Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AB 966 Expands Statewide Successful Condom Distribution Program in Prison to Protect Public Health and Promote Fiscal Responsibility

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in prisons and communities throughout California passed the Senate this week and will now be considered by the Governor.

Bonta explained, “Sexually transmitted disease is a tragic reality of life in prison. The HIV/AIDS infection rate in prison is estimated to be at least 8 to 10 times higher than among the general population.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Bonta’s bill to preserve the testimony of witnesses in human trafficking cases is now headed to the Governor’s desk.

“AB 1610 protects victims of human trafficking by preserving their testimony in human trafficking-related prosecutions.  Preservation of their testimony at a very early stage, in many cases, is necessary to ensure just adjudication,” explained Bonta.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Attend & Achieve Back to School Rally and Health Expo, to be held this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall (1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California).  The all-day free event, conducted in partnership with Oakland Natives Give Back, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the Oakland Unified School District, Ramsell Corp., City Team, and the Lincoln Child Center, will provide the opportunity for 1,000 Oakland students (kindergarten through 12th grade) to receive free school supplies, and for all guests to have access to health screenings, resources, prizes, and food. 

Assemblymember Bonta stated, “The Attend and Achieve Back-to-School Rally, which began as a backpack giveaway to provide school supplies to Oakland children, has evolved into a community effort to address the larger issues of truancy and health and their impact on graduation rates and the achievement gap.  When I asked community leaders to share their ideas on reducing chronic absenteeism, they proposed creating a challenge to motivate students in the 18th Assembly District to increase their attendance.  I am honored to expand this year’s event to include a year-long “Attendance Challenge.”  Part of the challenge includes tracking attendance, with prizes and various incentives for students who register, agree to participate, and meet the challenge’s goals.

Monday, June 16, 2014

State Budget codifies Bonta’s CalSTRS’ unfunded liability fix (AB 611) and his bill to eliminate part-day preschool fees (AB 1902)

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after the Legislature passed one of its strongest state budgets over the weekend, keeping the state on track for its fourth consecutive balanced budget in as many years, and codifying two of Bonta’s key legislative proposals:

“As we continue to celebrate California’s legislative successes this session, including being the first state to implement the Affordable Care Act, providing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants, increasing the minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation, and increasing education funding throughout the state, while adopting a funding distribution formula---the Local Control Funding Formula---that provides additional funding to students who need it most, we can now add to the list a fourth on-time balanced budget that further ensures the economic stability of our state and expands opportunities for all Californians,” said Bonta.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

AB 1629 supports victims of gun violence and other violent crimes

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pleased to announce that AB 1629 passed the Assembly 79 to 0. The bill would expand the California Victim Compensation Fund to compensate peer counselors for providing services to victims of violent crime.

“As the Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, I spent much of last year meeting with and engaging stakeholders regarding the best strategies to address gun violence. One phrase that consistently came up was ‘hurt people hurt people’, which speaks to the ongoing challenges victims of trauma face,” said Bonta.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after the release of today’s May Revision and its direct effort to address the CalSTRS funding issue, which has been a key fiscal priority for Assembly Democrats throughout the budget process.

“I am very pleased Governor Brown has followed the Assembly's lead and is taking on the challenge of finding a solution to the CalSTRS funding issue this year rather than put it off for another year as he originally proposed,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Any struggling family knows that first you put food on the table, make sure there's a roof overhead and lay in some daily essentials. Only then can you realistically think about paying down the credit card.

True, you shouldn't have run wild with the card in the first place. But that's past. Now, you create a repayment plan and muster some discipline.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bonta Comments on Recently-Released Films "Delano Manongs" and "César Chávez" and their Roles in Telling the Story of the Farm Labor Movement

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to support the recent release of two films depicting the role of the Latino and Filipino American communities in sparking the farm labor movement in California. Bonta, the first and only Filipino American to serve in the California State Legislature, as a young boy lived in a trailer a few hundred yards away from César Chávez at the headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) after he moved from the Philippines.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) - The production of big budget movies in California has declined drastically over the years as more than 40 other states offer tax credits and subsidies that are more attractive than the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program. The Golden State is losing its long-standing foothold on the movie industry. Not only is this disappointing for the sake of history and tradition, but it also has devastating impacts on California’s workforce and economy.
Film productions anywhere in our state offer huge growth to local economies. When production companies go on location, they buy from local businesses, eat at local restaurants, and often employ local actors and contractors. This infuses millions of dollars into the state and local tax coffers. Other states are keenly aware of how the film industry benefits local economies and have been ramping up their tax incentive programs for the past 15 years in order to lure productions away from California.  Up to now, California has done very little to stop this migration out of state.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today Assemblymembers Bonta and Wieckowski announced new legislation that would bring accountability and transparency to the healthcare system with regard to community benefits and charity care.  AB 503, authored by Wieckowski and Bonta, would define “charity care” in state law for the first time, and would set uniform standards and requirements for private nonprofit hospitals and nonprofit multispecialty clinics throughout the state with respect to providing community benefits.  The bill also requires these health care facilities to allocate certain funding for low-income and underserved communities as part of their responsibility to provide community benefits and charity care.

“AB 503 will clearly define requirements regarding charity care and ensure that vulnerable and low-income communities have access to the healthcare they need,” stated Bonta.  “With implementation of the Affordable Care Act now in full swing, it is more critical now than ever before to ensure that our healthcare system is transparent and that we are delivering the care that we have promised to our communities.”