bond would raise $2.6 billion. Of that amount, about $200 million will be
set aside to preserve historic and cultural resources. Another $200
million will be handed to the California Coastal Conservancy to dole out.
The conservancy in early 2001 gave the state parks agency $2 million
to buy out the previous developer at the cove.
The state is now working to refurbish the 46 ramshackle cottages on
Estimates put that job at between $12 million and $20 million. The
state has spent $1.1 million to begin work on an interim plan. Also, the
California Coastal Commission has agreed to hand over $2.8 million.
The bond measure could be a bonanza, cove activists say.
"This is a turning point for Crystal Cove," said Laura Davick, who
founded the Alliance to Rescue Crystal Cove. "We should all feel very
fortunate that Prop. 40 passed. We're going to do whatever we can to see
that Crystal Cove is put on the radar screen and see that it's
Still, Assemblyman John Campbell, whose district includes the cove,
said he is not ready to drop his fund-raising bill for the cove, as he
suggested he would do if Proposition 40 passed.
On Feb. 21, Campbell introduced Assembly Bill 2190, which would divert
rental revenue from mobile homes at El Morro to the cottages.
The bill has met resistance and Campbell said he would drop it, if
some money from the bond measure could be secured. Campbell opposed
"If we find funds somewhere else, we'll drop this bill," Campbell said
Wednesday. "I'll be working with [California] State Parks to see if we
can get some of that money allocated to Crystal Cove."