OAKLAND -- A push is under way for Alameda County to help Oakland deal with its dire shortage of police officers and fight a crime epidemic that is continuing to worsen.
County Supervisors Nate Miley and Wilma Chan are planning to ask their colleagues next month to double the number of sheriff's deputy patrols in Oakland without charging the city for the additional service.
SAN FRANCISCO – It didn’t take long for it to become evident that finally having a Filipino in the California State Assembly would be a big deal for Filipinos in California and beyond.
Just five weeks after being sworn in, Rob Bonta, California’s first Filipino-American assembly member, began working on a bill that would finally honor Filipino immigrants who, nearly a century ago, moved to the US to work as field hands in California, but went on to make history.
Philippine Ambassador to the United States (US) Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Maria Victoria Cuisia hosted a reception on January 20, in honor of Filipino-Americans who actively participated in the US elections last year. Many came from different parts of the US to witness the inauguration of US President Barack Obama and joined in inaugural festivities in the nation’s capital.
“Since I assumed the office of the Philippine Ambassador, it has been my personal advocacy to get more Filipino-Americans to be politically active,” Ambassador Cuisia said.
Among the gun-control bills being rolled out by Assembly Democrats are a pair from a freshman East Bay lawmaker to tax ammunition and perhaps move toward confiscating banned assault weapons.
Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s AB 187 would place a tax on the sale of ammunition in California with proceeds going to a high-crime prevention fund that would be used in targeted areas suffering from high violent crime rates.
Local government officials are responding enthusiastically to a New York law passed this week expanding a ban on assault weapons, making the state the first in the country to strengthen gun-control laws after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is looking at the part of the New York legislation that requires reporting when guns are lost or stolen.