Vincent Farnsworth 4:30 p.m., March 15
Group Protests Governor's Plan To Cut San Diego Lifeguards
In his 2008-2009 budget, Governor Schwarzenegger proposes to cut lifeguard service in five San Diego County locations, the Silver Strand, Carlsbad, South Carlsbad, San Elijo, and Cardiff state beaches. He also proposes to close 48 state park, historic, and recreation facilities, including the Salton Sea recreation area. Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation, says the elimination of lifeguards is "a dangerous proposal." Of the governor's overall effort, she says, "Never before have so many parks, and such a diversity of state parks, state historic parks, state recreation areas, and state beaches been placed on the chopping block." The group promises a fight.