Press Releases

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

AB 1191 Now Moves to Senate for Consideration

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on the passage of AB 1191 that creates a state pathway for the construction of a new privately-financed, environmentally superior ballpark at Oakland’s Howard Terminal site:

Thursday, May 16, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Appropriations Committee today passed key legislation by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) that would end the use of for-profit, private prisons in California.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revision of his proposed budget:

“A budget is far more than numbers on a spreadsheet; it’s a reflection of our values and our priorities as Californians. That’s why I’m truly pleased to see Governor Newsom dedicate so much of his revised budget plan to helping uplift the most vulnerable people in our state-- all while maintaining vital protections against a future recession by growing our rainy day reserves to record levels.”

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Proposals would protect renters from unfair evictions and rent increases

Sacramento, CA--A group of California lawmakers and advocates announced multiple proposals today to address California's housing crisis by giving tenants throughout the state greater protections. The bills would give localities more flexibility to stabilize rental prices, protect tenants across the state from large rent increases, prevent unfair evictions, and collect data about the California rental market.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order on the Death Penalty in California:

Friday, March 1, 2019

OAKLAND - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement regarding the tentative agreement reached to end the Oakland Unified School District Teachers’ Strike:

I’m extremely pleased that each side has found common ground and reached a fair and just tentative agreement to end the Oakland Teacher’s Strike. This agreement represents the outcome of thoughtful and robust negotiations that intensified over the last several days. I especially want to thank our State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond who played a pivotal role in this outcome by directly engaging in the negotiations to help the parties identify a solution. I was pleased to work with him and the parties in this process, including participating in multiple all-day and late-night bargaining sessions at the State Building in Oakland. Together, we have arrived at an agreement that is good for our students, our teachers, our parents, and our entire community.

The agreement will: reduce class size; increase support for students, including greater access to counselors and nurses; address Oakland’s teacher retention crisis; and help provide a strong school district for all Oaklanders. This tentative agreement will allow students and educators to get back where they belong— in the classroom where they can grow and thrive together. The last week has demonstrated the Oakland community deeply loves their neighborhood schools. Continuing that engagement is critical. To that end, I worked closely with Board President Aimee Eng to develop a resolution that helps ensure greater community involvement when hard choices about closures or consolidations of schools are being considered. Real parent, teacher and stakeholder engagement is critical to successful schools. I look forward to working with OEA and OUSD to expand on this in the months to come.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

BY ROB BONTA SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE

FEBRUARY 28, 2019 11:16 AM

Around 30 million Americans, including nearly four million Californians, are affected by rare diseases. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, there are more than 7,000 of these conditions. Around half of rare disease patients are children.

If you know a family facing a rare disease, you’ve seen what they go through. Fighting one of these conditions is like having a second full-time job with the sole purpose of keeping a loved one alive. It often starts with a diagnostic odyssey, during which no one can figure out why their child is sick. This can go on for months or years...