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Focus Groups

2017 Public and University SCORP Focus Groups

The SCORP Team appreciates meeting with these 500 community residents and university students, who shared ideas for making parks and recreation services a greater solution to health and wellness. Your passion and creativity will influence the future of California’s park and recreation services!

Public Focus Group Locations, Dates, and Participants

April 4, 2017
Public Focus Group: Friends of the LA River
Location: Los Angeles River – Frog Spot

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Steve Apputo
Karen Barnett
Joe Bray-Ali
Flor Chaidez
Michael R. Chapa
Marissa Christiansen
Cliff Crumley
Leslie Crumley
Ruth Gallardo
Christina Gonzalez
Mark Kenyon
Maro Kukoussian
Raul Macias
Mark Mallare
James McCarthy
Betsy Medvedovsky
Cardie Molina
Jenny Morataya
Danny Olivares
Grove Pashlg
Scotty Austin Probert
Paul Rabinov
Nicholas Richert
Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez
Laura Torres

Date: April 5, 2017
Public Focus Group: Avalon Green Team Residents
Location: Maya Angelou High School

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Florencia De la Rosa
Fabiola Espejo
Sofia Giron
Hilda Gonzalez
Maria Guerrero
Gricelda Lopez
Maria Mateo
Alejandrina Medina
Nurin Miranda
Gabriela Miron
Isavra Vasquez

Date: April 5, 2017
Public Focus Group: Watts Community Residents
Location: Serenity Park, Watts

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Ronald Antwine
Lothie Cleveland
Davet Williams

Date: April 5, 2017
Public Focus Group: El Monte Community Residents
Location: Zamora Park

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Victoria Burl
Lisa Del Real
Esthela Duran
Justino Hernandez
Yadma Lue
Liliana Ramirez
Elyse Rasmussen
Angel Salazar
Sandra Salcedo
Frisbee

Date: April 5, 2017
Public Focus Group: Our Parks Coalition
Location: Casa Italiana

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Stanford Barnes III
Jane Beesley
Jenny Binstock
Scott Chan
Heather Davis
Shona Ganguly
Mark Glassock
Alex Jung
Tori Kjer
Alfred Mafa
Mike Meador
Stephen Mejia-Carranza
Max Podemski
Olga Ruano
Debra Sharpton
Robert Torres
Justin Yee

Date: April 5, 2017
Public Focus Group: Los Angeles Community Residents
Location: El Serrano Arroyo Playground

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Christopher Hernandez
Michael Ann Huitron
Pamela Marquez
Matteo Marquez
Valentin Marquez II
Valentin Marquez V
Dora Robles

Date: April 6, 2017
Public Focus Group: California State University Students
Location: California State University – Northridge

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Katherine Alvarado
Esteban Campa
Jonathan Cisneros
Catherine Francisco
Martin Guzman Garcia
Jazmyn Jasso
Nikki Lam
Dr. Steven Loy
Jessica Luna
Alexis Maglalang
Hannah Mansour
Steven Mendoza
Lucia Muro
Giovanni Pineyra
Hector Ramirez
Michael Totino

Date: April 6, 2017
Public Focus Group: City of Paramount Community Residents
Location: Paramount Community Center

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Lourdes Aguayo
Ayline Alcaraz
Raul Alfaro
Carolos Angel
Maria Angel
Georgina Arceo
Marcelina Bridges
Vilma Cuellar-Stallings
Linda Garcia
Alicia Gonzalez
Ana Hernandez
David Johnson
Kenneth Jones
Don Landry
Charlene Landry
Sonya Lemus
Esminda Mart
Sergio Moreno
Karla Navarro
Ramon Ortiz
Claudia Quinones
Hector Rodriguez
Vivian Rodriguez
Margarita Siordia
Armando Torres
Francisco Torres
Alex Yanez

Date: April 7, 2017
Public Focus Group: Anaheim Community Residents
Location: Brookhurst Community Center and Park

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Ryan Balius
Ameera Basmadj
Lynn Cudd
Madeline Rae Jensen
Earl F. Kelso
Ana Lele
Noriko Low
Carolyn Scott

Date: April 10, 2017
Public Focus Group: Oakland Community Residents
Location: DeFremery Recreation Center

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Gerald Agee
Charles Berthia
Thea Brown
Chryl Corbin
Luana España
Audree Jones-Taylor
Henry Linzie

Date: April 11, 2017
Public Focus Group: California State University Students
Location: California State University – East Bay

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Greg Baquiax
Andrea Bolanos
Emily Camacho
Blanca Cayetano
Brian Cayetano
Chris Chamberlain
Jose Chavez
Desiree Damian
Andrés DeLaTorre
Harleen Dhadwal
Anastasia Dunbar
David Epperson
Rosario Esparza
Cristian Garcia
Jonathan Gilyana
Matthew Lindholm
Bernadette Perenne
Zack Reyes
Elizabeth Reyes
Luke Ringelman
Nathan Robertson
Sumit Saini
Kenny Salvador
Matthew Sanchez
Anaisa Soto
Vivica Thomas
Aren Tonel
Tommy Truong
Ryan Tsang
Brian White
Nancy White
Shanice Wodridge
Luis Zamora

Date: April 11, 2017
Public Focus Group: East Bay Regional Parks
Location: Richard Trudeau Training Center

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Ana Alvarez
Glenn Kirby
Mary Mattingly
John Mercurio
Robert Solotar
Beth Wurzburg

Date: April 12, 2017
Public Focus Group: San Francisco Community Residents
Location: Curry Senior Center

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Marilyn Chan
Hua Shen Heng
Marilyn Isabell
Uyen Toc Lam
Anh Lam
Su Cui Li
Tony Liu
Duc Ly
Lang Ly
Joseph Puig III
Linda Rospendowski
Arlene Sen
Garret Swing
Orazgul Tachmuradova
Huynh Le Thi
Zhu Xin Yu

Date: April 12, 2017
Public Focus Group: California State University Students
Location: California State University – San Francisco

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Desiree Amezola
Justin Bell
Rosalind Blankenburg
Kassandra Chavez
Allisa Early
Dylan Furtado
Jocelyne Galvan
Madison Gregory
Sandy Jiang
Jacob Kaplan
Eve Karp
Julia Livesey
Minter McHugh
Krisa Moore
José Orozco
Emanuel Rosales
Ryan Sera
Sydnie Shaw
Aidan Sullivan
Selena Vega
Lauren Well
Jackson Wilson
Dr. Aiko Yoshino

Date: April 12, 2017
Public Focus Group: San Francisco Community Residents (Youth Group)
Location: Boeddeker Park

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Jordan Acubdow
Trisha Cruz
Charlie Nguyen
Jethron Revilla
Jyra Revilla

Date: April 13, 2017
Public Focus Group: East Oakland Community Residents (Youth Group)
Location: East Oakland Youth Development Center

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Brent Bell
Regina Jackson
Marisa Jolivete
Jamal Rasheed

Date: April 28, 2017
Public Focus Group: California State University Students
Location: California State University – Chico

Freddy Anyakora
Jamile Balli
Specer Brigandi
Kristen Brotemarkle
Mathew Burkingham
Benjamin Chang
Shannon Cotton
Martha Cruz
Tyler Dempewolf
Brett Eldredge
Cassie Faith
Leslie Wendy Garcia
Josh Good
Kelsey Goodwin
Nathan Gyugyi
Marley Hudson
Ben Johnson
Samantha Kurland
Clay Lenz
Uriel Lopez
Philip Maillard
Paige Martin
Tanner Mesker
Brian Newman
Mason Pappe
Jason Piparo
Sarah Smither
Kelsey Wade
Brittany Waterstradt

Date: May 2, 2017
Public Focus Group: California State University Students
Location: California State University – Sacramento

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Riley Ashen
Kayla Barr
Shannon Cridebring
James Goritz
Harley Hays
Austin Lee
Kyle MacKrell
Mike Merilles
Taylor Rucker
Sondra Seely

May 31, 2017
Focus Group: Health in All Policies Task Force
Location: Natural Resources Agency Building, Sacramento

Melissa Bardo
Julia Caplan
Lianne Dillion
Martha Dominguez
Matt Henigan
Dahir Nasser
Dan Woo

August 8, 2017
Public Focus Group: Together in Pajaro
Location: Pajaro Park

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Jennifer Swanson
Stephany Soto
Don Rosa

August 8, 2017
Public Focus Group: Watsonville Community Residents
Location: Watsonville City Council Room

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Maria Teresa Amezquita
Esther Aquino
Angelina Carrillo
Lilia Cervantes
Eduardo Diaz
Margarita Diaz
Olivia Gonzalez
Ana M. Cejo
Adela Mendez
Blanca Mendoza
Paz Padilla
Juan Ramos
Andrew Rojas
Maria Romero
Clotide Sanchez
Fatima Torres
Maria Torres
Maria Valdez
Maria V. Valdez

August 9, 2017
Public Focus Group: Gillroy Community Residents
Location: Gilroy Senior Center

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Benita Almanza
Gail Beach
Patricia Bentson
Terrie Berry
Aurora Chavez
Epifania Corona
Judith Dominiguz
Joane Heidebrink
Susan Hice
Thelma James
Edmond Shingsby

August 28, 2017
Public Focus Group: Eureka Community Residents
Location: Sequoia Park Forest & Garden & Zoo

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Jeff Davis
Wendy Howard
Captain Brian Stephens
Margaret Madden
Brian Millett
Linda Powell
Miles Slattery
Meg Stofsky
Gary Todoroff
Donna Wood

August 28, 2017
Public Focus Group: Eureka Community Residents
Location: Jefferson Project Park

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Karma Alexander
Heidi Benzonelli-Burden
Susan Buckley
Darrell Burden
Chief William Damiano
Lisa Dewitt
Lorene Donaway
Richard Evans
Tod Alan Garrett
Skyy Garrett
Clark Green
Ashton Husted
Mary Ann Hythcar
Lt. Marco Luna
Officer Raymono Nunez
Lisa Ollivier
Chryl Omstead
William Rodstrom
Salem Smith
Marciano Valdez
Carol White
Aria Windbigler
Stanley Wong

August 29, 2017
Public Focus Group: California State University - Humboldt Students
Location: Redwood Park

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Danielle Cenotti
Katelyn Clevenger
Mary Elise Conzelmann
Crystal Curo
Isaac Gonzalez
Jordan Legge
Diana Lopez
Genevieve Marchand
Jennifer Ortega
Georgina Quinn

September 18, 2017
Public Focus Group: El Centro Community Residents
Location: MLK Sports Pavillion

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David Acevedo
Jennifer Acevedo
Alejandra Acosta
Albert Aguilar
Levett Aguilar
Rosemary Aguilar
Diane Aguilar
Mohammed Al-Jasiur
Aliyah Al-Jasiur
Elvia Almeida
Rylee Amidon
Nicole Amidon
Ben Beltran
Aubrei Beltran
Audrina Beltran
Alex Cardenas
Andrea Cardenas
Mayra Castro
James Clark
Alexandro Diaz
Rosa Diaz
Mireya Diaz
Tannia Duenas
Mia Escarceja
Axl Escarceja
Elvas Escoba
Pia Espinoza
Carlos Espinoza
Pablo Espinoza
Blanca
Dolores Estrada
Maleena Ferreira
Francis Fink
Aide Flores Gallegos
Aide Fulton
Vanessa Fulton
Ana Gabriela Garcia
Kaylee Garcia
Miguel Garcia
Alyssa German
Francisca German
Veronica Godoy
Brittany Goff
Elizabeth Goff
Bailey Goff
Ivory Gomez
Jose Gonzalez
Virginia Gutierrez
Marley Gutierrez
Fabian Gutierrez
Ember Hall
Marissa Hernandez
Alyssa Hernandez
Jacob Hernandez
Henry Hernandez
Hugo Cruz Hernandez, Jr.
Kayla Marie Howard
Keelee Monet Howard
Richard Ignacio
Hill Janneth
Sandy Liera
Maria Liera
Miah Isabella Longoria
Juan Lopez
Ruben Lopez
Yahaira Lopez
Olivia Lopez
Landin Lujack-Cruz Aguilar
Andrew Macias
Danna Martinez
Avah Mascarenas
Michelle Mascarenas
Joseph Meza
Maija Mitosinka
Jennifer Mitosinka
Dr. Alfredo Negrete
Aracely Nunez
Emily Nunez
Cristian Nunez
Rita Ochoa
Cindy Parra
Paul Patane
William Patinio
Anabel Patinio
Keani Patinio
Aleah Patinio
Joe Perez
Marcela Piedra
Brandon Priet
Chief P.O. Dan Prince
Miglire Quinta
Angela Ramirez
Humberto Ramos
Julissa Ramos
Adriana Ramos
Leah Rivera
Jovanna Robertson
Audrey Rubi Tuyub
Janisa Ruiz
A.C. P.O. Elizabeth Sais
Isabella Sanchez
Ana Seibert
Anthony Seibert
Linda Self
Officer Stephen Singh
Les Smith
Margarita Soriano
Yolanda Tabarez
Keila Tabarez
Patricia Urena
Guadulupe Velasquez
Marcos Virutia
Particia Virutia
Anissa Ward
Jassleen Zamora
Raul Zamora
Elizabeth Zavala
Eduardo Zavala
Abraham Zavala

September 19, 2017
Public Focus Group: Perris Community Residents
Location: Perris Senior Center

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Apolonia Alvarado
Bernardo Armendoza
Danna Baumann
Patty Boone
Sabrina Chavez
Deputy Donnis Crawford
Anna Dang
Renee Henry
Maria Hernandez
Officer Rose Howard
Aurora Jauregui
Maria Lema
Maria Lopez
Darren Madkin
Blanca Magana
Delfina Marduno
Jordan McClanahan
Philp Medina
Cynthia Mendez
Aida Pacheco
Rachel Pinedo
Arcenio Ramirez
Gabriela Retana
Concepcion Reyes
Juan Rodriguez
Angela Rose
Daniel Salcedo
Rosa Sanchez
Victoria Santos
Barbara Shearer
Laura Sosa
Soledad Vera

September 19, 2017
Public Focus Group: Riverside Community Residents
Location: Bobby Bonds Park and Sports Complex

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Jesus Alvarez
Deborah Barrozo
Shane Bowie-Hussey
Adolfo Cruz
Detective Mario Dorado
Freya Foley
Luis Jacinto
Maria Miranda
Oswaldo Puerta
Officer Ryan Railsback
Josselyn Velasquez

September 20, 2017
Public Focus Group: Chula Vista Community Residents
Location: Parkway Community Center

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Carmen Alcazar
Vanesa Alcazar
Victoria Beccerra
Sarah Becerra
Sergio Becerra
Madeleine Corbeil
Lt. Henry Martin
Shaun Ellis
Sofia Moreno Ranon
Martha Ranon
Renee Robles
Abel Vasquez

Thank you! Special appreciation to the following people for scheduling the meetings:

Heidi Benzonelli-Burden
Adolfo Cruz
Maria DeLeon
Dr. Lisa Easterla
Shaun Ellis
Ana Espinoza
Pamela Galera
Adam Henig
David Johnson
Audree Jones Taylor
Tori Kjer
Dr. Steven Loy
Darrin Madkin
Dr. Genevieve Marchand
Cynthia Mendez
Brian Millet
Toni Moran
Marcela Piedra
Don Rosa
Dr. Emilyn Sheffield
Miles Slattery
Patricia Solano
Dr. Nancy White
Dr. Aiko Yoshino

Photos used on this page are by Oscar Vasquez, Information Systems Specialist II, California State Parks