SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) issued the following statement regarding the 6.0 magnitude earthquake which occurred five miles northwest of American Canyon on Sunday, August 24, 2014.
“Yesterday’s early morning quake was a ‘wake-up’ call in more ways than one. As relief and recovery efforts begin today, I wish to thank all of our local officials, first responders, emergency medical and hospital personnel, law enforcement, public utilities workers, Napa Red Cross, and everyday citizens for a well-coordinated response to this serious and unexpected event. Special thanks to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for keeping our office apprised during those first critical hours and throughout the day. The Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) was put to the test and once again, proved effective.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada’s (D-Davis) Assembly Bill 1965, allowing dogs on restaurant patios, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill will give restaurants the option to allow pet dogs in their outdoor seating areas under specified conditions unless a local ordinance determines otherwise.
“It will soon be legal to take your beagle with you to dinner,” stated Assemblymember Yamada. “With Governor Brown’s signature, restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love. I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit’.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) released the following statement regarding today’s Water Bond vote:
“Today, I joined legislators from throughout California and across both sides of the aisle to place an urgent water bond before the voters this November. While imperfect, this bond is vastly improved from the 2009 version that I could not support. Now, California voters will have the opportunity to determine whether or not this bond will advance our mutual water futures.”
Assemblymember Yamada has been serving on the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee since 2009 and participated in hearings of the Water Bond Informational Series conducted by the Committee in diverse communities across California. Yamada represents the 4th Assembly District which includes all or parts of Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties.
SACRAMENTO- Assembly Bill 1965, a measure to make dining with dogs possible, was approved by the Senate today and is now headed toward the Governor’s desk. Authored by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), AB 1965 seeks to give restaurants the option to allow pet dogs in their outdoor seating areas under specified conditions unless a local ordinance determines otherwise.
"I appreciate the support of my colleagues in both the Assembly and the Senate for allowing Californians to enjoy noodles with their poodles,” stated Yamada. “As the bill awaits the Governor’s decision, I am hopeful that Sutter Brown will weigh in with a favorable position.”
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, chaired by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), will host a joint informational hearing on August 12, 2014 with the newly established Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long Term Care, chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D- La Cañada Flintridge).
“Since 2010, I have had the privilege to serve as the Chair of the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee and have focused on bringing attention and crafting solutions to address the needs of older adults,” Assemblymember Yamada said. “California’s demographics are rapidly shifting in both age and diversity, making it imperative for us to expand the conversations that focus on specific aging populations.”
SOLANO, CA – Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (Davis) along with experts from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will co-host informational presentations on Assembly Bill 60 in the cities of Napa and Dixon next week.
"In 2013, my colleagues and I approved AB 60 to address unlicensed and uninsured drivers on California's roads," Assemblymember Yamada said. "Due to the numerous changes that come with the implementation of AB 60, I have partnered with the DMV to host a panel of experts that will provide study materials and answer any questions from the community."
SACRAMENTO, CA—Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) released the following statement during the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association's (APAPA) Press Conference at their National Headquarters in Sacramento on Wednesday, July 16:
"From my family's four-year internment in the Manzanar War Relocation Camp during World War II, to my four decades as an activist and a social worker, I have seen our country make hard fought progress towards a more perfect union.
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.”