RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced today that he has been honored by the city of Citrus Heights for his work on behalf of the City to resolve its dispute with the State of California over redevelopment agency funds. The city’s work on this issue, aided by Assemblyman Cooley, ultimately saved the city and its taxpayers almost $8 million dollars.
In 2008, Citrus Heights made the prudent decision to fund its redevelopment agency via a loan of monies from its general fund, instead of funding through a bond which would have cost Citrus Heights taxpayers nearly $500,000 more in associated costs. In June of 2011, legislation was passed and signed by Governor Brown effectively ending redevelopment agencies and phasing out their activities into other local successor agencies over a period of years.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and the State Assembly held a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Friday, January 15th, 2016…what would have been the civil rights leader's 87th birthday. California began celebrating MLK Day in 1970 and the entire nation has now celebrated MLK Day for 30 years. "On this occasion we remember a towering individual who reminded us of the ties of all Americans one to another and the equality of all Americans," said Assemblymember Cooley. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) joined the rest of the California State Assembly in passing Assembly Concurrent Resolution 110, which proclaims January 13th as Korean-American Day. It was on January 13, 1903 that the history of Korean immigration to America began when 102 courageous Korean men, women, and children landed in Hawaii after venturing across the vast Pacific Ocean aboard the S.S. Gaelic. Since that first group arrived Korean Americans have become an integral part of American society, making important contributions as Californians in the fields of finance, technology, law, medicine, education, sports, media, the arts, the military, and many more. In his remarks on the Assembly floor Assemblymember Cooley said, “Today we celebrate their entry and deep involvement in American life.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) will be hosting a free Small Business Resource Workshop in Citrus Heights for small business owners to explore topics on how to start a small business, manage and grow your business, increase access to capital, and discuss legislative issues.
Representatives from the County of Sacramento will discuss how small businesses can apply for procurement contracts with the County. The Small Business Development Cente will provide tips and resources on how small businesses can create an effective strategy, discover ways to generate revenue and grow their bottom line.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) will provide opening remarks at local high schools during their financial aid application workshops at numerous high schools throughout Sacramento County. Students and parents can ask questions or receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid workshops will have experts on hand.
Increasingly, students from middle class families have also been priced out of college. Mr. Cooley voted for and the Legislature enacted the Middle Class Scholarship Program in 2013. The Scholarship can reduce student fees at the CSU and UC by up to 40 percent for families who have often just missed the financial cutoff for aid.
SACRAMENTO – On Friday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that Governor Brown signed AB 266, AB 243, and SB 643, the historic package of bills that will finally regulate the medical marijuana industry after nearly twenty years of legal gray areas. The package of bills establish a balance between California's communities' ability to preserve influence over medical marijuana distribution within their borders, and the rights secured by Proposition 215 (1996) for California's citizens to access medical marijuana. Establishing health, public and environmental safety rules affecting distribution and cultivation, these bills will improve the current status quo and will not alter patients’ existing rights of access to, or cultivation of, medical marijuana provided by Proposition 215.
Assemblyman Recognized for His Leadership in Passing Regulatory Framework for
Medical Marijuana that Protects Local Control, Public Safety and Patient Access
SAN JOSE - Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was honored as Legislator of the Year by
the League of California Cities today during the organization's 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in
San Jose. The top honor was given to Assemblyman Cooley for his leadership in passing the
League-supported Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on State income tax forms was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
“I am pleased to announce that this critical funding source for child abuse prevention has been reinstated, and will continue to support valuable programs which directly benefit children in California,” said Assemblyman Cooley.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The likelihood that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state's vast medical marijuana industry — a job they have deferred for nearly two decades.
A pair of bills pending in the California Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical marijuana growers, manufacturers of pot-infused products, and distributors such as storefront dispensaries and delivery services.