Friday, January 31, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In this week's Democratic Radio Address, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) discusses the unfunded liability facing the California State Teachers' Retirement System and announces that the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security will be hosting a series of public hearings to create a funding plan.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, and Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and have announced they will push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) this year. Assemblymember Bonta noted his committee would begin holding hearings in February. “I am eager to begin this process and confident that an equitable and permanent solution can and will be found to the CalSTRS funding problem.  Ensuring the long term financial security of California's hardworking and dedicated teachers is a goal we are hopeful we can achieve this year,” Assemblymember Bonta said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Uncommon leadership for the common good

“The common good refers to the well-being of the earth community—its safety, the integrity of basic institutions and practices, and the sustaining of the living systems of our planet home. The common good also suggests broadly shared goals toward which the members of the community strive – human flourishing, prosperity and moral development. A recognition of the common good thus casts light on the significance of openness to new learning, critical and systemic thought, and the search for “right naming” – images, metaphors, language – that conveys the deepest truths of our common life.” – Laurent Parks Daloz,, Leading lives of Commitment in a Complex World, 1996.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, on Wednesday announced they would push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers' Retirement System this year.

"The Assembly will pursue a solution to the STRS shortfall this legislative session," said Speaker Pérez. "Further delay only means further cost and further exposure for the state's general fund. We believe there must be shared responsibility for a funding solution between school districts, the state and teachers. Our end goal is a State Teachers Retirement system that is 100% fully funded."

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The California State Assembly passed Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s (D-Oakland) AB 876 with strong bipartisan support this week (75-0). AB 876 updates the California Teleconnect Fund, which supports access to advanced communication services in schools and libraries. Bonta made the following statement after the measure passed:

“I am grateful for the unanimous, bipartisan support for AB 876, which promotes advanced technologies in our schools and expands eligibility to preschool and transitional kindergarten programs. These changes will improve access to technology in classrooms and libraries and for educators supporting students of all ages.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement in response to Governor Brown's State of the State Address:

"The Governor laid out a vision for the state of California consistent with the plan he proposed in his state budget earlier this month. I think Governor Brown did a great job of sending a balanced message that both celebrated the great successes and progress of the state in recent years while also embracing the need to address serious challenges ahead.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Sacramento) -  California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) found Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address to be uplifting as the Governor celebrated California’s successes that include job creation, drivers licenses for immigrants, budget surpluses, increased minimum wage and the list goes on.  At the same time, Assemblymember Bonta was grateful that the governor acknowledged the ongoing challenges that we face as a state.  Bonta says he is committed to working with the governor as he tackles infrastructure needs, pension costs, climate change and the rainy day fund.  Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Bonta’s entire response to the governor’s speech.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OAKLAND -- After being drugged and raped at Bay to Breakers in 2010, San Francisco resident Heather Marlowe was told it would take about two weeks for the DNA evidence collected from her body to be tested against a database of criminals' DNA profiles.

Instead, it took two and a half years, and only then because of a lot of persistence on her own behalf, the 32-year-old playwright said Tuesday at a news conference to support proposed legislation that would require DNA evidence collected in sexual assault investigations to be tested in a timely manner.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

AB 966 Expands Statewide Successful Condom Distribution Program in Prison to Protect Public Health

(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 Public Safety Committee.

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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pleased to announce AB 1271 passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee today with strong bipartisan support (12-1).  The bill would allow California Community Colleges to receive full funding for courses offered in correctional institutions.

“California has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country.  Attorney General Kamala Harris has stated that two-thirds of released prisoners commit another crime within three years of release.  Although these figures are alarming, we know that education is a key part of the solution to the problem,” said Assemblymember Bonta.