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.”

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) - Following today’s Supreme Court decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) made the following statement in support of marriage equality in California and throughout the country:

"Today's decisions mark the turning point in the legal battle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights and equality. As an attorney experienced in and committed to civil rights issues, I am encouraged that the Supreme Court had the moral and constitutional insight to recognize the failings of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and rule it unconstitutional. The decision is particularly meaningful today as we are just just two days shy of the 44th anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots in New York City which ushered in the gay civil rights movement.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) today announced the passage of AB 817 by the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments.  There are currently almost 3 million eligible California voters who are not fully proficient in English.  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.

“As citizens, eligible California voters who are not fully proficient in English have an absolute right to make fully-informed voting decisions on Election Day. AB 817 helps ensure that our state’s voters have the resources necessary to participate fully in our democratic process,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today the California State Senate Public Safety Committee approved AB 180, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). AB 180 provides the City of Oakland with additional tools that it needs to curb gun violence. Bonta made the following statement after the measure passed:

“Across our state, communities are suffering from a devastating combination of budget cuts to public safety and coinciding increases in violent crime. No one can deny that Oakland is suffering from among the highest levels of gun violence in the state and in the nation. Oakland suffered from 131 homicides in 2012 – 21 more than 2011 and the highest in six years. Twelve of those victims were children. And Oakland has seen another 45 deaths due to gun violence this year, including one just last week.”

Monday, June 10, 2013

(Sacramento) -- An advocate of social justice and long-time Oakland resident, David Glover passed away at age 60 after a battle with cancer. California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) honored Glover on the Assembly Floor by adjourning in the community activist's memory. As executive director of OCCUR, Glover tirelessly led efforts to build and revitalize neighborhoods in the greater Oakland and Bay Area. Glover leaves behind his wife, Robin, two adult sons, family, friends and a community that will miss him dearly. Hear Assemblymember Bonta's tribute to Glover in this Assembly Access Video.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bonta’s AB 999 Expands Statewide Successful Public Health Prison Condom Distribution Program  

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce that his bill to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in California prisons passed the Assembly this week. The Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act (AB 999) now moves to the Senate.

“Sexually transmitted disease is a tragic reality of life in prison. The HIV/AIDS infection rate in prison is 8 to 10 times higher than among the general population. Our state must address this unsettling and sometimes disturbing topic head-on and realize that the long-term benefits to vulnerable communities, and to the budget, are well-worth the modest state investment,” explained Assemblymember Bonta.  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

AB 123 Requires School Instruction on the Significant Role of Filipino Americans in the California Farm Labor Movement, Passes Assembly 68-0

Dolores Huerta and Assemblymember Rob Bonta testify in support of AB 123

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to require public school instruction on the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California passed the Assembly this week with overwhelming bipartisan support. AB 123 now moves to the Senate.  

“The goal of AB 123 is to supplement California’s rich farm worker history with the contributions of the Filipino American community. The Filipino American population composes the largest Asian population in California and continues to grow; yet the story of Filipinos and their crucial efforts to the farm labor movement is an untold part of California history,” explained Assemblymember Bonta.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

(Oakland) -- Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, spoke with the media following the first hearing of his Select Committee. He said it was inspiring to see so many members of the community and its leaders committed to ending gun violence and he said he plans additional hearings to address the issue. Here's more from Assemblymember Bonta in this Assembly Access video.