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Alameda’s Crown Beach & Prop. 21

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Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach is one of 278 states parks that stands to benefit from the proposed $18-a-year car tax that’s on the November 2 state ballot.

Today’s tough economic conditions may dampen Proposition 21′s chance of passing, since many voters may feel less than enthusiastic about another yearly state fee.

But if Prop. 21 does pass, visitors will be exempt from the $5 parking charge at the Alameda facility — as well as from $5-$15 charges for parking and using the state’s other 270-plus parks.

The thinking behind the proposition is that this would be a quick fix for the state parks — to the tune of, hopefully, at least $250 million and perhaps as much as $500 million.

Supporters say the parks and some wildlife-conservation areas are badly in need of maintenance and have no dedicated annual funding source.

Some other Alameda County areas that would benefit from Proposition 21 are Emeryville Crescent State Marine Reserve State Park and Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area.

For those who care about California’s parks and wildlife, it’s time to spread the word.

Janet Levaux

  • Ingrid

    “…visitors will be exempt from the $5 parking charge at the Alameda facility — as well as from $5-$15 charges for parking and using the state’s other 270-plus parks.”

    270-plus parks?!? I’ll take that deal. Pays for itself in four visits, or fewer. I’ll stick $1.50 a month into a jar and support the parks.

  • Paul Manley

    I live in Alameda and volunteer for Bay Nature magazine once a week. Here is one way to help the parks. Between now and Nov 2, if you buy a $21.95 subscription to Bay Nature, they will donate $4 to Yes on 21 for CA state parks. Just type in promo code EWK921 at checkout, and we’ll donate. Or call 1 (888) 4-BAYNAT and mention the save-our-parks code WEK921. Click here to subscribe: http://store.baynature.com/Detail.bok?no=7

  • maria

    I’ll probably vote for it, but for the $20K I pay in property taxes each year I kind of wish I could swim in the bay without risk of parasites or at least let my dog swim somewhere on this island without breaking the law.

    while I’m at it, I would really like a free standing gym structure like the one at Santa Monica pier in L.A.

    maybe an “Eye” like the one in London…looking at SF.

  • joel

    TAXES MORE TAXES AND MORE TAXES