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Ok, so if I told you about a place with Hearst in its name, and I told you it’s been said that it “does not earn enough money to cover its costs and is vulnerable to closure for that reason”, you’d totally think I was talking about the Chronicle, wouldn’t you?

But, no, I’m talking about state-owned Hearst Castle, which SFGate’s (which I guess is even more separate from the Chronicle than it was when I worked there, so confusing) On The Block blogger Betsy Schiffman says “is safe from closure — for now.”*

Looks like Hearst Castle was on a list of parks slated to close in an effort to save our state’s budget, but was granted a reprive by the Governor.

I’ll tell ya, the one time I went down there I only made it as far as the lobby of Hearst Castle, before balking at the ticket prices. And now the parks department says they’re considering raising ticket prices to generate more income?

Hmm, charging more to view your financially-failing monument to a bygone era? Where have we heard that one before?


*Hey, Betsy, isn’t that the same headline everyone uses every time you guys have a big round of layoffs?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • judy b.

    But Eve, listen: it’s worth 24 bones. The castle is frockin’ crazy huge – so big you can’t see it all in a single 2-hour tour. And the ride up in the bus is trippy – they try to take you back to the era when Hollywood REALLY swung: classy-like and on the DL. Did you know San Simeon’s wild animal park predates Neverland’s by decades? You know what they should do to raise money is have open swim in the Greek and Roman pools. I’d pay 10 bucks for that. I love Hearst Castle. I didn’t know it was a state park. Even more worth paying for.