Promised parks still unbuilt as lawmakers seek to build more

This 2016, file photo shows a pedestrian walking past the outside of an old derelict factory where the Slauson-Wall Park is meant to be built in Los Angeles. Lawmakers want to spend $700 million to build new parks as part of a $4 billion bond proposal, but many parks promised under the last bond in 2006 still aren't finished.

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SACRAMENTO — 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.

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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.

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