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What does it mean to you to serve on the CPRS State Board?
Nick Calubaquib, Recreation Manager, City of Morgan Hill

"After serving as a district president, I was asked to consider running for a State Board position. At the time, I was under the misconception that there was an unspoken rule that only late career professionals with a Director title (or close to it) could be considered viable candidates for state office. Being a younger professional, I laughed off the idea of running and told myself, "Maybe in 20 years." After speaking with current board members, I quickly realized that just like our district and section boards, the state board welcomes and needs the involvement of professionals with varying areas of expertise and levels of experience in order to successfully represent the broad spectrum of CPRS members. My thoughts quickly shifted to "why not now?" I knew that I had the desire to continue to serve CPRS and give back to the profession, so what better time was there than right now. Two years later, I have no regrets and have gained experiences, knowledge, professional networks and personal friendships that have made me a better professional and individual and that I will carry with me for the rest of my career in this wonderful profession. If you have ever thought about running for a state board position, I challenge you to ask yourself, 'Why not now?'"

If you have an interest in serving on the CPRS State Board of Directors for 2013-2015 Board, please visit click here to read the complete job description of the board positions, the "Invitation to Join the Board of Directors Sheet" that gives some information/requirements and to access the 2013 Board Interest Form. Also, please feel free to contact Mark Mariscal, CPRS vice president, regarding any interest you or another potential candidate may have, 310/548-7643.


  • Sept. 12, CPRS Region 4 Mini Conference, click here for flier
  • Sept. 14, CPRS District 1 Annual Golf Tournament click here for flier
  • Sept. 14, CPRS District 2 Equipment & Expo Show, click here for flier
  • Sept. 18 at 2:15 p.m., CPRS Cool Tool Tuesday Webinar "Positioning Youth Sports Administrators as Professionals," click here to register
  • Sept. 19, CPRS District 9 Golf Tournament, click here for flier
  • Sept. 24-26, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for registration form
  • Oct. 2, CPRS District 3 Fall Institute
  • Oct. 2 at 2:15 p.m., CPRS Cool Tool Tuesday Webinar "What's Happening on Your Fields," click here to register
  • Oct. 14-16, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here for registration form
  • Oct. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m., CPRS No-Host NRPA Congress "Meet Up" at the Territorial Saloon Sports Bar, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
  • Oct. 24-26, CPRS Aquatics Section California Aquatic Management School, click here for brochure
  • Nov. 2, CPRS District 4 2012 Bay Area Institute
  • Nov. 5-9, CPRS Save the Date! Administrators Section Financial Sustainability Workshops
  • Nov. 7-9, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • Nov. 12-16, CPRS Maintenance Management School, click here to register
  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, early-bird registration now open


    Influenced by scandal, state parks legislation lands on governor's desk
    KQED-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Now that we're all back from Labor Day weekend and nursing sunburns, this seems like a good time to review two key bills related to the future of state parks: AB 1589 and AB 1478. Bear in mind everything parks-related moving through Sacramento now references the summer scandal that exploded when the Sacramento Bee reported that the Parks Department kept millions of dollars off the books when they filed annual reports with the Department of Finance, giving the impression a big deficit existed when that was not actually the case. More

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    Bill devotes $20 million in hidden funds to state parks
    The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California would use $20 million found hidden in a state Department of Parks and Recreation special fund to keep all parks open under a bill approved by the state Senate. AB1478 also imposes a two-year moratorium on any parks closures. Senators passed the bill, 25-12, in response to a scandal in the parks department and sent it back to the Assembly for a final vote. More

    California lawmakers advance 2-year moratorium on park closures
    Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the fallout from the state parks funding scandal, the California Senate approved a two-year moratorium on park closures and allocated $30 million in surplus funds to keep facilities operating, one-third of which would match private donations targeting specific parks. The bill was introduced after parks officials admitted in July that some agency employees had stashed away $54 million even as the agency was cutting services and threatening to close parks. More

    CDC: Yosemite virus — 10,000 at risk of hantavirus from park tent cabins
    Reuters via The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at Yosemite National Park this summer may be at risk for the deadly rodent-borne hantavirus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC urged lab testing of patients who exhibit symptoms consistent with the lung disease, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, after a stay at the California park between June and August and recommended that doctors notify state health departments when it is found. More

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    Monterey Park applies for grant to build dog park
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The city's dogs could have an open space to call their own as early as next year, officials said, after the council approved a staff application for a state grant to build a dog park. Officials said they hope to get the $100,000 they estimate they'll need for the project from a California Department of Parks and Recreation matching grant they plan to apply for by November. More

    Numbers on hidden funds in California parks' controversy still murky
    The Sacramento Bee via McClatchy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The amount of money hidden by California state parks officials in one of two special funds has suddenly become unclear, preventing the Legislature from spending the money to repair and reopen parks. A dedicated pot of money known as the Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund holds the majority of the "hidden assets" that officials at the state Department of Parks and Recreation kept off the books when they filed annual reports with the Department of Finance. More

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    Struggle, gold digging, and cannibalism: The story of California state parks
    SF Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Have you ever wondered why Yosemite is a national park? Arguably the most glorious — and indisputably the most visited — in California, Yosemite was once under the state's dominion. It seems bad management has plagued this great state from the beginning, and even John Muir and the Sierra club could not stop the overgrazing of meadows and logging of Giant Sequoia. More

    Parks documentary 'California Forever' to air
    Calaveras Enterprise News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A documentary film about California state parks made by an Arnold couple, will soon air across the nation on prime time television. Many Calaveras County residents were first introduced to David Vassar and Sally Kaplan at the premiere of their latest film "California Forever" held at Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees State Park last February. More

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    California opens Los Angeles River for recreation, education
    KPCC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that expands public access to sections of the Los Angeles River. The measure requires Los Angeles County Flood Control to open the river gates for education and recreation. The agency will decide when and where doing so won't interfere with water conservation and flood control. More

    Families rely on parks and recreation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For the last couple years, purple and teal banners have declared Long Beach Parks and Recreation "Best in the Nation." As recently as May 23, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine was recognized for having the 19th best citywide park system among the 40 largest U.S. cities. In spite of these accolades, city leaders are poised to cut Parks and Recreation services, including its no-cost youth and adult sports programs in neighborhoods where they are deemed unnecessary. More


    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Develop a guide sheet for all programmers to help them write program descriptions and flyers which incorporate key messages from Parks Make Life Better!®

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams,

    The CPRS Forums are the place for members to exchange ideas and to ask questions. The forums area currently has 200-plus threads. The value of forums increases when you share your knowledge and resources. Increase the value of your membership by answering or posting a question in the forums. Visit CPRS Forums. You can also pose your own question.

    Recreation Therapy Scavenger Hunt
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    The Recreation Therapy Section is having a scavenger hunt. Find information about the first item here: More

    Pen and Shovel
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    Read the development and operations blog "Pen and Shovel" about the hedging of shrubs. More

    Master Plan RFP Request
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    The City of Manhattan Beach has embarked on a parks master planning effort in recognition of the need to plan and develop a prioritized improvement program for all city parks to ensure the long-term reliability and ongoing service of the park facilities. The focus of the Master Plan is to identify and evaluate the existing park facilities and their condition and operation. The primary by-product of this effort is the identification and projection of the park facilities requirements, the development of a prioritized improvement program, and the assessment of the capital costs to complete these improvements. This will provide the City with the necessary information to make informed management decisions regarding an appropriate long-term improvement plan for city parks.
    RFP park master plan examples can be sent directly to Idris Al-Oboudi,


    Scholarships for CPRS Student Members — Apply Now!
    Applications are being accepted for California Foundation for Parks and Recreation scholarships. Approximately 20 scholarships will be awarded to junior, senior and graduate level students majoring in recreation, parks and leisure studies. Click here to download the 2012 form.


    Join Other Agencies for the Maintenance Management School Regents
    OC Parks, Cities of Carson, Santa Clarita and Ontario are registered, as well as the Cities of San Jose, Rocklin, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, Clovis, Corona, Redding, Counties of Santa Clara, Riverside, Contra Costa, and Special Districts from Orangevale, and Rio Linda-Elverta. Best price registration deadline is Sept. 25 for the 2012 Maintenance School.

    Cool Tool Tuesdays! CPRS and NAYS webinars
    Join us Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 for a webinar series on "Positioning Youth Sports Administrators as Professionals" and "What's Happening on Your Fields." Click here to learn more.

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