(Sacramento) -- California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) rose on the Floor of the Assembly to adjourn in memory of cartoonist, Morris "Morrie" Turner. Born and raised in Oakland, Morrie Turner created Wee Pals in 1965 - a groundbreaking comic strip that reflected his own racially and ethnically diverse upbringing in Oakland. Each week, readers would bear witness to his unique ability to address racial and social justice issues with a playful and lighthearted finesse. Turner was the first African American cartoonist to have a nationally syndicated comic and will have a long-lasting impact on California through his insightful teachings of tolerance and acceptance.
(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.
(Sacramento) - California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) found Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address to be uplifting as the Governor celebrated California’s successes that include job creation, drivers licenses for immigrants, budget surpluses, increased minimum wage and the list goes on. At the same time, Assemblymember Bonta was grateful that the governor acknowledged the ongoing challenges that we face as a state. Bonta says he is committed to working with the governor as he tackles infrastructure needs, pension costs, climate change and the rainy day fund. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Bonta’s entire response to the governor’s speech.
(Alameda, CA) -- Filipinos have richly contributed to California's culture and history. As the first Filipino American to be elected to the California State Legislature, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is honored to have the opportunity to tell the story of Filipinos in this country. Assemblymember Bonta held a press conference in October to commemorate Filipino Heritage Month and celebrate the Governor's signing of AB 123 -- 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. Watch this Assembly Access Video to see a portion of that press conference.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the first Filipino American elected to the California Legislature, held a joint press conference with Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) to encourage Californians to support Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts. "As my Filipino brothers and sisters struggle to survive, locate their loved ones, and heal after this tragedy, I am encouraged that our state leaders, along with the rest of the country and world, are moved with empathy, concern, and a desire to help, and are turning those feelings into tremendous relief efforts," Assemblymember Bonta said. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Since the early days of our country Filipino-Americans have made significant contributions to U.S. history. In this Public Service Announcement Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) asks everyone to celebrated Filipino traditions and heritage during October, Filipino-American History Month.
(Sacramento) -- An advocate of social justice and long-time Oakland resident, David Glover passed away at age 60 after a battle with cancer. California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) honored Glover on the Assembly Floor by adjourning in the community activist's memory. As executive director of OCCUR, Glover tirelessly led efforts to build and revitalize neighborhoods in the greater Oakland and Bay Area. Glover leaves behind his wife, Robin, two adult sons, family, friends and a community that will miss him dearly. Hear Assemblymember Bonta's tribute to Glover in this Assembly Access Video.
(Oakland) -- Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Chair of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, spoke with the media following the first hearing of his Select Committee. He said it was inspiring to see so many members of the community and its leaders committed to ending gun violence and he said he plans additional hearings to address the issue. Here's more from Assemblymember Bonta in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is pressing his fellow lawmakers to approve his legislation to require public school instruction on the contributions of Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement in California. "The goal of Assembly Bill 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. Learn more about the role of Filipino American farm workers and Assemblymember Bonta's legislation in this Assembly Web Report.
(Sacramento) -- Surrounded by medical students, members of the California Medical Association and other lawmakers, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), called on the State Legislature to pass Assembly Bill 1176. The bill would create additional residency slots in underserved communities to immediately increase access to care and prevent physicians from being forced to leave California to complete their clinical training after graduating from medical school. "Californians are depending on the Legislature to make certain that they have access to quality health care with implementation of the Affordable Care Act," said Assemblymember Bonta. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.