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Nearly 4 in 10 California public school students say they didn’t eat breakfast the previous day. That not only hampers their ability to learn, it endangers their health. Studies show that children who eat breakfast get more of the important vitamins and minerals they need and tend to choose healthier food throughout the day.
The federal government subsidizes school breakfasts for low-income children, but many never get it. Some shy away because of the stigma attached to accepting the free or reduced-price meal. Others are from families that can’t get them to school early enough to eat in the cafeteria before class begins.
AB 7 would establish “Larry Itliong Day” in California
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that his bill to establish Larry Itliong Day in California passed the Assembly with unanimous and bipartisan support (71-0). The bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim Itliong’s October 25th birthdate as “Larry Itliong Day” in the state and would encourage public schools to teach about Itliong’s life and contributions to California.
“Larry Itliong was one of the greatest labor organizers and leaders in California history,” Bonta explained. “He was a hero not only to the Filipino American community, but to all Californians and Americans who fought and continue to fight for socioeconomic and racial justice in our state and nation. AB 7 properly honors his life’s work and legacy of fighting for justice, opportunity, and equity.”
The Sacramento Bee By Ed Hernández, Richard Pan and Rob Bonta - Special to the Bee
We represent distinctly different parts of a diverse state, but we stand together when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy, reducing the risk of illnesses associated with tobacco and increasing access to health care.
AB 176 Requires Disaggregated Data for API Ethnic Subgroups
(Sacramento, CA) – Today Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that the Assembly Higher Education Committee passed his bill, AB 176, to uncover many of the social, economic, and educational disparities in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community.
“The population of California is uniquely diverse, especially within the API community. There’s no place on the planet like it.” Bonta went on to name a few of the subgroups in the API population. “Hmong, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Tongan….There are more than 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population.”
(Sacramento) – On the day before the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) took part in a news conference on the State Capitol steps to discuss legislation aimed at increasing voter turnout, protecting California’s voters and its election process. Assemblymember Bonta co-authored Assembly Bill 182. It expands the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 to allow challenges to district-based elections. “The California Voting Rights Act of 2001 was intended to protect the right of every Californian to elect a candidate of his or her choice,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “Oftentimes, when cities implement district-based elections, those elections dilute the voting strength of minorities and frustrate the purpose of the Act.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, I am honored to name Rose Padilla Johnson as the 2015 Woman of the Year in the 18th Assembly District. Each year, the Legislature passes a resolution declaring March “Women’s History Month” and recognizes outstanding women in our communities.
“Rose began her career working with low-income, immigrant families in Alameda County, eventually establishing the Davis Street Family Resource Center---one of the first comprehensive family resource centers in California,” said Assemblymember Bonta.
In addition to her work at Davis Street, Rose is President of the California Alternative Payment Program Association, a statewide childcare advocacy organization, Administrator of the RotaCare Free Medical Clinic, and a member of the California Child Development Administrators Association. She has also served as Chair of the Alameda County Child Care Planning Council and President of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce where she engaged the business community and helped employers grow their business to purposefully contribute to the community and support a thriving and diverse San Leandro. She was also President of the San Leandro Rotary Club.
Rose is the recipient of the Oakland Magazine Hometown Hero Award, San Francisco Business Times, Women of Distinction Award, Rotary International Service Above Self Award, and the United Nations Global Citizen Award for her work to alleviate poverty, inequalities, and disparities in low-income communities around the world. Rose has also been recognized in the Congressional Record for her life’s work to help the underserved.
“I am honored to recognize Rose Padilla Johnson as the 18th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. She has devoted her career to protecting and uplifting the underserved in Alameda County, and her longstanding commitment to the District will benefit our community for many years to come,” Bonta concluded.
(Sacramento) – With a single piece of legislation, AB 1240, state legislators took a bold step today to boost academic performance, revitalize California’s limited school breakfast program and more effectively manage existing funding. AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), calls for practical fixes to improve access to the school breakfast program and ensure more students start their school day well-nourished and ready to learn.
“Even students with the best teachers and curriculum will struggle to learn if they come to school hungry,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “Research has consistently shown that hungry kids can’t focus at school, making it difficult for them to be productive and engaged students. By giving students the basic opportunity to nourish themselves and thrive in a positive educational environment, AB 1240 offers a simple solution to help address California’s achievement gap.”
(Sacramento) – At a news conference on the steps of the State Capitol Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernández (D-Azusa) joined health care providers, patients and advocates to announce legislation (AB 366 and SB 243) to restore a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal reimbursement and require that Medi-Cal payments to providers be on par with what Medicare pays for the same services. “I believe health care should be a right and not a privilege,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “ AB 366 and SB 243 are critical steps toward ensuring that the health care coverage millions have signed up for is meaningful and actually provides real access to quality health care.”
Millions of Californians are walking around with insurance cards that hold no or little weight," said Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), who authored one of the bills. "That insurance card should ensure access."
Coalition Seeks to Increase Medi-Cal Rates to Medicare Levels
Sacramento – Preceding today’s joint legislative informational hearing to address pitfalls within California’s Medicaid system (Medi-Cal), Senate Health Committee Chair Ed Hernandez and Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta joined healthcare providers, patients and advocates on the steps of the Capitol. Newly introduced, legislation to restore a 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal reimbursement goes a step further than in past efforts by proposing that Medi-Cal payments to providers be on par with what Medicare pays for the same services.
“Expanding access to health care coverage, as we have done under the ACA, is a significant accomplishment but in order to truly be revolutionary that coverage must be accompanied by meaningful access to a provider,” said Senator Hernandez. “Unfortunately, millions of Californians in the Medi-Cal program lack that access because we pay providers an embarrassingly low rate. A Medi-Cal card needs to be more than an empty promise.”