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The California State Legislature requested a blueprint for implementing certain recommendations of the Little Hoover Commission (LHC), the Parks Forward Commission, and others for organizational change at the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). In its March 2013 report, “Beyond Crisis: Recapturing Excellence in California’s State Park System,” LHC recommended transforming DPR into a new operating model built around shared management, innovation, greater transparency, and the expectation that it generate more revenue from its operations.1 LHC recommended two specific actions as critical steps to achieving the transformation: first, to create a promotional path to management for staff without law enforcement training; and second, to restructure the ranger classification with separate “generalist” and “park police” classifications.


Report requested by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.