Rob Bonta

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The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee celebrated its 16th annual Spring Festival on Saturday with dances, martial arts demonstrations and this performance by the Lincoln Middle School band. Donna Eyestone captured the flavor the festivities in this video.

Bills that would revamp the community college accreditation process and permit worker cooperatives are among the nearly two dozen proposed so far by Alameda Assemblyman Rob Bonta during the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session.

The 22 pieces of legislation that Bonta, who has announced he plans to run for re-election this fall, has introduced since February include bills that seeks to boost the amount of produce available to people living in "food deserts," grant the Oakland Unified School District more time to sell surplus property to help pay off a $100 million loan from the state and grant union-friendly changes to bargaining rules.

Candidates for an array of local races are beginning to stake their claims for a place on the November ballot.

A view of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. Contributed photo.

Crews clean up the Oakland/Alameda Estuary. Photo by Jeff Heyman.

Veteran seaman Fred Joyce said he goes to the Oakland Yacht Club to share sailing and racing stories with friends like Jim Jessie, a club member for more than 50 years, and Christa Schreiber. All three agreed there’s something special about the Oakland Yacht Club, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Updated at 8:57 a.m. Thursday, October 24

Assemblyman Rob Bonta closed his first session in the statehouse with new laws that benefit public unions facing contract impasses, allow green card holders to work the polls and ensure Californians do more to learn about and honor Filipino Americans. But other efforts, including a bill to require the state’s prisons to provide condoms to inmates, were dealt a gubernatorial veto.

Governor Jerry Brown signed eight of the 21 bills that Alameda’s former vice mayor put forward during his first session in the state Assembly, and vetoed three. Others were pulled by Bonta or stalled in legislative committees.

Efforts to combine the operations of struggling Alameda and San Leandro hospitals with the public Alameda Health System cleared what proponents called a critical hurdle on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that addresses workers’ pensions.

A pair of bills from local Assemblyman Rob Bonta that would cut election costs for a pair of municipal utility districts and lower fees for large credit unions that are chartered by the state have been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

The first bill, AB 408, allows the East Bay Municipal Utility District and Sacramento Municipal Utility District to appoint new members in cases where only one person’s name would appear on a ballot for the office or when no one applies.

The state Senate is set to consider a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, that would allow non-citizens to serve as poll workers during elections, which its supporters say will increase voter access for non-English speakers.

If passed by the Senate, Bonta's AB 817 would allow green card holders to work at the polls and provide language assistance services on Election Day. Current law bars nonvoters from working the polls on election days; legal permanent residents lack the right to vote.

Contributed photo.

A bill co-authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta that would levy taxes on ammunition to help fund public safety services in violence-plagued communities and also, children’s mental health services, has cleared one Assembly committee and is headed to another.