Historic State Park Names Not For Sale

(Sacramento) – “The message we’re sending is real simple…historic places’ names are not for sale here in California,” Assemblyman Adam Gray said on the steps of the State Capitol. “These places and these names have a special significance to many families throughout the country.” Assemblyman Gray (D-Merced), with Assemblymen Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), were on the capitol steps talking about Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, which seeks to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The trio of lawmakers are urging other states to take similar action.