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Posted by: John_Hamilton on 07/25/2012 08:56 AM Updated by: John_Hamilton on 07/25/2012 08:56 AM
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Rico Oller on Department of Parks and Recreations $54 million Surplus

SAN ANDREAS – Today, Rico Oller, candidate for California’s 5th Assembly District, released the following statement after it was found that the Department of Parks and Recreation sat on a $54 million surplus while threatening closure of parks throughout the state: I have been in business for 30 years. In that time I have never "found" $54 million lying around in one of our bank accounts....

The recent discovery that the California Department of Parks and Recreation had been giving inaccurate reports of their expenditures shows a serious failure of the state's spending and reporting policies. The revelation that the department has $54 million in surplus funds that were not reported to the Department of Finance constitutes a serious breach of the public trust.

More egregious still is that the Department recently placed 70 state parks on the closure list because the state supposedly could no longer afford to keep them open. In the absence of any cuts or cost saving measures, the $54 million surplus would have been enough to fund these parks for two years. In developing the closure plan, apparently no one at the department bothered to check the books. There were funds available. The State Controller's office knew of the money. This suggests that the proposed closures may have been part of a political agenda.

The governor seems to think that state parks and public safety are fit to be used as bargaining chips to convince voters to raise taxes. I hope it doesn't work. We need to audit all departments, agencies, commissions, and boards. One is left to ponder what other cash cows are hiding in Sacramento. Smells funny to me.

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Disinformation.
Posted on: 2012-07-25 09:36:10   By: Anonymous
 
Hey Rico, where did you come up with the fact that "The State Controller's office knew of the money"? According to a report by KQED and the Sacramento Bee

"The surplus money consists of $20.3 million in the Parks and Recreation Fund, and $33.5 million in the Off Highway Vehicle Fund, which are the two primary operating funds at the agency. This money was not reported to either Finance or the State Controller's Office, in contrast to normal budgeting procedures."

It appears that you are the one manipulating facts as "part of a political agenda". You cannot validate your candidacy by spreading lies. The only thing we are left to ponder is your obvious attempt to mislead voters. "Smells funny to me."

John M.

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    Re: Disinformation.
    Posted on: 2012-07-25 10:33:13   By: Anonymous
     
    John M - before pointing fingers I ask you the question - did you do the research? Or are you relying on KQED & Sac Bee to be honest forthright defenders of the budget? Give me a break - liberals "LIE TOO". As a voter - I just want to know WHY are they targeting Cops & Parks? It should be the same question you are asking. No matter what party you vote for -the money comes out your pocket - aren't you concerned?

    JS
    Valley Springs

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      Re: Disinformation.
      Posted on: 2012-07-25 15:28:45   By: Anonymous
       
      Why they are targeting cops and parks. A more ridiculous question could not be asked. Every publicly funded organization is being targeted. Everyone has cut, and continues to cut. Cops or parks are not being singled out. Ask any number of public employees on their furlough day.

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Posted on: 2012-07-25 11:50:10   By: Anonymous
 
Really? It seems ironic you say such a thing since you can't back your statement. I am sure you are type to suggest raising taxes on everyone other than yourself since "they're not paying their fair share". California has never had a funding problem, the regime has a spending problem.
ML

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    Posted on: 2012-07-25 15:31:36   By: Anonymous
     
    "I am sure you are the type to.........." why can people not discuss an issue without making personal comments about one another. This is a large part of why we can not get anything done, instead of discussing issues, we call each other names.

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abuse of State Park funds
Posted on: 2012-07-25 21:59:45   By: Anonymous
 
Try taking a look a little closer to home Mr. Oller. Like inappropriate expenditures by management at the Central Valley District.

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Sure knows how to smell the skunk in the woodpile.

Takes one to know one.

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