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The California state parks system was rocked by scandal in 2012 after an investigation uncovered more than $50 million hidden away by the department in special funds, even as it moved to close 70 parks across the state because of budget cuts, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Prompted by the revelation, the Legislature created an independent panel to review park operations.

The Parks Forward Commission released its report last week, recommending that the outdated and underfunded California Department of Parks and Recreation transform its organizational structure, create a nonprofit to raise money for new projects, and increase access for visitors from low-income areas of the state.

For the full story and a link to the commission’s report, click here.