California's Future: the State of the State Address

Thursday, January 21, 2016

(Sacramento) - California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pleased with Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State Speech. However, Assemblymember Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee and the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, says we need to do more to ensure the safety of our citizens, especially in our most vulnerable neighborhoods.

"Today, Governor Brown shared his vision for California's future. I believe we should start by keeping our children and our communities safe. Oakland was home to 89 murders last year-among the highest rates in the state. We must end these heart-rending killings of our youth and our community members. In response, today I introduced a bill to stem the flow of firearms onto our streets. I also strongly believe that our zip codes shouldn't dictate our destiny. That's why I authored AB 1644 to combat one of the greatest public health crises of our time: adverse childhood experiences and trauma."

Assemblymember Bonta made these comments immediately after Governor Brown delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint session of the State Legislature.

Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Assemblymember Bonta's remarks.