State Park not to reopen?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the State Park may be closed not just through Memorial Day, as we have been told, but may not reopen, due to lack of money to complete the rebuilding of one of the bridges. I have heard NOTHING to support this, other than the budget problems in general, which is really what this article is about. It appears to be using the state park as a way to generate hysteria over the budget problems. The article is here:

 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123431135774170619.html 

but just in case it “disappears” or goes into archive, requiring subscription or other, here is the relevant text of the article (it deals with the state budget crisis in general, so I don’t reproduce the entire article):

California’s Pain Is Only Beginning

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BIG SUR, Calif. — As Sacramento squabbles over the state’s $42 billion deficit, Californians are getting a bitter taste of what’s to come after the steep budget cuts that are inevitable when legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger finally hammer out a deal.

Some world-famous parks like Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park may not open this year. After-school programs in low-income areas are being scuttled, putting high-risk teens on the street just as police forces are being cut. Schools are closing classrooms, and some highway projects have ground to a halt. The state may not be able to monitor some sex offenders as required under law.

A budget deal may restore some of the missing funds. But everyone knows that not all monies will flow again after a deal, and Californians increasingly fear they are seeing a hint of their future.

Jim Carlton/The Wall Street Journal

A state parks superintendent inspects the site of an unfinished bridge (below) at California’s Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The world-renowned park on the Central California coast may not open this summer because funds to complete the new bridge to a large campground have been frozen.

A state parks superintendent inspects the site of an unfinished bridge at California's Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The world-renowned park on the Central California coast may not open this summer because funds to complete a new bridge to a large campground have been frozen amid talks by California lawmakers to resolve a $42 billion budget deficit.

A state parks superintendent inspects the site of an unfinished bridge at California's Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The world-renowned park on the Central California coast may not open this summer because funds to complete a new bridge to a large campground have been frozen amid talks by California lawmakers to resolve a $42 billion budget deficit.

Jim Carlton/The Wall Street Journal

Concrete buttresses have been built for a bridge crossing the Big Sur River to a campground on the other side, but work to finish the bridge itself was still underway when the project ground to a halt a few weeks ago.

Concrete buttresses have been built for a bridge crossing the Big Sur River to a campground on the other side, but work to finish the bridge itself was still underway when the project ground to a halt a few weeks ago.

“Before it gets better, it’s going to get a lot worse,” said Joseph Valentine, director of Contra Costa County’s Department of Employment and Human Services. The department, which administers social services such as food stamps, has cut 12%, or $25 million, of its budget. It has managers answering reception-desk phones, and Mr. Valentine expects another round of cuts.

The empty coffers have hit some California icons. Pfeiffer Big Sur may not reopen this summer because work on a new bridge to the campground was halted, part of a $6 million renovation project that state officials have ordered frozen along with hundreds of millions of dollars in other state infrastructure projects.”

G’Day, 2/10/09

Snow still evident out my bedroom window, but appears limited to shady and north-facing areas. Sun is bright, but it is very cold. NOAA’s forecast discussion for the next 7 days very interesting, with a number of storms lined up, and snow levels on some dropping in elevation. Looks like I’ll be snowed in at least once or twice again. I KNEW I should have bought those snow chains!!

Today’s a day when I run to Cambria to stock up on gas for the generator, dog food, and general supplies for myself. Maybe pick up some new reading material while I’m at it. 

Tonight’s storm is predicted to be much like Sunday night’s, which means more snow up here in the higher elevations. Thursday night’s storm is predicted to drop snow levels to 2500 ft. Friday through Sunday is very unsettled, and then Monday night, increasing chance of lowering snow levels. Will definitely be an interesting period. 

Chew’s Ridge is reporting 22 degrees right now. I can’t be much warmer. Brrr…

From NOAA’s hazardous weather outlook:

THE STORM ON FRIDAY WILL BRING RAIN...LOW SNOW LEVELS AND LOCALLY
STRONG WINDS WITH THE UNSETTLED WEATHER CONTINUING AT LEAST INTO
SATURDAY.

PERSONS THROUGHOUT THE BAY AREA SHOULD PREPARE FOR INCLEMENT
WEATHER INCLUDING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN WITH LOW SNOW LEVELS. IN
ADDITION PEOPLE HEADING TO THE MOUNTAINS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND
SHOULD EXPECT SEVERE WINTER WEATHER DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PEOPLE LIVING IN AND NEAR THE BURN SCARS SHOULD MONITOR THE
FORECASTS CLOSELY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.