(Los Angeles) - Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) stood with Governor Jerry Brown as he signed their legislation, AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014. The legislation was co-authored by more than sixty-five other legislators, and received bipartisan support from elected officials and below-the-line workers from every region of California. It significantly expands and improves the state’s film tax incentive program to keep production jobs in California, including a five year program extension, an increase in the program’s budget allocation to $330 million annually, and the creation of a new competitive jobs rating system to determine which projects will receive the credits. “This is a home run for the film and television industry in California. Reaching this deal has been a long and difficult process, and I’m proud we were able to deliver for our constituents,” said Assemblymember Bocanegra. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders to announce a historic deal to extend and improve California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program, making it the second largest tax credit program in the nation.
“Not only does extending the Film Tax Credit keep cameras rolling in California, it will keep costumers designing, craft services catering, and carpenters hammering,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “It’s just common sense—when California hosts more production, we get more jobs and more revenue—two things our state can always use. I’d like to thank the co-stars of this effort, Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra and Mike Gatto, President pro Tem-elect Kevin de Leon—and, of course, Governor Brown for ensuring the final scene is a good one.”
Bill by Assemblymen Bocanegra and Gatto Takes Aim at the Flight of Film
SACRAMENTO – AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014, passed the Assembly today by a vote of 71-0. The legislation, authored by Assemblymen Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), and co-authored by more than 60 other legislators, would expand and improve the state’s current program to keep production jobs in California.
“We can’t sit by and watch a $17 billion dollar a year sector of our economy leave California,” said Assemblyman Bocanegra. “This expanded and improved program will go a long way towards making California more competitive with other state’s programs. I appreciate the Assembly’s support of AB 1839 today and look forward to seeing it continue through the legislative process and ultimately protect California jobs.”
I'm sad to report that a fire destroyed the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission's emergency shelter, vehicle fleet, clothing warehouse and food pantry. The fire started just before 1 a.m. on Saturday. at a warehouse next to the shelter on Saticoy Street. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
It took more than 130 brave Los Angeles City firefighters to get the fire under control. The damage is devastating to the Mission and the equipment it uses to serve our San Fernando Valley. The fire destroyed the Mission's entire fleet of six trucks and two vans, which provided mobile relief to families in need across the Valley. The trucks also picked up clothing and food donations to stock the Mission's three thrift stores.
Author of Legislation to Expand California’s Film and Television Tax Incentive Reacts to Milken Institute Study Showing Immense Harm to State and Local Economies
In response to a Milken Institute study on the subject of runaway production and the decline of the film and television industry in California, entitled A Hollywood Exit: What California Must Do to Remain Competitive in Entertainment—and Keep Jobs, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) has issued the following joint statement:
“The Milken Institute study released this morning confirms what every objective-economic analysis of the issue has shown: Runaway production, and the erosion of California’s film and television industry, has caused substantial harm to our families, our communities, and our state and local economies. Since 2004, California has lost more than 16,000 high-paying middle-class jobs in the film and television industry. By enhancing California’s film and television production-incentive program, California will remain competitive in attracting big-budget productions. However, in a market saturated with subsidies, where forty-three states offer entertainment incentives, California must create a thoughtful and distinctive incentive package. Job incentive programs like AB 1839 will help keep productions in California, creating statewide benefits and revenue that will stimulate our economy and preserve the jobs that many Californians and their families depend upon.”
Bill has 59 co-authors, including a majority of the State Assembly
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), introduced AB 1839, which would expand and improve the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act. The bill takes a number of steps to improve and expand the State’s current incentive program. It was co-authored by 59 additional legislators – 50 Assemblymembers and 9 State Senators.
“I remember when our communities lost all the good aerospace jobs,” said Gatto. “Losing major employers really harms local families and our state economy. This effort is a rare example of government appropriately taking steps to stem the loss of jobs out of state.”
System went over budget more than $100 million and is costing ratepayers $59 million a month
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), asked the State Legislature’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee to audit the flawed development and implementation of the LADWP’s new customer information and billing system.
“The DWP’s new billing system has been a boondoggle from the start,” said Assemblymember Bocanegra. “The project went overtime and over budget, and now that it’s in place it’s screwed up the bills for more than 70,000 ratepayers. In November 2013 alone, the DWP’s bills were off by $59 million. This is the public’s money, we need to have an honest accounting of what went wrong.”
SACRAMENTO - Today the California State Assembly released its proposal for revamping the current water bond to a leaner and more efficient $5 billion proposal. The following is a statement from Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and one of eight assemblymembers appointed by the Speaker to a “Water Bond Working Group”:
“This proposal will help to ensure the state’s long-term supply of water, while protecting and preserving our natural habitat. It’s disappointing that California, the eighth largest economy in the world, still has millions of people who do not have access to clean drinking water.
(Sacramento)-- Today Assembly Bill 780, authored by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D – Pacoima), passed out of the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee on a unanimous vote.
“This bill is a small step towards ensuring that California’s small businesses will have access to much needed working capital” said Assemblymember Bocanegra. “AB 780 provides for a small investment of two million dollars into the state’s network of Small Business Financial Development Corporations (FDC’s). The 11 FDC’s, strategically located around the state are the regional vehicles for the State’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.”
(Los Angeles) - California State Assemblymember Raul Boncanegra (D-Pacoima) was sworn in at the State Capitol with all the pomp and circumstance. However, Assemblymember Boncanegra thought it was important to have a second swearing-in, with the community that believed in him and voted him in to office. After taking the oath of office among friends and neighbors, Assemblymember Bocanegra got a little choked up while reminding the crowd, "The son of a gardener is now your State Assemblymember." Learn more about this special and heart-felt ceremony in the 39th Assembly District, in this Assembly Access Video.