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Recent News in the 4th District
Free Tax Assistance Workshops
Assemblymember Yamada and the Yolo County VITA Coalition are hosting free tax assistance workshops. Families earning up to $52,427 from wages or self-employment are eligible for FREE tax preparation assistance and may receive a maximum of $6,143 in EITC based on their income and family size. Many people will qualify for the first time this year because of changes in their income, marital status change or the addition of children. Eligible workers may qualify for this federal tax benefit, but will only receive the EITC if they file federal income tax returns and specifically claim the credit.
Yamada Explores Aging as a Women’s Issue
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, announces “Aging as a Women’s Issue” as the second installment of the “Faces of Aging” informational hearing series. This hearing will explore the increasingly large demographic of aging women and the harsh realities that confront them.
“Women are keenly aware of the high cost of longer life-spans,” stated Yamada. “Life-long pay inequities, less access to pensions and new trends to charge women more for long-term care insurance are eroding opportunities for women to plan and achieve financial security.”
Yamada Focuses on Aging Issues in the African American Community
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee announces an informational hearing to explore issues specific to California's older African American population as the first in an eight part “Faces of Aging” 2014 hearing series. Nationally renowned gerontologist and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Administration on Aging, Fernando Torres-Gil, Ph.D., will kick-off the series with an overview of California’s aging population.
“Each component of California's multi-cultural population contributes to our rich diversity and quality of life,” stated Assemblymember Yamada. “Tuesday's hearing will explore ways to address the specific social and health challenges that older African Americans face, and how policymakers can incorporate that knowledge into programs and culturally competent services.”
Yamada Bill Strengthens Resident Safety in Nursing Homes
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, introduced legislation today to address slow, cursory or incomplete investigations of suspected abuse in long-term health care facilities. Assembly Bill 1816 establishes timelines and procedures for completing an investigation into alleged abuse within a long-term care facility.
"Recent reports confirm that the Department of Public Health has failed to complete timely investigations intended to keep dangerous caregivers out of long-term care facilities," Yamada said. "Every day that a complaint is left open, residents in these facilities are being placed at risk. Timely investigations are crucial to ensure safety and quality care."
Yamada Announces “Aging and Diversity” Hearing Series
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee has announced a 2014 informational hearing series to explore the convergence of California’s rapidly aging population and its increasing diversity. The “Faces of Aging” series begins mid-February with a focus on the specific concerns of the older African American adult population, with seven additional hearings expected to follow:
February 18 – African Americans and Aging
March 4 – Aging as a Women’s Issue
April 1 – Aging and the Latino Community
May 6 – Aging in the API Community
June 10 – Aging and the LGBT Community
July 15 – Aging in the Native American Community
August 5 – Aging, Autism, and Alzheimer’s
September 9 – Role Reversals: When Men Become the Caregivers
Yamada Convenes Joint Oversight Hearing on Water Rates
Collaborates with Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee joins the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee for a joint oversight hearing regarding the affordability of water. The hearing, “Keeping Water Rates Affordable” is scheduled for Monday, February 3rd at 3:00 pm in Room 437 of the State Capitol.
“Ensuring clean and reliable water is important, but it’s time to examine what the State can do to ensure that all populations have fair access to this fundamental resource,” stated Yamada. “Seniors and others on fixed incomes continue to pay more for basic necessities, but unlike food and medication, there are few programs providing relief for large water rate increases.”
Yamada Introduces Veterans Home Oversight Bill
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) introduced AB 1580, legislation to establish new oversight processes for the appropriation of funds in the State’s Veterans Homes. Specifically, this bill addresses issues identified in an October 2013 California State Auditor’s report regarding the mismanagement of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) fund which helps support programs and activities for Veterans Home residents.
“The State Auditor’s report highlighted the absence of oversight leading to wasteful spending of funds meant to support the well-being of Veterans Home residents,” Yamada said. “Over half a million dollars were spent on projects that had virtually no tangible benefit to residents and which violated the state’s contracting practices. This legislation will create appropriate oversight processes and ensure the integrity of MWR funds.”
Assemblymember Yamada Commemorates Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will recognize Davis constituent and children’s book author, Dr. Loriene Honda, on the Assembly Floor on “Fred Korematsu Day”, Thursday, January 30th. Dr. Honda will be accompanied by her father, Mr. Lawrence Honda, who was interned at the Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II. Assemblymember Yamada’s family members were also Manzanar internees.
“In honor of Fred Korematsu Day, it is important to reflect upon our civil rights and the heroes who stood up to protect them,” stated Assemblymember Yamada. “Inspired by illustrations by the late renowned artist and Sacramento native, Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Dr. Honda’s book, ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’ tells Jimmy the Cat’s tale of triumph over tragedy and freedom over fear during the Japanese American internment during World War II. My hope is that young readers will be empowered to stand up for themselves and for others by reading this story.”
Assemblymember Yamada Announces Hearing to Examine Agritourism
DAVIS, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, will hold an informational hearing entitled, “Agritourism in California: Opportunities and Challenges of Becoming a Destination”. The hearing will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 23rd at UC Davis in King Hall, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom- Room 1001.
“As more Californians become interested in locally sourced food, the desire for more interaction with growers and farmers also increases,” stated Assemblymember Yamada. “Farmers are responding by seeking new and innovative ways to include attractions like corn mazes, pumpkin patches and wine tasting, but legal issues surrounding these activities remain.”
Yamada Convenes Oversight Hearing on Complaints of Abuse in State Licensed Medical Facilities
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, has announced a joint oversight hearing with the Assembly Health Committee regarding the Department of Public Health's role in overseeing care for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable California residents. The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 at 2:00 pm in Room 4202 of the State Capitol.
“Californians with complex and chronic conditions requiring 24-hour care are generally less able to speak for themselves and must reasonably rely on the State to protect them,” said Yamada. “Recent media reports of the California Department of Public Health dismissing thousands of pending cases of abuse, theft, and other misconduct is alarming.”
Assemblymember Yamada Responds to Governor’s Proposed Budget
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) responded to the Governor’s budget proposal released today:
“I applaud the continued restraint and responsibility reflected in Governor Brown’s budget proposals. Attention to our state hospitals and developmental centers, along with additional resources to strengthen protections for some of our State’s most vulnerable residents is also encouraging.
Assemblymember Yamada Hosts Senior Scam Stopper Seminar
WOODLAND – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a FREE Senior Scam StopperSM seminar. A panel of financial and fraud experts will provide information to seniors on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud. Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.
“The information provided at this seminar is critical to seniors and those who care for them,” said Assemblymember Yamada. “Knowing how to identify scams and staying vigilant is key to protecting our seniors and their hard-earned assets.”
Members of the public are invited to attend this seminar on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Room 800, in Woodland. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Assemblymember Yamada’s Woodland District Office at (530) 662-7867.
Yamada Introduces Water Rate Assistance Legislation
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) has introduced legislation to help low-income Californians with their water bills.
Assembly Bill 1434 would require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to extend the Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA) program statewide and increase the level of assistance provided to ratepayers who qualify for the Low-Income Rate Assistance (LIRA) program.
Assemblymember Yamada Responds to Notification of Intent to Decertify Units at Three State Developmental Centers
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety, issued the following response regarding the intent by the Department of Public Health to decertify units at three developmental centers:
“Friday’s notification of intent by the Department of Public Health to decertify units at three developmental centers— Fairview, Lanterman and Porterville—underscores the urgency to improve care standards for California’s institutionalized developmentally disabled population. California’s most vulnerable citizens deserve basic protection from harm, not to mention effective and humane care. As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety, I will be closely monitoring the situation.”
Yamada also chairs the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care and represents California’s 4th Assembly District which includes the Sonoma Developmental Center.
Four Yamada Bills Take Effect in the New Year
SACRAMENTO – Four measures authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will take effect on January 1, 2014.
AB 557 –This bill revises requirements for quarterly financial statements provided to members of California’s six Veterans Homes to make the information provided in these statements consistent with existing state law. In addition, this bill would require that quarterly statements sent to veterans as well as notice postings inside Veterans Homes concerning quarterly statements be printed in 14-point font or larger.
Assemblymember Yamada Issues Statement on Assembly Budget Blueprint
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the 2014-15 Assembly Blueprint for a Responsible Budget released today:
"The Assembly Budget Blueprint is a good starting point for 2014 deliberations. While many of the priorities look to invest in California's future, of equal importance is our responsibility to care for the seniors and now dependent adults who helped build our state, particularly as threats to earned pensions and previous cuts to services are in play. I look forward to engaging and advocating for California's seniors and dependent adults as the budget process moves forward."
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.
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