Park pacts paying off

Like many Jack London fans, Riccardo and Jean Peccei feel a special connection to the late author at his former Glen Ellen estate.

On a sun-dappled afternoon at Jack London State Historic Park this week, the couple, who live in London, said the grounds were as well-maintained as they've ever seen them.

"It's beautifully quiet, and the vegetation is lovely," Riccardo Peccei said.

That's positive feedback for the nonprofit group that last year entered into a historic pact with the state to assume management of the 1,400-acre park. Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of when the deal was announced.

The operating agreement was the first of its kind in California under a new law that allowed the state to negotiate with nonprofits, private concessionaires and other groups to try and keep open 70 state parks that originally were slated to shut by July 1 last year.

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