Costa-Hawkins repeal bill fails in committee; Bonta votes yes

Assemblymember Rob Bonta at a Housingand Development Committee hearing Thursday in Sacramento.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAssemblymember Rob Bonta, and throngs of rental housing advocates from Oakland, Alameda and across the state, were ready for a fight Thursday in favor of an Assembly bill that would have repealed a more than two decades-old state law that restricts rent control … Continue reading Costa-Hawkins repeal bill fails in committee; Bonta votes yes

Bonta bail reform bill may cost ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’

Assemblymember Rob Bonta during a PublicSafety Committee hearing in April.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTA legislative analysis of East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s widely-watched bail reform bill estimates its costs will run in the “hundreds of millions of dollars” in state reimbursements for counties to establish and administer the proposed pretrial services agency.Bonta’s Assembly Bill 42 seeks to … Continue reading Bonta bail reform bill may cost ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’

Bonta’s landmark bail reform bill passes Assembly committee

Assemblymember Rob Bonta addressing theAssembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTLegislation that would greatly reform the state's money bail system passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday. The bill, authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, would limit those arrested from posting bail as a condition of their release. Assembly Bill 42 also seeks to … Continue reading Bonta’s landmark bail reform bill passes Assembly committee

Bonta’s bill to help public defenders better represent undocumented immigrants passes committee

Assemblymember Rob Bonta appearing Tuesdaybefore the Assembly Public Safety Committtee.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAn assembly bill that would increase training and resources for public defenders in order to represent undocumented immigrants passed its first step legislative step Tuesday. The Assembly Public Safety Committee approved the bill authored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, 4-0.It moves on for … Continue reading Bonta’s bill to help public defenders better represent undocumented immigrants passes committee

Bonta named Assistant Majority Leader

Assemblymember Rob Bonta addressing the AlamedaCity Council last December. PHOTO/Zac GoldsteinASSEMBLY |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 … Continue reading Bonta named Assistant Majority Leader

Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

State Sen. Loni Hancock addressing the AssemblyTransportation Committee on Monday.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |It appears coal won't be traveling through a port terminal in the East Bay for the foreseeable future and state Sen. Loni Hancock hopes legislation prevents others from building new coal terminals if they seek state funding for the project.Hancock's bill, … Continue reading Loni Hancock’s Oakland-inspired coal bill passes Assembly committee

Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

Assemblymember Catharine Baker voted againstan amendment to move four assault weapon billsfor a vote in the near future.ASSEMBLY | 16TH DISTRICT |In the wake of the Orlando tragedy and a full-throated protest by House Democrats this week calling for Republicans to allow a vote on gun-related legislation, there is great pressure from the public for … Continue reading Catharine Baker wanted to head off a vote on four bills to regulate assault weapons

Quirk bill to dissolve Eden Health District moves forward

Assemblymember Bill Quirk's legislation todissolve the Eden Health District passed anAssembly committee May 4.ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT |A bill with the stated intent of dissolving the East Bay’s Eden Health District passed an Assembly committee last week, but not without the publicly-elected body charging the legislation undermines local control.Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk, the author of … Continue reading Quirk bill to dissolve Eden Health District moves forward

Legislation prodding Eden Health District to spend more on services passes Assembly committee

Assemblymember Rob Bonta's AB 2737 is oneof two bills involving the Eden Health District.EDEN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT |The future of the Eden Health District is again being threatened. Legislation authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta that intends to force the public agency to spend at least 80 percent of its operating budget on health care services passed … Continue reading Legislation prodding Eden Health District to spend more on services passes Assembly committee

Repercussions for Bonta’s failed bid for speaker; he loses powerful chairmanship

Assemblymember Rob Bonta gets a downgradeas new chair of public employees committee.PHOTO/Steven TavaresASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | There are rewards and inherent risks when elected officials seek to expand their power. On Thursday, Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta felt the sting of his unsuccessful bid for assembly speaker.New Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, following up his swearing-in … Continue reading Repercussions for Bonta’s failed bid for speaker; he loses powerful chairmanship

Swanson uses past loss of chairmanship to highlight his progressive cred

Sandre Swanson and Nancy Skinner agree on mostissues, but he's hoping East Bay Democrats find himmore principled in his approach.STATE SENATE | 9TH DISTRICT |In 2009, Sandre Swanson, then an assemblymember representing Oakland and Alameda, bucked his party's push to pass a heavily negotiated spending measure to close a staggering $41 billion budget deficit. Then-Assembly … Continue reading Swanson uses past loss of chairmanship to highlight his progressive cred

Quirk’s cell tower bill, backed by wireless industry, passes Assembly committee

Assemblymember Bill Quirk presenting his billWednesday to the Assembly Local GovernmentCommittee in Sacramento.ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | Legislation offered by Hayward Assemblymember Bill Quirk and sponsored by a host of powerful wireless telecommunication companies, will take away local control of often-contentious applications for cell phone towers, opponents of the bill told members of the Assembly … Continue reading Quirk’s cell tower bill, backed by wireless industry, passes Assembly committee

Rob Bonta and ‘The Dude’ team up on ‘Breakfast Before the Bell’ bill

Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Jeff Bridgesare teaming up to help California school children.ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | If legislation seeks to improve the nutrition of California’s school children, “The Dude abides.”A bill authored by East Bay Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Tony Thurmond hopes to provide school children greater access to breakfast before the beginning of … Continue reading Rob Bonta and ‘The Dude’ team up on ‘Breakfast Before the Bell’ bill

Sen. Loni Hancock retains public safety committee chair

State Sen. Loni HancockSTATE LEGISLATURE | The East Bay’s two state senators will be busy this session. State Sens. Loni Hancock and Bob Wieckowski will each chair a standing committee, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon announced Tuesday.Hancock, who will be termed out in 2016, will retain the chair the Senate Public Safety Committee … Continue reading Sen. Loni Hancock retains public safety committee chair

Bonta chosen to lead two Assembly committees; Quirk to chair public safety

Bonta will add the powerful Health Committeechairmanship in January.ASSEMBLY | Assemblymember Rob Bonta will be pulling double-duty as chairperson of two committees starting in January.Among the roster of chairmanships announced Wednesday by Speaker Toni Atkins, Bonta retained his position on the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee while adding the powerful Health Committee.Bonta’s position as … Continue reading Bonta chosen to lead two Assembly committees; Quirk to chair public safety