Cooley, Gray Introduce Legislation to Protect Historic California State Parks

(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) have introduced Assembly Bill 2249 to protect the historic names of California state parks. A contract dispute between the U.S. National Park Service and its concessionaire at Yosemite National Park has resulted in the names of several landmarks—which have existed for many decades—to be changed. For example: the Ahwahnee Hotel will become the “Majestic Yosemite Hotel,” Curry Village will become “Half Dome Village,” and the Wawona Hotel will become “Big Trees Lodge”. AB 2249 ensures nothing of the same will occur in a California state park. To keep concessionaires from co-opting state landmarks, this bill adds to state law a prohibition on concessionaires claiming ownership of a name associated with a California state park. Learn more from Assemblymen Cooley and Gray in this Assembly Access video.