San Francisco in the USA is home to people of Asian origins in large numbers. As much as 30% of population in the city is of Chinese descent. California State Senator Leland Yee arrived in the USA as a three years old toddler. On August 3, 2011, Sen. Yee, the first ever Chinese American to serve in the capacity of California State Senator, visited Los Angeles to hold meetings with several Asian leaders. Balita News was granted an exclusive interview with the senator thanks to cooperation extended by Philippino News whose reporter travelled with Yee all the way to L.A. The summary of interview follows.
Yee on economy
Talking about the issue of economic stability, the Senator maintained that while San Francisco was still in the clutches of economic crunches, he would try to encourage businesses in the city to flourish by granting tax breaks to different companies and enterprises, big or small. Yee observed that vocational training at all levels was critical if the city was to ever overcome the economic woes it is now experiencing.
He told Balita Media that there was much wrong about the government’s stand on the issue of funding public education. Speaking about California, he said, “we are the eighth economy in the world, yet, we are ranked 47th among the 50 states in funding public education. This is wrong.” He added that if the State put its resources to back up the educational institutions, students in California would benefit immensely.
What works for Yee
Leland Yee is likely to become the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco and has a huge support system in the form of Filipino Americans who look up to him as a pillar of support. They expect him to help Filipino World War II veterans reclaim their lives and in general contribute to the community’s progress. Yee also told Balita that he had plans to facilitate trade with Philippines to attract new businesses and foreign exchange to the city of San Francisco, noting that a large number of Filipinos work in the city’s financial district(s).
What can be expected
While Yee faces stiff competition from board members David Chiu (President of the Board), John Avalos (Supervisor), Dennis Herrera (City Attorney), Phil Ting (Assessor recorder), three former supervisors and capitalist Joanna Rees, he has his own fan base and a huge number of people trust his capabilities and good intentions.
Luchie Mendoza Allen is carefully directing her resources to follow the elections as
everyone waits to find out whether Yee will ultimately establish a milestone for the Asian
American community in the history of San Francisco