Assemblyman Ken Cooley Statement Regarding Yosemite National Park Historic Landmark Names Lawsuit

For immediate release:

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) released the following statement after news broke that a lawsuit settlement will permit Yosemite National Park to resume using its historic landmark names.

“I am very pleased to hear the news that historic Yosemite names like the Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village and the Wawona Hotel have been rightfully restored. In 2016, after learning that the former Yosemite concessionaire had outrageously claimed ownership of treasured Yosemite names, I authored the California Heritage Protection Act (AB 2249) with my colleagues Adam Gray and Frank Bigelow to change the law and make certain a private company could never trademark an historic state park landmark.

“Our parks showcase the beauty and incredible history of California, and should always serve the interests of the people.”

Click here to view the press release from the National Park Service