California Association of Recreation and Park Districts
Glass Half Full
Spring has sprung and it looks as if there is calm and tranquility in Sacramento and throughout the Golden State. Ah but let us not be lured into that self comfort. Remember the good old days of ERAF, spiraling out of control budgets, impeachments, and all kinds of bad news surrounding the elected leadership of our great State. Sure would be nice if for at least a few months Californians remember we are fortunate to live is such a diverse, progressive, and awesome environment, some would say the best place on the planet. Let’s exhibit our great recreation opportunities, mention the numerous higher institutions of learning, highlight the intercity and rural programs helping our young people, a food supplier second to none, a gigantic transportation system moving more today than anywhere on the planet, cutting edge businesses with new technology and products, and a feeling that our financial house has a chance to be in order; yes it is time to say our glass is at least half full. The real test will be perpetuating this ideal.
Special Districts have been a large part of California’s government for a number of years. Developed to provide the residents of our State with better service and more focus on special needs such as parks and recreation, water, bugs, fire, etc. Part of the success story of governance in California is a result of these special districts; so congratulations to the special districts of California in keeping that glass filled. It was interesting to note that the State budget experts have now predicted a billion dollars in surplus by 2016, my how it seems history repeats itself. As for Park and Rec Special Districts, remember to let your elected State Reps know about us, and how we maintained our budgets! IT’S IMPORTANT.
CARPD is holding this year’s annual conference in South Lake Tahoe. May 16-18 are the dates, which this year comes direct on the heels of Leg Day at the Capitol. The Conference offers great informational classes, provocative and informative speakers, and an opportunity for sharing and learning with Park and Rec folks for all of our member agencies.
This year is only 3 months old and we already have a lack a rain, drones coming, and (oh who would have guessed) CalPERS exec’s in court. Ok, sounds like April and May 2013 are going to be busy months making sure that we are spending time keeping that glass half full with the usual spirited Special District service and commitment. Have a great summer! And continue to keep Special Districts at least HALF FULL.
President, Board of Directors