California State Controller Betty Yee
c/o Office of the California State Controller
300 Capitol Street, Suite 1850
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear State Controller Yee,
My name is Matt Winick, an Asian American from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history including social justice. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for Civil Rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and many others. State Controller Yee, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work when you served as California Board of Equalization from the 1st District and current role as 32nd State Controller of California to be very inspiring to me.
When you served as Member of the California State Board of Equalization from the 1st District from 2005-2015, I truly appreciated on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, supporting funds to help fund women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy, and expressing the need for equal pay for women to help protect them from being discriminated based on gender. On the environment, I liked on how you supported funds for renewable energy resources help reduce addiction to oil with gas and work with both political parties in the Members of the California State Board of Equalization to provide funds to local cities to help clean up parks including water resources to make them safe for people to use. On education I like on how you supported to fund special education to help students with disabilities get accommodations they need to learn and implemented after school programs to provide students with help on their assignments from tutors. Expressing the need to raise the minimum wage to help assist minimum wage workers afford to live and expanding job-training programs to help train youth including workers develop work-skills to help prepare to work for the workforce is common sense to improve the economy. In your current role as 32nd State Controller of California, I like on how you are a continuous supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights, provide funds to help restore historical sites including museums or attractions to help restore them along with improve learning, work on pushing for ethics reform like banning gifts to staff members or public officials from lobbyist to reduce corruption, and advocate for the need for affordable housing to help people who are poor or can’t afford to live get shelter. Besides your work in public service, I like on how you use your role as an Asian American to advocate for Asian Americans including Asian American with people with disabilities’ rights, work with the Asian American communities get fund to help repair them, and express the need for immigration reform to help protect immigrants including refugees from being oppressed.
State Controller Yee, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Also your role as former Member of the California State Board of Equalization from the 1st District and as current 32nd State Controller of California gives me some motivation to continue to learn history including social justice. Also being an Asian American with a disability is difficult when some Asians or some Asian Americans tease me or get judgmental about me being different. Your advocacy for Asian American rights including Asian Americans with disabilities’ rights helps give me some confidence about being an Asian American when I face different challenges. My future goal is to someday work in these areas to help emphasize the need to make civil rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and many others.
I strongly believe that you made a great difference in public service. I’m very proud on how you are working hard to support civil rights, protect the environment, expand on ethics reform, and advocate for Asian American communities. You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, be confident about being an Asian American when I face challenges, and to continue to learn history including social justice. Thanks for taking the time to reading my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas.