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Film and Television Job Creation Act Passes the Assembly by Unanimous Vote

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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.”  

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Assemblymembers Ammiano and Bocanegra Announce Historic Agreement to Close Proposition 13 Loophole

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Agreement garners support from business groups and progressive organizations

(Sacramento) – Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano (D – San Francisco) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), announced an historic agreement today to close a major loophole in California’s Proposition 13.  Assemblymembers Ammiano and Bocanegra have led weeks of negotiations, finally reaching a consensus earlier this week with a diverse group of stakeholders who are now supporting the proposal including: the California Business Roundtable, the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Business Properties Association and the California Tax Reform Association.

“Closing this loophole has been a goal of progressives for years because it has shifted the property tax burden onto the backs of homeowners and other individuals. We have never tried to target the businesses that are small property owners. This loophole is unfair to them, too. Now, thanks to Mr. Bocanegra, businesses are joining this effort to bring some fairness back to the tax system in a way that will benefit all Californians,” said Assemblymember Ammiano.

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Film and Television Job Creation Act Clears Second Committee

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Bill by Assemblymen Gatto and Bocanegra has 64 co-authors, including a majority of the State Assembly

SACRAMENTO – AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014 passed the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee today by a vote of 8-0.  The legislation, authored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), would expand and improve the state’s current program to keep production jobs in California.

“Whether it is the departure of the aerospace industry, or the recent announcement that Toyota is moving, our communities have lost too many good jobs,” said Gatto.  “Losing major employers harms California families and our state economy.  We can’t afford to let any more jobs leave the state, and this bill is a rare example of government taking proactive steps to ensure well-paying jobs stay in our communities.”

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After Donald Sterling Scandal Bill Introduced to Ban Sports Owners From Writing Off Fines on State Tax Returns

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Sterling’s $2.5 million fine would currently be eligible for a tax write-off

(Sacramento) -- Today, Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra (D – Pacoima) and Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), introduced AB 877, a bill that would prevent sports team owners from writing off fines as a business expense on their state income tax returns.

“This is simply a matter of bringing fairness and equity to the tax code,” said Assemblymember Bocanegra, chair of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee.  “Donald Sterling’s outrageous comments and historic fine should not be rewarded with a multi-million dollar tax refund.  This fine is intended as a punishment; it should not be used as a tax loophole”

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An Urgent Request: Help the Valley Rescue Mission

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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.

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Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra Issues Statement on the New Milken Institute Study of Runaway Production

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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.”

Assemblymembers Bocanegra and Gatto Introduce Expanded Film and Television Job Creation Act

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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.”

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Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra Requests State Audit of DWP’s Failed Billing System

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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.” 

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Bill to Ensure CalFresh Eligibility for 227,000 Californians Signed by Governor Brown

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SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assembly Bill 191, authored by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D – Pacoima), was signed by Governor Brown.  It is expected that nearly 227,000 additional Californians will be eligible for CalFresh benefits because of this legislation being enacted.

“AB 191 aligns Medi-Cal and CalFresh eligibility, which will boost CalFresh participation, bringing additional federal dollars to our state; reducing duplicative applications; and supporting the overall health and well-being of low-income Californians,” said Assemblymember Bocanegra. “While Republicans in Congress are trying to cut food stamps from the neediest in our communities, California is leading the way, by ensuring that tens of thousands of men, women and children that go hungry each day will receive access to the food they need.”

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Statement from Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra on Assembly Water Bond Proposal

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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. 

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