Assemblymember Rob Bonta addressing the Alameda
City Council last December. PHOTO/Zac Goldstein
East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s rise to the leadership of the state party continued with his appointment as assistant majority leader. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon unveiled leadership positions and appointments to various committee chairs just before the New Year, including Bonta and a post for each member of the East Bay Democratic Assembly caucus.
“As a member of the leadership team, I will be working closely with the Speaker to move California forward and protect our values and our communities in the face of the Trump Administration. Now more than ever, California must stand as a beacon of hope and show our country a different path forward,” said Bonta, who will report to Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier).
Bonta’s elevation to the Assembly Democratic inner circle had been apparent last year despite a bid by Bonta for the speaker position eventually won by Rendon last spring.
Other appointments include Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, who received the chairmanship of the Labor and Employment Committee, and South Bay Assemblymember Kansen Chu was appointed chair of the Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee. In addition, freshman Concord Assemblymember Tim Grayson was given a seat on the Assembly Rules Committee.
Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk, a retired nuclear physicist, was appointed to the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. “The bills I will review as chair will be vast and technical, but will also have a direct impact on the health and safety of Californians,” said Quirk. “I look forward to applying my scientific background towards resolving the critical issues that will come before me in this committee.”
Although I myself am a Bay area resident, since the Los Angeles – San Diego area has drastically more population than the Bay area, I am always surprised that Southern California almost always rolls over and allows Bay area politicians to run things, and as the appointment of Rob Bonta is just one more example of.
For instance for many years SF's Willie Brown was not merely the Speaker of the California Assembly, but furthermore ran it as basically its almost unchallenged dictator, and in fact during that time many people considered him to be the state's real governor, and after Willie retired from the state legislature, the Bay area's Bill Lockyer and John Burton became far and away the most important people in the state legislature.
And nationally, the Bay area's Nancy Pelosi is far and away the most important Democrat in the House, and for awhile Dianne Feinstein was far and away the most important Democratic in the US Senate.
However since the Bay area, and especially SF, is the nation's runaway leader and trendsetter when it come to sleaze, corruption, fraud, money laundering, phony and choreographed “investigations,” and illegal backroom fixes in exchange for under the table bribes, agues it makes sense that the Bay area, and especially SF, would be the California's and the nation's real capital and power center, and not Sacramento and not Washington DC.