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.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta released the following statement today commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the War on Poverty:

“Fifty years ago today, on January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson, in his State of the Union Address, declared a war on poverty in America, pledging to build ‘a nation free from want.’  Many of the programs instituted during the War on Poverty have helped millions of American families improve their standard of living.

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(Oakland) -- Gun violence is devastating to our communities. But some of our cities are more prone to gun violence for a number of reasons. California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay held a hearing on "Gun Violence Solutions in Oakland." Part of the focus was on the impact of gun violence on boys and men of color. This hearing was the last of three on the topic. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the first Filipino American elected to the California Legislature, held a joint press conference today with Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) encouraging Californians to support Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts. Representatives from the Sacramento Red Cross, CaliforniaVolunteers and the California Office of Emergency Services also participated in the event to help inform Californians on how they can help victims of the Super Typhoon. Deputy Consul General of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon thanked Californians for their help during one of the worst storms in recorded history.

Monday, October 21, 2013

(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Bill Quirk, Nancy Skinner, and Bob Wieckowski and State Senators Ellen Corbett and Loni Hancock have released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations between BART and its employees:

Our hearts go out to the family members who lost their loved ones in this weekend’s tragic accident.  BART, its employees, Board and management are grieving.  The time is now to start the healing.  For the benefit of the public, riders, Bay Area businesses and the entire BART family, it is critical to get the trains running tomorrow. As Legislators and concerned residents, we have been monitoring negotiations and encouraging both parties to resolve their issues. Thank you to the mediators for their hard work, and thank you to BART and its employees for reaching to seek common ground.  We understand there are only a few outstanding issues.  We call on the parties to resolve those issues today and get the trains running tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Assemblymember Skinner’s AB 48, Coauthored by Bonta, Tightens Ammunition Sales   

(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce that Governor Brown signed AB 48, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and co-authored by Assemblymember Bonta. AB 48 seeks to curb gun violence by regulating and tightening ammunition sales in California and preventing the use of high-capacity magazines.  Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the Governor signed AB 48:

“While tragic shootings have been a devastating reality in the community of Oakland for many decades, we believe that some of these legislative efforts will help turn the tide on the violence. I was proud to coauthor AB 48 with Assemblymember Skinner. She has worked diligently for many years, taking a strong stand against gun violence in our community and in our state,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 537 over the weekend. AB 537 updates the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, or MMBA, which governs local collective bargaining practices. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the measure was signed into law:

“AB 537 contains modest, common-sense reforms to California’s premier collective bargaining law governing local governments, the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act. Right now, when negotiators from local governments and labor unions exchange offers and reach a tentative agreement, there is no requirement that the agreement be ratified by the parties in a timely fashion. This sometimes results in fully negotiated deals being held up for months and unilaterally reopened, although both parties have agreed to the deal. AB 537 requires those agreements to be ratified or rejected within 30 days, which will improve good-faith collective bargaining across the state,” explained Bonta.

Friday, October 11, 2013

AB 514 Result of Oakland High School 'There Ought To Be A Law' Essay Contest

(Oakland, CA) – California students affected by traumatic events or violence related to gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma will soon have greater access to information, programs, and services as AB 514, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), was signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the bill was signed: