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Mar 25, 2013 1:33 PM by Associated Press

Report: Calif. parks need new operating model

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A new report from a state oversight agency says California has added more parks to its system than it can afford and should consider relinquishing control of the one-third that lack statewide significance.

The report released Monday by the Little Hoover Commission even suggested that tourist favorite Hearst Castle might be better run by a group that has more experience protecting its European art collection, such as the Getty Museum.

The commission said the state parks system needs a new business model and managers who can form partnerships with nonprofits and find new sources of revenue.

The study was begun a year ago after the parks department threatened to close 70 of the 278 parks in the system but couldn't explain how they were chosen.

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