AB 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, ensures that park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire Read More
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.
(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.