Monday, February 25, 2013

Sacramento - Cesar Chavez fought for farmworkers rights, becoming a voice for the voiceless and laying the groundwork for the improved conditions in the fields. In this PSA, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) remembers Chavez’s legacy, and hopes it is an inspiration to continue the work he started. Learn more about Chavez in this Assembly Access Video.

Friday, February 15, 2013

OAKLAND -- A push is under way for Alameda County to help Oakland deal with its dire shortage of police officers and fight a crime epidemic that is continuing to worsen.

County Supervisors Nate Miley and Wilma Chan are planning to ask their colleagues next month to double the number of sheriff's deputy patrols in Oakland without charging the city for the additional service.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce his appointment to the new Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay. Bonta will have the opportunity to convene hearings involving key stakeholders from the East Bay to examine the root causes of, and identify effective strategies to reduce gun violence in cities such as Oakland. Bonta made the following statement after learning of the appointment:

"I am honored Assembly Speaker John A. Perez appointed me Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay.  As Chair of this critical committee, my primary goal is to help make the entire East Bay, especially Oakland, a safer place to live and raise our families.  Last year's 131 homicides in Oakland set a new high since 2006, and in light of the nine deaths that have already occurred this year, Oakland is on track for a similarly violent 2013.  This level of violence in our community must end.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced today that he is co-authoring AB 229, introduced by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and is Principal Coauthor on AB 243, introduced today by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). The bills authorize the formation of infrastructure and revitalization financing districts (IRFDs).

“As our country’s economy begins to improve, it is time to help our local governments revitalize their own fiscal health and create more jobs.  The formation of infrastructure and revitalization financing districts will allow local entities greater flexibility in using their limited resources to remedy blight, create affordable housing, and spur economic growth,” said Assemblymember Bonta.

Friday, February 1, 2013

(Sacramento) - February is Black History Month. To commemorate this important part of our nation’s past, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) takes a look at California’s contribution to Black history and shines the spotlight Colonel Allen Allensworth in this public service announcement. Learn more about this heroic African American from California, in this Assembly Access Video.

Below is a list of events in regards to Black History Month for 2015:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Among the gun-control bills being rolled out by Assembly Democrats are a pair from a freshman East Bay lawmaker to tax ammunition and perhaps move toward confiscating banned assault weapons.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s AB 187 would place a tax on the sale of ammunition in California with proceeds going to a high-crime prevention fund that would be used in targeted areas suffering from high violent crime rates.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was optimistic about the Governor’s vision for California laid out in his State of the State Address.  As a parent, Assemblymember Bonta is heartened by the Governor’s commitment to investing in our students and public education.  Assemblymember Bonta wished that the Governor had addressed the issue of neighborhood crime and public safety, which is one of Bonta’s top priorities.  Hear more in this Assembly Access Video. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In anticipation of today's observed holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on the floor of the California State Assembly last week, joining a chorus of heartfelt speeches from Assemblymembers representing the many faces of California:

"I too rise to join the chorus of voices that have rightfully paid tribute to the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his tremendous legacy.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

(Sacramento) – Many families in California may think that college is out of reach for their students.  California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) wants to let those students know that Cal Grants can help them achieve their dreams of a college education.  In this public service announcement, Assemblymember Bonta encourages students and their families to apply for Cal Grants and reminds them that the deadline for applications is March 2.  Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

AB 123 Recognizes Important Contributions of Filipinos

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to introduce AB 123 this week, a bill to require school districts to include within their social study instruction the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California.  

Assemblymember Bonta explained that the goal of AB 123 is to supplement California’s rich farm worker history with the contributions of the Filipinos and the Filipino American community. “The Filipino American population composes the second 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.