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API Issues & Endorsments

Brown: An Outstanding Record of Supporting Asian Pacific Americans

Brown has been a strong and loyal advocate for Asian Pacific Americans. As governor, Brown appointed a historic number of Asian Pacific Americans to serve as judges and in his administration. He also signed laws to protect Asian Pacific American small businesses and improved access to acupuncture as a medical treatment. As mayor of Oakland, he brought 200 new businesses to the downtown area and helped continue the successful revitalization of the city’s Chinatown district. As governor, Jerry Brown appointed more Asian Pacific Islander Americans to government positions than any other governor in the history of California. Here’s a complete overview of Brown’s record of supporting the Asian Pacific American community.

Brown: Historic Asian Pacific American Judicial Appointments

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Hon. Elwood Lui and the Hon. Harry Low who were the first and second Chinese Americans to ever serve on the California Court of Appeals. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kathryn Todd Doi, the first Japanese American woman judge in California. He appointed Mel Recana, the first Filipino American to serve on the Superior Court in U.S. history. He followed up with the second Filipino American appointment to the Superior Court in San Francisco, Ron Quidachay. Brown also appointed Hon. Kenneth Chang, Hon. Robert Takasugi, Hon. David Doi, Hon. Madge Watai, Hon. Edward Kakita, Hon. Harry Mock, Hon.Barbara Tam Nomoto, Hon. Ken Kawaichi, Hon. Hiroshi Fujisake, Hon. Harkjoon Paik, Hon. Frank Kim, Hon. John Mayeda, Hon. Ron Lew, and Hon. Lilian Sing (the first Chinese American woman judge).

Brown: Education Advocate for Asian Pacific Americans

As Governor, Brown appointed the first Asian Pacific American, Yori Wada, to the UC Board of Regents. He also nearly quadrupled the funding for K-12 education and doubled funding for higher education, affording all communities the chance to get a good education. He increased career and technical training in school and on the job and worked to ensure that California’s ethnic communities were given an equal opportunity for apprentice jobs.

Brown: Asian Pacific American Small Business Advocate

Brown promoted California’s small businesses by making loans more accessible to minority communities and lowering taxes for small businesses. For example, he eliminated the state Inventory Tax. Brown also helped Asian Pacific American small businesses by signing a bill that removed unnecessary overregulation that threatened to specifically harm Chinese restaurants.

Brown: Fighting Discrimination Against Asian Pacific American Consumers & Healthcare Providers

Brown proved his sensitivity to the Asian Pacific American community when he signed the law to make the practice of acupuncture legal in California making this proven healing art available to suffering consumers throughout the state. He also fought discrimination against Asian Pacific American consumers by prohibiting lenders from denying loans on the basis of a neighborhood’s ethnic make-up.

Brown has been endorsed by the state’s top Asian Pacific Islander American leaders.

Jerry Brown’s record of accomplishment on behalf Asian Pacific Islander Americans and on behalf of all Californians is why he has been endorsed by API leaders across the State of California, including

Asian Pacific American Supporters of Jerry Brown

Elected Officials

United States Representative Judy Chu Assemblyman Mike Eng
United States Representative Mike Honda Assemblyman Paul Fong
United States Representative Doris Matsui Assemblyman Warren Furutani
State Controller John Chiang Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi
Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee Assemblyman Ted Lieu
Former Lieutenant Governor Mona Pasquil Assemblywoman Fiona Ma
State Senator Leland Yee Assemblyman Alberto Torrico
State Senator Carol Liu Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada

Hon. Margaret Abe-Koga, Mayor of Mountain View
Hon. Ed Balico, Hercules City Council Member
Hon. Nancy Bui, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District Board
Hon. Sue Chan, Fremont City Council Member
Hon. Jay Chen, Board Member, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Hon. David Chiu, President San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Hon. Joanne Del Rosario, Colma City Council Member
Hon. Manny Fernandez, Union City Council Member
Hon. Harold Fong, President, Sacramento County Board of Education
Hon. Robert King Fong, Sacramento City Council Member
Hon. Bob Gin, Alhambra Unified School District Member
Hon. Ash Kalra, San Jose City Council Member
Hon. Jane Kim, Pres. San Francisco Board of Education
Hon. Yoriko Kishimoto, Former Mayor of Palo Alto
Hon. Alice Lai Bitker, Alameda County Supervisor
Hon. Otto Lee, Sunnyvale City Council Member
Hon. Henry Lo, Board Member, Garvey School District
Hon. Evan Low, Mayor of Campbell
Hon. Henry Manayan, Former Mayor of Milpitas
Hon. Michael Matsuda, Trustee, North Orange County Community College District
Hon. Madison Nguyen, San Jose City Council Member
Hon. Steve Ngo, Trustee, San Francisco Community College District
Hon. Liza Normandy, President of the Board of Trustees South San Francisco Unified School District
Hon. KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, Ph.D., Trustee, Garden Grove Unified School District
Hon. Randy Okamura, Board Member, Fremont Union High School District
Hon. Tina Park, Trustee, Los Angeles Community College District
Hon. Mark Pulido, Board Member, ABC Unified School District
Hon. Genevieve Shiroma, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District Board
Hon. Lena Tam, Alameda City Council Member
Hon. Phil Ting, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder
Hon. Anthony Wong, Mayor of Monterey Park
Hon. Gilbert Wong, Vice Mayor of Cupertino
Hon. Yiawey Yeh, Palo Alto City Council Member

Business, Technology & Workforce Leaders

Ms. Jamie Borromeo, Co-Founder GenerationDrive Young Entrepreneurs Network*
Ms. Jadine Chin Nielsen, Chair of the Asian American Small Business PAC
Mr. Kerry Doi, CEO of Pacific Asian Consortium for Employment*
Mr. Francis Espiritu, President Philippine News
Mr. Kamil Hasan, General Partner of Hitek Venture Partners*
Mr. Mike Lam, Director of Signal Power and Delivery Systems*
Mr. Dale Minami, Founding Partner of Minami Tamaki*
Mr. Dat Nguyen, Owner of Cal Valley Construction*
Mr. Kanwal Rekhi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners*
Mr. Bill Watanabe, Executive Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center
Hon. Gilbert Wong, Vice Mayor of Cupertino & Manager of Wong Young Development Co.
Mr. Kent Wong, Dir. of the UCLA Center for Labor Research*
Mr. Charlie Woo, CEO of Megatoys*

Education Leaders

Dr. Jean-Marc Blanchard, Ph.D., Associate Director of San Francisco State University
Dr. Michael Chang, Ph.D. in Education, Stanford University & Fmr. Mayor of Cupertino
Ms. Diane Chin, J.D., Associate Dean at Stanford Law School*
Mr. Henry Der, Former California Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Prof. Lois Takahashi, Professor, UCLA*

*For Identification Purposes Only


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