SACRAMENTO– Assembly Bill 2144, authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), establishing minimum patient-to-clinician ratios within the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) facilities passed the Assembly Committee on Health today with 13 aye votes.
“Improving outcomes while reducing the potential for violence for both patients and staff in California’s State Hospitals is our goal, and I appreciate the committee’s support for this common-sense legislation,” stated Yamada. “With forensic commitments over 90% in this system, the imperative to provide a safe working environment while also ensuring patient safety and meaningful treatment cannot be ignored.”
SACRAMENTO –Assembly Bill 1434, authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), establishing a ratepayer assistance program to help low-income Californians with their water bills passed the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce today.
In 2012, AB 685 (Eng) established that access to safe, clean, andaffordable water is every human being’s right. While the measure required the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to consider low-income rate relief, there was no requirement to implement such programs. Moreover, they do not have authority over utilities that qualify as public agencies which are the vast majority of water service providers in the state.
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), along with the Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition, is hosting a workshop to help families file their taxes. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 10AM-2PM at Pioneer High School Library located at 1400 Pioneer Ave in Woodland.
“I am proud to continue working with local organizations to provide these important free services to the local residents,” Assemblymember Yamada stated. “We are helping families and individuals claim all the tax credits for which they qualified and toward a more secure financial future.”
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 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Many people who have not qualified in the past for the EITC may qualify this year because of a change in marital status, the addition of children or changes in their income, but eligible workers must specifically claim the EITC on their federal income tax returns in order to receive the credit. Appointments are required for tax assistance, and can be made by calling Yolo Family Resource Center at (530) 406-7221.
Taxpayers must bring the following items to the workshops to complete their tax form:
For more information about the workshops, please contact Assemblymember Yamada’s District Office at (530) 662-7867.
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and Home Dairy Supporters during press conference on AB 2505- Farm-to-Fridge at Phoenix Ranch, Vacaville on April 4, 2014.
Sacramento - Two years ago, a working group hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) per farmers’ requests, invited numerous stakeholders to the table to discuss the practice of sharing and selling the excess raw milk from families with a small number of lactating animals after some farmers were issued cease and desist letters for sharing or selling their raw milk without a permit. Home dairy farmers, with technical input from agencies such as CDFA and the Department of Public Health (DPH), designed safety standards to regulate the practice and to protect the consumers. These recommendations were translated into Assembly Bill 2505 introduced by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) that died today in Assembly Agriculture Committee.
NAPA, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) and the California Contractors State License Board are hosting a free Senior Scam StopperSM seminar. This great resource for seniors and their family members will provide information on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud from a panel of financial and fraud experts. Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain in-person assistance if they have already been scammed.
“I am pleased to partner with the California Contractors State License Board to provide this important seminar, especially for seniors and those who care for them,” said Assemblymember Yamada. “Scammers prey on vulnerable populations such as seniors and use a variety of tactics to gain access to their assets. Attendees will receive reliable information on how to identify scams and tips on how to stay vigilant.”
SACRAMENTO- Assembly Bill 1816, authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), passed the Assembly Committee on Health with unanimous support today. This measure addresses slow, cursory or incomplete investigations of suspected abuse in long-term health care facilities by establishing timelines and procedures for completing an investigation into alleged abuse within a long-term care facility.
“I am pleased that we are one step closer to ensuring that residents in our nursing homes are in a safe and secure environment,” stated Yamada. “When a concern is raised about a resident at risk, we must act swiftly to investigate the matter in order to improve our state’s commitment to providing quality care to those who are among our most vulnerable population.”
"As we mourn yet another senseless killing at the hands of hate in our midst, we stand with the Sacramento area Muslim American Community and say we are with you in this time of grief. We also say to those who would do such harm, that alongside our public safety partners, we seek justice for the victim, his family, and the greater Sacramento region. You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Bill 1965 passed the Assembly Health Committee with strong bipartisan support. Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) authored this measure which permits restaurants to voluntarily allow pet dogs in outdoor seating areas under specified conditions unless a local ordinance determines otherwise.
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.
SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, has submitted a proposal to the legislature to respond to the concerns outlined by the Task Force on the Future of Developmental Centers. Specifically, this bill would direct the State Department of Developmental Services to create a plan to implement the Task Force’s recommendations while considering the best interests of the resident population and Sonoma Developmental Center.
"The Task Force brought together consumers, developmental center staff, family members, regional center directors, consumer rights advocates, legislative and labor union representatives to address the repeated calls for the closure of California’s Developmental Centers,” Yamada said. “AB 2349 is sensitive to the fiscal pressures and other challenges these centers face and helps layout a path for the developmental centers to fundamentally transform.”