Legislature to adjourn in honor of Oikos victims

California lawmakers return to work today after their spring recess, but when today’s Assembly floor session is over this afternoon, an East Bay lawmaker will adjourn it in memory of the seven victims of last week’s Oikos University massacre.

“This was a terrible tragedy for the families of the victims, and I want to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences for their loss,” Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, said in a news release issued last week. “These events have deeply affected the Korean American and East Bay communities, where Oikos University stood as a safe haven for pursuing economic opportunity and a better life.”

Today marks one week since a gunman opened fire at the small, Christian school in East Oakland, killing seven and wounding three more. Slain were Lydia H. Sim, 21, of Hayward; Sonam Choedon, 33, of El Cerrito; Grace Kim, 23, of Union City; Tshering Rinzing Bhutia, 38, of San Francisco; Judith O. Seymour, 53, of San Jose, Doris Chibuko, 40, of San Leandro, and Katleen Ping, 21, of Oakland.

Hayashi’s district includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton and part of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.

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.