Asian Pacific Americans groups rally to support David Hadley
Asian voters’ express dissatisfaction with Al Muratsuchi’s in the South Bay area.
Torrance, CA (Thursday, September 22, 2016) –
Asians, heavily entrenched in the South Bay area including Gardena, Torrance and Palos Verdes, have been largely silent in local and statewide races. The current 66th district race featuring incumbent David Hadley vs. former Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi may change all that.
Earlier this year when Keiro Senior HealthCare Services decided to sell off the 605 bed retirement and nursing home facilities in Gardena and Los Angeles, the State Attorney General waived a public hearing. Members in the Japanese community were outraged and rallied to stop the sale. “Deputy Attorney General Al Muratsuchi declined to assist or support our seniors while David Hadley demanded that the sale be stopped pending a public hearing. David Hadley strongly opposed the sale”, said local businessman and activist Jonathan Kaji. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D39ROkC4p54
Another key issue facing Asian families is the unspoken discrimination facing their children when applying for colleges and universities. Top colleges are admittedly limiting the number of Asians that apply. Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade in his book “No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life said, “To receive equal consideration by elite colleges, Asian Americans must outperform Whites by 140 points”.
David Hadley has strongly opposed SCA-5. Alex Chen, an APA for Hadley member said, “David Hadley has worked with Asian groups who believe merit and not race should be used as criteria for college admissions.”.
All families want to ensure schools remain a safe environment for their children. Recent lapses by school administrators have resulted in a number of lawsuits and criminal prosecution against teachers who commited sexual abuse against students. David Hadley has authored Assembly Bill 1452 – signed into law by Governor Brown – preventing school administrators from covering up teacher and staff sexual abuse.
Kent Hori, a Gardena resident, was considering forming “Nikkei for Hadley” because of these and other lapses by Al Muratsuchi in the South Bay. “David Hadley is a strong supporter in the Japanese American community and is a better choice for our families and businesses”, said Hori who said he no longer supports Al Muratsuchi.
Finally, property owners face challenges in the coming years as legislators in Sacramento try to weaken Prop 13. David Hadley has opposed any attempts to undermine Prop 13 which would have an adverse impact on property owners throughout the state.
“David Hadley has shown the energy and courage to fight for all of us with a proven record of support on issues that impact that Asian community”, said Mark Tsuneishi, a local businessman from Torrance.
This race figures to be an expensive and highly emotional one as millions are being poured into the district which could have statewide implications.
Asian Democrats and Republicans have joined together to form Asian Pacific Americans (APA) for Hadley and will have a “free” meet and greet event with David Hadley on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the South End Racquet Club in Torrance.