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
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.
(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.