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Leland Yee
余胤良


Member of the California State Senate
from the 8th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
December 2006
Preceded by Jackie Speier

Member of the California State Assembly
from the 12th district
In office
December 2002 – December 2006
Preceded by Kevin Shelley
Succeeded by Fiona Ma

In office
January 1997 – December 2002
Preceded by district created in 2000; prior terms were for city-wide seat
Succeeded by Fiona Ma

Born November 20, 1948 (1948-11-20) (age 61)
Guangdong, China
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater UC Berkeley
San Francisco State University
University of Hawaii
Occupation Politician
Profession Child psychologist
Website dist08.casen.govoffice.com

Leland Yee (Chinese: pinyin: Yú Yìnliáng, born November 20, 1948 in China) is a California State Senator in District 8 which includes the western half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County. Prior to becoming state senator, Yee was a California State Assemblyman, Supervisor of San Francisco's Sunset District, and was a member of the San Francisco School Board. In 2004 Yee became the first Asian American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore, making him the second highest ranking Democrat of the California State Assembly.

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Early life

Leland Yee immigrated to San Francisco from Taishan[1], Guangdong, China when he was three years old and later became a naturalized United States citizen. His father served in the U.S. Army.[2] Yee attended San Francisco's Mission High School and earned a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, a master's from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Leland Yee met and married his wife Maxine in 1972 and together they raised four children who attended SF public schools. He currently lives in San Francisco's Sunset District.

Political career

School Board

Yee was elected to the San Francisco school board in 1988 and served two four-year terms on the School Board including one as Board President.

District 4 Supervisor

Leland Yee became supervisor in 1996. As District 4 supervisor Yee was appointed to chair of the Finance Committee where he helped establish the "Rainy Day" budget reserve and introduced General Obligation Bond Accountability Act. He was re-elected to the board of Supervisors in 2002. Yee also hired Ed Jew, who later became a supervisor, as his volunteer community liaison in 1996.

District 12 Assemblyman

Leland was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2002 to represent the 12th Assembly District.

In his first year in the Legislature, he was appointed to the Speaker’s leadership team as the Assistant Speaker pro Tempore. In 2004 Yee became the first Asian Pacific American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore in the California State Assembly and was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.

State Senator

On June 6, 2006, Yee defeated his opponents Mike Nevin and Lou Papan to win the Democratic nomination for the California State Senate, representing the 8th District. In the final vote tally certified on June 27, 2006 by San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum,[3] Yee gathered 51.9 percent, Nevin received 35.4 percent and Papan took 12.7 percent of the vote. Since Jan. 1, Nevin spent $887,562.80 of campaign contributions, Yee spent $673,372.59 and Papan ran a modest campaign, spending just $289,862.64. He was elected to the California State Senate in the November 7 2006 election by a landslide of 77.5% of votes cast[3]. With San Francisco and San Mateo County having a high Democratic base Yee was elected as Senator for the 8th District on November 7, 2006[4]. This was a notable election making him the first Chinese-American elected to the California State Senate in 156 years. Yee replaced Jackie Speier, who left office due to term limits[5]. As State Senator, Yee passed 11 bills chaptered into law.

In 2008, in a surprising twist of events in the LPGA English language controversy, Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Los Angeles were able to help rescind the LPGA Tour Commission’s suspension-penalty policy. Both officials publicly challenged the legality and galvanized community attention to the LPGA’s policy in August 2008 when it was released, which resulted in revision of policy by the end of 2008. [4] This resulted in Yee introducing SB 242, which prohibits businesses from denying services to customers that don't speak a specific language. Yee received hate emails and messages in response to this legislation and the bill was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 11, 2009.

Controversies

Allegations of shoplifting and prostitution

On December 19, 1992 Leland Yee was spotted walking out of a KTA Superstore in Hawaii County with a small bottle of "Tropical Blend Tan Magnifier oil" in his front short pocket.[5] He was subsequently stopped by a store security officer who summoned the local police. Yee was booked on suspicion of petty misdemeanor shoplifting but the case was closed in 1993 without prejudice.

Yee has also been pulled over by SFPD three times under the suspicion that he was cruising for prostitutes in the Mission District of San Francisco. All three times, he was questioned by police and let go with no charges filed.[6]

Video game controversies

In 2005, Yee criticized Rockstar North for the Hot Coffee Mod in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and claimed that the ESRB knew about it in advance and criticized them for not rating it "adults only".[7] The controversy resulted from the Hot Coffee mod created by PC users of the game using hacking tools to create a mod to play a mini game which was otherwise inaccessible to players.[8] In response, Rockstar removed the content used for the mod. That same year, Yee passed California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793, a video game bill that criminalizes sale of videogames rated M to children under 18 and require retailers to place M-rated games separate from other games intended for children. Yee's bills passed in part to mass media concentration on the speculative link between video game violence and real world violence, as well as several support of concerned parent groups. The bill was signed into law on October 7th, 2005 and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) filed a lawsuit 10 days later. After the bill passed, it was ruled to be unconstitutional by Judge Ronald Whyte.[9] The adverse ruling required the state to pay $324,840 to the ESA in legal fees.[10] The ruling was then appealed by Governor Schwarzenegger in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court.

On April 12, 2007 Yee criticized the US Army’s program to will spend $2 million in tax dollars to sponsor the Global Gaming League. Yee claims the military individuals on the site who are "desensitized to real-life violence through the online violent video games."[11]

On August 29, 2007 Leland Yee criticized the ESRB for not disclosing what content was removed from Manhunt 2 to re-rate the game from an AO rating for violence to the ESRB Mature rating.[12] Yee asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the change in rating. In response, ESRB president Patricia Vance stated the details for a product that has not yet been released will not be disclosed.[13] On July 22, 2009, Leland Yee filed an amicus brief in support of Governor Schwarzenegger's appeal to the Supreme Court regarding the passing of a law which would criminalize the sale of violent video games, claiming that unlike books, movies and CDs, video games "can contain up to 800 hours of footage with the most atrocious content often reserve for the highest levels and can be accessed only by advanced players after hours upon hours of progressive mastery.”[14]. This action has been met with criticism from gamers that the Californian state senator is wasting resources on a law already judged unconstitutional at a time when the state is already facing economic problems[15].

Editing Wikipedia

On September 4, 2007 it was revealed using WikiScanner that IP addresses registered to computers in the California Senate office had made changes to its Wikipedia entry favoring Leland Yee.[16] It was reported that they removed the 1992 shoplifting allegations and the video game controversies sections.

Opposition to Schwarzenegger healthcare plan

On January 23, 2008 during a committee meeting, Leland Yee announced his opposition to the health care plan sponsored by Governor Schwarzenegger and supported by a majority of Democrats in the California State House and Senate, while opposed by a majority of Republicans. Yee's opposition along with the opposition of Democratic Senator and Health Committee Chair Sheila Kuehl led the NY Times to predict that California's healthcare bill would be effectively killed.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "CA June 6, 2006 Primary Results". 2007-01-10. http://vote.ss.ca.gov/Returns/stsen/0800.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Lieu and Yee Help Rescind LPGA English Language Policy Penalty". AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-09-08.
  5. ^ Phillip Matier; Andrew Ross (October 13, 2000). "Mug Shot Doesn't Flatter Supervisor". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2000/10/13/MN116316.DTL&hw=leland+yee+record&sn=002&sc=701. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  6. ^ Phillip Matier; Andrew Ross (November 22, 1999). "Best to Stay on the Straight, Narrow Streets All the Way Home". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1999/11/22/MN91849.DTL&hw=leland+yee+prostitution&sn=002&sc=610. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  7. ^ "Leland Yee on Hot Coffee mod". 2007-01-10. http://www.gamespot.com/news/6129209.html. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  8. ^ "Gamasutra". 2007-01-10. http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5868. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  9. ^ "California 2005 Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional". 2007-01-10. http://gamepolitics.com/2007/08/06/breaking-california-2005-video-game-law-ruled-unconstitutional. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Leland Yee Zings Army over Video Game Recruiting Effort". 2007-01-10. http://gamepolitics.com/2007/04/12/breaking-yee-spanks-army-over-video-game-recruiting-efforts/. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  11. ^ "California’s Leland Yee Demands Answers on Manhunt 2 Re-rate". 2007-01-10. http://gamepolitics.com/2007/08/27/breaking-californias-leland-yee-demands-answers-on-manhunt-2-re-rate/. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  12. ^ "ESRB Refuses to Detail Manhunt 2 Re-rate". 2007-01-10. http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6981&Itemid=2. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  13. ^ http://dist08.casen.govoffice.com/vertical/Sites/{BF15804D-042F-4DCF-8803-86441E95CD9F}/uploads/{F338F527-8D2E-4B9B-8A2F-B6D865D54A31}.PDF On petition for a writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Cicuit
  14. ^ http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/07/sensationalist-legal-brief-aims-to-revive-ca-game-law.ars
  15. ^ "Public Radio: Yee’s Wikipedia Page Altered From Within State Capitol". 2007-01-10. http://gamepolitics.com/2007/09/04/public-radio-yees-wiki-edited-from-within-state-capitol/. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  16. ^ "California Governor’s Plan for Health Care in Trouble". 2008-01-28. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/us/28healthcare.html. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 

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Preceded by
Election was not district specific
Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
District 4

1997–2002
Succeeded by
Fiona Ma
Preceded by
Jackie Speier
State Senator, 8th District
2006–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
'
Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore
2003-2006
Succeeded by
Sally J. Lieber

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Leland Yee is California State Senator in District 8 of the USA. Previously, Yee was the California State Assemblyman for the 12th Assembly District and the Supervisor of San Francisco's Sunset District. He was also the Speaker pro Tempore for the Assembly.

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Allegations of Theft and Prostitution

Per County of Hawaii Police Lt. Ed Tanaka, on December 19, 1992 Leland Yee walked out of the KTA Superstore in Kona's Keauhow Shopping Village with a small bottle of "Tropical Blend Tan Magnifier oil" in his front short pocket. He was subsequently stopped by a store security officer who summoned the local police. He was hauled to the police headquarters, booked and photographed on suspicion of petty misdemeanor shoplifting. In 1993 the case was later closed without prejudice. However the San Francisco Chronicle got hold of his mugshot and the situation was publicized all over San Francisco

In addition to this incident, Yee has been pulled over by SFPD twice under the suspicion that he was cruising for prostitutes in the Mission District of San Francisco. Both times, he was questioned by police and let go with no charges filed.

Video Games

On August 29th 2007 Leland Yee tried to have the ESRB disclose why the AO rating for violence was given to Manhunt 2 and what content was changed to have the ESRB re-rate the game Mature.

Leland Yee also criticized the US army for an Army program which will spend $2 million in tax dollars to sponsor the Global Gaming League. The GGL site gets more than 9 million visitors per month, mostly individuals between 17 and 24. Yee argues that violent video games do not promote military service as admirable, but promotes violent, sexist, and racist behaviors.

In 2005 Leland Yee passed California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793 a video game bill that has protects children from the harmful effects of violent video games. The bill was sign into law on October 7th, 2005 and the ESA filed a lawsuit 10 days later. After the bill passed, it was deemed unconstitutional on December 21, 2005 by Judge Ronald Whyte. The ruling caused the state to pay $324,840 to the ESA in legal fees.

In 2005, Yee criticized the ESRB for not giving Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas an AO rating. The controversy resulted from the Hot Coffee mod created by PC users. Yee criticized Rockstar North for the Hot Coffee Mod in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and claimed that the ESRB knew about it in advance and criticized them for not rating it "adults only". He was unable to back the claim up however.

Awards

  • 2005 “Person of the Year” by GamePolitics.com

Reference Links

  • Theft allegations
  • Yee looking for prostitutes
  • Yee alters Wikipedia
  • Leland Yee vs Manhunt
  • Game Politics Person of the year

External Links


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