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API, Black, Latino Caucuses Support Bonta’s AB 176

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(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.

Assemblymember Bonta, Jose Antonio Vargas Promote New Immigration Programs

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(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.

Bonta Holds Hearing on the Resilience of Oakland’s Youth

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(Oakland) - The California State Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, chaired by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), brought together students, officials and experts to discuss the complex forms of community violence related post-traumatic stress disorder affecting Oakland youth. The hearing, titled Resiliency of East Oakland’s Youth in the Face of Neighborhood Violence: Addressing the Complexities of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Community, was an emotion filled afternoon discussing successful models for improving the health and well-being of youth affected by trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Watch the entire hearing in this Assembly Access video.

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Hear Assemblymember Bonta’s memorial to Turner in this Assembly Access Video.

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(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.

Assemblymember Bonta: CalSTRS Solution Should Come This Year

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(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.

Assemblymember Bonta is Grateful for the Governor’s Balanced Approach to California’s Future

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(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.

Assemblymember Bonta Celebrates Filipino Heritage Month

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(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.

Bonta Encourages Californians to Support Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts

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(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.

October is Filipino American History Month

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(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.

Assemblymember Bonta Adjourns in Memory of Community Activist David Glover

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(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.

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