A gem of a collection

Twelve-year-old Tig Cook, left, checks out minerals with his dad, David Cook, at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum. The cash-strapped state was slated to pack up the collection for storage by the end of July as part of a $22-million cost-cutting measure. Then on July 20, it surfaced that the parks department had $54 million socked away, unreported to budget officials. Parks Director Ruth Coleman and other high-ranking officials resigned, and the state launched an investigation.

( Tomas Ovalle / For The Times / August 2, 2012 )

Twelve-year-old Tig Cook, left, checks out minerals with his dad, David Cook, at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum. The cash-strapped state was slated to pack up the collection for storage by the end of July as part of a $22-million cost-cutting measure. Then on July 20, it surfaced that the parks department had $54 million socked away, unreported to budget officials. Parks Director Ruth Coleman and other high-ranking officials resigned, and the state launched an investigation.

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