SD10: Another endorsement for Mary Hayashi

It seems I was premature in assuming former Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi would have trouble securing endorsements in her run for the 10th State Senate District seat.

Mary HayashiThe Hayward Democrat’s campaign announced Tuesday evening that she has been endorsed by the California School Employees Association; this comes one week after the United Farm Workers announced its support.

According to Hayashi’s news release, CSEA Executive Director Dave Low wrote that his group’s support is based on Hayashi’s “support for public education and labor issues of importance to classified employees. Once elected, we will continue to work with you to find practical, equitable solutions to issues of mutual concern.”

CSEA represents more than 216,000 classified employees in California’s public school and community college systems: instructional aides, peace officers, secretaries, groundskeepers, food service, transportation and maintenance personnel and more.

Hayashi, who represented what was then the 18th Assembly District from 2006 to 2012, was convicted two years ago of shoplifting $2,450 worth of clothes from San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus; she was sentenced to three years of probation.

Also seeking the 10th State Senate District seat are Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont; Democrat Roman Reed, a spinal-injury research advocate and planning commissioner from Fremont; Republican Peter Kuo, an insurance agent from Santa Clara; and former Assemblywoman Audie Bock, also a Republican. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Roy Hashimoto also has taken out papers for this race; this Friday, March 7 is the filing deadline.

Wieckowski has the lion’s share of endorsements so far and – based on the results at a local caucus meeting last month – is likely to win the California Democratic Party’s endorsement at its convention this weekend in Los Angeles.

UPDATE @ 3:27 P.M.: It turns out the CSEA also has endorsed Wieckowski, who also Wednesday announced his backing by Teamsters Joint Council 7.

“Supporting working women and men and ensuring they have a voice in the workplace has been a priority for me in the Assembly and will continue to be a priority for me in the Senate,” Wieckowski said.

As I think I’ve noted before, dual endorsements – like tied sports scores – are like kissing your sister, boring enough to mean practically nothing at all.

UPDATE @ 3:16 P.M. THURSDAY: Teamsters Joint Council 7 endorsed Hayashi, too; this is fast becoming the “duel of the duals,” though Wieckowski’s overall endorsement list dwarfs Hayashi’s.

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.

  • Willis James

    Funny, on their 2012 endorsement site, they rate Bob Wieckowski at 90% and Mary Hayashi at only 80%.


    One wonders why they would now throw Wieckowski overboard?

    Are they expecting a pure guaranteed rubber stamp from Hayashi?

    Nice to let the school children know that their instructional aides, peace officers, secretaries, groundskeepers, food service, transportation and maintenance personnel, all support the election of a candidate who is still serving 3 years probation, after having been arrested for felony grand theft shoplifting in 2011.

    Just know kids, shoplifting isn’t that bad. Even your leaders do it and still get the approval of your school staff before even finishing their court ordered sentence.

    Our motto… Lead by example!

  • Elwood

    Hayashi wouldn’t know shame if somebody whacked her upside the head with it.

  • Mary Hayashi is such a scumbag that she’s much, much worse than just a shoplifter.
    -In 2008 she took $200k from her campaign and used it to bankroll her husband’s campaign to become a judge
    -Despite serving on the state assembly, she blatantly violated assembly voting rules while she led a committee. Not only did she not vote 291 times, but she also misled supporters about how she voted (she’ll tell anyone anything to get ahead)
    -She blatantly violated campaign finance laws by renting properties to staffers and then gave her tenants raises so they could pay her more in rent (an illegal pass through)
    -While serving as state assembly, she passed some shady loopholes to allow physicians to further exploit their patients by allowing physicians to also own physical therapy centers–a blatant conflict of interest. Note: this is why she’s been able to raise $800,000. She created a loophole so doctors could make thousands upon thousands of dollars more a year. As a result, doctors–who typically have more money than they need–and medical unions have been bankrolling her.
    –Speaking of shoplifting, that’s much worse than it sounds. At first she said it was an accident because she got distracted on her cell phone. Then her lawyers made some claim that she had a brain tumor that affected her. When asked for more information, her doctors and lawyers decided not to make any claims under oath. Then Mary Hayashi admitted that the brain tumor excuse was fabricated by her lawyers and she did a PR campaign about trying to be honest. The reality is she’s a sociopath and the theft was premeditated. Neiman MArcus was on the lookout for her because a woman matching her description had been seen shoplifting before. So security cameras were honed in on her the moment the entered the store adn followed her to a changing room (carrying the $2,500 of merchandise). The cameras then capture her leaving the changing room with a Neiman Marcus shopping bag. The bag is the smoking gun that shows this was premeditated. Stores don’t provide customers with shopping bags until they make a purchase. She clearly brought the bag with her to the store since anyone would assume she’d paid for the bag’s contents if it was in a bag.

    She’s a freaking scumbag and the definition of a crooked politician. I worry that she has so much money that no one will be able to keep up with her spending.

  • Probably because she told the school employees association whatever it would take for them to support her.

    She’s a pathological liar that will do anything to get ahead.

  • JohnW

    As you know, elementary school teachers often have trouble getting the supplies they need to do their jobs and end up paying out their own pockets. So, Mary could show them another way to get those supplies.