Rob Bonta

Rob Bonta Rob Bonta serves in the 18th District of the California State Assembly representing Alameda, Oakland, and San Leandro. 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.

I appreciate the invitation to join members of APABA of Solano County's fireside chat about addressing racial bias durin...
10/30/2020

I appreciate the invitation to join members of APABA of Solano County's fireside chat about addressing racial bias during their 9th Annual Installation Gala. Thanks to Michi Yamamoto for moderating our chat on the critical issues that face not just the legal community but every community.
I’d also like to extend my congratulations to the high school seniors who were awarded scholarships tonight and to the incoming '20-'21 Asian Pacific American Bar Association Solano County Board Members.

10/29/2020
I’m incredibly moved, humbled and grateful to Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC for selecting me as this year’s Yuri Kochiyama Impact Honoree!

I’m incredibly moved, humbled and grateful to Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC for selecting me as this year’s Yuri Kochiyama Impact Honoree! This award honors the activism and leadership of a Californian who dedicated her life to fighting injustices including the Japanese Internment during WWII. She also became active in the Civil Rights Movement participating in sit-ins and speaking out against discrimination. Yuri Kochiyama’s 60 years of social justice advocacy and activism inspired countless others to join the fight for a better, fairer world. Throughout my time in the State Assembly, I've been privileged to partner with AAAJ/ALC on so many progressive and equitable policies, such as the #CAVotingforAllAct that created the strongest voting language access standards in the nation, the #TRUTHAct that provided critical protections to our immigrant communities threatened by ICE, and now the #VISIONAct to end direct transfers from prisons and jails to ICE. I look forward to our ongoing work together for greater justice! #OurCAValues

This #NationalFirstRespondersDay, we share our heartfelt appreciation with all of our brave first responders who selfles...
10/29/2020

This #NationalFirstRespondersDay, we share our heartfelt appreciation with all of our brave first responders who selflessly answer the call when we need them the most. Today and every day, we honor your heroism!

Join Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and Netflix this Thursday, October 29th for a v...
10/28/2020

Join Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and Netflix this Thursday, October 29th for a very special panel discussion featuring Rep. Judy Chu, Chinese-Filipina actress Cathy Ang, and producers of the new film Over the Moon! Representation matters. Having our stories crafted, told, and brought to life by members of our community matters. Young girls in STEM who face their fears and help others through grief matter!

RSVP here:https://t.co/V9DJjM49Bt?amp=1

I’m so honored to be named one of the “100 Most Influential Filipinos in America” for The Outstanding Filipinos in Ameri...
10/28/2020
Lea, Jo Koy, Darren Criss, Bobby Lopez slated for TOFA100 special appearances

I’m so honored to be named one of the “100 Most Influential Filipinos in America” for The Outstanding Filipinos in America (TOFA) Awards! As we wrap up Filipino American History Month, I want to give a huge shout-out to each and every one of you. It is the privilege of a lifetime to serve my community as California’s first Filipino-American legislator. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat! Mabuhay! #FAHM
https://tinyurl.com/y4y763zy

The artists are among the 100 Most Influential Filipino Americans being honored by TOFA to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Another special guest is “2018 TIME Person of the Year” Maria Ressa, who is also among the TOFA100 luminaries.

Proud to stand with our nurses in #Oakland today! It’s time to come together and reach an agreement on a fair contract f...
10/28/2020

Proud to stand with our nurses in #Oakland today! It’s time to come together and reach an agreement on a fair contract for nurses at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland that uplifts patient care and worker safety. Especially now, we must value our essential health care workers who put themselves & their families at risk every day to help us heal! California Nurses Association

Thank you to the County of Santa Clara, California Human Rights Commission for organizing this important discussion on t...
10/28/2020

Thank you to the County of Santa Clara, California Human Rights Commission for organizing this important discussion on the #PhilippineHumanRightsAct. Defending human rights & protecting our national security go hand in hand. I am proud to support the #PHRA!

In 2014, I proudly authored AB 7 to commemorate the legacy of one of my personal heroes and civil rights activist Larry ...
10/25/2020

In 2014, I proudly authored AB 7 to commemorate the legacy of one of my personal heroes and civil rights activist Larry Itliong and the contributions of Filipino farmworkers to the United Farmworkers Movement. Last year, Governor Newsom proclaimed October 25th Larry Itliong Day in California. I am so thrilled to celebrate our heroes and our community with all of you – happy birthday, Manong Larry!

10/24/2020
No Better Way to Start the Weekend than by Volunteering at Alameda County Community Food Bank! #CaliforniansForAll

No better way to start the weekend than by volunteering at Alameda County Community Food Bank with California Volunteers, Office of the Governor & California's Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday! Californians are strong and resilient because we take care of one another and are always ready to lend a helping hand – especially when times are tough. I’m so proud of how our community has come together to create a #CaliforniaForAll. Sign up for California Governor Newsom's new program to help the California Association of Food Banks at CaliforniansforAll.ca.gov!

For your weekend watch list ✔😊✔ -- I took part in an engaging panel discussion this week with CNN Award-winning journali...
10/24/2020

For your weekend watch list ✔😊✔ -- I took part in an engaging panel discussion this week with CNN Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling and health equity champion Dr. Paul Song moderated by Kevin Iwashina. We discussed voting, the model minority myth, representation, inclusion and diversity, and the rise in API hate fueled by racially weaponizing COVID-19. Here’s the link to watch:
https://onlocationlive.com/streaming/a-special-conversation-with-assemblyman-rob-bonta-lisa-ling-paul-song/8TS115CW

I'll be introducing a bill that will cure conflicts of interest, or the appearance of conflicts of interest, when Distri...
10/23/2020

I'll be introducing a bill that will cure conflicts of interest, or the appearance of conflicts of interest, when District Attorneys accept direct campaign contributions from a law enforcement union whose member is an officer suspected of a crime. This bill helps to rebuild the public trust in our institutions of justice and seeks to hold District Attorneys accountable to their duties as elected officials and as attorneys. I’m proud to stand with sponsors:

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin
Diana Becton for District Attorney 2018
San Joaquin County District Attorney
George Gascón
Prosecutors Alliance

As people across our cities, states, and our nation have come together to raise their voices and demand greater justice, we must cure the conflict of interest that gives, at minimum, the appearance that police officers are not being held accountable due to police unions’ direct campaign contributions to District Attorneys. Watch our news conference here: https://bit.ly/31ybwcA

Thank you to Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi, Director of Special Education Pam Kazee, C...
10/23/2020

Thank you to Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi, Director of Special Education Pam Kazee, Chief Student Support Officer Kirsten Zazo, President Mia Bonta, Alameda School Board Member, Alameda Education Association President Judith Klinger, California School Employees Association (CSEA) Local 27 President Cindy Zecher, and Local 860 President Don Fuller for this incredibly helpful and informative discussion on what students and families can continue to expect in the new school year. We appreciate your dedication and constant support for our kids!
Watch the full town hall here: https://tinyurl.com/y6gzphg6

HAPPENING SOON! Tune in tonight (Thurs.10/22)  from 5pm-6pm for our Distance Learning Town Hall with Alameda Unified Sch...
10/22/2020

HAPPENING SOON! Tune in tonight (Thurs.10/22) from 5pm-6pm for our Distance Learning Town Hall with Alameda Unified School District educators & staff to hear on what students & families can continue to expect in this new school year! Watch live at https://www.facebook.com/RobBontaCA

10/21/2020

Join me Thursday, October 22nd from 5pm-6pm for our final Distance Learning Town Hall with Alameda Unified School District teachers and staff.

Engaging conversation with CNN’s Lisa Ling and Dr. Paul Song on #API Americans’ successes and struggles— myths and mispe...
10/21/2020

Engaging conversation with CNN’s Lisa Ling and Dr. Paul Song on #API Americans’ successes and struggles— myths and misperceptions about our diverse communities! Appreciate Kevin Iwashina for on point moderating and of course Endeavor and their 4 thousand employees nationwide for this invitation!

The more we peel back the onion on for-profit, private detention centers, the more we see deeply disturbing abuses infli...
10/19/2020
California police got hundreds of calls about abuse in private ICE detention centers. Cases were rarely prosecuted

The more we peel back the onion on for-profit, private detention centers, the more we see deeply disturbing abuses inflicted on Californians. Thank you Los Angeles Times for shining a light on this and mentioning my AB 3228 which will add needed accountability and oversight. https://lat.ms/34ckgHd

A Times investigation found that since 2017, at least 265 calls have reported violence and abuse inside California's four privately run immigrant detention centers. Half of them alleged sex crimes against detainees.

#FAHM Fact:  43 years ago, my mom and Tito Emil De Guzman (seen in photo) peacefully protested the eviction of the large...
10/19/2020

#FAHM Fact: 43 years ago, my mom and Tito Emil De Guzman (seen in photo) peacefully protested the eviction of the largely Filipino American tenants from the International Hotel (I-Hotel) in San Francisco’s historic Manilatown. Three thousand activists surrounded the hotel, with some forming a human barricade, in an effort to protect tenants from the over 400 riot police trying to unjustly evict them. This was a critical flashpoint in civil rights and housing affordability history. Decades later, I had the privilege to serve on the Manilatown Heritage Foundation that helped rebuild the International Hotel.

As we prepare for a new legislative cycle, we are inspired by the legacy of those who came before us. We assert that housing is a human right and recommit ourselves to providing greater housing stability for all Californians! #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth #OurCAValues

10/18/2020

Thank you to Maryland House of Delegates Rep. Kris Valderrama for your inspiring words in honor of #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth! #FilAms are the second-largest #API group in the nation. Our voice matters! Make sure you’re registered to #vote at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/

Thank you to Oakland Unified School District Board President Jody London, Chief Academic Officer Sondra Aguilera, Direct...
10/16/2020

Thank you to Oakland Unified School District Board President Jody London, Chief Academic Officer Sondra Aguilera, Director of Special Education Jennifer Blake, Oakland Education Association Vice President Ismael Armendariz, AFSCME Council 57 Executive Board Member Melissa Linzie, Teamsters Local 853 Rep. Stacy Murphy, and Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County Rep. Eddie Alvarez for this incredibly helpful and informative discussion on what students and families can continue to expect in the new school year. We appreciate your tireless commitment to our kids!

Watch the full town hall here: https://tinyurl.com/y6568nyn

10/16/2020
OUSD Distane Learning Town Hall

Please tune in TODAY (Thursday, Oct. 15th) from 6pm-7pm for a Distance Learning Town Hall with OUSD teachers and staff on what Oakland students and families can continue to expect in this new school year! Watch live at 6pm!

HAPPENING SOON! Please tune in today (Thursday, Oct. 15th) from 6pm-7pm for a Distance Learning Town Hall with OUSD teac...
10/16/2020

HAPPENING SOON! Please tune in today (Thursday, Oct. 15th) from 6pm-7pm for a Distance Learning Town Hall with OUSD teachers and staff on what Oakland students and families can continue to expect in this new school year! Watch live at 6pm!

#FAHM Fact: During the Philippine-American War, the US deployed Buffalo Soldiers, or all-Black army cavalries, to the Ph...
10/15/2020
Black History Month: The role of Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippines – AsAmNews

#FAHM Fact: During the Philippine-American War, the US deployed Buffalo Soldiers, or all-Black army cavalries, to the Philippines to suppress uprisings against US imperialism. However, many of these soldiers— like Corporal David Fagan— sympathized with the Filipinos’ struggle to be seen as fully human and joined the Philippine Revolutionary Army, eventually making ranks as a Captain. Other outspoken critics of US imperialism of the Philippines include Ida B. Wells and Bishop Henry M. Turner. As we continue the struggle for justice, we remember that our history and our liberty are bound together. #AsianBlackSolidarity matters. In honoring the contributions of the Black community to Filipino history, we assert fully, forcefully, and enthusiastically that #BlackLivesMatter!

https://asamnews.com/2019/02/02/black-history-month-the-role-of-buffalo-soldiers-in-the-philippines/

PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCOBuffalo Soldiers were assigned to fight in the Philippine/American War. THE LEGENDARY EXPLOITS of the Buffalo Soldiers are well known among historians and the African/American community, but  the general public has heard little of their role in U.S. history. Even less is kn...

The #2020Census ends TONIGHT at midnight! Make sure you’re counted! The U.S. Constitution mandates that a national censu...
10/15/2020
Census 2020

The #2020Census ends TONIGHT at midnight! Make sure you’re counted! The U.S. Constitution mandates that a national census be conducted every ten years to count all people - both citizens and non-citizens - who are living in the U.S. The information collected is confidential and responses are safe, secure, and protected by law. Data collected during the census is used to determine federal representation and the amount of funding that goes to your community for education, healthcare, and so much more.

Here are three ways you can participate in the 2020 Census today:

Online: Internet self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 until 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (6:00 am Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020) Visit www.my2020census.gov to respond TODAY.

Over the Phone: Phone response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Call 844-330-2020 or click here for a list of numbers.

By Mail: Paper responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020.

With a Census Taker: Nonresponse follow-up census takers will continue to knock on doors through the end of the day on October 15, 2020. Official census takers will be wearing face masks and will have an official ID.

Every voice matters. Every person must be counted. Fill out the census today!

Thank you to the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club for allowing me to share a legislative update with you. Informed, engaged, ...
10/15/2020

Thank you to the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club for allowing me to share a legislative update with you. Informed, engaged, & enthusiastic community members are the bedrock of a successful democracy. There's no better way to start the day!

10/15/2020

Please tune in TODAY (Thursday, Oct. 15th) from 6pm-7pm for a Distance Learning Town Hall with OUSD teachers and staff on what Oakland students and families can continue to expect in this new school year! Watch live at 6pm!

Back in Sacramento today as my colleagues and I convened for the first meeting of the Select Committee on Police Reform....
10/15/2020

Back in Sacramento today as my colleagues and I convened for the first meeting of the Select Committee on Police Reform. I would like to thank Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, 64th District for his leadership and Speaker Anthony Rendon for putting together this important committee to forge a path toward more transparency, accountability and justice in policing.

#Halloween's a time for spooky & safe fun, but nothing's scarier than the very real risk of you, your kids, or a loved o...
10/14/2020
California health officials urging public to avoid trick or treating on Halloween

#Halloween's a time for spooky & safe fun, but nothing's scarier than the very real risk of you, your kids, or a loved one getting sick. Instead of trick-or-treating or hosting in-person parties, California's Health and Human Services Agency recommends these fun tips for a safe night! #StaySafe
https://abc30.com/halloween-california-trick-or-treating-mark-ghaly/7003770/

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Tuesday discouraged traditional trick or treating and parties because they pose too high of a health risk.

This is a disappointing & devastating blow to democracy. Silencing peoples' voices at a time when they are crying out fo...
10/14/2020
Supreme Court allows Trump administration to end census count early

This is a disappointing & devastating blow to democracy. Silencing peoples' voices at a time when they are crying out for change is immoral & unjustifiable. Every person counts. Every voice must be heard. We demand an accurate count for the #2020Census.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-allows-trump-administration-end-census-count-early-n1243240

Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, writing, "The harms caused by rushing this year's census count are irreparable."

I’m proud to be joined by 25 of my colleagues in seeking answers from the California Department of Public Health on the ...
10/13/2020

I’m proud to be joined by 25 of my colleagues in seeking answers from the California Department of Public Health on the recent ICE “enforcement blitz.” The health and safety of Californians is at risk in the hands of ICE and all levels of our government must give the proper oversight needed to protect all Californians from the deadly spread of COVID-19. At a time when people are being targeted, ripped away from their families, and placed into dangerous and even deadly detention settings, we must ensure all required safety steps are being followed. If health and safety regulations are being violated by ICE, we must hold them accountable. Read the letter at this link:
https://a18.asmdc.org/press-releases/20201012-bonta-and-colleagues-seek-health-information-cdph-relating-ice-enforcement

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