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January 6, 2021

Making moves

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Folks we may have a special election soon to pick a replacement representative if Assemblymember Rob Bonta is selected to replace Attorney General (incoming HHS Secretary) Xavier Becerra.

Shortly before Christmas, the Sacramento Bee had a short article about the endorsement list building for Rob Bonta, a snip:

A number of criminal justice advocacy groups also announced their support for Bonta on Tuesday, citing his leadership in the Assembly fighting to outlaw private prisons, end cash bail and reform sentencing laws.

And I just saw this come up on Twitter which may appear that Rob Bonta is starting to look beyond the political realm for those public endorsements.

Some other people rumored to be on the list of contenders:

On the AG list are frontrunner San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera; Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton; Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg; Assembly members Rob Bonta of Alameda, David Chiu of San Francisco, and Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego; and Rick Chavez Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California.

But given how Southern California heavy Gavin Newsom’s appointments have been: Alex Padilla (Los Angeles) to the Senate seat, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (San Diego) to the vacated Secretary of State role it would make sense to balance out those picks with some Northern California representation. And there are a few people on that list. Much like Rob Bonta was California’s first Filipino American state legislator he would also, if selected, be California’s first Filipino American Attorney General.


  1. Can anyone refresh my memory how one gets on ballot for Assembly special election? Is there a primary?

    Comment by dave — January 6, 2021 @ 7:13 am

  2. Sigh…as the world watches the Chinese arrest and imprison all the Hong Kong activists, and caravans of immigrants resume marching to the border anticipating a Biden administration, Bonta repeating his disappearing act after one “accomplishment” – proposing to raise taxes to a nation leading 16.8% and to tax Californians for 10 years AFTER they leave the State. Quite a resume…

    Maybe he can prosecute the $Billions that Newsom’s incompetent California Employment Development Department sent to convicts in our state and now in other states….

    Too bad Hilaria Baldwin lives in NY. She would make a perfect replacement.

    As Kamala said in the story she plagiarized from Dr. King:


    Comment by Nowyouknow — January 6, 2021 @ 7:38 am

  3. Can we get Trish to run for this seat to finally get her madness out of Alameda?

    Comment by Sleepy Moe — January 6, 2021 @ 8:06 am

  4. Van Jones endorsed Rob B – who seems to have a very good chance – a few days ago. Without getting too categorical or sweeping here, Van Jones’ endorsement was distinguished from most of the stories I have read, which tend to go more like this one in today’s Politico:

    A GAY AG? — California’s Legislative LGBTQ Caucus is pressing Newsom to appoint California’s first openly gay attorney general, floating two names: Rick Zbur, who heads LGBTQ powerhouse Equality California and is already running to be Los Angeles city attorney; and state Sen. Scott Wiener. The caucus’s letter makes the case that Newsom, who famously gave out same-sex marriage licenses as mayor of San Francisco, has “an opportunity to make history once again.” Of course, Newsom getting to make that appointment is dependent on current AG Xavier Becerra getting confirmed as Health and Human Services Secretary — and that hinges largely on the Georgia Senate races.

    Comment by MP — January 6, 2021 @ 10:34 am

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