Wednesday, August 28, 2013

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Though the words of Dr. King still resonate with many of us, fifty years later it is clear we have fallen short of achieving that dream.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the course of American history with his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, uniting the country in the pursuit of jobs, economic opportunity and equality. The speech, invoking the inalienable rights inscribed in our nation’s Declaration of Independence and celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, was delivered to over 250,000 people after they descended the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand social justice and equality for all.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today announced the signing of AB 817 by Governor Brown.  The new law will assist counties and the nearly 3 million limited English proficient voters in the election process by allowing up to five lawful permanent residents to work at the polls and provide language assistance services.  Federal and state law already require counties to provide language assistance at poll sites when the need reaches certain thresholds.  As the number of limited-English proficient minority populations continues to grow throughout the state, AB 817 will now help counties meet those requirements.

“I am extremely pleased that Governor Brown has signed my bill into law.  He clearly understands the challenges faced by the increasingly diverse voters in our state related to civic engagement and participation,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Friday, August 23, 2013

STOCKTON, CA - What a difference a year makes.

After two years of record numbers of homicides, Stockton may be turning the corner on violent crime.

Friday, August 16, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Brown signed two of his bills today. AB 408 levels the playing field for EBMUD and SMUD ratepayers by eliminating the costs of unnecessary board elections.

Bonta explained, “Most local governmental entities, including cities, regional park districts, school districts, and special districts have the ability to use an appointment process in lieu of an election when candidates are unopposed. The enabling act for municipal utility districts, however, does not allow for the appointment of uncontested candidates to the board. This has been a continuing problem for many years, but the issue is particularly perplexing and costly today as election costs are rising and being passed on to the consumer.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pleased to announce that his bill to increase language access for voters passed the Assembly today with a 48 to 22 vote and will now be considered by the Governor. “As the diversity of our state increases, new tools are needed to ensure that language assistance is available at the polls,” explained Bonta. “There are currently almost 3 million eligible California voters who are not fully proficient in English.  Without language assistance, these citizens face challenges in exercising their fundamental right to vote and casting an informed ballot. AB 817 helps ensure that our state’s voters have the resources necessary to participate fully in our democratic process.”

In order to support and protect these individuals’ fundamental right to vote, the federal government instituted requirements for counties to recruit a minimum number of multilingual poll workers.  AB 817 assists both the voters and the counties in this process by allowing up to five lawful permanent residents to work at the polls and provide language assistance services on Election Day.

Friday, August 2, 2013

(OAKLAND, CA) – In an op-ed appearing in the Bay Area News Group, State Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) addressed BART negotiations, calling for good-faith bargaining in order to reach a solution before the Sunday night deadline. The East Bay legislators highlighted workplace safety issues, missed revenue opportunities and the bargaining tactics of BART’s lead negotiator Thomas Hock.  
    
“Before the two sides lock heads again, it’s time for the Board to ask pointed questions about BART’s negotiating tactics, how it values safety and the potential for new revenue opportunities. Respect for the Bay Area working families who keep the trains running and get riders where they need to go needs to underpin these negotiations.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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(OAKLAND, CA) – On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, VSP Vision Care (VSP), and E.C. Reems Community Services partnered to provide over 400 Oakland residents attending the Mobile Eye Clinic at the Center of Hope Community Church with glasses and free eye exam services from local VSP doctors. 

“An eye exam is a critical healthcare screen for an individual’s well-being.  By identifying vision correction needs and detecting and treating serious health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, eye care is an important part of a person’s overall health.  The outpouring of residents who came to receive care highlights the existing need to improve health care access to our most vulnerable populations,” said Bonta. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

(OAKLAND, CA)-  In honor of Women’s History Month, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta is proud to honor five women whose unyielding service to our community deserves to be publicly recognized in his first Annual “Women of the Year” Celebration.  On Thursday, July 25, 2013, five women, Teresita Bautista, Deborah Cox, Gray Harris, Dee Johnson, and Cynthia Wasko will be honored for their dedication to improving the community as well as the state of California. 

Assemblymember Bonta stated, “The strength and dedication to community service displayed by so many women throughout this district is inspiring.  I am proud to represent a district that has a long history of outstanding women leaders.  I am honored to personally know these amazing leaders.”  He continued, “They all have set a very high bar in Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro for all to follow as individuals who tirelessly dedicate their lives toward creating a better future for the entire region.”

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

“We must find ways to stem the gun violence that is taking the lives of too many of our children, too soon,” says Bonta.

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, made the following statement this week regarding the Trayvon Martin verdict:

“The deaths of Trayvon Martin and all young victims of senseless gun violence are a national tragedy and I join those across the country in mourning their loss. As a father, my thoughts and prayers go out to Trayvon Martin's parents for whom the tragedy was only deepened by this past weekend's developments. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Brown signed his first bill today, AB 1377. AB 1377 contains the contract for SEIU Local 1000, which represents the state’s largest bargaining groups consisting of more than 95,000 employees.  AB 1377 passed both houses of the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and was ratified by SEIU Local 1000 members before it was signed by the Governor today.  

"As Chair of the Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, I was fortunate to follow closely the contract negotiations between SEIU Local 1000 and the State Department of Human Resources,” Bonta explained.  "By signing this bill, Governor Brown clearly recognizes and respects the shared sacrifices made by our state workers over the past decade.  The contract bans furloughs for the length of the contract, and, most importantly, includes a 4.5 percent pay raise for SEIU members by 2015---their first raise in seven years.”