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Promised Parks Still Unbuilt As Lawmakers Sek To Build More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers are poised to vote this week on $725 million in bond funding to build neighborhood parks, even though a third of similar projects promised under the last parks bond are incomplete. The money is part of a $4 billion bond for parks and water infrastructure. It needs approval from the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to be before voters on the 2018 ballot. Voters approved $400 million in bond funding to build and expand parks in poor neighborhoods in 2006. Steady progress has been made since an Associated Press review last year found fewer than half of the approved 126 parks had been built. But 42 parks still are not complete, according to state data. Critics say there aren’t enough safeguards to ensure timely building.