Friday, May 29, 2015

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement after the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed AB 266, which was amended to make Bonta lead author on the bill to regulate the medical cannabis industry. The bill is joint authored by Assemblymembers Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles).

“Today represents a great demonstration of unity and collaboration among my Assembly colleagues on the critical issue of regulating the medical cannabis industry,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Assemblymember Bonta Commemorates Filipino History Month and Inaugural Larry Itliong Day

(Sacramento, CA) – October 25th marks the birthdate of California and Filipino farm labor hero, Larry Itliong, whose contributions to the farm labor movement will now be recognized in California with an annual day of recognition. Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) explained why he authored AB 7 to ensure that all Californians are aware of the important role Itliong played in the rich and vibrant collective history of our state. “Larry Itliong was one of the greatest labor organizers and leaders in California history,” Bonta explained. “He was a hero not only to the Filipino American community, but to all Californians and Americans who fought and continue to fight for socioeconomic and racial justice in our state and nation. By signing AB 7, Governor Brown guaranteed that Itliong’s work and legacy of fighting for justice, opportunity, and equality will be properly honored for generations to come.”

Visit AB 7 to read the full text of the bill.

Friday, May 15, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after the release of Governor Brown's May Revise of the 2015-16 State Budget:

Monday, May 11, 2015

It’s hard being a kid. There’s class work, homework and, in some cases, part-time work.

It’s even harder being a hungry kid. Imagine trying to focus on an important lesson with an empty stomach. How well would you perform?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nearly 4 in 10 California public school students say they didn’t eat breakfast the previous day. That not only hampers their ability to learn, it endangers their health. Studies show that children who eat breakfast get more of the important vitamins and minerals they need and tend to choose healthier food throughout the day.

The federal government subsidizes school breakfasts for low-income children, but many never get it. Some shy away because of the stigma attached to accepting the free or reduced-price meal. Others are from families that can’t get them to school early enough to eat in the cafeteria before class begins.

Friday, April 10, 2015

AB 7 would establish “Larry Itliong Day” in California

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to establish Larry Itliong Day in California passed the Assembly with unanimous and bipartisan support (71-0). The bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim Itliong’s October 25th birthdate as “Larry Itliong Day” in the state and would encourage public schools to teach about Itliong’s life and contributions to California.

“Larry Itliong was one of the greatest labor organizers and leaders in California history,” Bonta explained. “He was a hero not only to the Filipino American community, but to all Californians and Americans who fought and continue to fight for socioeconomic and racial justice in our state and nation. AB 7 properly honors his life’s work and legacy of fighting for justice, opportunity, and equity.”

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Sacramento Bee
By Ed Hernández, Richard Pan and Rob Bonta  - Special to the Bee

We represent distinctly different parts of a diverse state, but we stand together when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy, reducing the risk of illnesses associated with tobacco and increasing access to health care.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AB 176 Requires Disaggregated Data for API Ethnic Subgroups

(Sacramento, CA) – Today Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that the Assembly Higher Education Committee passed his bill, AB 176, to uncover many of the social, economic, and educational disparities in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.

“The population of California is uniquely diverse, especially within the API community. There’s no place on the planet like it.” Bonta went on to name a few of the subgroups in the API population. “Hmong, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Tongan….There are more than 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

(Sacramento) – On the day before the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) took part in a news conference on the State Capitol steps to discuss legislation aimed at increasing voter turnout, protecting California’s voters and its election process.  Assemblymember Bonta co-authored Assembly Bill 182. It expands the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 to allow challenges to district-based elections. “The California Voting Rights Act of 2001 was intended to protect the right of every Californian to elect a candidate of his or her choice,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “Oftentimes, when cities implement district-based elections, those elections dilute the voting strength of minorities and frustrate the purpose of the Act.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.


Woman of the Year 2015

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I am honored to name Rose Padilla Johnson as the 2015 Woman of the Year in the 18th Assembly District. Each year, the Legislature passes a resolution declaring March “Women’s History Month” and recognizes outstanding women in our communities.

 “Rose began her career working with low-income, immigrant families in Alameda County, eventually establishing the Davis Street Family Resource Center---one of the first comprehensive family resource centers in California,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

In addition to her work at Davis Street, Rose is President of the California Alternative Payment Program Association, a statewide childcare advocacy organization, Administrator of the RotaCare Free Medical Clinic, and a member of the California Child Development Administrators Association. She has also served as Chair of the Alameda County Child Care Planning Council and President of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce where she engaged the business community and helped employers grow their business to purposefully contribute to the community and support a thriving and diverse San Leandro. She was also President of the San Leandro Rotary Club.

Rose is the recipient of the Oakland Magazine Hometown Hero Award, San Francisco Business Times, Women of Distinction Award, Rotary International Service Above Self Award, and the United Nations Global Citizen Award for her work to alleviate poverty, inequalities, and disparities in low-income communities around the world. Rose has also been recognized in the Congressional Record for her life’s work to help the underserved.

“I am honored to recognize Rose Padilla Johnson as the 18th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. She has devoted her career to protecting and uplifting the underserved in Alameda County, and her longstanding commitment to the District will benefit our community for many years to come,” Bonta concluded.