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Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi Doesn't Plan to Let Felony Charge Keep Her From Attending Upcoming Charity Event

Hayashi will host her fifth annual Jingle Tails holiday event and food drive at the Oakland Zoo on Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

, state Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi plans to attend her upcoming annual event supporting the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

The fifth annual Jingle Tails holiday event and food drive, set for Dec. 15 at the Oakland Zoo, (see attached PDF) will be her first official public appearance since a shoplifting scandal at a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco in October.

Although he didn't say whether Hayashi plans on speaking at the event, Christopher Parman, district director for the 18th Assembly District, said guests will have an opportunity to discuss "legislative issues" with the assemblywoman.

"[She will also be] talking about the whole issue of hunger in Alameda County," Parman said.

Last week, invitations offering  free zoo admission were sent to residents living in Hayashi's district, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, parts of Oakland and the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo. In an effort to help end hunger, guests are asked to donate a can of tuna or a jar of peanut butter at the event.

Next week,  in San Francisco, but she has been excused from attending. A San Francisco Superior Court judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to hold a trial.

Food Bank communications manager Mike Altfest said the non-profit organization is grateful for any kind of support it gets, especially during the holidays.

"Whatever she's doing to help, we appreciate it, and it helps us a lot," Altfest told Patch on Tuesday. However, he said he wasn't aware of this specific event until contacted by Patch, given that there are hundreds of food drives throughout the Bay Area that collect donations during the holidays.

The 45-year-old assemblywoman and Castro Valley resident  against her. She is accused of taking a pair of leather pants, a black leather skirt and a white blouse worth $2,445. She was released on $15,000 bail.

Earlier this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the department store had previously targeted her as a .

Tom Abate (Editor) November 30, 2011 at 04:20 PM
I wonder if attendance at the fundraiser (and donations) will increase out of curiosity.
timothy November 30, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Go attend this, and give her an earfull, people. She deserves no respect.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) November 30, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Michael, to answer your questions: 1) Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think it's an appointed position. Any qualified candidates can apply for the district director position. However, I'm not exactly sure who is responsible for the hiring. 2) Hayashi will be at the event and speaking about "legislative issues" but it is uncertain on whether this will include her recent arrest and felony grand theft charge. 3) No responses to these questions but I'll be at the event to see if any of this is brought up/answered.
Katie Morrison November 30, 2011 at 06:35 PM
She absolutely does deserve respect. Discovering innocence or guilt is in the hands of our justice system. I respect her for seeking to continue to do her job, including charity outreach events. Let us honor her privacy and the judicial process to do the job of judging. Sincerely, Rev. Katie Morrison San Lorenzo Community Church
Leah Hall November 30, 2011 at 09:07 PM
May she seek and get the help that she needs. I suppose we will be learning if the surveillance tags were removed from the items in her bag or not in due course. The local crime blotters report that kind of detail all the time. I wonder what she will be wearing at the event...any leather, fur or feathers? Watch out, animals!
Elizabeth Chuan-Riley November 30, 2011 at 09:22 PM
No I don't plan on attending. But this latest incident isn't really the reason why. I have always thought Hayashi and her husband to be corrupt career politicians out for personal gain through public office and who in no way represent me, their constituent. The shoplifting incident only furthered that belief in that Hayashi was in Neiman Marcus buying even more of the designer clothes she is NEVER seen without. While I do believe she is entitled to a fair trial and to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, the fact that she might have really meant to add over $2,000 for 3 items to her already made purchases in a store like that in this economy makes me absolutely ill. That in and of itself is a crime in my opinion and I will do nothing to support someone like that.
Rob Phillips November 30, 2011 at 09:29 PM
I am more likely to attend. She is wounded and vunerable, so she is more likely to do everything she can to solve your issue. Lord knows you can't get any help from Nate Miley getting high speed internet into the Canyon areas of Castro Valley.
Marga Lacabe December 01, 2011 at 06:54 AM
I think we've gone to this event every year since it started. All the politicos in the area go and it's fun catching up with them and then going to see the Zoo lights with the kids. Until last year, I think only politicos were invited, but last year apparently everyone in Mary's district (and those adjoining it) were invited. There was a huge line to get in, it probably took an hour. I talked to several people in line and nobody had even heard of Mary Hayashi, most thought it was just a promotion by the Oakland Zoo. In any case, my bet is that it'll be just as crowded this year, if not more. The room is very small, so most people stop by, get something to eat and then head for zoo lights. It'd be interesting to see if Mary goes. On more than one occasion she's been held back in Sacramento.
Fran December 01, 2011 at 03:31 PM
I would love to, but I don't go to zoos.
Brian December 02, 2011 at 01:07 AM
If you want high speed internet, and providers don't see the economic benefit, then offer to pay for it yourself or move. Are you being held in the Canyons against your will? I should not pay for your internet access.
Camaro on Cinderblocks December 02, 2011 at 05:00 AM
Well if she was planning "buying" the 3 garmits for $2400 she should have plenty of money to donate to the charity. She's a fraud.
Rob Phillips December 02, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Brian: Would love to respond about high-speed internet in the CV canyons but the topic strays too far from the issue under discussion. Analisa: How about an article on the lack of availability, at any price (no Waste Management recycling, no AT&T DSL, no Comcast cable) in the CV canyons?
Marga Lacabe December 02, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Robert, FYI, in the San Leandro Patch, at least, we stray far from any topic at hand. It's really one of the things I enjoy about the Patch.
Leah Hall December 02, 2011 at 08:12 PM
It's a mixed-blessing, Marga and Robert. I would like to see more relevancy and group moderation myself. I believe steps in that direction would improve participation, quality, and general readership. Frequent commentators have been asked to follow these guidelines voluntarily from time to time. That hasn't proven very effective. I am grateful for all my neighbors who put their best foot forward and lead by example. Going back to your original comment, I originally "bit my tongue" when I read your rational that a "wounded and vulnerable" public servant was more likely to "solve" a contituents "issue". Kind of creepy, don't you think? You probably didn't mean this exactly, but food for thought...
Rob Phillips December 02, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Leah, I was trying to respond to the question posed of more likely or less likely to attend an event held by Mary Hayashi, given her recent embarrassing arrest. Rather than offering a morally indignant response from another one of us who could not cast the first stone, that I would be less likely to attend, I was offering a reason to be more likely. "Carpe diem", (seize the day) is a valid perspective here for the average voting citizen who generally has no clout with politicians. "Wounded and vulnerable" were all I could come up with on the spot. Creepy sounding? Yes, I suppose. But I think I got the point across that here was a rare opportunity to meet with a politician who needs you right now more than you need her. And if you can maybe make that work in your favor for once, don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Also, like the mega-church ministers or governors who visit prostitutes, putting their marriages, careers, reputations and finances all at risk, there is a compulsive disorder here that needs treatment. Between moral outrage and compassion, I choose compassion.
Leah Hall December 02, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Well written, Robert. I had correctly guessed that the ideas behind your first post were more nuanced than as they stuck me at first. One of the things I really love about Patch and these conversations, is understanding that they aren't trying to be perfectly worded/edited/spelled documents, but rather, thoughtful and useful /conversation/. In this way they are helping foster better understanding and potential collaboration. I hope that your wish is realized, that Mary Hayashi will seek and get the help she seems to need. Fingers crossed.
Marga Lacabe December 02, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Robert, one thing about Mary is that she doesn't pay past debts unless she knows she'll definitely need you again, and not for minor stuff.
Pat Davis December 02, 2011 at 11:20 PM
You, who are without sin, can toss the first stone!! Ms. Hayashi has been available to THE PEOPLE and has worked for seniors, homless, and many other groups. . Her health fairs and fall prevention seminars have been lifesaving. So: if she had an illness like cancer would you black ball her? Compulsive shoplifting is an illness like any other. Lets support her and hope she gets the help and cure she needs.
Marga Lacabe December 02, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Pat, I would agree if she would admit that she has a disease, come clean about her struggle with it and seek treatment. But that's not what she's done. She's gone and said that she didn't intend to take the clothing. That may be true, but if so she needs to explain why she acted in such a suspicious manner. She is such an advocate for mental health herself, that she should know that the only way to destigmatize mental illness is to be upfront about how it afflicts us.
Michael Austin December 03, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Well stated Marga. Um, Pat Davis, Mary Hayashi has not been out and about.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) December 03, 2011 at 03:32 AM
Robert — Sorry for this late response.. but yes. Contact me when you get the chance at analisa.harangozo@patch.com.
Camaro on Cinderblocks December 03, 2011 at 03:49 AM
If she admits to stealing and having an "illness" then I would support her but until she does she's just another worthless politician who needs to be fired. A commoner who's caught doing her sin sleeps in jail not $1000 pajama's in a mansion.
Bob Swanson December 07, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Supervisor Miley has held numerous meetings with residents. It is not for lack of trying. As one of the comments states, the providers do not see the economic benefit since there are less than 75 homes in that area not receiving service.
Bob Swanson December 07, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Roland Williams at the CVSAN is the Executive Director and he has been working out the bugs on getting recycling in the canyons. It is a very complicated process. It is not easy or inexpensive to annex the canyons into the Sanitary District. CASTRO VALLEY SANITARY DISTRICT 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546, Phone: (510) 537-0757 All rights reserved. Castro Valley Sanitary District http://www.cvsan.org
Rob Phillips December 07, 2011 at 06:59 PM
As a monopoly provider, do we let PG&E offer electric service on a block by block basis where they deem it profitable? And ignore the next block where it isn't? Or AT&T the phone lines? Or police and fire protection? Of course not. Comcast has a monopoly contract to provide cable service to Alameda County. They make big, easy profits in the many blocks that have hundreds of apartment units to balance out any losses in the canyons. The only reason they don't provide it to the canyons is that the contract doesn't require it, like the other counties who's supervisors cared enoungh to include it. Nate Miley has known this for years and yet when the contract has come up for renewal he has done nothing. Makes you wonder who he represents, Comcast or us? When your kid's homework, which is now so internet based, takes an hour longer each night than the other kid's in the class, you realize what a disatvantage your kid is dealing with to keep up. If the pizza place doesn't want to deliver into the canyons that's one thing, this is quite another.
timothy December 08, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Excuse me but you have a strongly biased reason for the judicial system giving her a pass. She should be in JAIL now...anyone else would be in jail. Gee, I hope I can make the event and give her an earfull as i hope others do the same. Can't wait!
timothy December 08, 2011 at 04:16 AM
People need to wake up and stop re-electing these crooks. The charity event will be interesting when the people attend and NOT treat her with respect....she deserves NONE.
Bob Swanson December 13, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Robert Phillips Unfortunately, the franchise agreement does not give the County authority to mandate that cable providers provide service to every household. Supervisor Miley has held numerous meetings with CV residents and representatives from AT&T and Comcast over the years about this issue, to no avail - but it’s not for lack of trying. Cable providers provide service in most, if not all, census block groups in the Unincorporated area, and have equipment facilities in those census block groups which service those areas. However, in some areas where homes are sparsely populated, the location of the equipment facilities is not sufficient to service all of the homes – and the canyons are one of those areas. We estimated in 2010 that about 65 homes were not being serviced. Both Comcast and AT&T have indicated that they have no existing build-out plan for this area, but will notify residents when they do. Basically, it boils down to economic feasibility for them. Bob Swanson
Brian December 13, 2011 at 10:59 PM
Robert, are you seriously equating internet access to fire, police and power? It sounds like Nate Miley is representing all of us, so that we aren't subsidizing your need to live remotely. If you want access, then move. It's not your right to have the rest of us pay for your choice in lifestyle.
croker highlands February 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Lizzy, So if she was intent on buying $2000. more worth of items than she already had, pumping another 2k into this economy is a crime and makes you ill?... Flawless logic. Crocker H.

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