Northern California's Top Asian Pacific Islander Leaders Back Jerry Brown for Governor
SAN FRANCISCO - Citing his unparalleled record of public service and longstanding commitment to empowering and strengthening the Asian Pacific Islander community, Northern California's top Asian Pacific Islander elected officials today announced their strong support for Attorney General and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brown.
"As Governor, Mayor and Attorney General, Jerry Brown has been an invaluable partner with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and he is the best choice to get California working again," said Congressman Michael Honda. "Jerry has appointed Asian American and Pacific Islanders to top posts in unprecedented numbers, lowered small business taxes, created jobs and locked up gangsters, corporate criminals and scam artists. In challenging times like these, Jerry Brown will be a Governor that leaves no Californian behind."
"We need Jerry Brown as our next governor not only because of his experience, but because of his commitment to the advancement of women, as demonstrated by his prior Gubernatorial Administration, which ranks among the most diverse in California history," said Chairwoman of the California State Board of Equalization Betty Yee.
"There is no time for on-the-job training in the Governor's office. We need a leader who has crafted solutions, balanced budgets, created jobs, bolstered education and cleaned up our streets," said California State Senator Leland Yee. "Jerry Brown is the only candidate in this race who has fought for our community and the only candidate with the knowledge and know-how to get our state back on its feet."
"Meg Whitman thinks that our community's vote can be won with glossy advertising, multilingual voice-overs and prepackaged talking points," said Assemblymember Fiona Ma. "But there is only one candidate with a record to support the rhetoric, and his name is Jerry Brown."
As Governor, Jerry Brown had one of the most diverse administrations in the nation, appointing more than 250 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to government positions, boards and commissions - more appointments than any Governor in California history. This included appointing Asian Pacific Californians to head state departments for the first time and appointing the first Asian American to serve on the University of California's Board of Regents.
Brown also appointed dozens of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the judiciary, including the first two Chinese Americans to ever serve on the California Court of Appeal, the first Japanese American woman judge in California and the first Filipino American to serve on the Superior Court in U.S. history.
While serving as Governor, Brown also pushed policies and signed legislation to support and strengthen the Asian Pacific Islander community. Brown, for example:
-Boosted small businesses by making loans more accessible to minority communities and lowering taxes for small businesses.
-Increased educational opportunities for all communities by nearly quadrupling K-12 education funding and doubling higher education funding.
-Made the American dream possible in minority communities by implementing the nation's first anti-redlining measure, prohibiting lenders from denying loans based on a neighborhood's ethnic make-up. Brown also made housing more available by creating the Housing Finance Authority, which offered low interest loans for home buyers.
As Mayor of Oakland, Brown's commitment to minority communities and businesses remained strong. In fact, Brown attracted new residents, development and investment and aggressively fought crime. While Brown was Mayor, Oakland was considered one of the top ten cities to do business in according to Forbes magazine. Brown launched an initiative to attract more than 10,000 new residents to the city, secured more than $700 million in investment for the Port of Oakland and founded two tuition-free charter high schools located in the heart of the city. Under his leadership, crime was reduced 13% citywide.
As the state's current Attorney General, Brown has boosted public safety and fought to protect consumers. His efforts include prosecuting scam artists defrauding entrepreneurs and small businesses, battling Wall Street banks, arresting mortgage scammers, investigating public officials stealing from taxpayers and busting street gangs and drug operations.
Given Brown's record and commitment, Asian Pacific Islander leaders across California have endorsed his candidacy. This includes Congressional members Mike Honda, Doris Matsui and Judy Chu, State Controller John Chiang, State Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, Former Acting Lt. Governor Mona Pasquil, California Democratic Legislative Caucus members: Senators Carol Liu and Leland Yee, Assembly Members: Mike Eng, Paul Fong, Warren Furutani, Mary Hayashi, Ted Lieu, Fiona Ma, Alberto Torrico and Mariko Yamada.
Jerry Brown is also supported by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Campbell Mayor Evan Low, Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga, Monterey Park Mayor Anthony Wong, Cupertino Vice Mayor Gilbert Wong, Union City Council Member Manny Fernandez, Colma City Council Member Joanne Del Rosario, Alhambra Unified School District Member Bob Gin, Philippine News President Francis Espiritu, CEO of Megatoys Charlie Woo, Former Deputy State Superintendent of Instruction Henry Der, Former Appointment Secretary Michael Yamaki, Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Bill Watanabe, Former Milpitas Mayor Henry Manayan, Former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, longtime API community leader Maeley Tom, Civil Rights attorney Dale Minami, Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center, Paul Osaki, Former US Civil Rights Attorney Yvonne Lee, and many other leaders.