Heard it on the news. Our Gov has suggested that almost all CA state parks (including some state operated museums) close for a year to save money. This at the beginning of the summer tourist season!
Save money? According to a study, for every $1 the state spends to operate the state parks, they return over $2 in income. The parks and museums MAKE money for the state.
Sutter's Fort in Sacramento (an historical site and museum) is on the list for closure. I can't imagine that it costs that much to operate. It is a well attended musem which charges an entrance fee. Has some paid staff, a lot of volunteers, and it is tied into the schools with a lot of eductional programs which are staffed by volunteers. Tourist paid attendance is high in the summer.
You just can't shut off the lights and close the doors on a museum containing historical artifacts including documents. Artifacts and especially paper documents have to be maintained. An archivist has to be there to maintain the collection. You just can't close the doors, shut off the lights, and leave artifacts sit in a non-archival environment for a year.
What is he thinking?
He is not thinking. He is stupid or ill advised by stupid non-thinking advisors.
A couple years ago I recall the head of the CA Lottery threw a big expensive Christmas party for her staffers. Spent well over $100,000. for the party and for lavish gifts at the party (free Ipods for everyone, etc). I'll bet what was spent on that one-night party could have operated Sutter's Fort for over a year.