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Recent News in the 4th District
Yamada Appointed to Housing and Community Development Committee
Also joins new Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has appointed Assembly Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), former Chair of the Yolo County Housing Authority (now known as Yolo County Housing), to serve on the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development.
While Yamada will be stepping down from her role as a member of the Assembly Veterans Committee, an assignment she has held for five years, she said she will continue working on veterans issues in her other committee assignments and through her own policymaking.
Yamada Joins Fellow Legislators in Unveiling ‘Imitation Firearms Safety Act’
Teen Tragedy Highlights Need for Imitation Weapon Legislation
Assemblymember Yamada (at podium) joined fellow legislators, local officials and advocates in Santa Rosa today to unveil the ‘Imitation Firearms Safety Act. The bill is aimed at preventing accidental shooting deaths of children carrying toy firearms.
SANTA ROSA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) joined Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles), Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) Assemblymembers Wesley Chesbro (D-North Coast) and Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) today in announcing plans to re-introduce the Imitation Firearms Safety Act, legislation that would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be painted bright colors to help law enforcement distinguish between toy guns and the real thing when confronted with youngsters brandishing play firearms.
The announcement was made in Santa Rosa, the scene of a recent law-enforcement related shooting death of a local teenager, Andy Lopez, who was carrying a mock AK-47.
Assemblymember Yamada Joins Forces With Cal Water To Launch Operation Gobble
Assemblymember Yamada at the Dixon Family Resource Center with representatives of organizations participating in this year’s ‘Operation Gobble’, an annual event that provides gift certificates for Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need.
DIXON, CA - Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) partnered with the California Water Service Company (Cal Water) Thursday to distribute 100 turkey gift certificates through its annual “Operation Gobble” program. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Assemblymember Yamada has participated in the program.
“I am honored to continue partnering with Cal Water to provide the traditional centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal for 4th District families in need,” said Assemblymember Yamada.
Yamada Honored by Social Work Profession, Aging Advocates
Receives “Best Of” nod from Sacramento Magazine
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) has recently received a number of accolades for her contributions to the social work profession and for her policy work on issues related to California’s aging population.
Yamada, a professional social worker, was recently inducted into the Social Work Hall of Distinction by her peers in recognition of her contributions to the profession over nearly four decades. Yamada and five other individuals became the 2013 class of inductees at a ceremony held in Oakland in conjunction with the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter’s annual conference last month.
Four More Yamada Bills Become Law
SACRAMENTO – Four measures authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) in 2013 have recently been signed by Governor Brown.
“I appreciate Governor Brown’s signature on bills that we sent to his desk in support of California’s vulnerable adults and at-risk youth,” said Assemblymember Yamada.
Assemblymember Yamada to Hold Community Office Hours at Napa Farmers Market
NAPA- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will hold community office hours on Tuesday, October 15th, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Napa Farmers Market, 500 First St., Napa.
The public is invited to drop by and discuss their concerns and receive legislative updates and assistance with government agencies. To RSVP or for more information, please visit her website at www.asm.ca.gov/Yamada or contact Assemblymember Yamada’s District Office at (800) 965-6765.
Yamada Holds Hearing on State Hospital Safety
NAPA, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and members of the Assembly Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety will hold an informational hearing entitled “State Hospital Safety in the Balance: Changes and Challenges for the 21st Century”. The hearing is open to the public.
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada Displays Local Artwork at Woodland District Office
"Slope Near Lake Solano, Winters" by local artist Rebecca Ryland. A selection of 14 of Ryland’s Yolo landscapes in watercolor and oil are currently on display in Assemblymember Yamada’s Woodland District Office.
WOODLAND, CA —Assemblymember Mariko Yamada invites community members to enjoy the artwork of local Yolo County artist Rebecca Ryland on current display at her Woodland District Office, located at 725 Main Street, Suite 206.
Ryland’s artwork invokes scenes of Yolo County, including stills of the Yolo Basin and the farmland surrounding Winters.
Clearlake Students' Art on Display in Capitol
Burns Valley School fifth-grader Jonathan Fredrickson discusses his artwork with Assemblymember Mariko Yamada in the Capitol Tuesday. Burns Valley School student art will be on display at the State Capitol now through September 30th.
SACRAMENTO – The artwork of the fifth and sixth graders of the Burns Valley School in Clearlake is on display in the California State Capitol now through September 30th. Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, who represents Lake County in the Legislature, worked closely with Burns Valley teachers to get the art displayed in the Capitol.
The fifth-grade student exhibit is built around the theme of “An Exploration of the Senses” with works conveying student impressions of sight, touch, taste and sound. The art of the sixth-grade class focuses on the form and function of the leaves of California trees.
Assemblymember Yamada, Mayor Jack Batchelor Hold Joint Community Office Hours in Dixon
DIXON, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor will hold community office hours at the Dixon City Council Chambers, 600 East A Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 3rd.
The public is invited to drop by to discuss their concerns and to receive legislative updates and assistance with government agencies. For more information, please contact Assemblymember Yamada’s District Office at (800) 965-6765.
Survey of Women Veterans
In collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the California Research Bureau is conducting a survey of women veterans to assess their needs and to make policy and service improvement.
Currently, a complete contact list of all 185,000 women veterans in California does not exist. To ensure that the results of the survey accurately reflect the California women veteran population, they need to reach as many women veterans of all eras, backgrounds and experiences as possible.
If you are a woman veteran, I would encourage you to follow the link to take the survey. Please forward this information any female veterans you may know.
Rest Area to be Named in Honor of Slain Deputy
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and Yolo County Sheriff Ed G. Prieto will dedicate the I-5 Rest Area at County Road 6 and County Line Road in Dunnigan in honor of the late Deputy Tony Diaz at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013.
Yolo County Deputy Tony Diaz was fatally shot near the Dunnigan rest area in June 2008 after a high-speed pursuit of a suspected drunk driver who also had a child in the vehicle. The suspect, Marco Topete, was convicted for Diaz’s murder in 2011 and sentenced to death.
Yamada and Pavley Bills Addressing Developmental Center Safety Move to Governor’s Desk
SACRAMENTO – Bills authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) and Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) that address ongoing problems with resident and employee safety at California Developmental Centers and State Hospitals are now headed to the Governor’s desk. Assembly Bill (AB) 602 and Senate Bill (SB) 651 received unanimous bipartisan support in both houses of the Legislature.
AB 602 requires employees at these state facilities to report serious assault and abuse incidents directly to outside law enforcement agencies within two hours. Currently, those reports are only made internally within two days and reporting to outside law enforcement is not mandatory.
Assemblymember Yamada and Supervisor Susan Gorin to Hold Joint Community Office Hours in Sonoma
SONOMA, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin will hold joint community office hours from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Friday, September 20th at the Sonoma Community Health Services Building located at 810 Grove St. in Sonoma.
Assemblymember Yamada, Supervisor Gorin and their staff will be on hand to hear constituent concerns and provide assistance with state or county agencies. For more information or to RSVP, please visit Assemblymember Yamada’s website at www.asm.ca.gov/yamada or call (800) 965-6765. To contact Supervisor Gorin’s office, please call (707) 565-2241.
50 Years After the March on Washington
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) and her colleagues in the State Assembly held a special ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where Doctor Martin Luther King Junior delivered his now famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Assemblymember Yamada reflected on the anniversary during her remarks, "I enjoin all of you - whether Republican or Democrat or where ever you are in between -- that we continue to walk this journey of justice together." Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
Yamada’s AB 557 Strengthens Transparency Regarding Veterans Homes Charges
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 557, authored by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday. This legislation revises requirements for quarterly financial statements provided to members of California’s six Veterans Homes to ensure that the information provided in these statements is consistent with existing state law.
“AB 557 requires that the quarterly statements sent to residents are printed in a font that is 14-point or larger to assist residents in understanding the information necessary for residents to make informed financial decisions,” Yamada said. “It is a companion bill to AB 1823, legislation I authored and which was signed into law last year, requiring veterans home residents to be provided adequate information about their obligations to pay for unreimbursed costs of care.”
Yamada Bills Helping Kids, Seniors On Governor’s Desk
SACRAMENTO –Three measures authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) in 2013 are now awaiting action from Governor Jerry Brown.
“I’m pleased that AB 1006, a bill proposed by a local Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to support at-risk youth, has reached the Governor’s desk,” said Assemblymember Yamada. “Two other modest measures--AB 394 and AB 776--reflect my ongoing interest in bolstering Alzheimer’s research funding and planning efforts already underway to support our aging population,” she continued.
The bills awaiting Governor Brown’s signature are:
Yamada’s Select Committee on Sustainable & Organic Agriculture Convenes Next Week
To explore California’s enforcement of organic standards
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, will hold an informational hearing at 3:00 pm on Monday, August 5th in State Capitol Room 126. The hearing is open to the public.
This informational hearing, entitled “Truth in Labeling: How California Enforces Organic Standards”, will feature testimony from representatives of the industry, including certified organic farmers and the public and private agencies that set and enforce organic standards.
Assemblymember Yamada Honors Centenarians In the New 4th Assembly District
Davis is home to the newest member of Yamada’s Century Circle
DAVIS, CA - Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, has welcomed a Davis resident as the 62nd centenarian inducted into her Century Circle.
Ms. Margret Henryson, a retired nurse, turns 102 on July 25th.
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada’s Statement on the Appointment of Janet Napolitano as UC President
DAVIS, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) issued the following statement on the appointment of Janet Napolitano as President of the University of California:
“Leading the UC system requires fresh leadership and a global perspective. I look forward to hearing President-Designate Napolitano’s ideas about how she will advance the UC’s mission of teaching, research and community service into the 21st Century.”
Assemblymember Yamada represents California’s Fourth Assembly District, which includes the University of California, Davis.
Assemblymember Yamada Hosts Davis Community Office Hours at the Davis Senior Center
DAVIS, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will host community office hours on Thursday, July 25 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the Davis Senior Center library, 646 A Street, Davis.
“Please stop by with any questions or concerns about state issues, or if you need assistance with any state agency,” Yamada said.
Yamada represents all or parts of six counties in the 4th Assembly District, including most of Yolo County. She chairs the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, the Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and the Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety, and is the senior member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture; Water, Parks, and Wildlife; and Veterans Affairs.
For more information, contact her Woodland District Office at (530) 662-7867.
Assemblymember Yamada Hosts Rohnert Park Office Hours at City Center Plaza Farmers Market
ROHNERT PARK, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will be on hand Friday, July 26 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the City Center Plaza Farmers Market located at 500 City Center Dr. in Rohnert Park.
“Meeting constituents and supporting local farmers are two of my favorite activities,” Yamada said. “Please stop by our booth to ask questions, share concerns or if you need our assistance with a state agency. We will do our best to help.”
Assemblymember Yamada will be joined by Rohnert Park City Council Member Jake Mackenzie.
Yamada, who is serving her third term in the legislature, represents all or parts of six counties in the Fourth Assembly District, including Rohnert Park and the Sonoma Valley. She chairs the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, the Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and the Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety.
For more information, contact her American Canyon District Office at (707) 552-4405.
Assemblymember Yamada Hosts Free Forum on Military Service Benefits
YOUNTVILLE, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will host a free ‘Forum on Benefits Earned from Military Service’ on Saturday, July 27, 10 am to 2 pm, in Grant Hall at the California Veterans Home, 100 California Drive, Yountville.
“There are a variety of benefits available for eligible veterans, including men and women, and sometimes extending to those who have served outside of combat," Yamada said. “This event is open to both active duty military and veterans, including those recently separated from service, and their family members."
Legislature Approves Memorial to Honor Slain Deputy
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 14, authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), received final approval by the Legislature today. The resolution honors the bravery of Yolo County Sheriff Deputy Tony Diaz who was killed in the line of duty on June 15, 2008. ACR 14 authorizes the Yolo County Sheriff's Office and Caltrans to erect two signs renaming the rest area off I-5 in Dunnigan as the "Deputy Tony Diaz, Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Memorial Rest Area."
Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition Returns Over $1.7 Million to Local Families
Local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helped file over 1,100 federal tax returns in Yolo County
WOODLAND, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D – Davis) announced the results today of the Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition’s efforts this tax season.
“Approximately 1,111 federal tax returns were filed at Yolo County VITA sites which brought over $1.7 million back to the pockets of low- to moderate-income Yolo County families,” Yamada said. “This year marks the largest growth in the Coalition’s effort to help Yolo County taxpayers file for the Earned Income Tax Credit.”
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