Press Releases

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


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...

Monday, January 28, 2019

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced AB 286 which will fight the illicit black market of cannabis by encouraging consumers to purchase the product from licensed and regulated businesses. This bill would reduce the price disparity between legal cannabis businesses and black market sources.

AB 286 will reduce existing state taxes on licensed cannabis for three years as California’s emerging cannabis industry gets established.

“The black market continues to undercut businesses that are complying with state regulations and doing things the right way,” said Bonta. “AB 286 will temporarily reduce the tax burden on these licensed operators to keep customers at licensed businesses and help ensure the regulated market survives and thrives. This very strategy has been shown to actually increase overall tax revenue in other states.”


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement on the qualification of a referendum to overturn SB 10 (the California Money Bail Reform Act):

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Highlights Funding for Early Childhood Education, Expanded Health Care Access, Free Community College, Among Other Key Investments

SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed Budget for 2019-2020:

“Governor Newsom’s 2019-2020 budget has unveiled an impressive spending plan that reflects a collaboration with the Legislature and delivers on his pledge to offer bold leadership for all Californians.”

Investing Big in Early Childhood Education

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle

By Amber Maltbie and Rob Bonta

The November elections delivered a strong message that a new generation of female leaders is ready and motivated to seek elected office. Women will make up 30 percent of the incoming California Legislature. While that’s a significant improvement from the 23 percent representation just a few months ago, and it is mirrored at the city level, where California women hold 31 percent of elected seats, it is still well below gender parity.

In California’s 10 largest cities, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor London Breed are the only female mayors.

There are many ways to help bring about more parity. One solution would allow candidates to use campaign funds for child care.