RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s (D-Rancho Cordova) AB 2279 passed unanimously out of the Assembly Health Committee this week. AB 2279 bolsters transparency about how Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds are being used by requiring that information about state-wide and county-by-county funding for mental health programs be made available to the public to enhance accountability, outcomes, and facilitate mental health program improvement.
Proposition 63, the MHSA, was passed by the voters in 2004. Its purpose was to transform the mental health system by providing prevention and intervention services to those living with mental illness.
Rancho Cordova - Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2367 passed unanimously out of the State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee this week. AB 2367 creates a statewide “24/7 Sobriety” program designed to give counties who wish to participate another mechanism to address DUI recidivism.
In California, forty percent of all traffic-related fatalities involve alcohol—this is higher than the rate nationwide. Critically, nearly one-third of those convicted for driving under the influence (DUI) re-offend. More than half of convicted impaired drivers continue to drive on a suspended license and only a small fraction of DUI episodes result in arrest. In an effort to add to the toolkit of options available to judges, this bill authorizes a court to order a person convicted of multiple DUIs to successfully complete a qualified “24/7 Sobriety” monitoring program. 24/7 Sobriety programs require individuals to abstain from alcohol for normally 90-180 days and participants are subject to frequent testing. If they test positive for alcohol use, there are swift, certain and modest sanctions—typically a day or two in jail.
The 125-year-old, world-renowned Yosemite National Park is undergoing some big changes today.
The park's "Ahwahnee Hotel" is now "The Majestic Yosemite Hotel." "Curry Village" has been renamed "Half Dome Village." And the souvenirs in the gift shop that used to say "Yosemite National Park" now only say "Yosemite."
Ken Cooley is from a Yosemite family. The California state assemblyman raised his boys on hikes in the valley; he took a pack mule trip through the park with friends and colleagues this summer; his grandparents even worked together at the Ahwahnee Hotel way back when.
Comparing the Yosemite renaming controversy to a punch in the gut, Assemblyman Ken Cooley on Monday announced a bill that would prohibit California from contracting with concessionaires who attempt to trademark names associated with a state park.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) announced today AB 2249 in response to the U.S. National Park Service’s dispute with its concessionaire at Yosemite National Park. The current concessionaire has operated at the Park since 1993, but after losing its bid to renew its contract, claimed the names of several landmarks—which have existed for many decades more than the current contract—as its intellectual property. Unable to resolve the dispute, the National Park Service has re-named several historic landmarks.
Pictured left to right: Mr. Tim Cromartie, League of Californian Cities, Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, City Council Members Dan Skoglund, Robert J. McGarvey, Vice Mayor Donald Terry and Council Member Linda Budge.
RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced today that he is being honored by the city of Rancho Cordova and the League of California Cities for his work on the landmark medical marijuana legislation passed last year in AB 266, AB 243, and SB 643. This package of bills established comprehensive, statewide licensure and regulations for commercial medical marijuana activity that respects local control, protects patients, promotes public safety, and preserves the environment.
Assemblyman Cooley, a former League of Cities First Vice-President, agreed in late 2014 to serve as author of AB 266, the League and California Police Chiefs Association’s sponsored medical marijuana regulatory framework legislation. AB 266 was ultimately authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and became part of a legislative package that comprises AB 243 (Wood) and SB 643 (McGuire). This package is known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act and was signed into law on October 9, 2015.
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.