Raul Bocanegra was elected to represent the 39th District in the California State Assembly. The district includes the communities of Agua Dulce, Canyon Country, Newhall, Santa Clarita, the Los Angeles communities of Arleta, Granada Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga, Sylmar, and the City of San Fernando.
Raul was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended local schools in the 39th Assembly District. After earning his Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at UCLA, he went to work as a top aide for then-Los Angeles City Councilmember Alex Padilla, and championed job creation efforts, and much needed economic investments to the northeast San Fernando Valley. Raul would go onto to help establish the San Fernando Valley Financial Development and the Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union, which have brought in over $100 million in additional investments and new economic opportunities for the region.
During his first term in the Assembly, Raul worked in a bipartisan fashion to successfully pass legislation that addressed key issues, such as increasing the minimum wage, removing barriers to accessing affordable healthcare for women and working families, and revamping public schools with programs that give students the skills they need to success in today’s workforce.
Raul also chaired the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and was tasked with making financial decisions that would greatly impact citizens of California. He used this position to help balance our state’s budget, cracking down on those cheating the tax code, and protecting critical programs from future recessions through creation of the State’s Rainy Day Savings Fund. Raul played a key role in the leadership team that passed a budget that was on-time and with a surplus in more than a decade.
One of Raul’s signature pieces of legislation was AB 1839, the California Film and Television Job Retention Act, which is estimated to have generated over $4 billion in economic growth and brought thousands of jobs back to California. He also audited the Los Angeles Department Water & Power over their troubled computer billing system.
Raul understands that direct community outreach at the local level is critical for positive change. He helped establish neighborhood “block clubs” to improve public safety, and used his Urban Planning background to teach students at UCLA, CSU Long Beach, and CSU Northridge in their nationally-renowned Urban Studies and Planning Department.