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Leland Yee (Chinese: 余胤良; pinyin: Yú Yìnliáng) was born November 20, 1948. Yee is a suspended Democratic California State Senator[1] for District 8, which represents a large portion of east central California. Before redistricting in 2011, Yee represented District 8 in San Francisco. Prior to becoming State Senator, Yee was a California State Assemblyman, Supervisor of San Francisco's Sunset District and was a member and President of the San Francisco School Board. In 2004, Yee became the first Asian American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore, making him the second highest ranking Democrat of the California State Assembly. He was an award-winning gun control, transparency and anti-video game advocate.[2] Yee was arrested by the FBI on March 26, 2014 on charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking — specifically buying automatic firearms and shoulder-launched missiles from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an Islamist extremist group located in the southern Philippines and attempting to re-sell those weapons to an undercover FBI agent, as well as accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover agent in exchange for placing a call to the California Department of Public Health regarding a contract at the organization.[3] In response to the gun running and other criminal charges against him, the California State Senate suspended Yee as a Senator on March 28, 2014 and he withdrew from his campaign to become Secretary of State.

Early Life/Family/Personal

Leland Yee immigrated to San Francisco, California from Taishan,[4] Guangdong, China when he was three years old and later became a naturalized United States citizen. His father served in the United States Army and the Merchant Marines. Yee attended San Francisco's Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School and earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master's degree from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Hawaii.

Yee married his wife, Maxine, in 1972 and they have raised four children who attended San Francisco public schools. He currently lives in San Francisco's Sunset District.

After obtaining his doctorate in Child Psychology, Yee worked as a therapist in the Mental Health Department of San Francisco, the Oakland School District and with Asian American for Community Involvement, a non-profit that serves low-income people.

In February of 2013, Yee claimed that he had received a death threat, which was very explicit and not like previous claimed death threats.[5] The writer stated that he was a trained Marine sniper and objected to Yee's actions on gun control.[6] On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Everett Basham, 45, a Silicon Valley engineer, was arrested and charged. Basham later plead no contest to charges.[7]

Political Record

San Francisco School Board

Yee was elected to the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education in 1988 and served two, four-year terms on the board, including one as Board President. During his tenure, Yee called for audits of all schools in the San Francisco Unified School District and fought to establish performance standards for educators.[8]

Richmond Community Health Festival

Richmond Recreation Center 251 18th Ave. Join Supervisor Eric Mar at our Annual Richmond Community Health Festival co-sponsored by Senator Leland Yee, Ram's, Community Youth Center, and Self Help for the Elderly and Compassionate Community Care. The event will have free health screenings: Bone Density, Blood Pressure, and other tests; informational booths, entertainment for children, and free raffle prizes![9]

Opposing CBest

WHY DO SOME minority teachers oppose the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), which ensures that new teachers have attained 10th-grade proficiency in reading, writing and math?

Journalist Debra J. Saunders called San Francisco school board president Steve Phillips and board member Dr. Leland Yee for an answer to that question after they wrote to The Chronicle opposing CBEST. Phillips and Yee support the class-action lawsuit filed by the Oakland Alliance of Black Educators, Association of Mexican-American Educators and California Association for Asian- Pacific Bilingual Education that seeks to gut CBEST on the basis that the test is racist. The California Teachers Association supports the lawsuit.

Yee, who is a school psychologist, has taken CBEST and passed. Did you come across any questions that were racist? I asked him. "No, I didn't see anything racist," he answered.

If he could not point to anything in the test that showed any bias, why did he think the test is racist?

Yee offered two reasons. First: the fact that the pass ratios were different by ethnic group -- that is, 80 percent of whites, versus 35 percent of African Americans, 51 percent of Latinos and 59 percent of Asians who take the test for the first time. Second: There had been no "validity test."

Yee and Phillips both told the reporter that they do not want to lower standards. They only want to get rid of an "unfair" test. [10]

District 4 Supervisor

Yee successfully ran for Supervisor in 1996. As District 4 Supervisor, he was appointed to chair the Finance Committee, where he helped establish the "Rainy Day" budget reserve and introduced the General Obligation Bond Accountability Act. He was re-elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2000.[8]

District 12 Assemblyman

In November 2002, Yee was elected to the California State Assembly to represent the 12th Assembly District.

In his first year in the Legislature, he was appointed to the Speaker's Leadership Team as the Assistant Speaker pro Tempore. In 2004, he became the first Asian Pacific American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore in the California State Assembly and was elected President of the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.[11]

State Senator

After serving four years in the California State Assembly, Leland Yee was elected to the State Senate in November 2006 with the largest winning percentage for any Democratic candidate. In 2010, Senator Yee was re-elected, receiving the most votes of any Democratic legislator in the State. Representing District 8, which includes San Francisco and San Mateo County, Yee is the first Chinese American ever elected to the California State Senate.[8]

Mayoral and Secretary of State Campaigns

Sec of State Candidate Leland Yee Campaign Video -- cademorg, Mar. 9, 2014

On November 10, 2010 Yee filed his candidacy for the San Francisco mayoral election.[12]

On November 9, 2011, almost exactly a year after filing his candidacy, he lost the election, coming in fifth place.

In November 2012, Yee declared that he would run for Secretary of State of California in 2014.[13]

On March 27, 2014, After being arrested on corruption charges, Yee's attorney stated that Yee would withdraw his candidacy for Secretary of State of California.[14]

Edwards supporter

In March 2007, In March, John Edwards asked his friend Dale Minami, attorney and president of the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, to host a meeting of California AAPI leaders to meet with him. Minami, an AAPI institution himself, has been a supporter of Edwards since 2004. State Board of Equalization President Betty Yee and state Senator Leland Yee (no relation) are also major supporters of Edwards. Leland Yee serves on the Edwards campaign’s “Leaders for One America.” Sacramento’s Bill Wong, executive director of the AAPI Small Business PAC; Dan Kuramoto, leader of the jazz group Hiroshima; Chris Pak, president of the Archeon Group; Raahi Reddy, president of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance; and Steve Ngo of the S.F. Bay Area Asian Bar Association — are all a part of the Edwards’ AAPI steering committee in California.

Two high-power AAPI women in politics currently serve as senior advisors in his campaign: Courtni Pugh, former Democratic National Committee AAPI director, and Jadine Nielsen, a former Clinton White House liaison, who now resides in Hawai‘i..[15]

Occupy SF/Elected Officials

Police called off a raid that had apparently been planned for pre-dawn hours on Thursday, Oct. 27 2011. Supervisors John Avalos, David Chiu, Jane Kim and Eric Mar, along with state Senator Leland Yee, were at the encampment in Justin Herman Plaza.[16]

Protest of UCSF Layoffs

Press release April 3, 2013

CONTACT: Todd Stenhouse

Yee, Avalos, Mar & Other Leaders To Join UC Workers at Thursday Protest of UCSF Layoffs

San Francisco: On Thursday, April 4th, State Senator Leland Yee, Supervisor John Avalos and Supervisor Eric Mar will join labor leaders, patients, and hospital workers to highlight growing concerns about the UC Medical system and to protest the recent elimination of 300 jobs at UCSF Medical Center. The protest will take place at UCSF’s Parnassus Campus.

Who: Elected Leaders, UC Workers, Patients and other Civic Leaders, including:

  • What: Rally and Protest of UCSF Medical Center Layoffs
  • Where: UCSF Parnassus Campus, 505 Parnassus Ave.
  • When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 11:15 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

“Both at UCSF, and across the UC Medical system, misguided management priorities are putting providers at risk and degrading the quality of patient care,” said AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger. “That’s why we are coming together to demand safe staffing for UC patients, and basic fairness to the frontline care workers who devote their lives to our families, friends, and communities.” [17]

Criticizing Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh has come under fire again from a San Francisco politician.

Supervisor Eric Mar condemned the conservative talk show host for remarks many have found offensive to the Chinese community. Mar wants the Board of Supervisors to approve the resolution Tuesday that demands Limbaugh apologizes.

Mar said he is joining others around the country “condemning Rush Limbaugh’s racially insensitive and derogatory remarks mocking Chinese President Hu Jintao and all Chinese people.”

State Sen. Leland Yee has also condemned Limbaugh and called for a boycott of advertisers of the talk show.

During his Jan. 19 2011 talk show broadcast, Limbaugh “mocked the Chinese language and culture by doing a gross misrepresentation impersonation of Chinese President Hu Jintao during his visit to the United States,” Mar said.

“Rush Limbaugh represents a regressive stance in American society by belittling the Chinese community with his mocking of the Chinese language and the President of China. His remarks show extreme disrespect to Chinese Americans that have struggled and made great contributions to this country,” the resolution says.[18]

Committee Memberships

His Committee Membership in 2014 included:[19]

  • Elections and Constitutional Amendments
  • Governance and Finance
  • Governmental Organization
  • Human Services
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Select Committee on California's Public Records & Open Meeting Laws - Chair
  • Select Committee on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs - Chair
  • Select Committee on Bay Area Sustainable Development & Economic Progress - Chair
  • Select Committee on Biotechnology
  • Select Committee on California's Wine Industry
  • Select Committee on California's Horse Racing Industry
  • Select Committee on Integrity of Elections
  • Select Committee on International Business Trade

Notable Legislation

The following is a sampling of Yee's legislation that has passed:[20]

  • Driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.
  • Voted to pass a bill that authorizes a student to participate in any sex-segregated school programs and activities and to use facilities that correspond to the student’s gender identity, whereas existing law does not authorize a student to use facilities that correspond to the student’s gender identity.
  • Voted to prohibit law enforcement from detaining individuals solely on immigration status.
  • Voted to prohibit the impounding of the vehicles of illegal alien drivers at DUI checkpoints.
  • Voted to prohibit semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazine clips.
  • Voted to concur with senate amendments and pass a bill that prohibits the sale of firearm magazines with capacities more than 10 rounds and large-capacity conversion kits.
  • Voted to require background checks for the purchase of ammunition.

Controversies

Anti-War Stance

From the The Real Leland Yee:[21]

Berkeley in 1968 was a very different world from Chinatown and even the relatively controlled environment he'd experienced at home in the Mission. "You didn't protest in school. You'd have been sent home, and your mother would kill you," he said.
At Berekely, all hell was breaking loose, with the antiwar protests, the People's Park demonstrations, the campaign to create a Third World College (which led to the first Ethnic Studies Department), and a general attitude of mistrust for authority. "I developed a sense of activism," Yee said. "I realized I could speak out."
That spirit quickly vanished when Yee lost faith in some of his fellow activists. "People would work with us, then get into positions of power and use that against you," he recalled. "A lot of my friends said 'forget it.' I left the scene."

Wealth Redistribution

In 1992, when Yee was up for re-election, he acknowledged that his district needed more cash; at that point, he supported a statewide initiative to tax the rich to bring money to the schools.[21]

Violent Video Game Legislation

Following news of the "Hot Coffee mod" in Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Yee claimed that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) knew about it in advance and criticized them for not rating the game "adults only."[22] The controversy resulted from the Hot Coffee mod created by personal computer users of the game using hacking tools to create a modification to play a "minigame," or game-within-a-game, which was otherwise inaccessible to players.[23] In response, Rockstar removed the content used for the modification. That same year, Yee passed California Assembly Bills 1792 & 1793, a video game bill that criminalizes sale of video games rated M to children under 18 and require retailers to place M-rated games separate from other games intended for children. Yee's bills passed in part due to mass media concentration on the speculative link between video game violence and real world violence, as well as the support of several concerned parent groups. The bill was signed into law on October 7, 2005 and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) filed a lawsuit 10 days later. After the bill passed, it was ruled to be unconstitutional by Judge Ronald Whyte.[24] The adverse ruling required the state to pay $324,840 to the ESA in legal fees.[25]

Gun Control

Leland Yee has been a vocal advocate for gun control. In 2006, Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign for his efforts that included co-authoring a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping.[26] In May 2012, together with Kevin de León, Yee proposed legislation to ban any semi-automatic rifle that had a "conversion kit" that makes the rifle a "fixed magazine rifle." SB 249 would ban conversion kits and rifles. According to his press release, "Absent this bill, California's assault weapon ban is significantly weakened. For the safety of the general public, we must close this loophole."[27] Yee is quoted as saying, "It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion."[28]

Several groups have noted the irony of Yee's previous support for strict gun control laws, in light of his involvement in weapons trafficking.[29][30][31] Gun rights advocacy groups, such as the NRA and others, have labeled Yee's actions as "hypocrisy."[32][33] In the wake of Yee's arrest on corruption and weapons trafficking charges in 2014, gun control advocacy groups have expressed concern that the future of some of Yee's proposed gun control bills could be in jeopardy.[34] Yee had previously earned an 'A' rating from the Brady Campaign.

Corruption

Shoplifting Charges

Yee shopped at a KTA store in Keaauhou, Hawaii in 1992, when he reportedly stuffed a bottle of Tropical Blend Tan Magnifier Oil into his pocket and then under his shirt and tried to walk out of the store with it. After being stopped by a security guard, he claimed he was trying to show the bottle of suntan lotion to his wife, who was waiting outside. He was arrested. The case was not prosecuted, as Yee disappeared before he could be prosecuted.[35]

Tim Tronson - Contractor Corruption

Yee also became what some say was a bit too close with Tim Tronson, a consultant hired by the district as a $1,000-a-day facilities consultant. Tronson wound up getting indicted on 22 counts of grand theft, embezzlement and conspiracy in a scheme to steal $850,000 from the schools, and was sentenced to four years in state prison.[36]

In 1998, when some school board members wanted to build housing for teachers on property that the district owned in the Sunset, Yee led the opposition — with Tronson's help. At one meeting at Sunset Elementary School, Yee went so far as to say, according to people present, that "Tim Tronson is my man, and I rely on him for advice."

Yee acknowledged that he worked closely with Tronson to defeat that housing project. "He was the facilities manager," Yee explained, "and I said that I trusted his judgment."

Solicitation

In 1999, Yee was stopped twice for suspected solicitation of prostitutes:[37]

“Although cops stopped him twice in the Mission District’s hooker-row area near Capp Street in 1999, Yee denied soliciting prostitutes. He told the media: ‘They presume that people are driving around there looking for prostitutes, but there are people who use that street to go home. They said there was somebody they thought looked like me who may have been soliciting. And I said, ‘No, I was coming from work.’”

Graft and Suspicious Home Purchases

Yee purchased a home in 1999 valued at more than 1 million dollars on a $30,000 a year salary that raised suspicions of graft and corruption.[38] His wife wasn't working and his economic interest statements for that period show no other outside earnings. So the disposable, after-tax income of the entire Yee family would not have been much more than $25,000. The mortgage from this property was $516,000. The interest payments on that mortgage alone would total $3,600 a month — more than Yee's gross income.

More from The Real Leland Yee:

Documents in the Assessor's Office show another paper trail, too. In 1989, Jung H. Lee, Yee's mother, transferred the deed on a four-unit Dolores St. building where the family had been living to Maxine and Leland Yee — for no money. And a few months before the Yees bought the Sunset house, they took out a $320,000 home-equity loan on that property. That was the down payment on the Sunset property.
Still: At that point, the Yees would have been paying off two mortgages, with a total nut of about $5,000 a month — and supporting four kids, in San Francisco. In 2002, Yee's economic interest statement's show some modest income from teaching at Lincoln University — but nowhere near enough to pay that level of expenses.
What happened? Yee explains it this way: "For more than 10 years, we were living rent-free in my parents' property," he told me I an interview. "We were a close Chinese family, and my parents provided the food and helped pay for the children's clothing. So we had almost no expenses and we lived very frugally."
During that period, Yee was working for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the Oakland Unified School District, and a San Jose nonprofit, earning, he said, between $50,000 and $90,000 a year. If he saved almost all of that money, he would have had more than a half-million dollars in the bank when he bought the Sunset house.
There's nothing on any of his economic disclosure forms showing any ownership of stocks or other reportable financial interests during that period, so he wasn't investing the money. In fact, he says, it was, and is, all in simple savings accounts. A bit unusual for that large a sum of money.
How did he get a mortgage? "Back then," he said, "banks were willing to lend a lot more freely than they do today."
Starting in 2003, Yee was in the state Assembly, making a higher salary — but still not much in excess of $100,000 a year. After taxes, he was probably taking home about $75,000 — and $60,000 was going to the two mortgages.
How did he do it? "We have been supplementing our income with our savings," he said. "We don't take vacations, we are very careful with our money." And they clearly aren't desperate for cash — Yee's daughter occupies two of the four units in the Dolores St. building they own, but the other two units are vacant.

Public Corruption and Gun Trafficking Charges

An affidavit was filed on March 14, 2014 and unsealed on March 26, 2014 - a 137-page, FBI-sworn affidavit against California State Sen. Leland Yee, as well as over two dozen other individuals, was filed.[39] Yee is the third in California to date this year to face charges of corruption.

A staunch advocate for gun control, government transparency and regulation of video games, Yee was charged with a wide array of charges ranging from gun running, wire fraud, money laundering, corruption and bribery. The affidavit contains alleged murder-for-hire plots involving a political consultant close to Yee, as well as large international weapons trafficking operations. These operations included automatic weapons, shoulder-fired missiles, rocket launchers and heavy artillery. The weapons were allegedly being brought in from Russia and Islamic rebels in the Philippines - the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and were valued between $500,000 to $2.5 million..[40]

Raymond Chow, aka “Shrimp Boy,” the former leader of a Chinese criminal organization with ties to Hong Kong was also charged. Investigators say Chow is the leader — the dragonhead — of one of the most powerful Asian gangs in North America. Chow’s gang is said to have lured State Senator Leland Yee into its clutches through money and campaign contributions in exchange for legislative help, as Yee sought to build his campaign coffers to run for California Secretary of State.[41] Chow is accused of money laundering, conspiracy to receive and transport stolen property and conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes. Yee’s campaign consultant, Keith Jackson, is also facing corruption charges. Yee has been released on $500,000 bail. Both Chow and Jackson have been denied bail. Yee has withdrawn from his bid in the race for Secretary of State as well. The California State Senate suspended Yee as a Senator as of March 28, 2014, but he is suspended with pay. His yearly salary is $90,000.

Affiliations

California Asian Pacific Island Legislative Caucus

The California Asian Pacific Island Legislative Caucus formed in January of 2001 and consisted of, in the 2011-12 session, Assembly Members Mike Eng, Paul Fong, Warren Furutani, Mary Hayashi, Ted Lieu, Fiona Ma, Alberto Torrico and Mariko Yamada, and Senators Leland Yee and Carol Liu. State Controller John Chiang and State Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, served as honorary members of the Caucus.[42]

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club endorsed Yee in 2011 for his Mayoral race. The endorsement was widely seen as a political quid pro quo between Yee and SF Sierra Club Chair John Rizzo, who at the time had aspirations to become the District 5 Supervisor.[43]

Unions

Yee compiled a 100 percent voting record from the major labor unions, including the California Nurses Association and SEIU, and with the Sierra Club. All endorsed his Mayoral bid.[44]

Awards

Awards and Honors as of 2014:[45]

External Links

References

  1. In unprecedented move, state Senate votes to suspend three lawmakers Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2014
  2. Sen. Yee charged with trafficking firearms in sweeping FBI probe Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2014
  3. The Indictment Against Leland Yee Puts "The Wire's" Clay Davis to Shame San Francisco Magazine, March 27, 2014
  4. Sen. Hu Wei hosts banquet for California State Senator Leland Yee China Government News Outlet, Dec. 31, 2006
  5. Yee calls death threat over gun measures explicit and chilling Los Angeles Times, Feb. 14, 2013
  6. Man threatens to assassinate California lawmaker over his support of tighter gun laws NY Daily News, Mar. 13, 2013
  7. Man pleads to charges after threatening senator over gun control bill Los Angeles Times, Oct. 28, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Biography - Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D. California Senate Site, Accessed March 29, 2014
  9. april_newsletter.pdfSUPERVISOR ERIC MAR Volume 1, Issue 2 April 2009
  10. [https://www.sfgate.com/opinion/saunders/article/DEBRA-J-SAUNDERS-Beware-Educrats-Questioning-3331126.phpSF Gate DEBRA J. SAUNDERS -- Beware Educrats Questioning Validity By Debra J. Saunders Published 4:00 am PST, Friday, February 23, 1996]
  11. Leland Yee TotalCapitol.com, Accessed March 29, 2014
  12. State Sen. Leland Yee Joins SF Mayor’s Race The San Francisco Appeal, Nov. 10, 2010
  13. Leland Yee to run for secretary of state SFGate, Nov. 25, 2012
  14. Leland Yee withdraws candidacy for Calif. Secretary of State ABC, Mar. 27, 2014
  15. Week, Choosing Sides in the Democratic Presidential Race BY MAELEY TOM – JANUARY 21, 2008
  16. People's World: Occupy Oaklanders vigil for injured vet, Oct. 28, 2011 (accessed on Dec. 21, 2011)
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  18. [http://www.sfexaminer.com/rush-limbaugh-condemned-by-supervisor-eric-mar/san Francisco Examiner Rush Limbaugh condemned by Supervisor Eric Mar By Joshua Sabatini on February 2, 2011]
  19. Biography - Committee Membership California Senate Site, Accessed March 29, 2014
  20. Laws and Politicians are made to be broken Blasted Fools, March 28, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Real Leland Yee SFBG, Aug. 30, 2011
  22. Spot On: Leland Yee talks Hot Coffee GameSpot, July 15, 2005
  23. Yee Blasts ESRB For Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rating Gamasutra, July 7, 2005
  24. California 2005 Video Game Law Ruled Unconstitutional WayBack Machine, Aug. 6, 2007
  25. Schwarzenegger Appeals CA Game Law As Industry Seeks $320K Legal Fees WayBack Machine, Sept. 5, 2007
  26. Sen. Yee charged with trafficking firearms in sweeping FBI probe Los Angeles Times, Mar. 26, 2014
  27. Yee Introduces Bill to Close Loophole in Assault Weapon Law Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D., May 21, 2012
  28. CBS 5 Report Inspires New Legislation To Ban ‘Bullet Button’ CBS, May 20, 2012
  29. Calif. state senator arrested for alleged gun-running was gun-control advocate WaPo, Mar. 27, 2014
  30. NRA ad targets disgraced California Dem Yee The Washington Times, Mar. 28, 2014
  31. Anti-violent game politician Leland Yee arrested in connection to gun trafficking engadget, Mar. 26, 2014
  32. Affidavit details Sen. Leland Yee’s alleged weapons conspiracies SacBee, Mar. 27, 2014
  33. Reaction to Yee's arrest mix shock with anger KTVU, Mar. 27, 2014
  34. AP California News The Union Democrat, Mar. 27, 2014
  35. Mug Shot Doesn't Flatter Supervisor SFGate, Oct. 13, 2000
  36. The Real Leland Yee SFBG, Aug. 30, 2011
  37. Best to Stay on the Straight, Narrow Streets All the Way Home SFGate, Nov. 22, 1999
  38. The Real Leland Yee SFBG, Aug. 20, 2011
  39. Leland Yee – Gun Runner, Terrorist Enabler, Progressive Communist NoisyRoom.net, March 28, 2014
  40. CA Democrat's Alleged Arms Trafficking Scheme Linked to Islamist Rebels Breitbart, March 26, 2014
  41. FBI sting shows San Francisco Chinatown underworld Yahoo! News, March 28, 2014
  42. California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus website, accessed Feb. 23, 2012
  43. With Sierra Club Endorsement at Home, Yee Snubs Environmentalists in Sacramento BeyondChron, June 9, 2011
  44. The Real Leland Yee SFBG, Aug. 30, 2011
  45. Awards and Honors California Senate Site, Accessed March 29, 2014