Assemblymember Hayashi Running for Alameda County Board of Supervisors

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CASTRO VALLEY — Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) has declared her candidacy for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Hayashi represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward and Dublin. The first Korean American woman elected to the California State Legislature, she was elected in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and is now termed out.

Mary Hayashi

The vacancy on the Board of Supervisors was left by Nadia Lockyer, who recently resigned because of personal issues. The wife of State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, she made headlines last February when she said she had been assaulted in a Newark hotel room by a former boyfriend whom she had met while in rehab. A sex tape of the supervisor and the boyfriend later surfaced. Bill Lockyer has since filed for divorce.

Former Union City Councilmember Richard Valle is serving as supervisor on an interim basis and will run for the seat in November. Union City Mayor Mark Green is also a candidate.

Hayashi has been dogged by a scandal of her own, though it seems tame compared to Lockyer’s. In October 2011, she was arrested for shoplifting after walking out Neiman Marcus in San Francisco’s Union Square with $2,450 worth of clothes. She said she had planned to pay for the items but was distracted by a phone call. Her attorney also said that she might have been affected by a benign brain tumor, but Hayashi later said that was not a factor.

In January, Hayashi pleaded no contest to misdemeanor grand theft, reduced by the judge from felony grand theft, was sentenced to three years of probation and a fine of $180, and was ordered to stay away from the store. A felony conviction would have prevented her from chairing any Assembly committees.

In an interview last month with The Marin Independent Journal, Hayashi discussed the incident. “My opponents may use the issue to try to smear me, but I trust the voters to be smarter than that … The world doesn’t end when you make a personal mistake. People still need help … and I haven’t missed a single day of work.”

Hayashi has kept busy. Last month she hosted the Senior Health Fair and the Pet Health and Safety Fair, and visited Washington, D.C. as part of an Assembly delegation to advocate for more federal resources.

On Aug. 6, Hayashi adjourned a legislative session in memory of the shooting victims at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, noting that one of them was the cousin of Hayward’s Sikh temple priest, Charnjit Singh, who received the news before Sunday services. “With courage and strength, he led and comforted his congregation as they all waited for more information, and prayed for friends and families in preparation for the heart-breaking details,” she said.

Hayashi serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, and a member of the Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Insurance Committee. She is also chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community Colleges and vice chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

Among her bills that have been signed into law is AB 25, a concussion safety bill that placed California alongside Washington as the states with the toughest return-to-play laws for student athletes. She authored AB 509, which served as the catalyst for establishing California’s first Office of Suicide Prevention, and AB 142 to help increase funding for schools through changes to the California State Lottery.

“I have been honored to serve our diverse families and communities in the State Legislature,” Hayashi said. “With an overall goal of making a better future for California, I have authored legislation to protect seniors, promote children’s health, and support public education.”

She served as the Alameda County coordinator in the successful campaign to pass Proposition 63, which provides increased funding for a broad prevention, early intervention, and treatment services in county and statewide mental health programs.

Hayashi is an executive committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and has served as California director of the American Public Health Association, a member of the California Board of Registered Nursing, chair of the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Political Action Committee, and board member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and Girls Inc. of Alameda County, among other organizations. She is also the author of “Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority.”

She is married to Alameda County Superior Court Judge Dennis Hayashi, who was a member of Fred Korematsu’s legal team in the 1980s.

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  1. Charlie Peters on

    Bill Clinton, Al Gore & Senator Obama supported the California 2006 Prop. 87, a GMO corn ethanol welfare program.

    Bill, Al, have changed opinion on the ethanol mandate, I wonder if California will make this the time for CHANGE?

    I support a waiver of the ethanol mandate, voluntary use of ethanol in my gas.

    Federal ethanol policy increases Government motors oil use and Big oil profit.

    It is reported that today California is using Brazil sugar cane ethanol at $0.16 per gal increase over using GMO corn fuel ethanol. In this game the cars and trucks get to pay and Big oil profits are the result that may be ready for change.

    We do NOT support AB 523 or SB 1396 unless the ethanol mandate is changed to voluntary ethanol in our gas.

    Folks that pay more at the pump for less from Cars, trucks, food, water & air need better, it is time.

    The car tax of AB 118 Nunez is just a simple Big oil welfare program, AAA questioned the policy and some folks still agree.

    AB 523 & SB 1326 are just a short put (waiver) from better results.

    GOOGLE: Prop 87 (510) 537-1796

  2. Charlie Peters on

    CA legislature mandates millions of Smog Checks per year resulting in hundreds of thousands of failed tests but DCA/BAR does not audit to see if the fail fault gets repaired.

    A secret shopper random quality audit of Smog Check may improve Smog Check performance as much as 300 percent within a year that may improve fleet emissions thousands of tons per day.

    I would wish to meet with the BP committee Chair to share this opportunity. See: AB 2289 Eng Senate BP hearing CAPP proposal

  3. One wonders about the statement,
    “Hayashi has been dogged by a scandal of her own, though it seems tame compared to Lockyer’s.”

    Tame by comparison?
    Good God, Hayashi was arrested for felony grand theft shoplifting! $2,450
    Since when did felony grand theft become something anyone in the community would refer to as “tame”. Have you lost all sense of what it means when leaders in the community don’t live up the ideals we say we espouse?

    Her criminal act, her “brain tumor” excuse, and her current claim that it was all a “absentminded error” are near comical.
    Imagine if you found out one of your children or family or church members had been caught felony shoplifting. If you were a business owner, would you hire them?
    Would any police department hire them? Would Macy’s hire them?

    Yet Mary Hayashi now expects the citizens to hire her to a new job, with a $50,000 raise in pay while she still is on 30 months probation for the crime she finally admitted to.

    And people wonder why our society has become so filled with immoral behavior.
    It seems too many have given up and are ready to accept felony shoplifting as a minor flaw.

  4. Charlie Peters on

    The UN is supporting a GMO corn fuel waiver

    Bill Clinton, Al Gore & Senator Obama supported the California 2006 Prop. 87, a GMO corn ethanol welfare program.

    Bill, Al, have changed opinion on the ethanol mandate, I wonder if California will make this the time for CHANGE?

    I support a waiver of the ethanol mandate, voluntary use of ethanol in my gas.

    Federal ethanol policy increases Government motors oil use and Big oil profit.

    It is reported that today California is using Brazil sugar cane ethanol at $0.16 per gal increase over using GMO corn fuel ethanol. In this game the cars and trucks get to pay and Big oil profits are the result that may be ready for change.

    We do NOT support AB 523 or SB 1396 unless the ethanol mandate is changed to voluntary ethanol in our gas.

    AB 523 has passed the legislature and is on the Governor’s desk awaiting his action.

    I support a Governor Brown veto and a waiver of ethanol mandate in my gas.

    Folks that pay more at the pump for less from Cars, trucks, food, water & air need better, it is time.

    The car tax of AB 118 Nunez is just a simple Big oil welfare program, AAA questioned the policy and some folks still agree.

    AB 523 & SB 1326 are just a short put (waiver) from better results.

  5. That wasn’t meant to be an endorsement of what Hayashi did, just an observation that it might work to her advantage that Lockyer’s scandal, which involved sex, drugs and violence, was more sensational. Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that Hayashi committed a crime. Some of her constituents forgive her; others don’t. The voters will decide whether it was so egregious that she shouldn’t be elected again.

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