Photo of Betty Yee with city of San Francisco in background. The great seal of the state of California.

2009

December

Asian Pacific American Leadership Project Panel Discussion

Chairwoman Yee kicked off a panel discussion, "How to Create a Political Infrastructure," hosted by the Asian Pacific American Leadership Project (APALP). Chairwoman Yee discussed her background and her unique experience as a female Asian American elected official.

Chairwoman Yee Staff Holiday Volunteer Work

Chairwoman Yee and her staff spread some holiday cheer to those less fortunate by providing toys to children in need; clothes to families in need; and volunteer time, and supplies to paint the mural wall at the Tenderloin Child Care Center in San Francisco.

First Equalization District Offices Holiday Visits

During the Holiday season, Chairwoman Yee visited the four District Offices in the First Equalization District to wish all BOE staff a happy holiday season. She thanked the District staff and administrators for their continued hard work and dedication to taxpayers and the BOE throughout this stressful and challenging year; afterwards, Chairwoman Yee and her staff served pie to celebrate the holidays.

San Francisco Women’s Holiday Party

Chairwoman Yee attended the San Francisco Women’s Holiday Party, where she was presented with the 2009 Leader of the Year Award by the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee (SFWPC).

Annual Traditional Christmas Party of the Democratic Women's Forum (DWF)

Chairwoman Yee was honored for her dedication to public service and her contributions to the advancement of women in society at the annual Traditional Christmas Party of the Democratic Women's Forum (DWF) in San Francisco.

September

2009 International Confucius Conference

The 2009 International Confucius Conference, organized by the Confucius Preservation Foundation, took place in San Francisco on September 26th. Chairwoman Yee participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and gave a welcoming address to officially kick off this year’s conference. She spoke about the importance of incorporating Confucian thought and practices into our modern lives, emphasizing the importance of putting family and community first and citing the importance of applying Confucius principles of social reform to address today's economic and social challenges.

Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants Association Luncheon

The 2009 Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants Association Luncheon was held on September 16th. This was an annual Gala Luncheon event celebrating one of San Francisco’s vibrant merchant communities. Chairwoman Yee was pleased to honor the community’s small business owners who are doing so much to help San Francisco thrive, even in these difficult times. She spoke briefly on the state of the economy and the important contributions of small businesses, as well as the vital role the Association has in supporting its diverse small business membership.

Chinese American Democratic Club (CADC)

On September 9th Chairwoman Yee spoke to San Francisco’s Chinese American Democratic Club, during its monthly meeting. She spoke on the national and state economic outlooks, sales tax revenue effects with the shuttering of auto dealerships and the Cash for Clunkers program, possible budget reform solutions, and issues to anticipate for the 2010-11 State Budget.

Annual Iftar at the State Capitol

Chairwoman Yee was among the more than 200 from the Muslim community, the interfaith community, members of the California State Legislature, and staff who attended Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-California’s 6th Annual Iftar at the State Capitol on September 1st. CAIR is the nation’s largest Islamic civil lisberties group, working to deepen understanding of the Islamic culture and history. The Capitol Iftar is an annual event to celebrate the evening meal (or Iftar) when Muslims break their fast to end the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is one of the most important community events in the Islamic tradition. Chairwoman Yee fasted all day prior to attending the Iftar.

August

22nd Annual Oakland Chinatown Street Fest

On August 22nd Chairwoman Yee gave a welcoming address at the 22nd Annual Oakland Chinatown Street Fest. Coordinated by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, the Street Fest attracted thousands of people from all over the Bay Area to experience the cultural traditions, arts, entertainment, and food that the Oakland Chinatown community has to offer to the greater Bay Area.

Gee Tuck Sam Tuck Association’s 130th Anniversary

The afternoon of August 16th Chairwoman Yee attended the Gee Tuck Sam Tuck Association’s 130th Anniversary Celebration and National Conference in San Francisco’s Chinatown. She spoke briefly, congratulating the association and presenting several resolutions to honor the Association and its work to provide kinship and support to Chinese Americans of five family surname groups.

Leader Net South Bay Labor Council Discussion

On August 13th Chairwoman Yee participated on a panel at the Leader Net South Bay Labor Council discussion in San Jose about the effects of the economy and the State Budget on State and local governments and business. (This event was one in a series hosted by Working Partnerships USA, a coalition of community groups, labor, and faith organizations seeking a response to the widening gap between the rich and poor in Silicon Valley.) Four other South Bay elected officials offered remarks centering on the fiscal problems of cities and counties. After her address, Chairwoman Yee answered questions about legislative term limits, the initiative process, the 2/3 vote requirement for legislative enactment of the State Budget, and the governance changes that occurred after the passage of Proposition 13.

San Francisco’s Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Meeting

On August 5th Chairwoman Yee met with members of the Government and Public Affairs Committee of San Francisco’s Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Well-received, Chairwoman Yee spoke extensively about property tax issues, the primary topic of interest to BOMA. She also took the opportunity to address proposed consolidation of state tax administration, governance and finance reform efforts under way, and use tax compliance.

July

Sonoma County Town Hall

On July 15th Chairwoman Yee addressed a town hall in Sonoma County regarding the State Budget. This community event was a face-to-face conversation on the California’s economy and the State Budget among Chairwoman Yee and local government officials, businesses, and taxpayers. Chairwoman Yee also touched on the complex issue of Proposition 13 in response to questions that also included those relating to student fee increases, Internet commerce, and the proposed Constitutional Convention.

Hop Wo Benevolent Society Association's Presidential Inauguration

The Hop Wo Benevolent Society Association's Presidential Inauguration was held on July 2nd at the headquarters of the Six Companies in San Francisco’s Chinatown, followed by a dinner banquet. It was a well-attended gala event, with the presence and representation of many local and state officials as well as past and present officers of the Six Companies and its sub-associations. Chairwoman Yee was well-received speaking briefly at the event to congratulate Mr. Damon Yee, the new president and presented certificates to both the outgoing and the incoming presidents.

June

39th Annual San Francisco PRIDE Parade

Ms. Yee attended the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club breakfast on June 28th before joining friends, community leaders, and organizations in the 39th annual San Francisco Pride Parade. "To Form a More Perfect Union" was this year's parade theme, recognizing that a perfect union will be attained when all 50 states across our country enact marriage equality laws. A life-long advocate for equality, Ms. Yee marched before a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands to show her support and solidarity with the LGBT community.

California Chapter of the Hospitality, Financial, and Technology Professionals Breakfast Meeting

On June 25th, Ms. Yee addressed the Northern California Chapter of the Hospitality, Financial, and Technology Professionals at its breakfast meeting in San Francisco. The meeting was well attended; Ms. Yee discussed the State's budget issues, tax tips for the dining and beverage industry, and emerging tax administration issues affecting the industry.

Legislative Day for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

On June 10th, Ms. Yee addressed the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce delegation that traveled to Sacramento for the Chamber’s Legislative Day. The delegation included representatives from the business community as well as officials from the City and County of San Francisco.

May

Chinese Herb Association of Northern California – Graduation and Board Installation

On May 29th, Ms. Yee delivered the keynote address at the Chinese Herb Association of Northern California's graduation and board installation event in San Francisco. This gala program consisted of honoring the Association's second training program graduates, celebrating its 25th anniversary, and administering the oath of office to the Association's new board of directors and officers.

California Women Lead Breakfast

Ms. Yee was the guest speaker on May 28th at the California Women Lead Breakfast during the California State Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Sacramento. California Women Lead is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women serving in or seeking elective or appointed offices.

Chairwoman Yee visits BOE offices in the First District

On May 14th and 15th, Chairwoman Yee and her staff took time to visit the staff of the BOE’s Santa Rosa, San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland District Offices. Ms. Yee addressed the State Budget situation and spoke on the importance of serving the taxpayers well in this challenging, stressful, and uncertain economic climate.

Hayward "State of the City" Breakfast

On May 11th, Ms. Yee spoke at the Hayward "State of the City" Breakfast at California State University, East Bay. A well-attended event with officials from the City of Hayward, Chabot College, AC Transit, local school boards, and local businesses, Chairwoman Yee delivered the keynote address on the state of the State's effects on the State-of-the-City.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

At the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on May 7th, Chairwoman Yee was on hand to was honor the contributions to HIV prevention by Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Keith C. Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Forester LLP; and local independent San Francisco radio station Energy 92.7. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation has been at the forefront of innovative HIV prevention programs and policies to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV for 27 years.

April

Asian Pacific State Employees Association (APSEA) Annual Scholarship Dinner

On April 27th, Chairwoman Yee was presented the President's Award from the Asian Pacific State Employees Association (APSEA) at its Foundation's Annual Scholarship Dinner. This award is in recognition of her 25-years of public service and her support and mentorship of those in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community who are pursuing careers in public service.