The original article posted at Palo Alto Online:
Ten San Mateo County beaches, including an elephant-seal rookery and a popular hostel and lighthouse, could be closed if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts take effect.
The beaches, which make up the bulk of the county's coastal access, could be off limits by as soon as Labor Day, according to state officials.
The closures are part of a proposed plan to close 59 parks and beaches due to a state budget crisis. Popular beaches in Santa Cruz County, including Natural Bridges State Beach, home to migrating Monarch butterflies, could also be closed.
According to the California State Parks Department, the San Mateo County beaches that may close include:
* Ano Nuevo State Park, home to the elephant seals
* Bean Hollow State Beach, a crescent-shaped cove known for its agate- and jasper-pebbled beach
* Gray Whale Cove State Beach
* Half Moon Bay State Beach
* Montara State Beach
* Pescadero State Beach
* Point Montara Light Station, a lighthouse and hostel
* Pomponio State Beach
* San Gregorio State Beach, which includes a lagoon frequented by pelicans
* Thornton State Beach
Santa Cruz County beaches include: Lighthouse Field, Manresa, Natural Bridges, New Brighton, Seacliff, Sunset and Twin Lakes.
In addition to the beach closures, residents would lose access to state parks.
In San Mateo County, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Burleigh Murray Ranch, Butano State Park and Portola Redwoods State Park would close. Santa Clara County would lose Henry W. Coe State Park.
In Santa Cruz County, Castle Rock State Park (on Skyline Boulevard south of state Highway 9), Castro Adobe, Henry Cowell State Park, Santa Cruz Mission, the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and Wilder Ranch would close.