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Court Hearing Set For State Assemblywoman Charged With Felony Grand Theft

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi has pleaded not guilty in shoplifting case.

Bay City News — A hearing is scheduled to be held Tuesday in the case of , who pleaded not guilty to trying to steal about $2,500 worth of clothing from a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco.

Castro Valley resident Hayashi, D-Hayward, was arrested on Oct. 25 after a security officer at the Union Square store stopped her because she was leaving the store with three items worth $2,445 that she hadn't paid for, prosecutors
said.

The 45-year-old assemblywoman pleaded not guilty to a felony grand theft charge on Oct. 27 and was released on $15,000 bail.

Hayashi's spokesman Sam Singer said the incident was "a mistake and misunderstanding," saying that she carries two cellphones and was texting and phoning with a bag in her hands and inadvertently stepped outdoors.

The hearing in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday is to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

Hayashi was elected in 2006 to represent the 18th Assembly District, which includes Hayward, Castro Valley, Dublin and Pleasanton. She is a member of the leadership team for Assembly Speaker John Perez, serving as chair of the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection.

Leah Hall November 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM
"The Fixer," all the makings of a new reality show on Bravo cable television? "In 2008, Sam Singer has been dubbed "The Fixer" by the San Jose Mercury News, a "Top Gun for Hire" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and one of the most powerful people in San Francisco by 7X7 Magazine for his ability to turn the news around when things look dire for his clients." http://www.singersf.com/team/sam.html Copyrights reserved, Bravo cable. Call me.
Michael Austin November 16, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Well, she is free to go shopping.
Craig Williams November 16, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Hayashi has done a lot of good for many people. I especially appreciate what she did for the farm workers and their children when she was in the non profit world. It's an exciting story , especially for conservatives. Since she has no prior convictions and has served the community for decades and has a plausible defense , I think she should come out of this, but not tarnished politically .
Jamie November 16, 2011 at 04:40 AM
"Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection." Couldn't let that one get by. Seems like she had a bit of a lapse there. Sorry kids, I am just not buying her spokesman's story, "fixer" or not. Her reputation has been damaged.
Fran November 16, 2011 at 05:00 AM
Yes, this guy is good. Witness Jack in the box, still thriving after murdering toddlers with their poison contaminated beef.

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