Hayashi and Corbett bury the hatchet on ER

Whatever beef was happening last week between state Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, and Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, over efforts to preserve the San Leandro Hospital emergency room, it seems to be a thing of the past: The two lawmakers issued a Kum-Ba-Yah news release today announcing that Corbett’s SB 196 had passed the Assembly Health Committee on a 12-5 vote.

The bill would lengthen the notice given to the state before emergency rooms could shut down and require three public hearings to allow for public input before any potential closure. Although a co-sponsor of the bill, Hayashi had refused to vote on it last week, letting it falter one vote short of passage.

“Significant progress was made yesterday after meeting with the California Nurses Association and Senator Ellen Corbett,” Hayashi said in today’s news release. “Several of the concerns that I had expressed about the bill were addressed and I am confident with the collective efforts moving forward. We share a similar goal of saving San Leandro Hospital’s emergency room as it has served nearly 50 years as a vital health care anchor for so many families.”

Said Corbett: “It is critically important that we do everything we can to keep San Leandro Hospital open. It is a vital resource for the community. It has been clear and obvious from all of the public gatherings that have been held that the community is relying on us to keep up the fight to keep the hospital open.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.