There is something about Mary Hayashi

A new attack mailer highlights Hayashi's shoplifting conviction. Take a look.


Just last year, California Assembly Member Mary Hayashi was convicted of stealing over $2,000 worth of clothing from Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.  She made excuse after excuse (she was distracted and forgot to pay for the items, she had a brain tumor) but her movements were observed and filmed from the moment she came into the store, and the story she told the media was clearly a lie.  The San Francisco Sheriff’s department has refused to release the tape, but the police report about the incident describes all her movement within the store.

Like many, I thought that was the end of her political career – but the woman has chutzpah and she’s now running for Alameda County Supervisor.  What’s worse is that she has a very good chance of winning.

Her opponent, Richard Valle, has been unwilling to bring up her shoplifting conviction.  Whether that’s strategic or because it conflicts with his ethical values, I don’t know.  There have been nary a public criticism of Mary’s actions by any Democratic officials.  Indeed, when the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee (ACDCC) interviewed the candidates, I was the only member who asked asked Mary a question referring to her shoplifting.  Even then, the question had to be very subtle for the party chair to consent to asking it.

During the discussion period, several ACDCC members praised Valle, but once again none of them was willing to say anything negative about Mary.  I was the only one to point out that her dishonesty brings shame to the party.  Valle got the endorsement, but that alone won’t guarantee him a victory.

I don’t know why there is such a reluctance among democrats to criticize Mary publicly, but I can guess that it’s because she is still very powerful and has the reputation of being vindictive.  Everyone fears the political consequences of becoming her enemy.  I understand.  As payment for my words, Hayashi made a point of voting for the endorsement of a City Council candidate that’s running against Chris Crow, the candidate I support.  She did not cast a vote on most other races.

Finally one group has been willing to bring up the issue of her conviction into the Supervisor race.  Mary has received copious campaign contributions from the medical industry and has paid them back by broadening doctor’s monopoly on health issues.  This has specially harmed physical therapists, who are now hitting back.  They’ve sent out a mailer to registered voters “featuring the convicted shoplifter from Sacramento” with the headline “There is something about Mary.” 

And there is.

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Craig Williams November 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
The mailer doesn't look that bad. At least it wasn't the mug shot .
Craig Williams November 01, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Not to be crude but shouldn't some journalist have posed the question of what her butt would have looked like in $2500 pants.
Camaro on Cinderblocks November 01, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Her criminal record would have her resume deleted by 99.9% of employers.... No one hires a thief. She shouldn't be representing anyone.
Craig Williams November 01, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Most campaign contributions are veiled bribes. Raising lots of money and promising interest groups favors that you wouldn't talk about to the general public may well be a much more serious crime. Not as sexy as leather pants but often much more damaging. I don't condone what she did but I wouldn't go out of my way to highlight it.
Michael Austin November 01, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Maga, excellent article with links to the facts that state it all and that Mary Hayashi lied. Mary Hayashi changed her vote on pieces of legislation 291 times between January 2012 and September 2012. Her vote changes came well after roll call and the official vote was entered into record. Hayashi changed her vote after roll call hundreds of times each year of the six years she served in the assembly. Not only is Hayashi a covicted thief, she consistently decieved her constituents while she served and collected a high salary while serving. Hayashi was a no show at events she said she would attend and treated her constituents with loathing disrespect. I sincerely hope that the voters in North Fremont, Hayward, Union City and Newark do not vote for Mary Hayashi with enough votes that could elect her to District 2 supervisor seat for Alameda County.
Marga Lacabe November 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Did the flyers you get bring up her shoplifting?
Marga Lacabe November 01, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Thank you. I was surprised that no other media source (AFAIK) published the police report. Because the report makes it clear that her allegations - that she stopped for lunch, that she was distracted talking on the phone - are BS.
Dan Arnhem November 01, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Agree, police report details Hayashi's intentional crime. Marga is right, it's too bad that local newspapers did not publish the actual police report of Mary's shoplifting crime. Because that report spells out in great detail that this crime was no mere unintentional act as Mary keeps saying. NO, with deliberate planning and concealment, Mary hid the goods in a special bag she had brought with her from home. In any court setting with either judge or jury, she would have been caught in lies if she had tried to claim it was unintentional. In fact, only 10 days ago, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon was on the Ronn Owens show on KGO radio. He was asked by a caller about the facts of the Hayashi case and her claims of it all being a unintentional mistake. District Attorney Gascon said several times that his prosecutors had more than ample evidence to prove Mary Hayashi guilty on all the key elements of the crime. He further went on that one of those elements they were ready to prove was the element of "intent". He indicated between store video tapes of the act and from witness accounts, the act was fully intentional. That is why it is so disturbing when Mary runs around in this election and continues to say she she never intended to steal the $2,450 worth of clothing. She is lying and there is proof of that. No one should vote for her.
Michael Austin November 01, 2012 at 10:50 PM
There ia a large anonymous campaign sign put up at the Castro Valley Safeway, Calling Hayashi a thief. Union City, Castro Valley Newark Patch Sites have posted a picture of the sign in their news column.
Dan Arnhem November 05, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Electing Mary Hayashi, a convicted shoplifter, to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors would send a message to the young people in Union City, Newark, Fremont, and Hayward, that the adults in the community aren't really serious about crime or moral behavior. Mary Hayashi is only a few months into her 2.5 year sentence of court ordered probabtion, after being caught stealing $2,500 worth of clothing. If the voters of Alameda County elect her to this high position, young people will be given a clear signal that adults don't really care about crime or honesty. Worse yet, is that young people will see right through Mary Hayashi's completely unbelieveable excuses. That she now is telling everyone that she never intended to steal the goods, but that she was distracted by her cell phone and just walked out. What Mary Hayashi leaves out from the story is that she DID purchase several items of clothing... worth about $190, the cheaper items,, but she hid all the expensive stuff in a secret bag that she had brough with her into the store empty. Then she filled up the empty Neiman Marcus shopping bag to make it appear she had purchased it earlier at a different cashier. Then she walked out of the store with 2 bags.... paying $190 for one bag, but stealing $2,500 worth of goods in the bag she took into the store from home. Clearly Mary Hayashi planned the entire crime, and went as far to bring with her the extra empty Neiman Marcus bag.
Davis November 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Dan, Thanks for the information once again, we were definitely not going to vote for her but the alternative candidates Green and Valle were difficult to decide on. We decided on Green because of his vast experience in government and against Valle for his steadfast support of the Democrat part and his support for Parcel Tax increases. Let's hope all comes out well for the Law-abiding citizens of this county.
Dan Arnhem November 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Yes, Hayashi on probation for shoplifting is a non-starter, but you bring up a dilema in making a voting choice. The natural inclination is to vote for the candiate of your choice, after eliminating someone like Hayashi on the basis of her criminal conviction. However, at this late date, one has to be pragmatic. I'm not working for either of the other choices, Green or Valle, but apparently Green has never taken this election, or the winning of it, seriously. I live just outside the District 2 boundries, but when I look at the campaign finances of Green I get the idea he is just in the race for the heck of it. I mean, both Hayashi and Valle have raised over $200,000 each. While Green has only raised $12,000 and spent only $8,000 of that. If he was really serious, he would have kicked in at least a few thousand dollars of his own money. So, if one was already decided against Hayashi, yet sees that Green's campaign has given him near zero chance of winning, then to vote for him, only makes Hayashi's chances better. I would NOT be saying that if this were October 5th instead of November 5th, but I have not seen Green put up even a minimal fight for this job. I am mostly afraid that Hayashi is gonna sneak in as Green and Valle carve up the votes. So, as much as a voter might like Green, if he has less than a 1% chance of winning, then I would instead vote in a pragmatic way such as to prevent Hayashi from being elected..
Michael Austin November 06, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Dan, The majority commentary on this thread indicates that Hayashi is toast.
Davis November 06, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Dan, Valle gets his money from the Demo/Union machine that he steadfastly supports. Green changed his stripes to an Independent which reflects his campaign war chest. Your point is that Hayashi ishould be defeated which I believe she will be. The voters can't be that stupid! From what I can gather Hayashi has a big campaign fund which she is just trying to unload. (prove me wrong)
Fred Eiger November 06, 2012 at 02:33 AM
You really are a jackass. If you're so concerned about some conservative "bankrupting" the country then go make a citizens arrest.
Craig Williams November 06, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Mary was kind of an orphan when she was young. Her family was still in Korea while she was here and on top of that her closest sibling committed suicide. She later formed a non profit to address the issue of suicide and help families who lost loved ones.She may not have the support of the sadistic chattering class but she might pull it out.
Marga Lacabe November 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Craig, don't you see that that's the point? She was a mental health advocate for Asian women, but she is unwilling to face her own mental health issues and come clean about them. This was a great opportunity for her to highlight shoplifting addiction - which is very hard to kick - but she rather pretend that nothing is wrong. Until she deals with her issues, she's not fit to be in government.
Craig Williams November 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I would say she's paying dearly for her petty crime. Shoplifting is as the French say" a poor mans crime in a rich mans world."I might not vote for her if I lived in the district but I'm discusted with this witch hunt.
David November 06, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I think some jackasses can add. Craig can't do that.
Fred Eiger November 06, 2012 at 03:15 AM
So what? This is supposed to wash her of her crimes?
Fred Eiger November 06, 2012 at 03:15 AM
And we're disgusted by your adoration at thievery.
Voter with an ID November 06, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Craig can't be seriously defending this convicted criminal, he's just being a contrarian. No one in their right mind would attempt to excuse her behavior and the myriad of excuses for her cleptomania.
Dan Arnhem November 06, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Despite theft conviction, Hayashi is far from being toast. People are forgetting, this is a special election. A candidate can with with only 34% to 37% of the votes cast. Mary only need to fool a bit over 1 in 3 voters. Very possible. Many voters, perhaps most voters, have very minimal knowledge about Mary's crime or her completely absurd excuses. Mary is saying nothing about her crime in her mailers. AND for unknown reasons, her opponents have chosen to not make this HUGE issue a major part of their campaign. Obama or Romney would have used such a issue, Pete Stark or Swalwell would have used it. I'm 100% certain Mary Hayashi would have used such a issue against a opponent. But for some reason, this issue has been only lightly touched on. That is why Mary Hayashi has a very good chance to win. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't talked to the average quiet, minimally informed voter. Tomorrow night we'll see how failing to bring this issue to the voters has worked. But make no mistake, Mary Hayashi is lying to the voters when in interviews and news quotes, she continues to say that she never intended to steal the $2,500 worth of merchandise. She not only intended to do so, as seen in the video tapes and in the police report, but she even brought from home to the store, the very "extra" empty Neiman Marcus bag she used to conceal the goods. Fully planned crime. Full intent. Records prove this.
Craig Williams November 06, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Maybe a repentance after the election would make more sense . Once she's in she has the gig for as long as she wants it ,given the power of incumbency and no term limits. It's considered a "plum" position given the salary , no travel to Sacramento and again no term limits.
Leah Hall November 06, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Hmm....no leather skinny jeans and /outlet/ merchandise? This looks sort of like Mary's shopping haunts but who can tell? ;-)
Dan Arnhem November 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM
So, Hayashi can lie until Nov 7th, then serve with pride? I'm sorry, but Mary Hayashi left the court room in January and began lying from the day she walked out the door. First she claimed a brain tumor caused her to steal the $2,500 worth of merchandise. Then when this new position of supervisor came open, she suddenly told the Tribune that the brain tumor had nothing to do with her stealing. NO, then she began telling everyone that she never intended to steal anything but she got distracted on her cell phone, and inadvertantly walked out the door. She referred to the crime as a "absentminded error" and a "honest mistake" She made quote after quote saying she really didn't deliberately steal the clothes. However Craig, all along, the facts proved otherwise. That is why she chose to get a plea deal. In court she would have been shown to have fully intended and fully planned her crime. Even without the video tapes the police had from Neiman Marcus, you can read the police report where it clearly shows Mary brought the hidden empty extra Neiman Marcus shopping bag with her from home. Then she was seen concealing the merchandise into that very bag. The bag she carried out the door without paying. Mary has refused to explain why she had the extra bag in her possession. Because it proves her prior planning of the crime. Her full intention to steal. Now she lies about it. A lying criminal.
Davis November 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
After reading your comments and pondering the situation, I have decided to vote for Valle instead of Green. Thanks for keeping us informed about the "crook"
Dan Arnhem November 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Children will view a Hayashi election as instructive on what happens to people who break the law. If she is elected, they will see society doesn't really care if you break the law. They would see her felony arrest and plea bargain, followed by only a $180 fine and zero jail time as permission to shoplift or steal without significant fear of it harming their future. After all, she was convicted in January, and would be elected in November to a job giving her a $43,000 raise in pay. All with the premission (vote) of the people of her community. Is that really the message you want to send to our young people? Think about that before you vote.
Michael Austin November 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Results: Richard Valle........20,014........36.29% Mark Green..........16,803........30.47% Mary Hayashi........13,165........23.87% Mark Turnquist...... 4,933........ 8.94% Write In.......................236........ 0.43%
Davis November 07, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Where have 13,165 voters been in 2012? Aren't they aware of Hayashi's criminal background?


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