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.

05/30/2020

Had a great time talking to all of the curious, bright, & clever students at Leal Elementary about one of my personal heroes, Larry Itliong, and the contribution of Filipino farmworkers to California. My bills, AB 7 and AB 123 established Larry Itliong Day (Oct. 25) in California and made learning about the contributions of immigrants and Filipino Americans to the farm labor movement a requirement in schools. Representation matters. Leaders who look like you matter. You’re not just the leaders of tomorrow – you’re the leaders of today! #APIHM

Join me on Wednesday (6/3) from 3-4 p.m. as my office hosts a virtual town hall on unemployment benefits and small busin...
05/30/2020

Join me on Wednesday (6/3) from 3-4 p.m. as my office hosts a virtual town hall on unemployment benefits and small business resources. I will be joined by an EDD representative as well as Steve Dial, CEO of AnewAmerica to answer your questions and provide helpful information. You can view the Town Hall here on my page (@RobBontaCA) or you can listen by calling 1 (669) 900-6833; Webinar ID: 988 4781 6091 Password: 673206.
Please submit EDD and small business related questions you would like answered during the Town Hall to [email protected] before Monday, June 1 at 4 p.m.

Black and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. These inequities are unacceptable. ...
05/30/2020
Black and Latino Californians hit hard by coronavirus | CalMatters

Black and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. These inequities are unacceptable. My COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force is committed to breaking down longstanding systemic racism to ensure our communities of color have access to trusted, safe, and culturally intelligent resources needed to stay healthy. We will get through this together or not at all!

https://calmatters.org/news/2020/05/coronavirus-blacks-african-americans-latinos-tracing-testing/

Public health officials face trust barriers in coronavirus testing and contact tracing among the state's communities of color.

With California’s increased testing capacity comes an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, the ratio of pos...
05/30/2020

With California’s increased testing capacity comes an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, the ratio of positive tests to all tests administered remains at 4.1% across the state and 4.5% in Alameda County. Black and Latino communities continue to have higher rates of infection. As a co-chair of the COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force, I remain dedicated to eliminating the dangerous racial inequities so apparent in healthcare.

As we cautiously transition out of shelter-in-place, let’s continue to work as a community to keep each other safe. Follow CDC guidelines diligently and look out for your County’s advisories on rules for reopening, local health conditions, and best practices! #StaySafe #CaliforniaStrong

Thank you to Bay Rising, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, and AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education...
05/30/2020

Thank you to Bay Rising, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, and AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund for hosting a timely and necessary discussion on election reform and the need to increase language access and voter education. Meaningful reform and accessible, diverse resources are key to promoting full voter participation as we exercise our democratic rights while protecting our public health!

Good health is a key determinant of educational success. Additional investments to support public health are crucial - s...
05/29/2020
Exclusive: California's draft guidelines for reopening schools include costly and long to-do list

Good health is a key determinant of educational success. Additional investments to support public health are crucial - schools simply cannot keep doing more with less. As schools transition back to in-person instruction, we must ensure that they have the resources they need to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, educators, and staff to return to.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Exclusive-State-s-draft-guidelines-for-reopening-15301163.php#photo-19468134

The preliminary guidelines for reopening schools are a largely unattainable to-do list given budget constraints, school officials say.

Healthcare, regardless of whether or not you are incarcerated, is a human right. I am proud to author AB 732, which woul...
05/29/2020
Commentary: Incarcerated pregnant women should be guaranteed a standard of care | CalMatters

Healthcare, regardless of whether or not you are incarcerated, is a human right. I am proud to author AB 732, which would make high-quality pregnancy and reproductive care a standard across all state and county jails. Pregnancy is not without its challenges and difficulties and no one should have to give birth in chains. All women deserve dignity!

https://calmatters.org/commentary/pregnant-women-in-prisons-and-jails-should-be-guaranteed-a-minimum-standard-of-care/

More than 50 organizations support AB 732, which requires a consistent standard of pregnancy and reproductive care for incarcerated people.

This Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I want to give a special shout-out to the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Comme...
05/29/2020

This Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I want to give a special shout-out to the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Greater Oakland Chapter, AREAA Greater East Bay Chapter and all of our #API community organizations for the successful launch of their 4-week meal delivery program for frontline workers! There is strength in community and joy in giving back. To all of our essential workers and community volunteers – we thank you!

05/29/2020
Rob Bonta

ICYMI: Great conversation with Rick Welts, President of the Golden State Warriors on working from home, community involvement, and the latest news on the return of basketball! Check it out!

Deeply appreciate my conversation with Rick Welts, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors as we discussed community-oriented service during COVID-19, working from home, and the latest on the return of NBA Basketball!

05/29/2020

Deeply appreciate my conversation with Rick Welts, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors as we discussed community-oriented service during COVID-19, working from home, and the latest on the return of NBA Basketball!

05/28/2020
5/29 Virtual Walk & Talk: Assembly Member Bonta & EBRPD Board President Corbett

Our East Bay Parks are a true treasure! Please join me for the East Bay Regional Park District Virtual Walk & Talk in the park this Friday at 3pm w/ EBRPD Board President Ellen Corbett & Supervising Naturalist James Frank. Click on this link to watch live Friday at 3pm or watch later: https://youtu.be/bAkrGMvVyKU

Join a Virtual Walk and Talk with Assembly Member Rob Bonta and East Bay Regional Park District Board President Ellen Corbett at Robert W. Crown Memorial Sta...

05/28/2020

In today’s Regular Video Update, the California State Assembly meets in a historic Committee of the Whole to discuss our $54B budget deficit; the statewide stay-at-home order is modified so places of worship, barbershops, and beauty salons can begin to re-open; and with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Alameda has surpassed Santa Clara for the most in the Bay Area— let’s stay disciplined and not lose the progress we’ve made together, folks!

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the Bay Area. Alameda County has confirmed more new cases in the past week, surpas...
05/28/2020
Coronavirus cases on the rise across the Bay Area, especially in Alameda County

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the Bay Area. Alameda County has confirmed more new cases in the past week, surpassing Santa Clara County as the hardest-hit in the region.

As we adapt to this “new normal,” we must always do what is best for our public health. Continue to practice physical distancing, use face masks to cover your mouth and nose when around others, wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes, and follow CDC guidelines. With everyone doing their part, we can get through this!

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Coronavirus-cases-on-the-rise-across-the-Bay-15296281.php?t=28ddbe0e1f

A handful of Bay Area counties, and Alameda in particular, have backslid on new cases of COVID-19 and Alameda County has surpassed Santa Clara County as the hardest-hit spot in the region.

05/28/2020

Join me Thursday, May 28 at 6pm for a conversation with Rick Welts, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Golden State Warriors to discuss community-oriented service during COVID-19.

Honored to stand with our essential workers and SEIU California today!  Our workers are not expendable! Instead of just ...
05/27/2020

Honored to stand with our essential workers and SEIU California today! Our workers are not expendable! Instead of just gut-wrenching budget cuts, we must pursue additional revenue enhancements. Our heroes on the frontlines shouldn't be further harmed in CA's #COVID19 economic recovery!

I fully agree that the Green New Deal is a bold, game-changing policy that’s needed now more than ever! It’s more than o...
05/27/2020
The Green New Deal Is More Relevant Than Ever

I fully agree that the Green New Deal is a bold, game-changing policy that’s needed now more than ever! It’s more than one bill or one year’s work. It’s a roadmap and blueprint for ongoing policy and program implementation that I will continue to work on with our growing California coalition of labor, environmental, social justice leaders and beyond!

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-green-new-deal-is-more-relevant-than-ever/

The four interconnected crises now challenging the U.S. call for radical economic restructuring

05/27/2020
Asm. Bonta Addresses Need to Reduce Impact of State Budget Cut

Facing an estimated $54B budget deficit, the Assembly convened today in a historic Committee of the Whole to discuss our fiscal outlook and options for balancing our budget. A society should be judged on how it treats its most vulnerable-- our sick, poor, seniors, children, homeless, etc. With the prospect of devastating cuts that would hurt our most vulnerable Californians, I urged us to thoughtfully, responsibly and deliberatively explore our options for increasing revenue. This is how we can protect Californians teetering on the edge and barely hanging on-- including many of our frontline workers who have risked so much to feed us, teach our children, and keep us healthy, safe, and, in many cases, alive during this pandemic.

Today, Governor Newsom announced hair salons and barbershops could reopen in the 47 of 58 counties that have submitted t...
05/27/2020
Newsom lifts California ban on barbershops, hair salons

Today, Governor Newsom announced hair salons and barbershops could reopen in the 47 of 58 counties that have submitted the required documentation to the state. These orders do not apply to Alameda County at this time, as Alameda and other SF Bay Area counties as well as Los Angeles have not filed requests to move further into reopening. Meanwhile, CA will release guidelines Wednesday outlining practices for the safe return of summer camps and additional child care centers. Guidelines for the return of the TV/Film industry could be released later this week. And everyone should continue to practice physical distancing and wear a mask when in public. https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/05/26/newsom-lifts-california-ban-on-barbshops-hair-salons-1286766

The 47 counties do not include Los Angeles or several in the San Francisco Bay Area, which have not filed requests to move further in reopening.

With a projected $54B budget deficit in CA, we face the prospect of devastating cuts that would hurt our most vulnerable...
05/26/2020

With a projected $54B budget deficit in CA, we face the prospect of devastating cuts that would hurt our most vulnerable, those who need it most. Revenue enhancements can reduce the damage and help those most in need. Please share your revenue ideas with me! Here are a couple to get you started: a vaping tax, an online sports wagering tax, a corporate income tax, and/or a millionaire’s tax. We need to invest in-- not cut from-- our frontline communities who have risked so much to keep us safe. In this time of need for so many, we should consider stepped-up contributions from those who have benefited the most from California’s economy. What would you suggest?

California released new coronavirus health guidance for religious services today.Houses of worship must limit total atte...
05/25/2020
California limits church capacity to 25% for reopening, adds other restrictions

California released new coronavirus health guidance for religious services today.

Houses of worship must limit total attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity and no longer pass around offering plates, in addition to taking other precautions.

Your thoughts?

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-25/california-churches-coronavirus-guidance

California has released new coronavirus health guidance for religious services, limiting total attendance to 25% of a building's capacity.

My great-greats were officers in the Revolutionary War.  My grandfather served in World War I.  My great uncle in World ...
05/25/2020

My great-greats were officers in the Revolutionary War.

My grandfather served in World War I.

My great uncle in World War II.

Thank you to them and to all who gave their lives for our country and our freedom.

This is why I’m Co-Chairing the COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force.‬‪We need to address the underlying racial health...
05/25/2020
Harvard Researchers Find 'Inequality On Top Of Inequality' In COVID-19 Deaths

This is why I’m Co-Chairing the COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force.‬

‪We need to address the underlying racial health disparities and provide support and resources to our most vulnerable communities.‬

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/22/861008750/harvard-researchers-find-inequality-on-top-of-inequality-in-covid-19-deaths

By studying the number of all current deaths compared to those in previous years, researchers have found that high-poverty, crowded areas where people of color live have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Good move by University of California to completely divest from all fossil fuels.  If the existential threat of climate ...
05/25/2020
UC becomes nation's largest university to divest fully from fossil fuels

Good move by University of California to completely divest from all fossil fuels.

If the existential threat of climate change doesn’t move you, the declining economic prospects of fossil fuels should.

Others should do the same.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-19/uc-fossil-fuel-divest-climate-change

The University of California has fully divested from all fossil fuels, the nation's largest university to do so as pressure grows at Harvard, Stanford and other campuses to join the fight against climate change.

Friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers, loved ones.  Real people.  Real lives cut short.  True human loss.
05/24/2020

Friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers, loved ones.

Real people.

Real lives cut short.

True human loss.

05/24/2020

A visit to Alameda’s waterfront and the USS Hornet reemphasized our city’s proud naval history and the great sacrifice our service men and women have made over the years to protect our freedom.

This Memorial Day we honor and remember those sacrifices.

My sincerest Eid Mubarak to all Muslims in Assembly District 18 and across the Bay Area and California!As you commemorat...
05/24/2020

My sincerest Eid Mubarak to all Muslims in Assembly District 18 and across the Bay Area and California!

As you commemorate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting and increased introspection, I hope you are able to celebrate this special occasion with joy!
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to our Muslim community members for your dedication to our communities by giving in increased charity and service during this month, especially now when it is needed more than ever. I am also grateful to the many Muslims in our district for continuing to serve on the frontlines while fasting during Ramadan. Your commitment to your faith, your professions, and to your communities year-round does not go unnoticed, and during Ramadan and this pandemic it is a particular reminder of how our faith traditions of service and selflessness enrich our communities and our state.

This challenging time has kept us all away from our places of worship, and from socializing in the ways that we are used to, especially when celebrating joyous moments like Eid. I am very sorry that you are unable to celebrate Eid in the ways you normally would at mosques, but I hope you are able to find creative means to connect with your loved ones and community to celebrate the spirit of Eid this weekend.

Wishing you all a happy, safe and healthy Eid ul-Fitr! Eid Mubarak!

On #HarveyMilkDay, we remember Harvey’s legacy of fighting for human & civil rights, justice, and a better world.  He ga...
05/23/2020
Reflecting on the enduring legacy of Harvey Milk on his 90th birthday

On #HarveyMilkDay, we remember Harvey’s legacy of fighting for human & civil rights, justice, and a better world.

He gave us hope and continues to inspire us.

Thank you Harvey!

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Reflecting-on-the-enduring-legacy-of-Harvey-Milk-15287793.php

Most remember the late Harvey Milk for his passionate advocacy for what is now called the LGBTQ community, but his commitment and influence went far beyond that. He would have turned 90 on May 22, 2020.

So far, 43 of California’s 58 counties have been approved to move deeper into Phase 2 of the state’s stay-at-home order ...
05/23/2020

So far, 43 of California’s 58 counties have been approved to move deeper into Phase 2 of the state’s stay-at-home order modification plan. As California makes this progress, please remember to stay safe this Memorial Day Weekend! We could see a rise in cases if people stop practicing physical distancing or don’t wear masks. The virus is still spreading. When you go outside, health experts say you should stay in your local area, and don’t expand your social circle beyond people in the household to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Let’s all continue to practice personal responsibility for everyone’s wellbeing.

Mosques, synagogues, churches and other places of worship play an important and valuable role in the lives of millions o...
05/23/2020
Gov. Newsom: Guidelines for safely reopening California churches coming Monday

Mosques, synagogues, churches and other places of worship play an important and valuable role in the lives of millions of Californians. The Governor said today that places of worship will soon be able to resume in-person services. The state is just a few days away from releasing guidelines with safety protocols.

https://www.10news.com/news/gov-newsom-guidelines-for-safely-reopening-california-churches-coming

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is working on guidelines and safety measures for the reopening of places of worship, and those regulations are expected to be issued on Monday.

Thank you U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for raising your voice with me to reject Anti-AAPI intolerance, intimidation, and h...
05/23/2020
Sen. Harris and Assemblymember Bonta: Standing up for the AAPI community amid America’s leadership crisis

Thank you U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for raising your voice with me to reject Anti-AAPI intolerance, intimidation, and hate. This is reprehensible and inexcusable!

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...

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