SACRAMENTO — California's participation in the upcoming world exposition in Vancouver, Canada, has been assured by the collection of more than $1.7 million in private contributions, Gov. George Deukmejian announced Thursday.
The contributions, along with $1.5 million appropriated under legislation written by Assemblywoman Lucy Killea (D-San Diego), will finance "a first-rate California exhibit" at Expo '86, Deukmejian said. The state's participation had been threatened by the slow collection of contributions for the state's pavilion, which will feature transportation and communication innovations.
Under Killea's bill, the appropriated money would have reverted to the state treasury had matching private contributions not been raised. Expo '86 opens May 2 and runs through Oct. 13.