Assemblymember Bonta Praises Oakland Teachers and District for Reaching Agreement

OAKLAND - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement regarding the tentative agreement reached to end the Oakland Unified School District Teachers’ Strike:

I’m extremely pleased that each side has found common ground and reached a fair and just tentative agreement to end the Oakland Teacher’s Strike. This agreement represents the outcome of thoughtful and robust negotiations that intensified over the last several days. I especially want to thank our State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond who played a pivotal role in this outcome by directly engaging in the negotiations to help the parties identify a solution. I was pleased to work with him and the parties in this process, including participating in multiple all-day and late-night bargaining sessions at the State Building in Oakland. Together, we have arrived at an agreement that is good for our students, our teachers, our parents, and our entire community.

The agreement will: reduce class size; increase support for students, including greater access to counselors and nurses; address Oakland’s teacher retention crisis; and help provide a strong school district for all Oaklanders. This tentative agreement will allow students and educators to get back where they belong— in the classroom where they can grow and thrive together. The last week has demonstrated the Oakland community deeply loves their neighborhood schools. Continuing that engagement is critical. To that end, I worked closely with Board President Aimee Eng to develop a resolution that helps ensure greater community involvement when hard choices about closures or consolidations of schools are being considered. Real parent, teacher and stakeholder engagement is critical to successful schools. I look forward to working with OEA and OUSD to expand on this in the months to come.

Four million Californians have rare diseases. Let’s make miracles possible


FEBRUARY 28, 2019 11:16 AM

Around 30 million Americans, including nearly four million Californians, are affected by rare diseases. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, there are more than 7,000 of these conditions. Around half of rare disease patients are children.

Lawmakers and State Treasurer Announce Legislation to Combat Cannabis Black Market and Support Licensed, Regulated Market

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 286 which will fight the illicit black market of cannabis by encouraging consumers to purchase the product from licensed and regulated businesses. This bill would reduce the price disparity between legal cannabis businesses and black market sources.

AB 286 will reduce existing state taxes on licensed cannabis for three years as California’s emerging cannabis industry gets established.

“The black market continues to undercut businesses that are complying with state regulations and doing things the right way,” said Bonta. “AB 286 will temporarily reduce the tax burden on these licensed operators to keep customers at licensed businesses and help ensure the regulated market survives and thrives. This very strategy has been shown to actually increase overall tax revenue in other states.”