Why We (Still) Exist

A common misconception about the California State Parks is that California fully funds these parks. Unfortunately, the truth is far from this. In the financially challenging year of 2008 – 2009, the system considered indefinite closures to address the projected $14.5 billion deficit. The next budget year, the parks operated with a budget reduction in […]

SSPF Beginnings: Resistance, Determination, & Partnership

The beginning of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate, also known as Pine Lodge, was a simple one. In 1897, San Francisco businessman Isaias W. Hellman acquired nearly 2,000 acres at Sugar Pine Point on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and completed his stately summer home, Pine Lodge, in 1903. The estate was  was a summer family […]