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Thursday, September 26, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Despite being home to the largest Filipino American population in the US, California never had a Filipino American legislator. Until now.

Quezon City-born Rob Bonta, 41, was elected into Assembly – as the representative for California’s 18th Assembly District – in 2012.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A “harm reduction” approach to public health, rather than an abstinence or look-the-other-way policy, scored another win this month when the California state legislature gave the green light to a bill that would provide condoms for adult prison inmates. The plan, to furnish all the state’s prisons with condoms–likely through vending machines–was put forward despite the fact that it’s illegal in the Golden State to have sex behind bars. The bill, approved last week by the state’s assembly and senate, now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, where it will await its fate.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A “harm reduction” approach to public health, rather than an abstinence or look-the-other-way policy, scored another win this month when the California state legislature gave the green light to a bill that would provide condoms for adult prison inmates. The plan, to furnish all the state’s prisons with condoms–likely through vending machines–was put forward despite the fact that it’s illegal in the Golden State to have sex behind bars. The bill, approved last week by the state’s assembly and senate, now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, where it will await its fate.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that addresses workers’ pensions.

The bill, co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, eliminates the requirement that full-time workers from the two hospitals become eligible for a county pension when the deals close and they become employees of Alameda Health System. It also allows employees of the two community hospitals who work half time or more and are enrolled in pension plans now to maintain a pension benefit.

Friday, September 13, 2013

OAKLAND — As a City Council member here, Libby Schaaf is notified each time someone is shot. That, it turns out, occurs several times each day.

It is a relentless reminder of Oakland's sweeping public safety crisis: So far this year there have been 3,026 gun crimes in this city just shy of 400,000 residents, which tops the list of the state's most dangerous.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oakland could become the first city in California to require residents to register guns with the city or meet strict new licensing rules, under legislation awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, would exempt Oakland from a state law that prohibits cities from requiring gun owners to register their weapons with city registries. It would give the City Council the power to enact gun laws that are more restrictive than the state's laws. The city could even charge gun ownership fees.

Friday, August 23, 2013

STOCKTON, CA - What a difference a year makes.

After two years of record numbers of homicides, Stockton may be turning the corner on violent crime.