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Local lakes could face budget cuts, lose park rangers

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Local lakes could face budget cuts and lose park rangers Local lakes could face budget cuts and lose park rangers

Lake San Antonio is open again and Lake Nacimiento is full again, however, some are saying there might not be as many rangers to patrol the waters. 

A Facebook post from the Monterey County Park Rangers Association reads in part, "We will be transferred to the north county parks and security guards will be doing our jobs." 

Vince Garcia, who frequents Lake Nacimiento, says it would be a loss to be short rangers at the lakes. "I don't think the parks are going to be as safe."

According to Monterey County, eliminating the eight rangers that patrol the lakes is not part of the plan. 

A County representative sent the following statement to KSBY News:
"Monterey County has eight Rangers who provide important service and oversight at all of the County's parks and supplement Sheriff's operations at the lakes.  There are no plans to eliminate these jobs; however, the County is facing an extremely challenging budget situation in the next fiscal year, and the recommended budget could impact two of the eight Ranger positions."
Garza doesn't agree with how Monterey County is going about it. "Just a bad way to go about budget cuts. I mean, if you think about the safety of all the personnel that are out there on the lake and stuff like that, it doesn't make sense to me as why you'd want to put lives at risk."

It is not known when a decision will be made. 
 

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