Piedmont Council Scouts go to Sacramento, meet lawmakers

From the East Bay Times:

PIEDMONT — On April 5, 49 youth delegates ranging in age from 8 to 20 from across the state represented the Boy Scouts of America in Sacramento to present the organization’s Report to the State, according to Jo Hazelett of the Piedmont Council.

Small Business Workshop Offers Vital Resources

Carmichael, CA (MPG)  |  Story and Photo by Jacqueline Fox: Although Citrus Heights resident Gary Winter is just a few years from retirement, he’s not planning to leave his career behind when gets there. Instead, he’ll do what he’s been doing for most of the last decade, except he’ll be the boss.

Kiyo Sato Named Woman of the Year at Annual Celebration

Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) joined the California Legislative Women’s Caucus to recognize women from across the state in celebration of Women’s History Month. This year, Assemblyman Cooley honored Kiyo Sato of Sacramento.

Capitol trees with Civil War roots removed after winter storms

A clutch of late 19th century trees downed by this winter’s fierce storms was hauled away from Capitol Park this week, but remnants of the group may one day return in a different form.
The trees – a 90-foot-tall tulip tree, an 85-foot-tall American elm and a box elder – had decorated the park’s Civil War memorial.

Yosemite naming rights dispute inspires bill to protect state parks

A bill to protect California's state parks and against trademark disputes, like the one Yosemite National Park is currently involved in, is making its way through the Legislature. 

The National Parks Service (NPS) recently asked a federal trademark board to cancel trademarks obtained by the company that previously ran Yosemite's hotels, restaurants and outdoor activities. That means Yosemite's stone and timber hotel will no longer be called "The Ahwahnee," in addition to other changes.

Respect the Park Service’s 100th birthday

Obama is visiting Yosemite in advance of National Park Service centennial

Presidential stop over Father’s Day comes in a season of tourist and business abuses

Obama can’t even stay at ‘The Ahwahnee,’ though state lawmakers have a bill to address that

Yosemite is the perfect place to honor the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service. And not a bad spot to enjoy Father’s Day.

New CA law proposed in response to Yosemite name dispute

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."

Delaware North’s Yosemite shakedown must come at a cost

Barring some last-minute miracle, and to the almost physical disgust of most Californians, several of Yosemite's most famous landmarks will officially be renamed next week.

Starting March 1, the Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, Wawona Hotel and other park attractions will all be rebranded, the result of a trademark dispute that did not need to happen.