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Carmichael Resident Organizes Group Against Effie Yeaw Closure

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 23, 2010
By Megan Hansen

Funding from Sacramento County for Carmichael’s Effie Yeaw Nature Center is on the chopping block again– and county officials are looking at transferring operations to a non-profit. The American River Natural History Association is scrambling to raise the necessary $1.5 million to do that. But Carmichael resident Heidi Kuehner has started a group to keep the county from eliminating the park’s funding. She says the county shouldn’t rely on a nonprofit to pick-up the slack.     
Kuehner: “I think it’s unfair for the county to take that park and make it a non-public park, and to ask private citizens, even though it’s a nonprofit that’s been serving the area so well for so long, I think it’s unfair for the county to expect them to run it.”
Sacramento County has spared the park from closure during several previous rounds of budget cuts… but a $165 million budget deficit means no more funding beyond July.
Kuehner says she hopes to see an outpouring of volunteers at a Board of Supervisors meeting in mid-May.
The county’s budget hearings are set for mid-June. Officials have also proposed severe cuts to law enforcement and health and human services.
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