Multiple press releases from Assemblymember Mary Hayashi serving the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER HAYASHI’S BILL TO CREATE OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION PASSES THE ASSEMBLY

June 5, 2007  SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) today announced that her bill, AB 509, passed the Assembly with bipartisan support on a vote of 62 to 5. The bill would create the Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) under the Department of Mental Health. Modeled after the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, OSP would devise a comprehensive and integrated approach to reducing the loss and suffering from suicide and suicidal behaviors on a statewide basis.

“We reached an important milestone today in our collaborative effort to advance mental health care in California,” stated Hayashi. “I want to thank all the mental health professionals, organizations, and concerned constituents who worked tirelessly to help pass this piece of legislation.”

Currently, California does not have a state agency that coordinates suicide prevention efforts. OSP would serve in that role by working with community health care partners to research and develop successful prevention strategies. Additionally, it would report the extent of the problem and the effectiveness of various prevention measures it advocates for periodically to the legislature and the public.

“Our work continues in the Senate,” said Hayashi. “It is important that we provide the necessary resources to address this critical element of our health care because the statistics are alarming. More than 3,000 Californians die by suicide each year. It is the third leading cause of death among our teens and young adults. The Office of Suicide Prevention will play a vital role in identifying and creating resources to help those in need.”

Once enacted, OSP would establish an advisory committee of mental health professionals to conduct a comprehensive analysis to determine existing resources and best practices now available to prevent suicides. It would also identify populations of concern by collecting and disseminating information compiled from the Department of Vital Statistics and other sources regarding suicide deaths including, but not limited to, the manner and means of death, age, race/ethnicity, city of residence. Another important function of the office would be to develop prevention training standards with an emphasis on underserved communities and cultural competency.

Hayashi serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARY HAYASHI HOSTS ID THEFT WORKSHOP IN RESPONSE TO CREDIT CARD SCAM AT GROCERY STORE IN SAN LORENZO  A representative from the California Office of Privacy Protection and the lead investigator from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department to speak.

HAYWARD - Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) today announced she is hosting an Identity Theft Workshop Saturday, April 21st at the San Lorenzo Community Church located at 945 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in response to the recent credit card scam at the Albertson’s grocery store in San Lorenzo.


Alameda County Sheriff’s Department has reported that high-tech thieves have stolen more than $100,000 from over 80 customers at the Albertson’s grocery store located at 15840 Hesperian Boulevard in San Lorenzo.
 

A representative from the California Office of Privacy Protection and the lead investigator from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department will speak at the workshop and instruct the community on how best to report and respond to their financial institutions if they have been victimized. The speakers will also provide literature and helpful tips for dealing with this type of fraud as well as fraud involving the theft of personal social security numbers.


The identity theft workshop is open to the public. If you would like to attend, please contact Assemblymember Hayashi’s district office at (510) 583-8818. Free parking is available.

Hayashi serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARY HAYASHI TO INTRODUCE THE CONSUMER SALES SECURITY ACT   

Legislation provides additional resources for law enforcement and increases penalties for those who tamper with retailers’ Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) devices.

HAYWARD - Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) today announced her plans to introduce the Consumer Sales Security Act in response to the recent spree of thefts from the unauthorized tampering of grocery store EFT devices throughout the East Bay. This bill would increase funding for law enforcement agencies to prevent and investigate consumer identity theft cases related to EFT transactions and make crimes involving the illegal tampering a felony. The Consumer Sales Security Act would also require the Office of Privacy Protection to develop an identify theft prevention program for businesses and retailers. The program would educate retailers on security methods and procedures to better protect the financial data of their customers.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department has reported that high-tech thieves have stolen more than $100,000 from over 80 customers at the Albertson’s grocery stores in San Lorenzo and the city of Alameda. More recent estimates predict that more than 500 customers may have been affected by this scam.

To help victims better understand how to notify their financial institutions of the crimes, Assemblymember Hayashi is hosting an Identity Theft Workshop Saturday, April 21st at the San Lorenzo Community Church located at 945 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Representatives from the California Office of Privacy Protection and Save Mart Supermarkets (formerly Albertson’s) as well as the lead investigator from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department will speak at the workshop. The event will also provide literature and helpful tips for dealing with this type of fraud as well as fraud involving the theft of personal social security numbers.

The identity theft workshop is open to the public. If you would like to attend, please contact Assemblymember Hayashi’s district office at (510) 583-8818. Free parking is available.

Hayashi serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo.

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Responds to the Bay Area’s Concerns Regarding Traffic Congestion.

Last fall, the voters approved Proposition 1B, a $20 billion bond to repair California’s highways. The California Transportation Commission (CTC), which is responsible for determining state transportation funding, released a preliminary staff recommendation report for the transportation bond package on February 16, 2007. The first report excluded many important Bay Area projects. More       Her March Newsletter

also:    Assemblymember Mary Hayashi and Colleagues Announce Dental Health Legislation at Capitol

ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARY HAYASHI INTRODUCES BILL
TO CREATE OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION 
Department of Mental Health to Administer Office of Suicide Prevention
 

 February 7 2007 SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) today announced her plans to introduce a bill in the Assembly that would create the Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) under the Department of Mental Health.  Modeled after the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, OSP would devise a comprehensive and integrated approach to reducing the loss and suffering from suicide and suicidal behaviors on a statewide basis. 
 
“Whenever we witness, hear or read about a Californian who died by suicide, we should realize our mental health system has failed him or her,” stated Assemblymember Hayashi.  “Each year California reports more than 3,000 deaths caused by suicide; and attempts reach into the tens of thousands.  To put this into perspective, we have more people who die from suicide in California annually than the number of individuals who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks.  As a state, we are long overdue in providing the necessary resources to address this critical element of health care.
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Assemblymember Mary Hayashi’s Community News & Events 

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Responds to the Bay Area’s Concerns Regarding Traffic Congestion.

Last fall, the voters approved Proposition 1B, a $20 billion bond to repair California’s highways.  The California Transportation Commission (CTC), which is responsible for determining state transportation funding, released a preliminary staff recommendation report for the transportation bond package on February 16, 2007. The first report excluded many important Bay Area projects. 

 

On Tuesday, February 20th, Assemblymember Mary Hayashi joined representatives from across the state and testified in front of the CTC to urge their reconsideration of Bay Area projects.  The San Francisco Chronicle story published Wednesday, February 21, 2007, entitled, Panel urged to revise list of highway projects, quoted Assemblymember Mary Hayayashi:

“The Bay Area has the second-most congestion in the nation," said Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley. "Drive with me eastbound on (Interstate) 580 at 3:30 p.m. You'd know why I'm here."

Taking into consideration the testimony that was given by Assemblymember Hayashi and many other leaders from across the state, the CTC released a revised staff recommendation report for California’s highways.  The second report included much needed funding to relieve the bottle necked traffic on I-80, I-880 and I-580 that Assemblymember Hayashi spoke about on behalf of the Bay Area.  The newly-allocated bond money will fund all of the CTC projects in Assembly District 18 that were noted in the CTC Corridor Mobility Plan.

For more information regarding the full CTC staff recommendation report, please visit:  http://www.catc.ca.gov/

To view the full San Francisco Chronicle article, please visit: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/02/21/BAGMSO8BB21.DTL&hw=Hayashi&sn=002&sc=969

 

 

Celebrate Bay Area Women Making History

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate will be honoring Assemblymember Mary Hayashi at their event to commemorate women’s history month. They will be recognizing local women who are making history happen today. Other honorees include Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, the first lesbian couple married in San Francisco, Beth Parker, the San Francisco attorney that successfully challenged the federal abortion ban in Planned Parenthood v. Gonzalez in the 9th Circuit, and local Labor leaders.

 

This event will be held on Thursday, March 15th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St, San Francisco. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to mingram@ppgg.org.

 

 

 

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Health Care Town Hall – March 1, 2007

 

Pictured: Assemblymember Mary Hayashi with panelists from her Health Care Town Hall last night at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton. Panelists from left to right: Mr. Rudy Cockerham, Chabot College School of Nursing; Ms. Marcy Feit, ValleyCare Health System; Ms. Sharon Cornu, Central Labor Council of Alameda County; Mr. Richard Thomason, United Healthcare Workers; Assemblymember Mary Hayashi; Mr. John Garcia, Kaiser Permanente; Mr. Dave Kears, Alameda County Health Care Services.

 California State Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez Names Assemblymember Mary Hayashi to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

“Assemblymember Mary Hayashi has devoted most of her life to advancing and improving mental health services access,” said Speaker Núñez. “As a former commissioner to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and as a leading advocate for Proposition 63, she will provide a unique level of expertise and experience to the commission, furthering California’s commitment to combating and treating mental illness.”

 

The 16-member California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission advises the governor and legislature on actions the state may take to improve care and services for people with mental illness and annually reviews and approves each county’s mental health programs. The commission meets at least once per quarter and members are compensated for expenses related to the discharge of commission duties.

 

 

 

Assemblymember Presents Flag and Memorial Resolution to James and Beverly Balsley on the Assembly Floor

 

 

 

 

Pictured: Assemblymember Mary Hayashi with Beverly and James Balsley, whose son Army Pfc. Michael Balsley, 23, was killed while on patrol in Baghdad on Jan. 25. The Balsleys are active members of Operation Mom, the Castro Valley-based support group for military families.

 

 

 

Plan Ahead for the Next Big Earthquake

The 4.2 earthquake that rocked the region last night serves as a reminder of the fault lines that run throughout the Bay Area. The safety of your family can depend on your advance planning. For tips on what you can do, visit the Assemblymember’s website and access her Earthquake Preparedness Guide.

 

 

 

$100,000 in Scholarships for California 6th – 12th Grade Students 

The Campaign for College Opportunity is announcing its second annual “Save Me a Spot in College” scholarship contest. This contest is an effort to hear young Californians speak about the need for college access for the growing number of young people in the state, and how a college education can improve their lives and provide a better future for California.

 

This contest is open to students in the 6th through 12th grade, and entries can be in the form of written word, poster, radio, or TV ad format, answering the question: “Why should California leaders save you and your peers a spot in college?” Register at www.collegecampaign.org/contest or call 1-800-459-9586. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2007

 

 

 

Cancer Legal Resource Center Provides Free and Confidential Information 

The Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) is a joint program of the Disability Rights Legal Center and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. It is committed to providing free and confidential information and education on cancer-related legal issues to those coping with cancer. Information is provided to the person diagnosed with cancer and also to families, friends, employers, health care professionals, and others.

 

A cancer diagnosis can carry with it a variety of potential legal issues, including insurance coverage, employment discrimination, access to health care, child custody and estate planning. These legal issues can cause people unnecessary worry, confusion and stress.

 

CLRC is a national resource that offers a free Telephone Assistance Line (1-866-THE-CLRC or 1-866-843-2572) where callers can receive information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation. When necessary, callers are matched with volunteer attorneys and other professionals for additional legal assistance.

 

 

 

Free Interpreters Through Language Line Services and AT&T

By calling 1-888-855-0811, those in the Bay Area who speak little or no English can now communicate through a free interpreter with business services they want and need.

 

This service is free to callers and offers consumers a simple way to purchase needed services from businesses within our local community. One can use this assistance to apply for credit cards, open checking accounts, sign up for cable service, buy auto insurance, and order many other services.

 

Languages currently available are: Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. More languages may be added. To find out more about this program, visit www.worldpartnerprogram.com.