Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Assemblymember Rob Bonta Rob Bonta serves in the 18th District of the California State Assembly representing Alameda, Oakland, and San Leandro. This is my official government page for my Assembly office.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly's 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro as the first Filipino American legislator in the 165-year history of California. Rob’s passion for justice and equality was instilled in him at a very young age by his parents, who taught him to understand injustice and the importance of joining the struggle to empower vulnerable communities. His father was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and stood with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Deep South---marching for equality and justice in Selma. His mother was and continues to be a long-time leader in the Filipino social justice movement. Growing up in a trailer just a few hundred yards from César Chávez’s home, Bonta watched closely as his parents organized Filipino and Mexican American farm workers, infusing his formative years with first-hand experience of one of the greatest peaceful social, racial, and economic justice movements of all time. This had a huge impact on Rob’s life choices and pursuits, inspiring his life’s commitment to helping people. Rob believed legal training was one of the most powerful ways to effect positive and profound change in the lives of those who needed it most. He worked his way through college cleaning laundry rooms and, with the help of financial aid, was able to achieve his dream of attending some of the best universities in the world, obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School after attending Yale College and Oxford University in England. Earning honors in college, Rob was also a scholar athlete, captaining the Yale Soccer team. He also paved the way for the advancement of students of color as a mentor and volunteered in support of local children struggling with poverty. His legal career included work as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and as a private attorney, where he fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling. Rob was undefeated at trial, never losing a jury verdict for his clients. Prior to being elected to the Alameda City Council, Rob served as the Chair of the City of Alameda’s Economic Development Commission, where he focused on business attraction and retention efforts, and as board president for the Social Service Human Relations Board, where he fought to protect safety net services for the most vulnerable members of the community. As Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda, Bonta strongly supported public safety, fostered economic development, and exercised fiscal responsibility. Bonta currently serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. He serves on the Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization, and Health Committees. He is also chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus and serves on the Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color. Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.

With #COVID19 still impacting millions of Californians, more help is needed now! The State Legislature and Governor Gavi...
02/18/2021
Gavin Newsom reaches $9.5 billion stimulus deal with checks to families and help for businesses

With #COVID19 still impacting millions of Californians, more help is needed now! The State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom have reached an agreement to send more aid-- aid to struggling California families and $2 billion in grants for our vital small businesses. Because of this, so many throughout the state will receive needed relief.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article249322270.html

California’s pandemic stimulus deal comes with a nearly $9.5 billion price tag.

02/17/2021

I deeply appreciate the Assembly loudly, clearly, and with one voice condemning and denouncing the unacceptable acts of hate and violence against the API community by passing HR 23. We must remember our “inescapable network of mutuality” and stand together against hate and violence in all its forms! #StopAAPIHate

Happy Presidents’ Day!
02/16/2021

Happy Presidents’ Day!

On this 3rd anniversary of the deadly #Parkland school shooting, we must renew our commitment to common-sense gun laws t...
02/15/2021

On this 3rd anniversary of the deadly #Parkland school shooting, we must renew our commitment to common-sense gun laws to protect our friends, loved ones, and especially our young people. Many students live with the ongoing fear of gun violence. We owe them the promise of a secure future!

Despite the deeply concerning increase in hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans, we still want to recognize a...
02/13/2021

Despite the deeply concerning increase in hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans, we still want to recognize and join in the celebration of the #LunarNewYear. As we begin the Year of the Ox, I wish you and your families good health, safety, happiness and prosperity!

02/12/2021
Calling out and condemning API hate.

The violence and hate-fueled attacks on the API community, including on our beloved elders, must be condemned and denounced by all. This morning, the API Legislative Caucus came together in solidary to call out these unacceptable and reprehensible acts. In Oakland alone, we’ve seen horrific and vicious attacks targeting our seniors. And across the country in New York, an older Filipino American man was slashed across the face, requiring 100 stitches and disfiguring his face. These are our Lolas and Lolos, Titas and Titos, Ninangs and Ninongs. All communities deserve to be seen, valued and protected. We must recommit to creating prevention, restoration, healing, accountability, and safety for our API community.

Tonight Mia & I joined Alameda Chamber of Commerce in celebrating inspiring local heroes who answered the call & stepped...
02/12/2021

Tonight Mia & I joined Alameda Chamber of Commerce in celebrating inspiring local heroes who answered the call & stepped up to serve our neighbors in need during the pandemic. Congrats to the incredible awardees! Let’s continue to look out for each other & take care of one another!

The violence and hate-fueled attacks on the #API community, including on our treasured seniors, must end and be condemne...
02/09/2021
Sen. Harris and Assemblymember Bonta: Standing up for the AAPI community amid America’s leadership crisis

The violence and hate-fueled attacks on the #API community, including on our treasured seniors, must end and be condemned, as Vice President Kamala Harris and I wrote last spring! All communities deserve to be seen, valued and protected!

Trump called COVID “the China virus” & “Kung-Flu”.

In Oakland alone, we’ve seen vicious attacks against senior citizens and other hate crimes committed against API residents. And hate crimes against many groups have been on rise in the Trump era.

I commend President Joe Biden and VP Harris for their recent order fighting API hate crimes, but we can’t stop there. Government at every level must confront these troubling trends, take action, and fund programs to stop this unacceptable discrimination and violence.

https://t.co/c0OQE3wwSU

By Sen. Kamala Harris and Assemblymember Rob Bonta We are in a crisis — one that requires unifying leadership. But that’s not what we are getting from the president of the United States. The staggering death toll and human suffering haven’t changed Donald Trump’s lack of empathy and tendency...

Inspired by and in admiration of the resilience and strength of California’s small businesses dreaming big and working h...
02/05/2021

Inspired by and in admiration of the resilience and strength of California’s small businesses dreaming big and working hard and smart during COVID-19! I’m also grateful for Gov. Gavin Newsom leadership seeing, valuing, and supporting them with state grants. Shout out and congratulations to Oakland grant recipients Cheryl Wilson of “Toss & Throws” and Kehinde Koyejo of “Kalm Korner”! To learn more about these relief grants visit:
https://careliefgrant.com/

Thank you California Governor Gavin Newsom for your science-driven leadership and focus on equity throughout this pandem...
02/03/2021

Thank you California Governor Gavin Newsom for your science-driven leadership and focus on equity throughout this pandemic. California is moving heaven and earth to get as many shots in arms as possible and I’m thrilled this new mass vaccination site is being stood up in East Oakland!
m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Bp2UG…

Such respect and admiration for my friend and law school classmate Stacey Abrams for her trailblazing work to expand civ...
02/02/2021
Stacey Abrams nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Such respect and admiration for my friend and law school classmate Stacey Abrams for her trailblazing work to expand civil rights and equality, and the Nobel Peace Prize nomination that has resulted! Her work to combat voter suppression and promote democracy has made us a more perfect union. It's fitting this recognition comes on the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth.
https://thehill.com/homenews/news/536758-stacey-abrams-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize

Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial Democratic candidate and star voting rights activist, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,

Today is Fred Korematsu Day in California! This Oakland native and former San Leandro resident was a true civil rights i...
01/30/2021

Today is Fred Korematsu Day in California! This Oakland native and former San Leandro resident was a true civil rights icon. He bravely fought back against Executive Order 9066, which unjustly sent thousands of Japanese Americans to internment camps during WWII. Learn more about the extraordinary and courageous life of Fred Korematsu at http://www.korematsuinstitute.org/fredkorematsuday

The Assembly has voted to protect California renters by extending the #COVID19 eviction moratorium until June 30. This i...
01/28/2021

The Assembly has voted to protect California renters by extending the #COVID19 eviction moratorium until June 30. This is a critical step— and we know we must do more still. While not perfect, our action today will help keep our neighbors in their homes and promote the health, safety, and well-being of Californians as we continue to combat our multiple crises!

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others by Nazi Germ...
01/27/2021

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others by Nazi Germany. May we honor their memory by standing up against antisemitism, authoritarian abuse of power, and hate in all its forms. #NeverForget bit.ly/3qVclXe

01/27/2021

Congratulations to our next CA Secretary of State, Assemblymember Shirley Weber! She is a moral giant and a powerful voice for justice, and I was honored to vote in support of her confirmation on the Assembly Floor today. This display of deep and enormous respect and admiration from her peers and colleagues, me chief among them, is so fitting.

California's money bail system remains unjust, unsafe, and unfair. I'm proud to partner with my colleagues Senator Bob H...
01/27/2021
The bail industry defeated Prop. 25, California must continue criminal justice reforms

California's money bail system remains unjust, unsafe, and unfair. I'm proud to partner with my colleagues Senator Bob Hertzberg and State Senator Nancy Skinner to continue our fight. Nothing less than justice for all Californians is at stake.
https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article248777195.html

Until the day when we get rid of money bail, we need to do all we can to minimize the harm it inflicts. | OPINION

Yes!!! President Joe Biden has just ordered the U.S. Justice Department to end the use of for-profit, private prisons! T...
01/26/2021
Biden to Order Justice Department to End Private Prison Use

Yes!!! President Joe Biden has just ordered the U.S. Justice Department to end the use of for-profit, private prisons! This has been a key focus for me in California as we have passed similar laws including AB 32, AB 3228, and just introduced the HOLD Act. We must ensure humane treatment for all! https://bloom.bg/3qXfghQ

The U.S. Justice Department will be required to end its use of privately run prisons under an executive order signed Tuesday by President Joe Biden.

01/26/2021

Today, the Assembly passed House Resolution 10 which affirms and defends the fundamental right to choose. I was proud to co-author this resolution with my colleague Assemblymember Lisa Calderon. Make no mistake—reproductive freedom and access to safe and legal resources, education support and high-quality reproductive health care is a vital right. And it’s a right that’s under constant threat and attack. Together, we must continue to defend this vital right for all Californians.

Thank you President Joe Biden for repealing the transgender ban on military service! Along with removing these discrimin...
01/25/2021
Biden Repeals Trump-Era Ban On Transgender Troops

Thank you President Joe Biden for repealing the transgender ban on military service! Along with removing these discriminatory prohibitions, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent the ongoing discrimination and violence that many community members routinely face.

https://www.npr.org/sections/president-biden-takes-office/2021/01/25/960338217/biden-repeals-trump-era-ban-on-transgender-soldiers

Former President Donald Trump had first ordered a ban on transgender troops in 2017, and President Biden had long promised to repeal the order.

If you have a misdemeanor criminal conviction, you could be eligible to have your record expunged. Expunging a previous ...
01/23/2021

If you have a misdemeanor criminal conviction, you could be eligible to have your record expunged. Expunging a previous conviction can remove barriers to accessing housing, employment, and other opportunities. Learn more about this process during an upcoming free clinic on Zoom on Friday, February 5th from 11a-1p. Register and find out more at https://bit.ly/3a2DMYr Thank you to the NAACP for hosting this important event.

Today is the 48th anniversary of the landmark legal victory Roe v. Wade. Access to safe and legal abortion is a vital ri...
01/23/2021

Today is the 48th anniversary of the landmark legal victory Roe v. Wade. Access to safe and legal abortion is a vital right that is under constant threat and attack. Even in California where this right is strongly valued and protected, we can do more. This includes expanding access to reproductive health care, especially in underserved communities.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

I carry the energy and enthusiasm of the Oakland Women's March of the last 4 years! I miss not having a march this year,...
01/22/2021

I carry the energy and enthusiasm of the Oakland Women's March of the last 4 years! I miss not having a march this year, but I'll let the spark and spirit keep fueling my fight for policies of equality, access and justice! Special shout out to these young fierce leaders who raised their voices!

Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement is embracing science and signaling to the world that the United States will once a...
01/22/2021
The Paris Climate Agreement: What You Need to Know

Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement is embracing science and signaling to the world that the United States will once again be a bold leader and eager partner in addressing this existential threat! Thank you President Joe Biden for your swift action!
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/climate/biden-paris-climate-agreement.html

President Biden’s decision to return to the climate pact fulfills a campaign pledge, but the United States has some catching up to do.

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s a privilege to celebrate and shine a spotlight on a special and impactful organ...
01/18/2021
MLK Freedom Center CA Assembly MLK Day 2021

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s a privilege to celebrate and shine a spotlight on a special and impactful organization based in my Assembly District in Oakland. The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center inspires civic engagement and ethical leadership in our young people. The founding chairperson is Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the Chair of the Board is the Honorable Elihu Harris! My daughters have both participated in and benefited from their important work. I’d like to uplift David Gaines, a young leader and staff member at the MLK Jr. Freedom Center, as he discusses the values of Dr. King and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for us in California. Have a look and Happy #MLK Jr. Day!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=KDh29QvaawA&feature=youtu.be

Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center staff member David Gaines' address to the California State Legislature on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2021.

01/18/2021
#MLK’s Legacy and Teachings Remain and Resonate Today

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in our nation, a day that is so powerful and so meaningful to all of us. It’s a day when we honor a towering and timeless hero who lost his life in the fight for racial and social justice in America. His legacy and teachings remain and resonate in our world today.

I am reminded of how Dr. King shaped my life as well as my family’s, and how he transformed our world for the better. I’ve been reflecting on my father, Warren, who listened to Dr. King’s speeches on audiocassette and then felt compelled to act by marching for voting rights in the deep South. 2020 has not been so different from the civil rights movement in some ways. 2020 has made us question just how much progress we’ve actually made. I want to share this video from the 29th annual MLK Rally. #MLKDay

I'm honored to receive a 100% score on Equality California's Legislative Scorecard. Since being elected in 2012, I've re...
01/16/2021

I'm honored to receive a 100% score on Equality California's
Legislative Scorecard. Since being elected in 2012, I've received 100% each year for standing with CA's diverse LGBTQ+ communities. Let's make a California with more justice and greater inclusion! Link to scorecard https://bit.ly/38NcW75

Our East Bay Regional Parks are a treasure! So hard to choose but one of my favorite parks is Crab Cove in Alameda. That...
01/14/2021

Our East Bay Regional Parks are a treasure! So hard to choose but one of my favorite parks is Crab Cove in Alameda. That's why it was a special honor to swear-in the parks' directors who will be guardians of the East Bay Regional Park District. Congratulations! Thank you for your service & stewardship!

The Bay Area's available ICU beds continue to drop-- now at 0.7%--about the same as Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Vall...
01/12/2021
Bay Area ICU availability plummets to 0.7% as California tops 30,000 deaths

The Bay Area's available ICU beds continue to drop-- now at 0.7%--about the same as Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. This doesn't mean there are no beds but it does mean hospitals are moving into their surge/flex capacity plans. Please wear a mask and follow the health rules!

https://bit.ly/2XtCQWW

Intensive care availability in the Bay Area fell over the weekend to 0.7% as of Monday, the lowest level yet for the region.

01/12/2021
Removing President Trump

I am Co-Authoring #HR7 calling for the removal of the President through impeachment or the 25th Amendment. The deadly attack on our democracy last week was incited by the President. There must be consequences. Now is the time for unity, but it's also the time for accountability!

In spite of the pandemic and economic downturn, we never forgot our values! Those words frame Governor Newsom’s proposed...
01/08/2021

In spite of the pandemic and economic downturn, we never forgot our values! Those words frame Governor Newsom’s proposed budget. This is a bold, urgent, and forward-thinking plan that addresses head-on with smart investments and policies, and with Californians and equity at the forefront, our state’s biggest challenges, including vaccine distribution, the pandemic response, the Golden State Stimulus, homelessness reduction, wildfire resilience and beyond. This spending plan actually increases funding in many key area like education and still maintains monetary reserves. Bravo Gov. Gavin Newsom! I look forward to further reviewing this proposal as the Legislature carries out its constitutional duty of passing the state budget.

These are unprecedented times and Californians need various types of support and assistance. Direct and immediate cash a...
01/08/2021
Gavin Newsom wants to send $600 to millions of Californians, extend renter protections

These are unprecedented times and Californians need various types of support and assistance. Direct and immediate cash aid to help low-income families make ends meet is a critical component. Even in normal times, an unexpected expense like a car repair or medical bill can cause hard-working families to lose their homes or be unable to put food on the table. Cash assistance like Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed Golden State Stimulus is the right idea and will help millions of struggling Californians.
https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article248310240.html

Newsom’s plan would provide help on top of the federal stimulus package passed late last year.

California is offering critical help to small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The CA Small Business COVI...
12/30/2020

California is offering critical help to small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is taking applications today (Wednesday, 12/30) through Friday, 1/8 at https://careliefgrant.com/
Also, you can learn about Small Business Hiring Tax Credits at
https://bit.ly/3obunUh

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