Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi's 18th District lies smackdab among the denizens of the Oakland RaiderNation, then why did San Francisco 49ers President Jed York contribute $3,000 to her campaign last December, according to finance reports filed with the Secretary of State's office?
York is the son of current Niners owners John York and Denise DeBartolo York and the nephew of the famous former owner Eddie DeBartolo, who led the franchise during its gilded age in the 1980s and early 90s.
York, who was recently elevated to team president, has taken a higher profile of late within the team's front office as they attempt to secure a new stadium in Santa Clara. Rumors about a possible partnership between the Raiders and 49ers in Oakland have persisted for nearly a year until they were justified recently by numerous public comments from both John and Jed York the team could be interested in becoming co-tenants with their East Bay rivals in a new stadium adjacent to the current one in Oakland.
How a large contribution to Hayashi relates to efforts in Oakland is unclear. Some observers say talk of Oakland is merely posturing by the York's to pressure Santa Clara to build a home for the team near Great America.
Hayashi, who is running for re-election this year, also has a high-profile bill in the assembly pertaining to training high school coaches to better recognize the effects of football-related concussions. The issue of head injuries has become a huge Public relations problem for the National Football League after numerous former players and studies have shown the devastating damage multiple head injuries can do to a player's quality of life after football
Money is often a common subject surrounding Hayashi. How much does she really need? Her campaign announced this week another $3,900 fundraiser featuring the Assembly Speaker-Elect John Perez on Feb. 25. Maybe Hayashi learned her lesson this time around; the event is being held in Hayward. her last high-priced soirée was criticized by some for being held outside of her district in Sonoma.
Campaign finance reports showed Hayashi pulled down over $400,000 last year with $350,000 in hand. The question becomes, does she really need this much money to defeat her only challenger, Nicholas Terry or does she still harbor designs on something bigger than the assembly in the near future?
Along with Perez, Hayashi's fundraising committee features all of the Democratic heavy hitters in the assembly including, Speaker Karen Bass, Majority Leader Assemblyman Alberto Torrico, and Majority Whip Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. State Sen. Loni Hancock and Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker are also listed on the invitation, in addition to a slew of labor unions. The only major name from the local Democratic Party not listed is state Sen. Ellen Corbett.
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