SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the first Filipino American elected to the California Legislature, held a joint press conference today with Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) encouraging Californians to support Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts. Representatives from the Sacramento Red Cross, CaliforniaVolunteers and the California Office of Emergency Services also participated in the event to help inform Californians on how they can help victims of the Super Typhoon. Deputy Consul General of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon thanked Californians for their help during one of the worst storms in recorded history.
Assemblymembers Fong and Bonta are pictured with the De Anza ForceUnder 14 Girls Soccer Team. Credit: Dennis Chiu, Office of Assemblymember Paul Fong.
(CUPERTINO, CA) – On Saturday, November 2, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-San Jose) joined members of the De Anza Force Under 14 Girls Soccer Team at one of the final games of the team’s season.
The De Anza Force Soccer Club is recognized for its world-class training by professional coaching staff and year-round practices. The Under 14 Girls Soccer Team enjoyed great success this past season, winning the Elite Club National League (ECNL) National Championship. During Saturday’s event, Bonta and Fong presented a resolution to the team in honor of their accomplishments this year.
(Oakland, CA) – Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Bill Quirk, Nancy Skinner, and Bob Wieckowski and State Senators Ellen Corbett and Loni Hancock have released the following statement on the ongoing negotiations between BART and its employees:
Our hearts go out to the family members who lost their loved ones in this weekend’s tragic accident. BART, its employees, Board and management are grieving. The time is now to start the healing. For the benefit of the public, riders, Bay Area businesses and the entire BART family, it is critical to get the trains running tomorrow. As Legislators and concerned residents, we have been monitoring negotiations and encouraging both parties to resolve their issues. Thank you to the mediators for their hard work, and thank you to BART and its employees for reaching to seek common ground. We understand there are only a few outstanding issues. We call on the parties to resolve those issues today and get the trains running tomorrow.
Assemblymember Skinner’s AB 48, Coauthored by Bonta, Tightens Ammunition Sales
(OAKLAND, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) was proud to announce that Governor Brown signed AB 48, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and co-authored by Assemblymember Bonta. AB 48 seeks to curb gun violence by regulating and tightening ammunition sales in California and preventing the use of high-capacity magazines. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the Governor signed AB 48:
“While tragic shootings have been a devastating reality in the community of Oakland for many decades, we believe that some of these legislative efforts will help turn the tide on the violence. I was proud to coauthor AB 48 with Assemblymember Skinner. She has worked diligently for many years, taking a strong stand against gun violence in our community and in our state,” said Assemblymember Bonta.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 537 over the weekend. AB 537 updates the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, or MMBA, which governs local collective bargaining practices. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the measure was signed into law:
“AB 537 contains modest, common-sense reforms to California’s premier collective bargaining law governing local governments, the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act. Right now, when negotiators from local governments and labor unions exchange offers and reach a tentative agreement, there is no requirement that the agreement be ratified by the parties in a timely fashion. This sometimes results in fully negotiated deals being held up for months and unilaterally reopened, although both parties have agreed to the deal. AB 537 requires those agreements to be ratified or rejected within 30 days, which will improve good-faith collective bargaining across the state,” explained Bonta.
AB 514 Result of Oakland High School 'There Ought To Be A Law' Essay Contest
(Oakland, CA) – California students affected by traumatic events or violence related to gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma will soon have greater access to information, programs, and services as AB 514, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), was signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the bill was signed:
State Board of Education Required to Provide State Curriculum on the Significant Role of Filipino Americans in the California Farm Labor Movement
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 123 today – a first-of-its-kind bill to require the state curriculum to include the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California. Bonta notes that Governor Brown’s signature of the bill is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Filipino American History Month, this October.
“The goal of AB 123 is to supplement California’s rich farm worker history with the contributions of the Filipino American community. The Filipino American population composes the largest Asian population in California and continues to grow; yet the story of Filipinos and their crucial efforts to the farm labor movement is an untold part of California history,” explained Assemblymember Bonta.
“The historical significance of vastly influential leaders, such as César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, are rightfully synonymous with California’s farm labor movement. Generations of people who follow their stories have benefited from their commitment to social and economic justice in innumerable ways. Missing from the current curriculum are events such as the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, which was led by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), comprised of first generation Filipinos. A week following this strike, the National Farm Workers Association, led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, combined forces with AWOC and by the fall of 1966, the numbers grew to approximately 2,000---almost entirely Filipino and Mexican workers, joined together in a powerful collaborative movement. The combined forces grew the movement to approximately 10,000 by 1970.
“By signing AB 123, Governor Brown has made an unprecedented move to give students a more complete account of California’s farm labor movement and ensure that these important leaders, such as Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong are remembered by future generations of Californians,” explained Bonta.
Dolores Huerta, an iconic social justice and labor rights activist, spoke in support of the bill in committee: “The students of California need to learn that the sacrifices made by both the Filipino and Latino workers benefitted all Californians. AB 123 will ensure that the history is taught accurately.”
The bill is particularly important to Assemblymember Bonta because of his personal heritage and history. Bonta was raised as a child in La Paz, the United Farm Workers’ headquarters, where his parents organized Filipino American and Mexican American farm workers. Also, as the first Filipino American elected to the California State Assembly and the Godson of José Gomez, Executive Assistant to César Chávez, Bonta is committed to the cause of farm workers and ensuring that the legacy of the farm workers is properly taught to the children of California.
Bonta concluded, “I am proud that Governor Brown recognizes the contributions of Filipinos to the history of our state and country by signing AB 123 and including them in the history and social sciences curriculum taught in California schools.”
Supporters of AB 123 include: Dolores Huerta (Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers of America), Tita Alice Bulos (“grandmother” of Filipino American politics), United Farm Workers of America, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, California School Boards Association, Afrikan Student Union at UCLA, Alameda Councilmember Stewart Chen, Alameda Education Association, Alyansa Ng Mga Kababayan, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, American Indian Student Association at UCLA, Anakbayan East Bay, Anakbayan Los Angeles, Anakbayan San Diego, Anakbayan Seattle, Anakbayan Silicon Valley, Asian Americans for Advancing Justice, Asian Americans for Civil Rights & Equality, Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA, Barkada of Santa Clara University, Belmont High School Club Asian Sentinels Integration & Awareness, California Immigrant Policy Center, Cesar E. Chavez High School Principal Ben De León, City of Berkeley, City of Carson Mayor Jim Dear, Cosmopolitan United Church, Consulate General of the Philippines in San Francisco, Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County, Filipina Women’s Network, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Filipino American Democratic Club of San Francisco, Filipino-American Educator Association of California, Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego County, Filipino Barkada, Filipino Fiesta of Sacramento, Filipino Memorial Project, Filipino Migrant Center, Filipinos Unifying Scientist-Engineers in an Organized Network, Kababayan at UC Irvine, Kabataang Maka Bayan, Katipunan Pilipino Student Organization, KAYA Filipino Americans for Progress, Laya Migrant Youth for Change and Action, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Muslim Students Association at UCLA, National Federation of Filipino American Associations, The People’s Education Movement, Philippine National Day Association, Pilipino American Coalition, California State University, Long Beach, Pilipino American Society for Education, Pilipino-Americans in Social Studies at the University of California, Irvine, Pilipino Pre-Health Undergraduate Student Organization, Samahang Pilipino at UCLA, University of the Philippines Alumni Association Sacramento & Vicinity, Vietnamese Student Union at UCLA, and over two thousand individuals.
Contact: Legislative Director Amy Alley 916-319-2018
(Oakland, CA) – On January 1, 2014, Californians will begin seeing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act as implementation in our state occurs through Covered California. But you shouldn't wait until then to sign up.
The enrollment period begins TODAY, October 1st and ends March 31st.
(Oakland, CA) –Interest continues to grow in Assemblymember Bonta’s AB 999, which was featured in an article on September 18, 2013, in the respected, science magazine monthly, Scientific American.
View the full Scientific American article here:
The article closes with, “California, with 120,027 current inmates, has one of the largest prison populations in the country. So, ramping up protections for that population could help put a sizable dent in the transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and other STI infections nation-wide.”
(Oakland, CA) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is proud to announce that AB 180, a bill to give Oakland much needed local authority to address the unique challenge of gun violence in the city, passed the Legislature and is now being considered for approval by Governor Brown. There have been 3,026 gun crimes in Oakland this year – the highest number in the state.
Assemblymember Bonta explained, “AB 180 could curb this escalating problem by allowing Oakland to enact more targeted and more effective ordinances than are currently in place. Oakland is suffering from among the highest levels of gun violence in the state and in the nation. Under AB 180, the City of Oakland would have the authority to regulate the registration of firearms and licensing of gun owners---areas that are currently pre-empted by state law. AB 180 is a smart and sensible bill that empowers Oakland and provides local control in addressing gun violence---where it is needed most.”