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.
Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) was elected to the State Assembly in November 2012 to represent California’s 39th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Pacoima, San Fernando, Arleta, Mission Hills, Sylmar, North Hollywood, Lake View Terrace, Los Angeles, Northeast Granada Hills, Sunland-Tujunga, and Sun Valley.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Bocanegra attended local public schools before earning an Undergraduate and later a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. Shortly after college, his career in public service to the families of Northeast San Fernando Valley began.
As a freshman Assemblymember, Bocanegra was named to chair the influential Revenue and Taxation Committee, which oversees issues relating to taxes, fees and revenue generation for the State of California.
While serving as a senior aide to former Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, Bocanegra helped implement numerous successful projects and initiatives resulting in new job creation in the Valley. Raul spearheaded the creation of the San Fernando Valley Financial Development Corporation and the Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union, which have helped to generate more than $100 million in investment in the San Fernando Valley. He also led the effort to redevelop the Price Pfister property into Plaza Pacoima, a LEED gold certified project, which has helped to generate hundreds of good-paying jobs in the heart of the Valley. While serving as a Chief of Staff in the State Assembly, he helped to lead the effort to extend the State’s landmark Film and Television Tax Credit bill, for an additional 3 years and $300 million. This program has helped to generate $3.9 billion in economic activity so far.
Bocanegra has also been a leader in local efforts to build safer livable communities for families and seniors, playing a key role in securing affordable housing for working families and seniors across the Valley. He helped develop neighborhood public safety programs including dozens of “block clubs,” and fought for streetlight and traffic safety improvements. Raul also spearheaded the creation of a Neighborhood City Hall in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
As a former college instructor at Cal State Long Beach and more recently Cal State Northridge, Raul has worked to ensure that students are prepared for their futures and provided children with new educational opportunities. At CSUN, he was a leader at the school’s nationally renowned Urban Studies and Planning Department, teaching hundreds of students.