Friday, June 9, 2017

As excerpted from the LA Business Journal:

“When I authored the Film Tax Credit, the most important thing that I focused on was returning good-paying jobs to California and stimulating our local economies, where filming takes place,” Bocanegra said in a statement. “However, since the program has proven successful, and jobs have returned to the Golden State, we need to make sure we have a well-trained workforce ready to assume those jobs.”

Monday, June 5, 2017

As excerpted from the Daily News:


"I have been and will continue to be an environmental justice advocate and an advocate for the health of my community. I grew up in Pacoima, an area home to working-class families who live next to freeways, an aging airport and retired landfills, and whose children go to school next to power plants. I remember as a kid how my school would cancel recesses because of bad smog and poor air quality.

These memories should never become a reality for the children of our great state. Air pollution in California is without question a problem, particularly for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, and we must address it."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

As excerpted from the Los Angeles Daily News:

"With so many economic indicators having hit crisis proportions, it should serve as a sobering wakeup call to policymakers that something is amiss. Far too many Californians are being left behind, and that is evident in nearly every part of the Los Angeles region.

Policymakers at the state and local levels must immediately prioritize and address the situation as it is: a grave threat to our social stability."

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.