Despite the hysteria, there's no reason to avoid state parks or in any way be alarmed. The series doesn't document a crime wave so much as it details how the Nanny State criminalizes even the most modest rule-breaking. We don't see a rash of violence or assaults, but the increased willingness of law enforcement to treat smoking, drinking, rafting without life preservers, noise-making and trespassing as crimes, rather than as the normal aberrations found at parks since time immemorial.
In November, Californians will vote on whether to add an $18 surcharge to the vehicle registration fee in order to fund the state park system.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.