Rules to Protect Against Immigration Fraud Would be Extended to Cover Those Seeking Relief Under President Obama's Immigration Reform Executive Order
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 60 today to extend protections in California state law against immigration fraud as immigrants and their families anticipate seeking relief under President Obama's recent immigration reform Executive Order.
Assemblywoman Gonzalez said existing protections that she authored as AB 1159 in 2013 were designed to protect immigrants who were seeking immigration reform-related services in the run-up to a potential act of Congress that was pending at the time, but that the state law must be updated to accommodate individuals who are seeking professional assistance in applying under the Executive Order announced by President Obama on Nov. 20.
As Gonzalez’s First Bill for the 2015-16 Session, AB 11 Would Extend Landmark Law to 365,000 More Californians
SACRAMENTO – (Monday, Dec. 1, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 11 to provide at least three paid sick days to California’s in-home supportive services (IHSS) employees annually as her first official legislative proposal of the 2015-16 legislative session that began today.
“All Californians deserve the basic right to seek medical care when they're sick without risking the loss of pay or even their job,” Gonzalez said. “This Legislature and Governor made it clear that paid sick days are a step forward in protecting California’s working families when we guaranteed three sick days for all private sector workers last year. It’s important the caregivers we trust to keep hundreds of thousands of people and their households healthy are also provided this important public health benefit.”
Proposed legislation would protect employees by providing double pay for working on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays
SAN DIEGO – (Wednesday, November 26, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced a new legislative proposal today requiring California employers to provide double pay to workers who have to give up their holidays to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Assemblywoman Gonzalez was joined outside the Walmart on Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego by Mickey Kasparian, President of UFCW Local 135, and Diane McCain, a local San Diego Walmart worker and member of OUR Walmart to make the announcement.
SAN DIEGO – (Thursday, November 20, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) made the following statement today regarding the anticipated announcement by President Barack Obama that he will issue an Executive Order to significantly curtail the deportation of immigrants residing in the United States.
“Today brings big news to millions of hardworking – and otherwise law-abiding – immigrants in our communities who will more easily come out of the shadows to work, pay taxes and raise families without fear of deportation. I am proud our President is taking this very crucial first step, but this doesn’t relieve the Republicans in Congress from their responsibility to act in the long term. The California Legislature and Gov. Brown have led the way in empowering the immigrant members of our communities as they live and work in our country, but we still need Congress to approve meaningful and comprehensive immigration reform.”
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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents the 80th Assembly District, which includes Chula Vista, National City and the San Diego neighborhoods of City Heights, Barrio Logan, Paradise Hills, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. For more information, visit http://asmdc.org/members/a80/.
AB 2104 Clears the Regulatory Hurdles for Homeowners in HOAs to Save Water By Replacing Lawns with Low-Water Landscaping and Plants
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, September 18, 2014) – Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s bill banning homeowners associations (HOAs) from fining California homeowners who replace their lawns with drought-resistant landscaping.
“Brown is beautiful, and around the state HOAs are penalizing good-intentioned homeowners who replace their lush, water-intensive lawns with attractive, well-designed landscaping centered around drought-resistant plants,” Gonzalez said. “Allowing homeowners the freedom to use conservation-friendly landscaping is one important ingredient in reaching our goal of protecting our economy by saving water.”
AB 2051 allows community clinics to more quickly open their doors to expand health care access in low-income communities
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, September 17, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced today that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill she joint authored with Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) to speed up the process for primary care clinics to serve Medi-Cal patients.
“By addressing these delays, AB 2051 will help community clinics get up and running in the areas that need them most so California’s families can receive the health care they need,” Gonzalez said. “In my own district, almost 40 percent of the patients at our community clinics are on Medi-Cal, and by helping get community clinics up and running this bill provides a lifeline for those people and hundreds of thousands more like them across California as they seek access to affordable community health care.”
Gonzalez Will Work With Legislators in Other States to Bring Paid Sick Leave to All American Workers
LOS ANGELES – (Wednesday, September 10, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) joined workers and other state legislators this morning at the Ronald Reagan State Building as Governor Jerry Brown officially signed her legislation to make California the first state to guarantee paid sick leave for all private-sector employees across every industry.
Under Assembly Bill 1522, which will become effective July 1, 2015, workers employed for 90 days will be eligible to use the sick leave they earn. Workers will be able to earn a minimum of one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked and are guaranteed to be able to use at least 3 days’ worth of paid leave to care for themselves or a family member when they fall ill.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s AJR 49 Calls for Executive Action to keep California families intact
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, September 3, 2014) – The California State Legislature has sent to President Obama a joint resolution by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) which calls on the Obama Administration to expand temporary protective status to all legalization-eligible immigrants through an executive action. This would initiate a ‘deferred action’ legalization process and cease the deportation of all eligible immigrants and families who have no serious criminal history, until Congress adopts humane and inclusive comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
“The financial and social cost to California due to family separations and the loss of children is enormous and inhumane,” Gonzalez said. “California is now clearly on record calling for an end to the deportation of legalization-eligible immigrants and backing a more humanitarian immigration policy that keeps families together.”
AB 1522 would address basic economic and health concerns while extending a new workplace right to 6.5 million Californians
SACRAMENTO – (Saturday, August 30, 2014) – The State Assembly voted today to send to Gov. Brown for his signature a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to ensure that all California workers have the right to earn and use three paid sick days a year.
“All Californians deserve the basic right to seek medical care when they're sick without risking financial disaster,” Gonzalez said. “It's clear that paid sick days are not only good for working people who are able to keep themselves and their customers healthy, but good for business owners who will see less turnover and better productivity from workers who are able to perform to their best ability.”
AB 2052 closes gaps in safety net for injured police, expanding coverage to all law enforcement officers
SACRAMENTO – (Monday, August 25, 2014) – The State Assembly voted today to send to Gov. Brown for his signature a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to ensure that all classifications of peace officers receive the workers' compensation health protection they deserve if they are injured in the line of duty.
“We can all agree that California has a moral responsibility to ensure every peace officer receives basic workers' compensation protections if they're injured in the line of duty,” Gonzalez said. “With AB 2052, the officers who protect students in our schools and universities, passengers in our airports and our transit systems, and many others whose protection we rely upon will be cared for.”