WHO: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
WHAT: State Parks Department attorneys warned that if California moves ahead with the governor’s plan to save $14 million from the $24 billion deficit by closing as many as 100 state parks, taxpayers could be liable for breach of contract in 188 agreements with private concession companies — like restaurants, boat rentals and gift shops — that generated $89 million in gross sales last year.
MORE LAWSUIT POSSIBILITIES: Trespassers who enter closed parks and get injured or start fires could sue California for allowing “dangerous conditions.” The state also could be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Coastal Act.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: “Often we think we are saving money when in fact we are creating new costs and unintended consequences,” said Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, chairman of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. He will hold a hearing on the park closures Tuesday.