Friday, March 17, 2017

As excerpted from San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“Today’s announcement means that in the first three months of this year, the tax credit program is responsible for creating more than 8,400 good-paying, below-the-line jobs in California,” added state Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), who authored the $330 million-per-year 2.0 bill and recently introduced legislation to fund more entertainment job-training programs. “The tax credit is working, and California is winning the fight against runaway production.”

The CFC estimates the $57.3 million tax credits reserved for the latest 15 qualifying shows will generate $620 million worth of in-state spending, $235 million of which will cover over 4,400 crew and cast member jobs.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

As exerpted from

California state Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Ian Calderon today introduced legislation aimed at building the state’s below-the-line workforce by increasing funding for entertainment industry job-training programs. The proposed legislation, AB 1664, would increase funding by $1 million for current hands-on training programs geared towards high school and community college students that are run by entertainment unions.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PACOIMA >> Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, introduced a bill Wednesday to name a portion of Interstate 5 after San Fernando Valley native son and rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens.

Bocanegra’s ACR 23 calls for the portion of Interstate 5 between the 170 and 118 freeways to be renamed “The Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway” in honor of the late rocker, who is most famous for his hit “La Bamba.”

Friday, January 27, 2017

A proposed California law seeks to ensure that a person who uses false documents to conceal their citizenship status faces the same punishment as a person who uses a fake driver's license.

The legislation by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) would amend the penal code to make both crimes “wobblers," meaning prosecutors would have the discretion to charge suspects in such cases with either felony offenses or lower-level misdemeanors.

Monday, January 9, 2017

In light of an "alarming spike in hate crimes," which even spooked the OC Human Relations Commission into mounting its #HateFreeOC campaign last month, a state legislator has introduced a bill aimed at listing every hate crime and criminal who perpetrates one for public inspection.

On Thursday, the first day of the 2017-18 Legislative Session in Sacramento, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced AB 39 that would establish the California Hate Crimes Registry.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

California legislation began their session on January 5, one lawmaker wants to create a hate crime registry.

January 5 marks the first day of the California Legislative Session and Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando Valley) put forth a bill that would require the names of people convicted of hate violence, and their crimes, to be made public via a California Hate Crimes Registry.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Balmeet Singh wears a turban in public and is a member of the Sikh faith. Police arrested a man in September who they say committed a hate crime by threatening Singh, throwing a drink on Singh and asking Singh if he intended to blow up the country.

"Members of the Sikh community, as well as other communities, came forward and spoke to me about similar incidents that had happened to them here in Bakersfield and in Kern County," said Singh.