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Promised parks still unbuilt as lawmakers seek to build more

September 13, 2017

By Sophia Bollag : sfchronicle – excerpt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote this week on $725 million in bond funding to build new parks in underserved neighborhoods around California, even though a third of similar projects promised under the last parks bond in 2006 are incomplete.

The money would come as part of a $4 billion bond for parks and water infrastructure. It needs approval from the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to go before voters on the 2018 ballot.

Voters last approved $400 million in bond funding to build and expand parks in poor neighborhoods through Proposition 84 in 2006. Steady progress has been made since an Associated Press review last year found fewer than half of the approved 126 parks had been built. But roughly a third of those parks still aren’t finished… (more)

Funding future parks and plans for parks has gotten us where we are now with unfinished projects. There is a theory that the more holes you dig the more holes you have to fill the more money you can demand. We don’t need to dig any more holesl. We need to fill the holes we have.

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