HAYASHI’S BILL TO CREATE OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION PASSES THE
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.
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.
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.
Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Responds to the Bay Area’s Concerns
Regarding Traffic Congestion.
HAYASHI INTRODUCES BILL
TO CREATE OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION
Department of Mental Health to Administer Office of Suicide Prevention
7 2007 SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember
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. More
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.