More than a dozen California state parks that have been a rich source of filming for such classic Hollywood movies as “High Noon,” George Lucas’ “Star Wars” sequel “Return of the Jedi” and Steven Spielberg’s “Back to the Future III” are in danger of going dark.
They are among 70 state parks, historic sites and recreation areas — or 25% of the 278 parks statewide — that Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed closing in response to the state’s budget crisis. The planned closings, which are part of the $33 million in park cuts approved by the Legislature this year, are likely to be the subject of intense upcoming budget negotiations in Sacramento. Brown’s administration says the cuts, which would begin this fall at the earliest, are necessary to balance the state’s budget.