2022 East Bay Candidate List

The field for the ultra-competitive 18th Assembly District special election this year is beginning to shape up. Here's the announced and potential candidates.

Bonta ‘food as medicine’ bill passes Assembly Health Committee

A bill to create a pilot program for some Medi-Cal recipients in Alameda County to receive healthy food was unanimously approved this week by the Assembly Health Committee. The legislation, sponsored by East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, envisions a “food as medicine” approach to help lower-income Alameda County residents who are struggling with chronic ailments, … Continue reading Bonta ‘food as medicine’ bill passes Assembly Health Committee

Bonta leads ‘community clap’ for healthcare, grocery workers

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COVID-19: Bonta calls for release of low-risk prisoners who can’t afford bail

East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta coauthored landmark legislation two years ago to abolish California's money bail system. In the past, criminal suspects who could not afford to pay bail while awaiting trial were held in jail. Many who can't afford bail or low-income residents and minorities. Senate Bill 10, coauthored wth Southern California state Sen. … Continue reading COVID-19: Bonta calls for release of low-risk prisoners who can’t afford bail

East Bay Insiders – Episode 16 – Election Day special with Rob Bonta

Eighteenth District Assemblymember Rob Bonta is upset about insults hurled against him recently by East Bay Insiders co-host Shawn Wilson. "I thought he was my friend," a downtrodden Bonta said. In this Election Day special podcast, Bonta discusses his California Green New Deal legislation, pedestrian safety in Alameda, and the recent firing of Oakland's police … Continue reading East Bay Insiders – Episode 16 – Election Day special with Rob Bonta

Bonta backs Steyer for president

East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta is endorsing billionaire Tom Steyer for president, it was announced Wednesday. Bonta, who represents Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro in the Assembly, lauded Steyer for his leadership in standing up to Big Oil, along with a belief that Steyer can beat President Trump on the issue of the economy. "Tom … Continue reading Bonta backs Steyer for president

Bonta on for-profit prisons

They are trying to circumvent the will of the people of California.-Assemblymember Rob Bonta, responding to news reports that U.S. Homeland Security is attempting to negotiate contracts with for-profits prisons providers in advance of the law he authored that bans them in California going into effect on Jan. 1.

A’s ballpark bill comes before Assembly committee Monday

An Assembly bill that could aid a future exchange of trust lands for a new Oakland Athletics waterfront ballpark, faces its first legislative hurdle Monday. Assembly Bill 1191 comes before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday morning, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Sacramento. The bill, introduced by Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta, follows a media … Continue reading A’s ballpark bill comes before Assembly committee Monday

Bonta on Oakland OUSD state loan

I like to introduce bills that pass.—Assemblymember Rob Bonta during an Oakland City Council meeting April 16 when asked to propose legislation to waive the remainder of the Oakland Unified School District's original $100 million loan. STORY HERE

Bonta says legislation to waive Oakland USD state loan debt is a non-starter

When Assemblymember Rob Bonta spoke in support of a proposal last Tuesday for Oakland officials to begin collecting a controversial parcel tax to fund early education, Council President Rebecca Kaplan put him on the spot about another pressing financial issue for Oakland students. After concluding his remarks at the April 16 Oakland council meeting, Kaplan … Continue reading Bonta says legislation to waive Oakland USD state loan debt is a non-starter

City Hall Tip-Sheet: Jan. 25-31— Housing crisis solutions take center stage

>A moratorium on businesses that exploit the poor HAYWARD — Special council meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: Feb 5. -MORATORIUM WORK SESSION- Some Hayward officials worry about an over-saturation of massage parlors, tobacco and vaping retail establishments, check cashing businesses, fast food restaurants, and alcohol establishments in the city. … Continue reading City Hall Tip-Sheet: Jan. 25-31— Housing crisis solutions take center stage

Double-booked: East Bay Dems caught between attending Harris rally or voting in delegate elections

Kamala Harris's campaign for president decided to make its big announcement last Monday and hope the news has legs nearly a week later at this Sunday's rally in Oakland. The roll out does not make especially good use of the momentum Harris's campaign appears to have gained earlier this week. The campaign quickly raised $1.5 … Continue reading Double-booked: East Bay Dems caught between attending Harris rally or voting in delegate elections

Bonta offers resolution opposing Trump’s latest attack on immigrants

A Trump administration proposed rule change that would greatly affect immigrants in California and elsewhere is being met by opposition from East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and other Alameda County officials. On the first day of the new legislative calendar Tuesday Bonta offered a concurrent resolution condemning the Trump administration's proposal to change the definition … Continue reading Bonta offers resolution opposing Trump’s latest attack on immigrants

A’s CEQA bill sent to suspense file

Bonta's AB 734 is expected to return to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday

ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL D1 For the better part of the last year, San Leandro political parlor talk has been constantly included speculation over whether San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy is interested in running for office this November. Any office, actually. Cassidy, whether intentional or not, has politlcal watchers in The 'Dro so off-balance that … Continue reading ELECTIONLINE: Cassidy watch in San Leandro; Beckles endorsement; AD18 candidate wants to shrink Alameda Fire