As of today National parks and recreational areas are closing. For Southern California, this alone could give our already shaky economy a hit. In California, the shutdown would affect 26 national parks and numerous national forests and national recreation areas, including the nearby Angeles National Forest and the San Bernardino National Forest which combined receive about 5 million visitors a year. As reported on KPCC, Joshua Tree, currently at the height of its tourist season and would expect some 7000 visitors a day will be locking its gates this morning and giving campers 48 hours to vacate.
Imagine the economic loss from just that recreation area alone. Park fees, food and lodging, recreational gear, flights etc. There is an economic domino effect to this lost revenue that will play out for months.
He is a brief list of service in Los Angeles that will be affected:
• The FAA announced that nearly 2,500 safety office personnel will be furloughed (sent on leave without pay)
• National parks, including the Santa Monica National Recreation Area and Angeles National Forest, will likely close.
• Federal Housing Administration loans could be delayed.
• Passports and citizenships applications will not be issued.
• WIC, a federally funded nutritional program for kids, could be shut down.
• The Board of Veterans Appeals will stop issuing rulings, meaning decisions about some disability claims by veterans will be put on hold.
• FEMA employees might also be furloughed. As well as military personnel, including California Guardsmen and women won't be paid until the shutdown is resolved.
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, whose 33rd district includes West Los Angeles, as well as West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, issued a statement saying, "A shutdown is going to hurt people across the country. Disabled veterans won't get their benefits claims processed on time, small businesses won't be able to get loans, and important government research will stop. Already, national parks and monuments, including the Santa Monica National Recreation Area in my district, are closing and workers are being furloughed."
An email statement from Rep. Schiff sent before the shutdown became official, noted the effects of shutting down California's national parks, "In 2012, there were over 35 million visitors to California national parks generating $1.2 million n economic benefits. With visits by tourists disrupted, the economic impact of a shutdown could cost California millions of dollars in tourism."