New law would help Oakland get guns off street

By Chip Johnson Updated 7:31 pm, Monday, October 7, 2013 In Oakland, where the smallest slight – real or imagined – can result in someone pulling out a gun, any government policy that addresses gun violence is welcomed. I saw a friend at a party over the weekend whose recent experience only bolstered concerns about […]

Rob Bonta: California’s first Fil-Am assemblyman

BY RYAN MACASERO MANILA, Philippines – Despite being home to the largest Filipino American population in the US, California never had a Filipino American legislator. Until now. Quezon City-born Rob Bonta, 41, was elected into Assembly – as the representative for California’s 18th Assembly District – in 2012. He beat Peralta Community College District Trustee […]

Buchanan, Bonta Bill To Keep San Leandro Hospital Open

By postnewsgroup Posted September 25, 2013 7:38 am Governor Brown signed AB 1008, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) last Friday, which keeps San Leandro Hospital and Alameda Hospital open by allowing Alameda Health System (AHS) to keep the current workforce and ensure continuity in retirement and other employment benefits. […]

Hospital Clears a Key Merger Hurdle

Written by Alameda Sun Published: FRIDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2013 05:12 Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System (AHS) cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1008 last Friday. Assembly members Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, co-authored […]

Oakland Pushes Back Against State Gun Laws

By Lydia O’Connor of The Huffington Post Posted: 09/18/2013 10:56 am EDT (Updated: 09/18/2013 12:39 pm EDT) California’s violence-plagued Oakland is determined to take a more active role in curbing crime, but local officials will first need the governor’s approval to exempt the city from a state law that bans the regulation of gun ownership. […]

Key hurdle to Alameda Hospital affiliation deal cleared

by Michele Ellson Monday, September 16, 2013 – 00:05 Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that addresses workers’ pensions. The bill, co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, […]


Democratic Assembly members, from left, Anthony Rendon of Lakewood, Ian Calderon, of Whittier, Rob Bonta of Alameda and Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles, huddle during the Assembly session at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Lawmakers poured over dozens of bills to complete their legislative business in order to meet the end […]

Gov. Brown signs bill allowing noncitizens as poll workers

By Patrick McGreevy | August 27, 2013 SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a measure allowing noncitizens who are permanent legal residents of the United States to serve as poll workers in California elections. Brown “clearly understands the challenges faced by the increasingly diverse voters in our state related to civic […]

California bill would let noncitizens help voters

08/09/2013 10:31:41 AM PDT SACRAMENTO — Certain immigrants who are not U.S. citizens could serve as poll workers in California under legislation heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. As many as five noncitizens could volunteer in a precinct under AB817 by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda. Those poll workers must be permanent U.S. residents who […]

BART must bargain in good faith and reach a fair agreement with workers

By Nancy Skinner, Rob Bonta and Bill Quirk – California Assembly members With a strong tradition of organized labor, we in the Bay Area are used to hearing about contract negotiations. Most of the time management and labor sit down, hammer it out and reach an agreement. So what’s up at BART? Creating difficulty during […]