Newsletter – 2011 May


2011 May Newsletter of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party

Dear API Caucus Friend and Supporter: 

It was great seeing you all at our recent caucus meeting in Sacramento on April 29th. Thank you all for your attendance, your support, and your individual leadership in all that you do for our community and for your support of the California Democratic Party. Go Dems! We passed several resolutions during our meeting including the shark fin ban and election of our new officers for 2011-2013 which you’ll find expressed in the article below announcing the new officers for the term 2011-2013.

Thank you to the former officers of the API Caucus and former State Chair, Mike Fong, for your leadership and passion for our community and our democratic ideals. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors as many of you move on to run for office in your districts and pursue other leadership opportunities as well.

We also co-hosted a fantastic reception with the California Young Democrats API Caucus on Saturday morning of April 30th honoring World War II Veterans. It was a fantastic success, and we’ve included a brief recap in the article below. Thanks to the leadership of the API Caucus of the California Young Dems for their help in organizing this wonderful reception.

We have several more events upcoming, the first being a membership mixer planned at our next E-Board meeting in San Diego in July. We hope you can join us there. The new officers are also planning to create a new speakers bureau as part of our new goals for our term. It will be a rare opportunity to hear from our fellow leaders in the community, elected officials, learn and be inspired by them as well.

If you missed us at our April caucus meeting, and need to renew your membership or join our caucus for the first time, please refer to our website for more details. It Thank you for your continuous support of the API Caucus of the CA Democratic Party. We look forward to acting together to activate our goals, engaging new Democrats, mobilizing our community, and taking the API Caucus to new heights within the Democratic Party! The new officers for 2011-2013 are ready to work with you!

Panney Wei, State Secretary & API Caucus Newsletter Editor
The API Caucus E-Board
California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Announces New Officers for 2011-2013 Term
SACRAMENTO – The California Democratic Party (CDP) Asian Pacific Islander Caucus has elected new officers for its 2011-2013 term at the CDP State Convention in Sacramento. 

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected unanimously to lead the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. I also congratulate my fellow officers of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. As we head into the critical presidential campaign season, we will work aggressively to ensure Democratic victory at all levels and move California forward,” said Clark Lee, State Chair of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.

All officers were elected by acclamation. For more information,

California Democratic Party

2011-2013 Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Officers

State Chair – Clark Lee

State Secretary – Panney Wei

State Treasurer – Maritessa Bravo Ares

Northern State Chair – Aref Aziz

Northern State Vice Chair – Lindsey Nitta

Northern State Secretary – Papia Gambelin

Northern State Outreach Chair – Deepa Sharma

Southern State Chair – Mike Fong

Southern State Vice Chair – Ricky Choi

Southern State Secretary – Semee Park

Southern State Outreach Chair – Melissa Ramoso

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (CDP API Caucus) is the officially chartered caucus of the California Democratic Party representing Democrats of Asian and Pacific Islander origin in the State of California. The CDP API Caucus works under the general direction of the California Democratic Party. The CDP API Caucus supports all CDP endorsed candidates and ballot measures. For more information, visit

Statement of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
LOS ANGELES – California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus State Chair Clark Lee released the following statement on the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 

“This May, as we commemorate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, let us celebrate the achievements and the contributions of the Asian Pacific American community and embrace the diversity of our community.

“As one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the United States, the Asian Pacific American community has a rich and complex history. For more than a century and a half, the Asian Americans have been a crucial partner in weaving the fabric of modern America. Even so, Asian Americans continue to break barriers while facing many challenges today.

“The strength of the Asian Pacific American community lies in its unique and vibrant diversity. As we continue our achievements and progress in the twenty-first century, let us embrace our legacy and the diversity of our community as we work to strengthen our nation together.

“On behalf of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, we are proud to join all Americans in celebrating the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.”

Recap- Reception hosted by API Caucus-CDP and California Young Dems API Caucus Honoring World War II Veterans

recently hosted a reception honoring CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL RECIPIENTS:

442ND REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM, 100TH INFANTRY BATTALION, and MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE during the 2011 annual California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento. The reception was held on the morning of Saturday, APRIL 30 the from 11:30AM – 1:00PM and was very well attended. About 150 members of both caucuses including friends and API leaders joined us for a fantastic morning of celebration honoring these important individuals who served our country.Thanks to Christine Hironaka, Lindsey Nitta, Sonya Logman and the leaders of the California Young Democrats API Caucus for their leadership and help in organizing this special reception.

Free San Mateo County Small Business Assistance &

Regional Business Opportunities Workshop Hosted by CA State Controller John Chiang

JOHN CHIANG, California State Controller 

JERRY HILL, California State Assembly



In collaboration with the

San Mateo County Economic Development Association

Belmont Chamber of Commerce **** Burlingame Chamber of Commerce

Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce **** Economic Development Growth Enterprise

Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce **** San Mateo County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Mateo County

Hungarian American Chamber of Commerce

Foster City Chamber of Commerce **** Millbrae Chamber of Commerce

Pacifica Chamber of Commerce **** San Bruno Chamber of Commerce **** San Carlos Chamber of Commerce

San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce **** South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce **** San Mateo County Transit District

Invite you to attend a

Free San Mateo County Small Business Assistance &

Regional Business Opportunities Workshop

Learn about tax compliance issues, small business financing programs and local tax and other incentive programs.

When: Friday, May 20, 2011

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Registration & Light Refreshments at 1:00 pm

Location: College of San Mateo

College Center — Building 10

1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.

San Mateo, California 94402

This is a free event. Free parking is available in designated areas.

For additional details, please see the attached flyer or call Assemblymember Hill’s office at (650) 349-1900.

RSVP required by phone, fax or e-mail by 5/19/2011.

RSVP to:

Phone: (650) 349-1900 or (650) 341-4676

Fax: (213) 833-6011


Mail: State Controller’s Office; 777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 4800; Los Angeles, CA 90017
To RSVP please complete the information below and return via phone, e-mail or fax:




City State Zip


Phone Fax

2011 Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit-Washington, D.C. May 24-25

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus hosts the 2011 Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit 

on May 24-25, 2011. It’s free and open to our members and the public. Please join us and Congresswoman Judy Chu, who is the new chair of the Caucus and a friend of our API Caucus for an exciting two days!

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently Chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994. CAPAC is non-partisan and bi-cameral.


  • To ensure that legislation passed by the United States Congress, to the greatest extent possible, provides for the full participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and reflects the concerns and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities;
  • To educate other Members of Congress about the history, contributions and concerns of Asian American and Pacific Islanders;
  • To work with other Members and Caucuses to protect and advance the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans;
  • To establish policies on legislation and issues relating to persons of Asian and/or Pacific Islands ancestry who are citizens or nationals of, residents of, or immigrants to, the United States, its territories and possessions; and
  • To provide a structure to coordinate the efforts, and enhance the ability, of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress to accomplish those goals.


CAPAC was established on May 16, 1994. Congressman Norman Y. Mineta, one of the founders of CAPAC, became its first Chair.

Since then, the Caucus has been led by four other prominent Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress: Congresswoman Patsy Mink of Hawaii, Congressman Robert A. Underwood of Guam, Congressman David Wu of Oregon, and Congressman Mike Honda of California.

The Caucus is currently led by Congresswoman Judy Chu, who became CAPAC Chair in February 2011.

The 2011 Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit will be taking place on May 24-25th in Washington, D.C. To RSVP AAPI Summit registration

2011 CAPAC Summit Flyer.jpg

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment – 18th Annual CAUSE Dinner Recap
On April 29, the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment held the 18th Annual CAUSE Dinner at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles to roaring success. 

Elected officials, sponsors and CAUSE board members gather for a photo.

State Assemblyman Mike Eng addresses the attendees during the dinner program.

With more than 300 community, business and political leaders, the yearly event has once again proven itself as one of the premier gatherings for those at the forefront of the Asian American political sphere.

L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel acts as mistress of ceremonies during the program at the 18th Annual CAUSE Dinner.

State Senator Ted Lieu makes remarks at the beginning of the dinner presentation.

The evening’s program honored five distinguished individuals and groups for their exemplary work and service in advancing the cause of Asian American civic and political empowerment.

State Controller John Chiang, right, presents Campbell Councilman Evan Low with the Rising Star Award.

Congresswoman Judy Chu presents the Norman Y. Mineta Legacy Award to Congressman Mike Honda.

L.A. County CEO Bill Fujioka, left, presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe.

Mitch Mitchell, vice president of state government affairs for The Gas Company, right, presents the Media Impact Award, held by CAUSE Board Chairman Charlie Woo, to Bill Davis, founding president and CEO of Southern California Public Radio.

Nino Mascolo, manager of government lands and forestry for Southern California Edison, right, presents the Civic Leadership Award to Morongo Band of Mission Indians Councilman Damon Sandoval.

On behalf of our organization, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our sponsors:

Presidential Sponsors

Charlie Woo

Southern California Edison

Wallis Foundation

Senatorial Sponsors

The Nielsen Company

Southern California Gas Company

Southwest Airlines

Congressional Sponsors

IW Group

L.A. Supervisor Don Knabe

Squires, Sanders & Dempsey

Wal-Mart Stores

Mayoral Sponsors



Dr. Albert Young
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Northrop Grumman


Community Sponsors
Dr. Alan Kims
Asian Pacific American Leadership Project (APALP)
Athens Services
Bill Wong
City of Cerritos Mayor Carol K. Chen
Jenner & Block LLP
KPCC – Southern California Public Radio
Lee Tran & Liang
City of Diamond Bar Mayor Pro Tem Ling-Ling Chang
Paul Song
Imprenta Communications
City of Rosemead Mayor Steven Ly
Victor King
Wing Hing Foods

Thank you to Asian Professional Exchange (APEX), Project by Project (PbP) and other volunteers for making the night possible, as well as Ed Chen, Jimmy Cheng and Kwiri Yang for photography during the event.

And of course, CAUSE extends their sincere thanks to all who attended and to those who have given their generous support in helping us continue with our programs.

They hope to be able to count on your support in the future!
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment
260 S. Los Robles Ave., #118
Pasadena, CA 91101

State Senator Ted Lieu Seeks to End California Parole Law

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Ted W. Lieu is seeking to dismantle a new state law that allowed unsupervised parole for thousands of convicts in the wake of the arrest of one parolee for double homicide in Southern California.

Lieu, D-Torrance, is available for comment and can be reached in person in Sacramento today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, or via phone.

Lieu’s goal is to end “non-revocable parole,” a program begun in 2009 as a way to save money by returning fewer lower-level offenders to prison for minor parole violations. The law took effect in January 2010. Today, more than 13,000 ex-convicts are in the program and are not being monitored.

Earlier this month, Zackariah Timothy Lehnen, 30, was charged with fatally stabbing and beating a woman and an elderly man this month in Culver City, west of downtown Los Angeles and bordering Lieu’s 28th Senate District. Lehen faces arraignment late this month. Lehnen was placed on unsupervised parole in November after serving less than five months of a 16-month prison sentence for drug possession.

Lehen’s alleged double murder and Lieu’s concerns were the subject of an Associated Press story that moved statewide earlier today.

Ted W. Lieu represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Ray Sotero
Communications Director
Sen. Ted Lieu, Senate District 28
Capitol Building, Room 4090
Sacramento, Calif. 95814
(916) 651-4028


MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FOR CDP- Asian Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus!
Victory guy on cliffIt’s time to renew! Get involved with caucus and stay more active with the California Democratic Party. Join or renew your membership to the API Caucus of the CA Democratic Party! 

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus membership is open to all Democrats who are committed to furthering the purpose and the goals of the Caucus.

Click here to join the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus or to renew your annual Caucus membership dues.

If you are a senior/student and would like to request student/senior membership fee rate, or if you would like to request fee waiver for economic hardship, please contact us at

Your support is greatly appreciated as we work together towards building a stronger community and elevating our voices within the Democratic Party! We are stronger working together!

Dear members: 

Our bylaws have been updated! Please view here:

In friendship,
The API Caucus E-Board

ELEVATING API presence within the CA Democratic PartyTogether We Can: 

* Elevating API presence within the CA Democratic Party
* Energizing & Engaging API voters
* Mobilizing & Strengthening the API community
* Recruit, train, and support API/Fil-Am candidates
* Train API/Fil-Am grassroots activists
* Register New Voters
* Connect local Democratic groups with State & County Central Committees
* Invite Obama volunteers and decline-to-state voters into our party
* Coalition building between caucuses and DNC API Caucus

If you want to learn more about how to get involved, take part in Obama’s Call to Service, and do your part in making a difference, please email us For more info, go to:

Comments & Contributions to our Newsletter
Panney Wei- State Sec 

Everyone is encouraged to contribute to our newsletter. Articles on relevant political topics, updates on electoral races, and insights into local, state and national issues are invited.
Please keep articles brief and be sure to provide contact information. We do our best to print as many articles as possible, but reserve our right to edit as needed. Please submit all articles, questions, or event updates to the Newsletter Editor: API Caucus State Secretary Panney Wei,
Thank you,

Panney Wei, State Secretary & API Caucus Newsletter Editor

Thank you for your continued support of the newsletter of the API Caucus -California Democratic Party!Please keep tuning in and help spread the word!
Panney Wei, C.Ht.State Secretary, API Caucus CDP & Newsletter Editor 


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