Dedication to serving the San Fernando Valley
As an educator, community leader, non-profit board member, and State Legislator, Raul has spent the past two decades working to improve the quality of life for Valley families. He has helped local small businesses grow, improved public safety, protected after-school programs, expanded healthcare access to thousands of working families, delivered balanced budgets, and authored legislation that has created good family supporting jobs in the Valley.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Raul attended local public schools before earning a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. Shortly after college, Raul’s career of service to the families of Northeast San Fernando Valley began.
While serving as a top aide to former Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, Raul helped implement numerous successful projects resulting in new job creation and much needed economic investment in the Valley. Raul spearheaded the creation of the San Fernando Valley Financial Development Corporation and the Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union. Together, these institutions have helped generate more than $100 million in investment in the San Fernando Valley, creating or protecting thousands of jobs and providing local small businesses the resources to grow. He also led the effort to redevelop the Price Pfister property into Plaza Pacoima, a LEED gold certified project, which has helped to generate hundreds of good-paying jobs in the heart of the Valley.
In the State Legislature, Raul earned a reputation as consensus builder and problem solver who helped pass important legislation including raising the state minimum wage, improving access to Medi-Cal services for women, modernizing the public school curriculum to better prepare students for jobs in growing industries like technology and healthcare, and expanding access to affordable health care services for millions of working families.
As Chairman of the influential Revenue and Taxation Committee, which oversees issues relating to taxes, fees, and revenue generation for the State, Raul authored legislation that cracked down on tax cheats, resulting in over $100 million in new revenue for the state. He also played a leadership role in passing the first on-time balanced budget with a surplus in over a decade, helped create the State Rainy Day Savings Fund, and spearheaded efforts to simply and streamline the tax code.
In 2014, Bocanegra also authored and secured passage of landmark legislation to extend and expand the State’s Film and Television Tax Credit, which is credited with generating over $4 billion in economic activity and creating thousands of good paying jobs.
A long-time community leader, Raul has helped develop neighborhood public safety programs such as “block clubs,” and advocated for streetlight and traffic safety improvements. Raul also spearheaded the creation of a Neighborhood City Hall in Northeast San Fernando Valley.
An urban planner by training, Raul has worked as a college instructor at Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Northridge, where he is a Lecturer at the school’s nationally renowned Urban Studies and Planning Department.