Congress of California Seniors Gives Assemblymember Yee 100% Rating

SAN FRANCISCO – Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined a number of his Democratic colleagues this week in receiving a 100% rating on the Congress of California Seniors annual legislative report card.

“We can say that we support the seniors in our community, but it is our votes on vital issues such as housing, healthcare and social security that really improve the lives of our seniors,” said Assemblymember Yee. “I am proud to receive a score of 100% from the Congress of California Seniors.”

The Congress of California Seniors (CCS), established in 1977, is a statewide nonprofit education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of seniors and their families. Through its educational program and legislative action, CCS has emerged as a major progressive force for California’s seniors. As a coalition of tenant associations, union retirees, church-related organizations and senior advocacy groups with more than 500,000 members statewide, the CCS rates all state legislators on their voting records related to key senior issues.

“This report card graphically shows who really cares about seniors,” said Hank Lacayo, CCS President. “The legislators who voted for CCS-supported bills voted on a range of issues from affordable housing to tenant’s rights to nursing home issues – all critical to seniors.”

The Congress of California Seniors analyzed the legislators’ votes on 17 CCS-supported bills and handed out passing or failing grades. Of these 17 bills, 16 passed out of the Legislature and were signed into law by the Governor.

“During difficult economic times in our state, it is critical that we not ask for cuts from those who can least afford them. We must continue to advocate for those who have contributed so heavily to our state,” said Assemblymember Yee. “The number of seniors is growing each day in California, and these important individuals deserve legislative leadership that is not only going to appreciate their presence, but understand their needs.”