NAPA, CA- On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will join Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht at the Napa Farmer’s Market for Community Office Hours. All residents are encouraged to visit their booth.
“During the legislative recess in Sacramento, I am thrilled to be in my district and continue to meet with the community,” Assemblymember Yamada said. “I would like to invite all residents to stop by with questions or concerns, or if you need assistance with a State agency.”
YOLO COUNTY, CA- On Monday, July 7th, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will be holding community office hours in both Esparto and Winters.
“With the Legislature on recess in Sacramento, I am glad to be in my district over the next four weeks,” Assemblymember Yamada said. “Community office hours are a great way to connect directly with our constituents. All are invited to stop by with questions or concerns, or if you need assistance with a State agency.”
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada presents a resolution to 4th Assembly District Veteran of the Year Almon Bundy at the State Capitol on June 25, 2014. He was accompanied by his wife, Yvonne Bundy.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) recognized Napa Resident Almon Bundy as Veteran of the Year for the Fourth Assembly District during a luncheon held on Wednesday. The Veterans Recognition Luncheon is an opportunity for members of the State Assembly to honor a Veteran residing in his or her district who has significantly contributed to their community.
“As the senior member of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee, I am pleased to honor Mr. Almon Bundy for his enduring efforts to assist veterans,” stated Yamada, “Mr. Bundy has created an infrastructure of people, resources, and services to help veterans as they transition back to civilian life and as they cope with trauma and the many challenges this entails.”
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1434, introduced by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), cleared the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications on Monday. This measure seeks to ensure water affordability for all Californians, especially for those with low or fixed incomes.
“As the State continues to set improved standards for water quality, residents throughout California are bearing the burden of the cost to upgrading water systems,” stated Yamada. “My constituents in Lake County nearly experienced a rate increase of 77% over three years due to the development and construction costs of a new water treatment plant, but luckily a pending settlement agreement was reached. However, the legislature cannot leave communities with limited resources to fend for themselves. AB 1434 will initiate a process to strike a balance for utilities and ratepayers.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) released the following statement on Chancellor Linda Katehi’s appointment of UC Davis Graduate School of Management Dean, Steve Currall, as adviser and campus liaison for a possible UC Davis “Third Campus”:
“Recent news of a possible ‘Third Campus’ for UC Davis has raised both great interest and concern, especially with regard to the location of the existing UC Davis World Food Center. Dean Steve Currall’s appointment and a stakeholder advisory body whose membership is in formation will help address both dynamics.
I am privileged to represent the only state assembly district in California that is home to three major state institutions charged with providing care and services to specialized populations: the Napa State Hospital; the Sonoma Developmental Center; and the Yountville Veterans Home.
Regrettably, each of these important facilities has experienced recent crises which have triggered state and federal intervention, including internal review and external audit. In response, I have introduced three pieces of reform legislation to address the most pressing concerns in each facility.
I hope you will join me in supporting these common-sense bills to protect some of our most vulnerable residents, those who care for them, and the taxpayers who are footing the bill:
In 2010, Psychiatric Technician Donna Gross was tragically murdered by a patient at the Napa State Hospital. Although the Department of State Hospitals has made progress in employee-driven safety enhancements, patient-on-patient and patient-on-staff assaults occur daily throughout our state system. AB 2144 establishes comprehensive minimum staff ratios which support effective therapy, reduce the threat of violence, and help alleviate the burden on local law enforcement agencies. Read more here, and show your support by signing the petition below.
The Sonoma Developmental Center Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) was established in 1891, and is the oldest facility in California established specifically for serving the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. AB 2349 addresses 2014 recommendations made by the Future of Developmental Centers Task Force, convened by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to discuss the State’s shift away from institutional care to community placement. As this trend continues, AB 2349 would establish an Office of Community Care Coordination within the Department of Developmental Disabilities to ensure care for the state's neediest residents. Read more here, and show your support by signing the petition below.
A California State Auditor’s report found serious contracting irregularities at the Yountville Veterans Home involving the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) fund, a state-authorized resource established in 1999 to support programs and activities for Veterans Home residents. AB 1580 establishes new oversight processes for MWR funds, and requires input from residents and CA Department of Veterans Affairs approval of expenditures reaching a specified monetary threshold. Read more here, and show your support by signing the petition below.
SACRAMENTO– Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) issued the following statement regarding Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi new advisory group announcement for the University of California, Davis World Food Center project.
“Forming this advisory group following the very public speculation over the location of the proposed UC Davis World Food Center is welcome news,” said Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, who represents the main campus in Yolo County. “Since front-page speculation over locations in Sacramento and West Sacramento surfaced, I have been in contact with campus administration to ask for a full-briefing,” Yamada continued. “In the coming months, I look forward to being actively engaged in the consultative process the Chancellor referenced, including the feasibility of locating the World Food Center in Davis.”
Assemblymember Yamada represents the 4th Assembly District which includes most of Yolo County.
ST. HELENA, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a free Senior Scam StopperSM seminar on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Rianda House located at 1475 Main Street in St. Helena. This is the second seminar to be held in Napa County.
This great resource for seniors and community members will provide information about how to avoid becoming a fraud victim. Attendees will hear from a variety of financial and senior scam experts, and will also have the opportunity for in-person assistance in cases where fraud may have already occurred.
SACRAMENTO– Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) issued the following statement on her appointment by Speaker Toni Atkins to the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs.
“I am delighted to return to a seat on the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, and wish to thank Speaker Toni G. Atkins for the honor of this reappointment. I look forward to working on legislation and programs that support veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for all of us.”
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada’s (D-Davis) Dining with Dogs legislation was approved today by the State Assembly and now moves to the State Senate for further consideration. Assembly Bill 1965 seeks to give restaurants the option to voluntarily allow pet dogs in their outdoor seating areas under specified conditions unless a local ordinance determines otherwise.
"Despite the best efforts of city and county public health departments to balance the desire of restaurant and dog owners with the need to preserve public health, state law currently preempts any effort they make to accommodate dogs on dining patios," Yamada stated. "AB 1965 remedies this by allowing willing businesses to accommodate customers and their dogs while still providing local governments the option to determine if additional standards are necessary for their communities."