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- In recognition of Women's History Month, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D- Davis) has named Josie Enriquez as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 4th Assembly District. Ms. Enriquez has dedicated 12 years to assisting families across Yolo County access vital programs and services in her capacity as Case Management Supervisor at the Yolo Family Resource Center (YFRC).
WOODLAND, CA - Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, welcomes Woodland resident, Ms. Virginia Rothline, to the Century Circle as she reached the esteemed age of 100 on February 27, 2014.
“It is my privilege to honor and celebrate Ms. Virginia Rothline upon her 100th birthday,” stated Yamada. “Our centenarians have first-hand knowledge and experience in the changing landscape of the Golden State and many have helped to shape the California we know today. As they achieve the special status of centenarian, we owe our respect to people like Ms. Rothline who dedicated three decades to ensuring mail deliveries to the residents of Woodland.”
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.”
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."
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.”
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
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.”
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.”
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.”