ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Wednesday was a day for Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta and other state legislators to return to work for the first session of the New Year.

But for Bonta, there was some unfinished business to tend to, remembering the 36 artists and musicians killed in last month’s Oakland warehouse fire.

Bonta adjourned Wednesday’s Assembly floor session by reading aloud the names of those killed in the blaze.

“These are souls we lost. We offer our condolences to their family and their friends,” said Bonta. “May their creativity and their commitment to the arts live on through all those who knew them.”

He added questions about building safety and code enforcement, along with additional affordable housing will be posed after the fallout of the tragedy.