“It’s not all gloom and doom,” she said. “We’re seeking creative ways to acquire and care for new property.” Fiscal woes persist despite several hikes in fees that add up, especially for the poor. A day pass is now $14, while RV camping in a prime spot can cost $381.50 weekly. The Legislative Analyst’s Office is urging some of the $400 million to be generated by voter-approved bonds be used for repairs but the administration believes voters intended it for system expansion. “It’s a concern we would spend the future investment of California on the bailing wire and Band-Aids for fixing the maintenance problems,” parks spokesman Roy Stearn said. [email protected] (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There are urgent issues we must push to the front of our government’s agenda,” said Elizabeth Goldstein of the nonprofit California State Parks Foundation. But Parks Department Director Ruth Coleman said the governor has been “very supportive” financially, especially given the ongoing struggle with a multibillion-dollar deficit. Activists also are concerned that the state’s money troubles also will hamper expansion and development of additional open space. The state acquired more than 1,600 acres in Lower Topanga Canyon more than five years ago, for example, to establish an attractive park gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains. But neglected cottages – some once intended for historic preservation – are falling apart, and rangers are unable to keep out the squatters, vandals and late-night partiers who pose a fire hazard as the area languishes. But Coleman said parks remain a priority with the administration despite the fiscal constraints. Reduced funding to repair and upgrade California’s state parks has sparked concern among lawmakers and activists that landmark beaches, deserts and forests will fall victim to neglect. In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2007-08, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger allocated just $90 million of the $2.2 billion needed for 278 parks and 3,100 historic sites – roughly one-third of the $250 million set aside in 2006-07. And with crews facing a backlog of 8,000 repairs at parks and beaches – including a leaking septic system at Leo Carillo State Beach – many worry about the future of California’s legendary recreation system.