Assemblymember Mariko Yamada Final Summary Report

November 19, 2014

Mariko Yamada


By The Numbers – Final Summary Report

As my staff and I complete six years serving our Assembly District, I am pleased to present our last “By the Numbers” report, a snapshot of the programs and services that have been among our top priorities made possible through invaluable partnerships and volunteers.


$6.9M - The total amount of tax refunds returned since 2010 to low- and moderate-income families through our work with the Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition. Free tax preparation events with IRS-Certified volunteers help low-income working families, elderly, and workers with disabilities claim all eligible tax credits, including the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Look at our five-year record!

$45,000 – The student financial aid awarded since 2009 to Yolo County participants at our Cash for College workshops. Assisting students – many of whom are the first in their families to go to college – in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant applications is the first step in attaining a higher education.

1,607 - The total number of District Office constituent cases throughout our six-county district mitigated since 2009. Helping people navigate the state bureaucracy, linking constituents to resources and other jurisdictions, and resolving problems has been a hallmark of our District Office operations.

698 – The number of people who visited Veterans Resource Fairs in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties. Approximately 620 cases were opened or updated by various agencies, including 395 veterans claims. During the fairs, participants were able to access information on federal, state, and local veteran services and programs. Veterans were also able to file and check the status of existing claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

133 – The number of Centenarians inducted in my “Century Circle” program since 2010. Based on the “Keiro No Hi” or “Respect for the Aged Day” national holiday celebrating centenarians in Japan since 1966, our office proudly recognizes those who have attained the esteemed age of 100 or over.

535 – Unlicensed drivers in our district attended one of our 5 informational presentations on Assembly Bill 60. We hosted these workshops in collaboration with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), California Highway Patrol (CHP), local law enforcement agencies, the Sacramento and San Francisco Mexican Consulate, and several local organizations. An additional Napa workshop will take place on November 20th.


26 – The number of oversight and informational hearings conducted in my role as Chair of the Aging and Long Term Care Committee. Issues ranging from homecare to the end-of-life and our 2014 “Faces of Aging” Informational Hearing series highlight the competencies necessary to meet the needs of California’s 21st century aging population.

8 - As Chair of the Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, we examined organic certification, agricultural solutions to climate change, and, in a joint hearing with the Select Committee on Wine, took a look at sustainable winegrowing issues in California.

2 - As Chair of the Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety, hearings convened in Sacramento and Napa examined the changes needed to preserve treatment and protect workers and patients in an increasingly violent environment.

19 – Committee assignments held since 2009:

Chair, Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care; Chair, Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture; Chair, Assembly Select Committee on State Hospital and Developmental Center Safety; senior member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture; Veterans Affairs; and Water, Parks, and Wildlife where we were engaged in the next chapter of the Delta “water wars”; and member of the Committees on Rules, Housing and Community Development and Labor and Employment; member of the Select Committees on Homelessness; Foster Care; Local Emergency Preparedness; Mental and Behavioral Health; Regional Approaches to Addressing the State’s Water Crisis; State Hospital Safety; State School Financial Takeovers; The 2010 Census; Wine; and Workforce Development within the Developmentally Disabled Community.


36 – The total number of bills and resolutions chaptered since 2009 with an emphasis on aging and long-term care reforms, regulating private long-term care insurance policies, funding Alzheimer’s research, protecting victims of dependent adult abuse, consumer protection and civil rights. For a full list of our legislative accomplishments, please visit the California Legislative Information website.

Your new Assemblymember will begin serving the 4th Assembly District on Monday, December 1st. My staff and I will continue our service through Wednesday, November 26th. Please contact us at (916) 319-2004 or (800) 965-6765 if you have any concerns or questions regarding a State agency or legislative matter. Thank you for the great honor of serving you.


Mariko Yamada
Assemblymember, 4th Assembly District

Weekly Address: Open Enrollment Starts Today

November 15, 2015

In this week’s address, the President reminded Americans that Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins this weekend. In the past year, more than 10 million people have gained health insurance, including more than 7 million who enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage. They are proof that the Affordable Care Act is working, making health care more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality for millions of people.

Historic Joint Plan to Curb Climate Pollution

November 12, 2014

The White House

Last night, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced crucial new actions to protect our climate. And because of American leadership, China is making critical new commitments.

Building on the progress we’ve already made, the U.S. will set a new target of cutting our net greenhouse gas emissions 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. And President Xi announced new plans to increase the share of renewable energy and nuclear power that China uses to roughly 20% by 2030 — up from only 8% in 2009 — and, for the first time, set a target for when China will max out its carbon emissions.

The U.S. and China together account for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions — so together, we have an especially important role to play in fighting climate change.

To put it plainly: This is a big deal. Find out more about the announcement, and share the news with someone who needs to know.

Back in 2009 when President Obama took office, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions were projected to continue increasing indefinitely, at a rate of about 1.2% each year. But the President set an ambitious goal that November to cut emissions “in the range of 17% below 2005 levels” by 2020.

We’re on track to achieve that goal. Since taking office, President Obama has:

  • Put in place appliance efficiency standards that will save American consumers more than $450 billion on their utility bills through 2030
  • Established standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks, nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and saving consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump over the lifetime of the program
  • Released the first-ever proposal for carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants
  • Increased electricity generation from solar more than ten-fold, and tripled electricity production from wind power
  • Invested more than $80 billion in clean energy technologies

And the new emission reduction target that the President announced last night will roughly double the pace of our carbon pollution reduction — from 1.2% per year from 2005 to 2020, to 2.3-2.8% from 2020 to 2025.

This target keeps us on track to reduce our carbon pollution on the order of 80% by 2050, and means the U.S. is doing our part to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Learn more about last night’s announcements, and forward this message to make sure people know just how important this is.



John Podesta
Counselor to the President
The White House

Weekly Address: This Veterans’ Day, Let’s Honor Our Veterans

November 8, 2014

In this week’s address, in advance of Veterans’ Day, the President paid tribute to the men and women in uniform who have given so much in service of America.

Veterans have risked their lives to protect our freedom, and we need to be there for them when they return from duty by ensuring they get the care they need and the opportunities they deserve. The President asked every American to thank and welcome home the veterans in their lives who, like all who fight for our country, are heroes worthy of our constant gratitude and support.

CDC Web Workshop Sun. Nov. 16th. 12-4

November 16th Website Workshop at the SimCenter in San Diego


Weekly Address: It’s Time to Help Women and Working Families

November 1, 2014

Weekly Address: It’s Time to Help Women and Working Families | The White House

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the progress our economy is making, and the commonsense policies that could make it even stronger by ensuring that everyone who works hard has the opportunity to get ahead, especially women and working families.

Locally Endorsed Lake County Democratic Campaigns

October 30, 2014

Lake County Democrats, these are our endorsed campaigns locally for November 4, 2014.
Please spend an hour or two this weekend helping out your favorite campaign and help a Democrat win!!!

Contact them here:

• Sorhna Jordan for Assessor/Recorder

• Jeri Spittler for Supervisor

• Bruno Sabatier for Clearlake City Council

• Mireya Turner for Lakeport City Council

• Measure O

• Measure S

Weekly Address: Focused on the Fight Against Ebola

October 28, 2014

In this week’s address, the President discusses the measures we are taking to respond to Ebola cases at home, while containing the epidemic at its source in West Africa.

Democratic Central Committee to meet November 6, 2014

October 27, 2014

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee will meet Thursday November 6, 2014 at the Lower Lake Methodist Church Community Meeting Room at 16255 2nd Street in Lower Lake at 6 p.m. Here is the map link:

We will be discussing the United States involvement in the Middle East Conflict and committee appointments.

The agenda for the November 6, 2014 meeting includes reports from representatives for Congressmen Mike Thompson and John Garamendi, Assemblyman Bill Dodd and State Senator Mike McGuire, as well as reports from the Stonewall Democratic Club Chair Essie Coons and representative from the Lake County Democratic Club Paula Mune.

If you would like to get involved, please come to the meeting and we will find a way for you to participate. 

Meetings are open to the public, and committee membership is open to all registered Democrats.

The Lake County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Lake County.

For more information about the Democratic Party in Lake County visit our visit our Facebook page

Contact the Democratic Party of Lake County at 707-533-4885 or by email at .

November 2014 Agenda For The Lake County Democratic Central Committee

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