Bonta Comments on Recently-Released Films "Delano Manongs" and "César Chávez" and their Roles in Telling the Story of the Farm Labor Movement
(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to support the recent release of two films depicting the role of the Latino and Filipino American communities in sparking the farm labor movement in California. Bonta, the first and only Filipino American to serve in the California State Legislature, as a young boy lived in a trailer a few hundred yards away from César Chávez at the headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) after he moved from the Philippines.
(Sacramento, CA) - The production of big budget movies in California has declined drastically over the years as more than 40 other states offer tax credits and subsidies that are more attractive than the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program. The Golden State is losing its long-standing foothold on the movie industry. Not only is this disappointing for the sake of history and tradition, but it also has devastating impacts on California’s workforce and economy.
Film productions anywhere in our state offer huge growth to local economies. When production companies go on location, they buy from local businesses, eat at local restaurants, and often employ local actors and contractors. This infuses millions of dollars into the state and local tax coffers. Other states are keenly aware of how the film industry benefits local economies and have been ramping up their tax incentive programs for the past 15 years in order to lure productions away from California. Up to now, California has done very little to stop this migration out of state.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today Assemblymembers Bonta and Wieckowski announced new legislation that would bring accountability and transparency to the healthcare system with regard to community benefits and charity care. AB 503, authored by Wieckowski and Bonta, would define “charity care” in state law for the first time, and would set uniform standards and requirements for private nonprofit hospitals and nonprofit multispecialty clinics throughout the state with respect to providing community benefits. The bill also requires these health care facilities to allocate certain funding for low-income and underserved communities as part of their responsibility to provide community benefits and charity care.
“AB 503 will clearly define requirements regarding charity care and ensure that vulnerable and low-income communities have access to the healthcare they need,” stated Bonta. “With implementation of the Affordable Care Act now in full swing, it is more critical now than ever before to ensure that our healthcare system is transparent and that we are delivering the care that we have promised to our communities.”
(Sacramento, CA) - Last week, Assemblymember Rob Bonta introduced the Fair Accreditation for Community Colleges Act, AB 1942, which will restore transparency, accountability, fairness and due process to the state community college accreditation system by establishing consistent and fair evaluation standards in the accreditation of our state's 112 community colleges, which serve more than 2.4 million students.
Bonta described the four key components of the bill as follows:
Here's more in this Assembly Access video and feature articles in the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times.
Assembly Access Video: AB 1942 (Bonta)
San Francisco Examiner
Commission that stripped CCSF accreditation could lose some power
Published February 21, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
College savings, accreditation focus of state legislation
Published February 20, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Proposed law would reform community college accreditation
Published February 19, 2014
Gilmore to be awarded during formal ceremony on the Assembly Floor on March 10th
(Sacramento, CA) – During a special floor ceremony on Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) will award Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore the Woman of the Year Award from the 18th Assembly District.
"I am honored to recognize Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore as the 18th Assembly District's Woman of the Year," said Assemblymember Bonta. "She has devoted over 15 years of her life to protecting and uplifting the quality of life for residents of Alameda.
AB 2525 would eliminate cumbersome requirements of existing law so that local worker-owned and managed businesses can thrive
(Oakland, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta is proud to announce the introduction of AB 2525, which he is joint authoring with Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael). This first-of-its-kind bill will remove unnecessary barriers to the creation of new worker cooperatives in California and provide workers the flexibility they need to operate a startup efficiently and effectively.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – In this week's Democratic Radio Address, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) discusses the unfunded liability facing the California State Teachers' Retirement System and announces that the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security will be hosting a series of public hearings to create a funding plan.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, and Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and have announced they will push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) this year. Assemblymember Bonta noted his committee would begin holding hearings in February. “I am eager to begin this process and confident that an equitable and permanent solution can and will be found to the CalSTRS funding problem. Ensuring the long term financial security of California's hardworking and dedicated teachers is a goal we are hopeful we can achieve this year,” Assemblymember Bonta said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Uncommon leadership for the common good
“The common good refers to the well-being of the earth community—its safety, the integrity of basic institutions and practices, and the sustaining of the living systems of our planet home. The common good also suggests broadly shared goals toward which the members of the community strive – human flourishing, prosperity and moral development. A recognition of the common good thus casts light on the significance of openness to new learning, critical and systemic thought, and the search for “right naming” – images, metaphors, language – that conveys the deepest truths of our common life.” – Laurent Parks Daloz, et.al, Leading lives of Commitment in a Complex World, 1996.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee, on Wednesday announced they would push to implement a long-term solution to the funding shortfall in the California State Teachers' Retirement System this year.
"The Assembly will pursue a solution to the STRS shortfall this legislative session," said Speaker Pérez. "Further delay only means further cost and further exposure for the state's general fund. We believe there must be shared responsibility for a funding solution between school districts, the state and teachers. Our end goal is a State Teachers Retirement system that is 100% fully funded."