Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vargas says getting his license was the “happiest day” of his life

Vargas license

Jose Antonio Vargas presents his new driver’s license to the crowd during Tuesday’s press conference at the State Capitol.

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Evan Low (D-San Jose), and Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) were honored this week to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, to the State Capitol to highlight why the Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB 60) and the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action are important to the Asian Pacific Islander community.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Evan Low(D-San Francisco), and Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define America, Jose Antonio Vargas, to the State Capitol for a news conference to highlight why the Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB 60) and the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action are important to the Asian Pacific Islander community. “Immigration is not just a Latino issue. It’s not just an API issue. It’s not just a Black or White issue. It’s an issue that’s as diverse as our state,” explained Assemblymember Bonta. Jose Antonio Vargas, who passed the California driving test a few days ago, spoke about the great impact AB 60 has made on his own life. “Thousands of undocumented residents are getting this license because we are a part of this community. The farmworkers, the day laborers, the home care workers, the students---we are all part of this community. This is our home. I cannot overstate the value of this piece of paper and what it means to me, my family, and my friends.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, January 9, 2015

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after the release of Governor Brown’s 2015/2016 Budget Proposal:

Today Governor Jerry Brown marks his historic fourth term with a forward thinking budget that I am confident will benefit the people of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, and the entire State of California.

Monday, December 29, 2014

From LGBT rights and cracking down on gun violence to protecting victims of human trafficking, January 1 will signal the beginning of hundreds of new laws in California. We've sifted through the long list of bills to pull out select ones to discuss below, some of them resulting from big news topics -- like the Isla Vista shooting -- and others representing important issues to California.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

KPIX 5's Phil Matier talks about marijuana legislation with Rob Bonta (D - 18th District).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA)- Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, announced today they are introducing legislation regarding Medi-Cal. The bill, AB 72, requires the Department of Health Care Services to request that the federal government establish a demonstration project to improve delivery of services in California's Medi-Cal program.  An important goal of the new demonstration project will be to protect the state's safety net of health care providers and to develop innovative ways to deliver quality health care.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Senator Ed Hernández, Chair of Senate Health Committee, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), newly appointed Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, issued the following statements after reviewing a recent audit by the Bureau of State Audits detailing failures in California’s Denti-Cal program.

“Protecting the basic health care needs of our children should be a top priority for our state, and the findings of the audit are alarming,” Bonta explained. “My colleagues and I are closely reviewing each of the audit recommendations to determine how to correct these problems going forward, ensuring that our children are provided with high-quality dental care.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 00:00

BEO and FBLPlease join me for a town hall meeting with the
Black Elected Officials and Faith Based Leaders of the East Bay
to improve the relationship between law enforcement and our communities

Wednesday, December 17
7 p.m.

Beebe Memorial Cathedral
3900 Telegraph Avenue


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Monday, December 15, 2014

As California schools begin to add curriculum about the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement, a new proposal could enhance those lesson plans even more. Earlier this month, a state bill submitted to the legislature looks to proclaim a special day in honor of one of the movement's leaders.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) -- the first Filipino American elected to the Assembly -- introduced AB 7, which would require the state of California to observe Larry Itliong Day annually on Oct. 25, the day of his birth. October is also Filipino American History Month.

Monday, December 1, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that he has introduced AB 7, a bill honoring Larry Itliong, as his first piece of legislation during his second term in office.  AB 7 will establish Larry Itliong Day as a day of special significance in California.  Itliong, a Filipino American labor organizer and farm worker, was the leading force behind the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, a pivotal event which led to the formation of the United Farm Workers of America.  AB 7 requires the Governor to annually proclaim the birthdate of the great labor organizer, October 25, as Larry Itliong Day.  It also encourages public schools and other educational institutions to observe the date by incorporating lessons to remember Itliong’s life and contributions to California.