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The AHEAD Act Will Uncover Education and Health Disparities in API Ethnic Subgroups
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was joined today by Assemblymembers Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond); and Members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, as he unveiled the Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics Act, or the AHEAD Act, to require institutions of higher learning and health agencies to disaggregate data for specified ethnic subgroups.
“Hmong, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Tongan,” Bonta named a few of the numerous subgroups of the API population. There are more than 23 distinct communities within the Asian American population and 19 within the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was joined by Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), representing the California Legislative Black Caucus; Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), representing the California Latino Legislative Caucus; former Assemblymember Mike Eng; and Members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, as he unveiled his Assembly Bill 176, the Accounting for Health and Education in API Demographics, or the AHEAD Act, to require institutions of higher learning and health agencies to disaggregate data for specified ethnic subgroups. “The population of California is uniquely diverse, especially within the API community. And it’s so important that our policy leaders understand this diversity and are sensitive to the fact that APIs are not all the same. While we share some of the same challenges, such as language access issues, racial discrimination, and obstacles born of immigration, each of our diverse communities has different social, economic and educational outcomes that need to be addressed appropriately,” explained Bonta. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Vargas says getting his license was the “happiest day” of his life
Jose Antonio Vargas presents his new driver’s license to the crowd during Tuesday’s press conference at the State Capitol.
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Evan Low (D-San Jose), and Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) were honored this week to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, to the State Capitol to highlight why the Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB 60) and the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action are important to the Asian Pacific Islander community.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Evan Low(D-San Francisco), and Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define America, Jose Antonio Vargas, to the State Capitol for a news conference to highlight why the Safe and Responsible Driver Act (AB 60) and the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action are important to the Asian Pacific Islander community. “Immigration is not just a Latino issue. It’s not just an API issue. It’s not just a Black or White issue. It’s an issue that’s as diverse as our state,” explained Assemblymember Bonta. Jose Antonio Vargas, who passed the California driving test a few days ago, spoke about the great impact AB 60 has made on his own life. “Thousands of undocumented residents are getting this license because we are a part of this community. The farmworkers, the day laborers, the home care workers, the students---we are all part of this community. This is our home. I cannot overstate the value of this piece of paper and what it means to me, my family, and my friends.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) issued the following statement after the release of Governor Brown’s 2015/2016 Budget Proposal:
Today Governor Jerry Brown marks his historic fourth term with a forward thinking budget that I am confident will benefit the people of Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, and the entire State of California.
From LGBT rights and cracking down on gun violence to protecting victims of human trafficking, January 1 will signal the beginning of hundreds of new laws in California. We've sifted through the long list of bills to pull out select ones to discuss below, some of them resulting from big news topics -- like the Isla Vista shooting -- and others representing important issues to California.
(SACRAMENTO, CA)- Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, announced today they are introducing legislation regarding Medi-Cal. The bill, AB 72, requires the Department of Health Care Services to request that the federal government establish a demonstration project to improve delivery of services in California's Medi-Cal program. An important goal of the new demonstration project will be to protect the state's safety net of health care providers and to develop innovative ways to deliver quality health care.
Senator Ed Hernández, Chair of Senate Health Committee, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), newly appointed Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, issued the following statements after reviewing a recent audit by the Bureau of State Audits detailing failures in California’s Denti-Cal program.
“Protecting the basic health care needs of our children should be a top priority for our state, and the findings of the audit are alarming,” Bonta explained. “My colleagues and I are closely reviewing each of the audit recommendations to determine how to correct these problems going forward, ensuring that our children are provided with high-quality dental care.”