AMERICAN CANYON — Constituents from all over the far-flung 4th Assembly District joined locals at American Canyon City Hall on Thursday for an open house at Assemblymember Mariko Yamada's new satellite office there.
“In a district as vast as the new 4th, this office helps my staff and I be accessible to west-end (district) constituents,” said Yamada, whose main office is in Woodland in Yolo County. The American Canyon office opened last month.
Yamada's district covers all of Napa and Lake counties and portions of Sonoma, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties since legislative districts were redrawn in 2011.
Yamada supporters Falk Dressing, his wife, Lenny, and their friend Debbie LeBoy, all from Rohnert Park in the westernmost part of the district, were on hand to greet the assemblymember. They pointed to the southwest corner of a district map where the boundary suddenly juts out to include their city.
“You can see why we're in this district,” LeBoy said. “We call it the rabbit’s foot.”
Other attendees from Sonoma County included a Superior Court judge and the president of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.
Also there were three of the four candidates seeking to replace Yamada when by law she is termed out of office next year.
Davis City Councilmember Dan Wolk drove from Yolo County. Wolk, the son of state Sen. Lois Wolk, announced his candidacy for the 4th District seat last week, as did Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza.
Krovoza did not attend, but Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington, who declared his candidacy in March, made an appearance at the two-hour event, according to Tom Bartee, Yamada's district director. Bartee said there were visitors from all the district counties except Colusa.
Locals in attendance included Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope, also a 4th District candidate.
“As an American Canyon resident, I think it's a great use of City Hall,” Pope said of the new office.
Pope said there is symbolic value in having state, city and county officials under one roof, citing a need for better coordination between levels of government. Napa County Health and Human Services opened an office in the building in 2011.
Napa County Supervisor Keith Caldwell, American Canyon Mayor Leon Garcia and American Canyon Councilmembers Joan Bennett, Kenneth Leary and Mark Joseph also attended.
Yamada became Napa County's representative in the Assembly following the 2011 redistricting, and won re-election last fall when she defeated Republican John Munn.
Yamada’s American Canyon office is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and will be regularly staffed by one or two employees, according to Bartee.