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Welcome to my website. As the elected representative for the 18th Assembly District, I have been honored to serve our diverse families and communities in the State Legislature. 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.

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News Highlights

October 24, 2012

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi Urges Consumers to Help Celebrate Food Day 2012

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) is encouraging consumers to help celebrate Food Day, which takes place on October 24, 2012. Organizations like the Alameda County Community Food Bank will be holding events to raise awareness about sustainable food, advocacy and hunger.

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October 10, 2012

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi Urges Women to Get Screened for Breast Cancer

In observance of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) is encouraging women to get screened for breast cancer. She released a public service announcement today, which can be viewed below.

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September 24, 2012

Governor Signs Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s Bill to Increase Local Government Transparency and Accountability

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced today that Governor Jerry Brown has signed her bill, AB 1509. AB 1509 will increase public awareness of and access to the required Statement of Economic Interests, also known as Form 700, by local elected officials.

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September 20, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s Veterans Education Bill

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced today that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed her bill, AB 2478. AB 2478 extends the current exemption given to veterans from paying non-resident tuition at California Community Colleges by one year, providing them with additional time to establish residency in the state.

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September 10, 2012

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi Announces Launch of Revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Today, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced the release of the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

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August 17, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi’s Concussion Training Bill

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) announced today that Governor Jerry Brown has signed her student safety bill, AB 1451. AB 1451 will add training on concussions to the first aid certification required of all California high school coaches.

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Save the Date - July 27, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi to Host Third Annual Senior Health Fair

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) will host her Third Annual Senior Health Fair on Friday, July 27 at the Weekes Park Community Center in Hayward. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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July 19, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Meets with the Nation’s Leaders to Bring More Federal Resources to California

Mary with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi was in Washington, DC this week as a member of a California State Assembly delegation to advocate for more federal resources. The group met with several federal government agency heads and national leaders on issues such as health care, transportation, housing, and education.

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July 15, 2012

Over 400 Animals Attend Assemblymember Mary Hayashi’s Free Pet Health and Safety Fair

Mary at her Pet Health and Safety Fair

Pet owners brought over 400 animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and two tiny turtles to Assemblymember Mary Hayashi’s free Pet Health and Safety Fair yesterday at the Hayward City Hall grounds.

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June 25, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Co-Authors Legislation to Provide Overtime Pay to Farm Workers

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi announced that she is co-authoring Assembly Bill 1313, which will allow farm workers to be eligible for the same overtime pay protections as other workers.

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June 23, 2012

Oakland Zoo Celebrates Fundraiser's 20th Anniversary

Mary with Oakland Zoo CEO Joel Parrott Assemblymember Mary Hayashi presented a resolution to Dr. Joel Parrott, President and CEO of the Oakland Zoo, congratulating them on the 20th Anniversary of their premier fundraising event, Walk in the Wild - An Epicurean Escapade!

May 21, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Co-Authors Legislation to Save State Parks

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi announced that she is co-authoring an important bill to save California’s state parks. AB 1589, the California State Park Stewardship Act of 2012, directs the Department of Parks and Recreation to prioritize the creation of a plan to increase revenues and collect user fees at state parks. Supporters held a press conference at the State Capitol today to discuss the importance of the bill and the need to sustain and protect California’s state park system.

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May 16, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Appointed to Special Committee on Governor’s Reorganization Plan

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi has been appointed by Assembly Speaker John Perez to a special committee that will assess the Governor’s Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 2012.

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May 7, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Joins Commemoration of First Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day

Mary speaking at Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi joined with leading women’s health advocates to raise awareness about mental health at the first Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day at the State Capitol. The event, in recognition of May as Perinatal Mental Health and Maternal Depression Awareness Month, featured a morning press conference and an expert panel discussion.

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April 10, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi’s “Bully” Advanced Screening Shows to a Capacity Crowd

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi hosted an advanced screening of “BULLY” last night for a full house at the Tower Theater in Sacramento. Over 200 community leaders, elected officials and their families packed the theater to see the award-winning documentary, which has made headlines over its subject matter and its controversial initial ‘R’ rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The MPAA finally granted a PG-13 rating on April 5, 2012, after much protest from those who felt an ‘R’ rating would exclude the film’s primary audience–young people who are the targets and who are the perpetrators of bullying–and deter parents from taking their children to see the movie.

“I’m proud that advocates were able to convince MPAA to make this decision, which will allow many more young people to see this important film,” stated Assembly Member Mary Hayashi, who gathered signatures for the national petition to change the rating. “Bullying has already taken the life of another young person, Teddy Molina of Texas. We cannot ignore the seriousness and pervasiveness of this problem, and people need to see exactly what is happening to our kids in schools.”

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, “BULLY” provides a clear and unwavering insight into bullying and its impact on the lives of five kids and their families. It’s estimated that thirteen million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year. The movie will be released nationwide on April 13.

To address this issue, Assembly Member Hayashi has authored AB 1539, directing the DMV to sell California’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) specialty license plate, which will fund anti-bullying programs in schools.

Celebrating California's Cesar Chavez Day on March 31

March 31 marks the birth date of one of California's greatest civil rights icons, Cesar Chavez. We are proud to celebrate this occasion as Cesar Chavez Day in our state, when we pay tribute to an hero who stood up against injustice, and led the poor and disenfranchised to be empowered agents of change for themselves and their communities. Cesar Chavez led by example, giving courage to all those around him. He rejected the standing belief that farm workers could not organize for a better life, and made tremendous personal sacrifices to fulfill his dream of a better life for farm workers.

With the support of his family and in the face of great uncertainty, he quit his first-ever regular paying job in order to invest all he had in the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers of America. He worked tirelessly to convince others that they could do the same, with each farm worker overcoming fear and taking incredible personal risks for the sake of a greater cause.

The Chavez family continues his legacy of inspiring young generations to become involved in advocating for human rights. Several years ago, I was proud to help the Cesar Chavez Foundation secure a $2.5 million grant to support the historical preservation and education work at the National Chavez Center in Keene, California. It was an inspiring endeavor, where I had the opportunity to learn so much from his life and the importance of working for the greater good. On March 31, I hope you will join me in remembering Cesar Chavez, a great humanitarian whose courage will never be forgotten.

March 20, 2012

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Gives Keynote at the California Pharmacy Legislative Day

Mary with California Pharmacists Association CEO Jon Roth Assemblymember Mary Hayashi served as the keynote speaker at the California Pharmacists Legislative Day event in Sacramento. The March 20th meeting was sponsored by the California Pharmacists Association (its CEO, Jon Roth, is pictured with Mary) and the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists.