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Go Raiders, go state parks

Regular readers of the Blotter might recall my defense of California’s state parks against short-sighted budget cuts that would deprive this state of some of its most valuable natural resources.

So you can imagine how I’m all about local institutions’ efforts to spread the word about the great recreational and educational opportunities the parks provide. To that end, I offer kudos to our very own Oakland Raiders, who’ve teamed up with the California State Parks and the California State Parks Foundation to promote family outdoor recreation during this coming Saturday’s home game against the New England Patriots.

The California State Parks Foundation will be handing out giveaways to the first 5,000 people at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum’s plaza main gate, and the California State Parks will be giving away fleece picnic blankets to the first 375 children visiting the Kid Zone.

“State parks and the Oakland Raiders are already connected through outdoor fitness,” said California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman said in a news release. “By working together to promote the state parks at the December 14th game, we will reach a wider audience and educate Raider fans about the importance of recreation and exercise while promoting state parks use.”

“We are delighted to again collaborate with the California State Parks and the Foundation to promote, and to encourage everyone to enjoy, our State parks and Beaches — a tremendous California resource,” said Oakland Raiders Chief Executive Amy Trask.

This effort came about via the state parks’ Proud Parter Program, which works with businesses to reach out to the more than 70 million people that visit California’s 279 state parks each year.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.