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July 11, 2013

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July 11, 2013

As a fourth generation Californian, I was raised in our State Parks. I feel they are my legacy and am grateful for the work the California State Parks Foundation does to help keep them maintained and open to the public.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 3, 2013
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April 3, 2013
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Hello,
First off; this is the first time reading online about California State Parks Foundation. I received a donation request via USPS mail. I was extremely interested in making a donation. My husband requested before I send any money, to check and see exactly what percentage is used for the
state parks. I found Charity Navigator rating just by luck. Still not sure what percentage my donation is actually used for the parks. My concern was after reading 2011 fiscal report, $10,179,097 was collected from donations. The President Elizabeth Goldstein's compensation/pay was $169,469 for 2011. Call me crazy, WOW I'd like that (NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION) job. I WOULD like someone to explain to me the basics. I realize no one works for free. But seriously.... $170,000 for what. Im not minimizing the job. Im just saying!!! If this non profit organization is really wanting to help California's State Parks, MAYBE admin shouldnt take so much off the top. NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION's mean lots & lots of money for the administrators. What happened to simple; I make donation of $100 and $95 actually goes towards the cause. I think that somehow along the way we have lost the ideal..... non profit organizations were established to help. Somehow the person/persons running the organizations are making more money then the actual cause. How sad...

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 9, 2012
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February 9, 2012
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California State Parks Foundation is destroying cities throughout California, they are backed by SCE, utilities companies and regulators ... look at what they say below, do not support them! Read all the details here: http://www.calparks.org/programs/policy/chino-hills-trtp-project.html Wayne Mass · Chino Hills, California
Well I thank you for actually responding to us. However to call the easement through Chino Hills VALID route is insulting. No person in their right mind who has seen these dangerous 200ft towers next to homes,parks and schools would ever classify them as such. I would like you to also consider who uses the Chino Hills State Park! Chino Hills residents do and not one person I have ever spoken to sees an issue with replacing existing power lines in an already existing right of way. So that leaves the last issue. Your foundations fear that this will somehow set a presidence to install power lines though State Parks. Frankly I don't buy it. Power lines and towers are already there. Has your organization lobbied in the past to remove those....answer...NO. So again your motivation comes into question. When we see the huge donations to your foundation from SCE it just supports our belief that you have been bought.
Reply · 23 · Unlike · Follow Post · January 26 at 6:06pm

Jan Palmer
Ah, but I disagree with you, CSPF! When people bought their homes along the SCE easement, the poles were about 75' tall and inactive for app. 4 decades and NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would ever have thought that giant 200' TRANSMISSION poles would be erected in that narrow 150' easement! Green energy and wind turbines were not even in our lexicon. Your statment leads people to think we were fully informed about what was to come. Some have owned their homes for 30 years. Isn't there already a right-of-way in the park with electric poles? And I doubt the numbers of people that visit CHSP today is the same as before the 3-day a week closure. And visitors to a park are not subjected to the health and danger concerns that residents will be exposed to 24/7/12. You are purposely tweeking and putting out misinformation. Shame on Edison and Shame on CSPF!
Reply · 19 · Like · Follow Post · January 26 at 4:55pm

Debbie Dean
Every time the CSPF makes a statement about the annual number of visitors to the Chino Hills State Park the total increases. This is something we've come to expect from SCE but not you! Not just here in Chino Hills, SCE also has a "valid right of way" in the State Park and it contains SCE transmission towers and lines. I could agree with your concerns about setting a precedent if NO towers existed in Chino Hills State Park. Likewise can you imagine the precedent that would be set if public utility companies were allowed to run 500kv 45 ft from homes anywhere and any time they want, all over the country?
The Charitable Donations you receive from SCE have created a conflict of interest. Facing the possibility of losing that support, should you contradict SCE's favored route, surely influences your opinions.
Reply · 13 · Like · Follow Post · January 26 at 8:39pm

California State Parks Foundation
Alternative 4CM would replace some lines along the existing easements, but it would also create at least two entirely new paths in biologically- and visually-sensitive areas of the park where no easements currently exist.
Reply · Like · January 30 at 4:46pm

Chrisanne Goodwin
Hey what about me? I don't live anywhere NEAR the easement. No one ever informed me I would be looking at this 265ft Lattice Monster out of my kitchen window, bedroom window and backyard and out of my dining room window a 200 ft Monster Power Pole! They are SOOOO HUGE they impact MY quality of life and I live in CARBON CANYON no where NEAR the easement SO PLEASE do NOT use the easement as an arguement! This is a COMMUNITY ISSUE not about the unfortunate people who were LIED to by SCE when they purchased their homes (yes, believe it or not we used to believe and trust the company...now we know better!) who were told when they bought the homes those poles were INACTIVE! By the way, reduce the number of visitors to your park you 99,999 because I WILL not be going any more. Your issue for "parks only" is upsetting to me. If you do not care about the very people who are YOUR biggest supporters of CHINO HILLS State Park then I don't feel welcome.
Reply · 12 · Like · Follow Post · January 27 at 10:08am

Ruth Dickie
CSPF~You should join us instead of fighting us! Why don't you support the idea of burying the lines under the state parks in CA? In Chino Hills State Park the easement is already there---bury the lines--yes, the terrain is hilly but the digging can be level, it seems to me. It could be a win-win situation. With new technology the emf on four-legged creatures is greatly reduced. It doesn't seem to me that you care about that at all~nor do you really care about the people using the park or you wouldn't have let the easement be built there in the first place. All you really care about is the money that it brings into your dept. You and SCE have a lot in common!
Reply · 12 · Like · Follow Post · January 26 at 7:48pm

Gregg Fresonke · Vice President Marketing and Sales at Hollywood Ribbon Industries
WHY IS YOUR N-P AGENCY LOOKING TO HIT TAX PAYERS UP VIA THE CPUC FOR $44,000 TO COVER LAWYER COSTS TO FIGHT THE PEOPLE LIVING IN CHINO HILLS? ARE YOU SUPPORTING SCE BECAUSE THEY GIVE YOU CHARITABLE DONATIONS? WHY SHOULD SOMEONE SITTING IN AN OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO HAVE THE POMPOUS ATTITUDE OF DETERMINING WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IN THE PARK WE ARE USING? IF YOU HAD ANY UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEM YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IS JUST BEING MOVED... THE SAME PROBLEM STILL EXISTS. YOU COME ACROSS AS A BUNCH OF SLEAZE-BALL LAWYERS SQUEEZING MONEY FROM TAX PAYERS TO FUND YOUR IDEALISTIC IDEAS.
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California State Parks Foundation
Any compensation for legal fees granted to organizations in a proceeding like this is always paid by the applicable utility company in the proceeding. No state and/or taxpayer funding is involved.
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 9, 2011

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April 9, 2011

I participated in signature-gathering campaign last year for a ballot for the California State Parks Foundation. I am a donor as well. The importance of this non-profit is extensive. Because of the Foundation many State Parks are still open (even though some have cut back on services), allowing so many individuals and families to enjoy our beautiful and historic parks. With future donations, Cal Parks will be assured to help keep more parks open.

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visiting State Parks

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I would not change.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

It is a pleasure working with the California State Parks Foundation to create a stronger state parks system. They are tireless in their efforts to keep parks open and accessible for all Californians, and I am happy to play a supporting role in their work. They recently did an amazing job hosting their annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento - the event was extremely organized and highly effective in advocating for our parks.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

At Park Advocacy Day I had the privilege of spending the day amongst fellow state park advocates, and got to watch as an assembly bill that they supported successfully passed the committeee.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I visit Topanga State park regularly. I was very impressed to learn about CA State Parks Foundation and the important work they do to support our natural beauty found in the parks. This well organized, positive, pro-active group was so good at motivating people to Save the Parks during the last/recent budget crisis. I attended a town meeting they helped organize where local officials, park employees, volunteers, and the public shared information and encouragement. It was very well done!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying our parks, making a donation, receiving newsletters. I hope to volunteer for Earth Day activities to beautiful and clean up a near by park.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not have any suggestions.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

I am proud to be a part of this organization and its dedicated staff and volunteers, all doing their part to promote and protect our beautiful state park system. In these times of budget cuts it is heartening to see leadership from a nonprofit that supports the hard work of the Department of Parks & Rec. Yay California State Parks Foundation -- you rock!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the growth in foundation membership and resulting increased public awareness of the dangers faced by our park system because of the threat of budget cuts and closing of parks.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding for parks in California!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Your Great Event has produced events for the California State Parks Foundation for the past four years. The team at the Foundation reflects the strong mission of the Foundation of preserving our great parks and we are honored to work hand in hand with their marvelous team in creating their fundraising events. Every member of the organization we have worked with are professional, knowledgeable in their field, goal oriented and just great people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working together to create fundraising events

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase visibility of this amazing NonProfit

March 30, 2011
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March 30, 2011
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I have worked with the wonderful people at CSPF on several events. As always, they were extremely responsive, knowledgeable and ready to do whatever it took to get the job done! I will be very happy to work with them in the future.
Any non-profit would benefit by watching and learning from the
pros at SCPF!

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They were wonderful!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep it just the same!

March 30, 2011
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March 30, 2011
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I've volunteered with the California State Parks Foundation for Earth Day, and attended 3 of their Park Advocacy Days in Sacramento. The Foundation really knows how to get citizens active in and advocating for parks. Every event has been extremely well-organized. I left feeling like I was having a real impact in really important work and learned quite a bit along the way. Not only are these guys efficient and knowledgable, but they are just fantastic people to work along side of. I really believe that it is their work that has kept our parks as great as they are. I look forward to being a part of these activities next year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their grassroots organizing to get people out in support of parks.

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I wouldn't.

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Make a big impact gardening, repairing trails, painting, fixing campsites and more in their local state park with a small group of volunteers through our Park Champions Program. New projects are added to the calendar every month. Volunteer