I have been demanding greater action and responsiveness from the state EDD for millions of Californians seeking unemployment benefits.
The failings are obvious to far too many Californians. My office has been working to assist hundreds of constituents who have been caught in this ineffective and often unresponsive system. I want to raise up their voices.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on Gov. Newsom's Action to Address COVID-19 Crisis in State Prisons:
"Thank you Governor Newsom for your safe, humane, and public health and data-driven action making approximately 8,000 Californians eligible for release from the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This is an important first step.
"As the deadly COVID-19 virus spreads through prisons like San Quentin, California must take action to stop this humanitarian crisis.
AB 1550 will fight discrimination by making racially-motivated 911 calls in California a hate crime AND give victims a legal remedy in civil court. We must not allow people to use the police as weapons against Black and Brown communities. This is dangerous and unacceptable!
SACRAMENTO - Statement from Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and California Medical Association President Peter N. Bretan M.D.:
“President Trump’s racist dog whistle remarks have no place in our politics or in the house of medicine. Comments like those made by the president last weekend at a political rally in Tulsa, OK fuel racist stereotypes about COVID-19 that have harmful impacts in our communities and in the practice of medicine. These remarks promote hatred toward the API community.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced he will be introducing legislation that will help end discriminatory 911 calls motivated by an individual's race, religion, sex, or any other protected class by designating such reports as a hate crime. The legislation will also provide a civil remedy for those harmed by discriminatory 911 calls.
Often, especially in good economic times, budgets can be powerful instruments to improve lives, advance values, and change trajectories. But in trying and unprecedented economic times like this, we must make sure our budget also serves as a tool of protection, preservation, and provision.
And we must always keep in mind our most vulnerable community members—those who suffer first and worst in an economic recession.