P&R Weekly
Nov. 26, 2012

Judge denies bid for park Nativity displays
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
There's no room for the baby Jesus, the manger or the wise men this Christmas in a Santa Monica park following a judge's ruling against churches that tried to keep a 60-year Nativity tradition alive after atheists stole the show with anti-God messages. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins rejected a motion from the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee to allow the religious display this season while their lawsuit plays out against the city. Collins said the city was within its constitutional right to eliminate the exemption that had allowed the Nativity at the oceanfront Palisades Park because the change affected all comers — from Christians to Jews to atheists — and provided other avenues for public religious speech.More

Uncertainty prevails on park tax vote
The Californian
It ain't over until Kari Verjil says it is. That's the position Wildomar officials and the chief opponent are taking toward the fate of the city's park tax measure. Verjil, Riverside County's registrar of voters, released an updated vote count from the Nov. 6 election Tuesday night while announcing that 60,000 provisional ballots and 9,000 damaged ballots remain uncounted. The next update is scheduled for the evening of Nov. 23, but she has until Dec. 4 to certify the results.More

Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail in Sonoma County opens to public
The Sonoma County Gazette
A 2.4-mile trail in the Laguna de Santa Rosa opened to the public Friday, Nov. 16, giving hikers, cyclists and equestrians a new route through the unique landscape of Sonoma County's largest freshwater wetland. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail was dedicated at an afternoon ceremony with Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares, Sebastopol Vice Mayor Michael Kyes, and parks and open space representatives.More

Deadline looms for ADA compliance on pool lifts
Athletic Business
Fewer than 75 days remain for aquatic facility operators to become compliant with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding access to public pools and spas. Last May, the U.S. Department of Justice extended the deadline from March 15, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013. For pools less than 300 linear feet in size, the ADA Standard for Accessible Design calls for one means of access, which must be either an ADA-compliant lift or a sloped entry.More

Park service teams, mountain bikers promote safe trail riding in California's Santa Monica Mountains
In response to increased complaints and collisions on local trails, the National Park Service has teamed with the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclist Association to promote safe and courteous riding in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. "We're thrilled that there is great demand for the public to enjoy the beauty and public health benefits of our extensive trail system," said Melanie Turner, law enforcement ranger and mountain bike unit coordinator with Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.More

Having a ball learning to be umpires
Los Angeles Times
Major League Baseball operates the Urban Youth Academy in Los Angeles' Compton neighborhood, where attendees take classes in such subjects as the philosophy of the strike zone and home plate positioning. The officiating school is designed to prepare wannabe umpires for jobs with minor league teams and, eventually, the major league. During the past seven years, however, it's turned out to be even more valuable for local parks and recreation districts, Little League groups and other amateur sports organizations.More

Medi-Cal reimbursement?

Sara Lamnin, Hayward Community Action Network, asks, "Are RT services reimbursable under Medi-Cal?" Please post your answer here.More

Responsibilities of contracted instructors during an emergency/disaster

Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy, asks, "I am looking for any language in contracted instructor contracts/handbooks pertaining to responsibilities of contractors regarding students/participants during a disaster (earthquake, fire or flood in a building, etc.). As city employees, we are mandatory disaster service workers, but we are looking for anything in writing pertaining to contracted instructors obligations to participants in an emergency/disaster. Thanks so much for any assistance." Please post your answer here.More