|Bonta in Council Race|
Published: Thursday, 18 March 2010 22:14
Alameda Health Care District board member Rob Bonta has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for the City Council.
In a statement to the Alameda Sun, Bonta said, "I am running to continue and to deepen my commitment to public service to the city of Alameda. Alameda is at a critical juncture. The decisions the city council will make in the next four years will have major impacts on the city for years to come. I will work to listen to Alamedans and to fairly represent them in those decisions in order to secure Alameda's future."
Bonta grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools throughout the area. After finishing high school, he went on to Yale where he distinguished himself enough to get a Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize. The prize is given to a student at graduation that has the "greatest dedication to and capacity for public service."
After leaving undergraduate life in 1993, Bonta received a Henry Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Oxford in England. He subsequently returned to Yale to get his Jurist Doctorate and is now a deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.
Bonta thinks he has the chops to be a council member for a number of reasons. He says, "I believe that I possess a suite of skills that enables me to be an effective leader. These skills include the ability to work effectively with others, including different cross-sections of the community along with the ability to collaborate and work toward win-win situations through an understanding of human behavior and motivation.
Bonta also told the Sun that he has ability and willingness to listen coupled with the willingness to support good ideas and initiatives for the city regardless of the source. He also points to his dedication to and experience with public service, in both the government, non-profit, and grassroots spheres."
Bonta said that if he is elected he will "work to maintain and enhance the high quality of life we have in Alameda."
"I will promote fiscal responsibility and financial sustainability for Alameda and support smart, high-quality economic development," he told the Sun.
He said that he believes that the development of Alameda Point must go forward in a way that "maximizes community input," while also being sensitive to the city's current financial problems and in a way that "enhances the quality of life for all Alamedans." Bonta will also work to keep more local business on the island, increase sales tax revenue for the city, promote public health and support working families.