R.L. Crabb, cartoonist for The Union, and Virginia Brunini man a table Saturday to collect signatures for a petition to keep Empire Mine open as a state park. A California State Senate subcommittee recently voted to consider selling the park due to an annual $5 million expenditure by the Department of Parks and Recreation to operate the park. A substantial portion of that money goes for remediation efforts to eliminate toxic run-off from the mining operation last conducted more than 50 years ago. Brunini said that the effort to collect signatures for the petition will continue until April 28.
Keeping Empire Mine open as state park inspires petition
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