure of Yuba State Park.
It was a (largely) bipartisan effort — ranging from Cliff Newell to Keith Royal to Hank Weston. People from Grass Valley political circles were there too.
Now a petition drive is being launched to protest the planned closures.
“Dear Governor Brown, Please remove the South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins State Parks from the closure list. We urge you to keep our parks open for future generations,” the petition reads.
The goal is to collect 5,000 signatures. The person who collects the most signatures and submits them to the South Yuba River Citizens League will receive a Wild & Scenic Film Festival Weekend Pass (January 13-15, 2012) and The Grant Farm will contribute $250 to the school of your choice for environmental education. For more information contact Miriam Limov (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There were lots of good handouts on the benefits of state parks — not just in our area but throughout the state.
Earlier in the day, Grass Valley students showed up in Sacramento to protest the planned closures, and a report was broadcast on KCRA. Details are here.