Letter: Follow the Corporate Money Trail

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Mariko YamadaBy Jean Jackman

Follow the corporate money trail in the race for California State Senate District 3. Big money from oil and gas industry, big tobacco, big pharm and other corporate interests is all going to Dodd, who conveniently switched to Democrat several years ago in this majority Democratic state. That’s why you see his ads everywhere.

Then join me in voting for Mariko Yamada, a lifelong Democrat running for California State Senate District 3. Regular citizens, not special interests,  are funding Mariko’s campaign.  She has walked the talk in so many capacities to work for the common good. She has a verifiable record.  Over three terms in the Assembly, 31 of her bills were signed into law. She served with the Yolo County Board of Supervisor for nine years.

She understands work and hardship.  Mariko’s family was sent to the Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp.  She was the first in her family to graduate from college.  She earned a Masters in Social work and began her career in the mid-70’s. Her history has nurtured her empathy for people struggling with many issues.

She has worked with heartfelt determination again and again—for growing a volunteer income tax assistance program, seniors, parks and wildlife, veterans affairs, Cash4 College workshops, workshops for undocumented drivers, civil rights, open space, agricultural preservations.

For 40 years, Mariko Yamada, a social worker, has been there to protect the common good.  Her husband is also a social worker and they raised their daughters in Yolo County.  Mariko knows her issues so well that Dodd failed to appear at the State Senate Candidate Debate in his own Assembly District.

 On confusing proposition issues, I agree with the California Council of Churches IMPACT ballot guidelines. They advocate No on prop 53, 65, 66 and yes on all other issues.   Please vote.

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About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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