The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) celebrated the grand opening of its Solano County Chapter (SOC) on Saturday, August 1, 2015 with a grand Reception at the Solano County Event Center in Fairfield, CA.
“It is the dedication and support from the APAPA SOC leadership that makes it possible for this non-profit, non-partisan and community grassroots-based organization to continue its mission of empowering API Americans through education and active participation in civic and public affairs,” said Mr. C.C. Yin, Founder and Chair of APAPA. The founding board members of APAPA-SOC represent the diversity of API Americans in terms of ethnicity, public/private sector, geographic region, and political persuasion.”
27 elected officials and community leaders attended this exciting event to celebrate APAPA’s 16th Chapter grand opening, which included Congressman John Garamendi; State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson; Senator Lois Wolk; Assemblyman Bill Dodd; Assemblyman Jim Frazier; Former Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada; Solano County Supervisors Erin Hannigan (District 1) and Linda Seifert (District 2); Judges Garry Ichikawa, Alesia Jones, and Tim Kam (County of Solano Superior Court of CA); Solano County Sheriff/Coroner Thomas Ferrara; Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams; Solano County Treasurer / Tax Collector Charles Lomeli; Napa County Sheriff John Robertson; Solano County Assessor/Recorder Marc Tonnesen; Councilmember Mike Segala (City of Suisun); Council members Rozzana Verder-Aliga and Pippin Dew-Costa (City of Vallejo); City of Vallejo Vice-Mayor Jess Malgapo; City of Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine; Councilmember Mitch Mashburn (City of Vacaville); City of Fairfield Mayor Harry Price; City of Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, Jr.; Councilmember Steve Bird (City of Dixon); Councilmember Constance Boulware (City of Rio Vista); and City of American Canyon Mayor Leon Garcia. Judge Tim Kam installed a total of 24 dedicated, high caliber board members to kickoff this strong chapter in APAPA’s Central Valley Region.
APAPA extends its most sincere gratitude to all of its sponsors: Comcast, Yin Foundation, AT&T, PG&E, Wells Fargo, Vision New America, Bank of the West, Jelly Belly, Sandy Chau, Hsing Kung, Kenneth Fong, Golden Arch Enterprises, Kaiser Permanente, Craig Communications, NorthBay Healthcare, Coca Cola, Elizabeth Tsai, Asm. Jim Frazier, Solano County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Touro University, Chinese-American Association of Solano County, Sunny Ghai, Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, ABBA In-Home Care Services, Mustico Realty, Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Solano County, Mora Family Dentistry, Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, Constance Boulware, Robert Hertan, Peter & Eleanor Chiang; as well as the community partners, elected officials, and SOC Board Members, all for making this event a success. APAPA plans to open its Peninsula Chapter and Orange County Chapter in November 2015, then Stockton Chapter and Fresno Chapter in early 2016.
The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization founded in 2001 by C.C. Yin and a pioneering group of fellow civic-minded friends and community leaders. APAPA’s mission is to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through active participation and leadership in civic and public affairs. The organization educates the public about public policy and provides opportunities for our youth to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs. www.apapa.org.