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Yee to Chair Select Committees on Sustainable Development and Asian Affairs
February 01, 2007
Senator to lead efforts for Bay Area sustainable development and economic progress, as well as Asian Pacific Islander affairs
SACRAMENTO - Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today was named chair of the Senate Select Committee on Bay Area Sustainable Development and Economic Progress as well as the Select Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.
The Select Committee on Bay Area Sustainable Development and Economic Progress will identify ways to better link the area's transportation infrastructure and promote sustainable development in order to maintain economic progress and environmental protection. The select committee will examine such issues as affordable housing, air quality, airports, bridges, coastal protection, pedestrian safety, ports, and traffic congestion.
"One of the biggest challenges facing the Bay Area is how we move our economy forward while also protecting the environment," said Senator Yee. "This select committee will provide a forum for state legislators to meet with key Bay Area stakeholders to develop solutions to our transportation, housing, and environmental needs."
The Select Committee on Asian Pacific Islander (API) Affairs will identify opportunities to increase API community interaction with government, trade between California and Asian Pacific countries, and address other community concerns. In addition, the select committee will tackle such issues as health, language access, civil rights, immigration, and worker rights.
"The API Affairs Select Committee will not only provide an opportunity for senators to discuss issues important to the Asian American community, but will also give the community a valuable avenue to voice their concerns to the Legislature," said Senator Yee
In addition to Yee's leadership role as Assistant President pro Tem, he is also a member of the Standing Committees on Appropriations; Business, Professions and Economic Development; Governmental Organization; Health; and Human Services, and the Commission for Economic Development.
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