(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.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) talked about his legislation, Assembly Bill 187, during a recent appearance on the Comcast Newsmakers program. AB 187 would place a tax on the sale of ammunition in California with the proceeds going to a high-crime prevention fund that would be used in targeted areas suffering from high violent crime rates. He also addressed his AB 174 which would eliminate the “grandfather” clause in many gun control laws. According to the state Justice Department, 77, 103 Californians own more than 166-thousand grandfathered assault weapons.
Sacramento - Cesar Chavez fought for farmworkers rights, becoming a voice for the voiceless and laying the groundwork for the improved conditions in the fields. In this PSA, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) remembers Chavez’s legacy, and hopes it is an inspiration to continue the work he started. Learn more about Chavez in this Assembly Access Video.
(Sacramento) - February is Black History Month. To commemorate this important part of our nation’s past, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) takes a look at California’s contribution to Black history and shines the spotlight Colonel Allen Allensworth in this public service announcement. Learn more about this heroic African American from California, in this Assembly Access Video.