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.”

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(Sacramento, CA) - Last week, Assemblymember Rob Bonta introduced the Fair Accreditation for Community Colleges Act, AB 1942, which will restore transparency, accountability, fairness and due process to the state community college accreditation system by establishing consistent and fair evaluation standards in the accreditation of our state's 112 community colleges, which serve more than 2.4 million students.

Bonta described the four key components of the bill as follows:

  1. Introduces competition to the accreditation process: Allows community college districts to choose their accreditation agency.
  2. Restores transparency and accountability: Requires an accreditor to make decisions at a public hearing and requires public disclosure of income and expenditures of accreditors' employees and contractors. Requires accreditation documents to be maintained for at least 10 years.
  3. Restores fairness to the accreditation process: Requires an accreditor to provide due process and notice to the public and colleges about evaluations and allows colleges to appeal decisions.
  4. Maintains integrity of the accreditation system: Eliminates potential conflicts of interest by accreditors. The integrity of the system is further ensured by requiring the accreditor to annually disclose to the public information regarding charges to member institutions, and fiscal data for the accreditor's employees and contractors, including the source and amount of income and expenditures.

Here's more in this Assembly Access video and feature articles in the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times.

Assembly Access Video: AB 1942 (Bonta)
http://www.asmdc.org/bonta

San Francisco Examiner
Commission that stripped CCSF accreditation could lose some power
Published February 21, 2014
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/commission-that-stripped-ccsf-accreditation-could-lose-some-power/Content?oid=2710560

San Francisco Chronicle
College savings, accreditation focus of state legislation
Published February 20, 2014
http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/College-savings-accreditation-focus-of-state-5253585.php

Los Angeles Times
Proposed law would reform community college accreditation
Published February 19, 2014
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-college-accredit-20140219,0,241466.story#axzz2tqPT5kbg

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gilmore to be awarded during formal ceremony on the Assembly Floor on March 10th

(Sacramento, CA) – During a special floor ceremony on Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) will award Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore the Woman of the Year Award from the 18th Assembly District.

"I am honored to recognize Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore as the 18th Assembly District's Woman of the Year," said Assemblymember Bonta. "She has devoted over 15 years of her life to protecting and uplifting the quality of life for residents of Alameda.

Monday, February 24, 2014

AB 2525 would eliminate cumbersome requirements of existing law so that local worker-owned and managed businesses can thrive

(Oakland, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta is proud to announce the introduction of AB 2525, which he is joint authoring with Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). This first-of-its-kind bill will remove unnecessary barriers to the creation of new worker cooperatives in California and provide workers the flexibility they need to operate a startup efficiently and effectively.