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.

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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.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

(Sacramento) – With a single piece of legislation, AB 1240, state legislators took a bold step today to boost academic performance, revitalize California’s limited school breakfast program and more effectively manage existing funding. AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymembers  Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), calls for  practical fixes to improve access to the  school breakfast program and ensure more students start their school day well-nourished and ready to learn. 

“Even students with the best teachers and curriculum will struggle to learn if they come to school hungry,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “Research has consistently shown that hungry kids can’t focus at school, making it difficult for them to be productive and engaged students. By giving students the basic opportunity to nourish themselves and thrive in a positive educational environment, AB 1240 offers a simple solution to help address California’s achievement gap.”

Thursday, March 5, 2015

(Sacramento) – At a news conference on the steps of the State Capitol Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernández (D-Azusa) joined health care providers, patients and advocates to announce  legislation (AB 366 and SB 243) to restore a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal reimbursement and require that Medi-Cal payments to providers be on par with what Medicare pays for the same services. “I believe health care should be a right and not a privilege,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “ AB 366 and SB 243 are critical steps toward ensuring that the health care coverage millions have signed up for is meaningful and actually provides real access to quality health care.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Millions of Californians are walking around with insurance cards that hold no or little weight," said Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), who authored one of the bills. "That insurance card should ensure access."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coalition Seeks to Increase Medi-Cal Rates to Medicare Levels

Sacramento – Preceding today’s joint legislative informational hearing to address pitfalls within California’s Medicaid system (Medi-Cal), Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez and Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta joined healthcare providers, patients and advocates on the steps of the Capitol. Newly introduced, legislation to restore a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal reimbursement goes a step further than in past efforts by proposing that Medi-Cal payments to providers be on par with what Medicare pays for the same services.

 “Expanding access to health care coverage, as we have done under the ACA, is a significant accomplishment but in order to truly be revolutionary that coverage must be accompanied by meaningful access to a provider,” said Senator Hernandez. “Unfortunately, millions of Californians in the Medi-Cal program lack that access because we pay providers an embarrassingly low rate. A Medi-Cal card needs to be more than an empty promise.”    

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1240, co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, would align California with a nationwide push to feed breakfast to more children by serving it after the bell, either in the classroom, as a grab-and-go meal from a cart or as a second-chance breakfast during a mid-morning classroom break.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) - With a single piece of legislation, AB 1240, state legislators took a bold step today to boost academic performance, revitalize California’s limited school breakfast program and more effectively manage existing funding. AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymembers  Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), calls for  practical fixes to improve access to the  school breakfast program and ensure more students start their school day well-nourished and ready to learn.

“Even students with the best teachers and curriculum will struggle to learn if they come to school hungry,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “Research has consistently shown that hungry kids can’t focus at school, making it difficult for them to be productive and engaged students. By giving students the basic opportunity to nourish themselves and thrive in a positive educational environment, AB 1240 offers a simple solution to help address California’s achievement gap.”

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Speaker appoints Assemblymembers Bonta and Jones-Sawyer, Sr. to chair committee to improve the lives of boys and men of color

(Oakland, CA) Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Speaker Toni Atkins appointed him Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in California, alongside Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D- Los Angeles).

As the first and only Filipino American ever elected to serve in the California State Legislature and as a father raising a son of Black Puerto Rican, Asian, and European heritage, Bonta is personally invested in and committed to improving the life outcomes of young boys and men of color: “One of my first acts as an Assemblymember was to request to serve as a member on the Select Committee and I’ve been an active participant over the past two years under the skilled stewardship of former Assemblymember Steven Bradford. I’m honored to continue his work, as well as the strong leadership of my predecessor in the Assembly, former Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson, who created the Select Committee over four years ago. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 00:00

Town Hall MeetingJoin me next week for a community town hall to discuss proposed legislation and local efforts to provide children with a quality education, keep our neighborhoods safe from violence, maintain our social safety net, and create good jobs and prosperous communities through smart economic development.

Wednesday, February 11
6 - 7 p.m.

Alameda Free Library – Room
A
1550 Oak Street
Alameda

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