(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and the California State Assembly honored Genoveva Aguilar as the 80th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year during a ceremony at the State Capitol. With nearly 20 years of experience as a community and labor organizer, Genoveva successfully helped establish affordable housing in her community. In 2008, Genoveva founded Casa de Vecinos Organizados (Home of Organized Neighbors), a grassroots organization dedicated to building resident leadership through community empowerment, social advocacy, and community partnerships in low to moderate income communities. Here’s more from the ceremony in this Assembly Access video.
AB 1873 Would Increase Participation, Save Taxpayer Money in Traditionally Low-Turnout Contests
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, February 19, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced the VOTE Act today in an effort to boost voter participation and curb the taxpayer costs of special elections.
Assembly Bill 1873, known as the “Voting Ought To be Easy Act,” would allow California’s counties and cities to conduct special elections for legislative and municipal offices entirely by mail ballot, but would require them to provide full postage for all returned ballots if they choose to exercise the mail-only option.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said she was excited to hear Governor Jerry Brown’s vision for California in his annual State of the State Address. Assemblymember Gonzalez is especially heartened by her shared commitment with the governor regarding increased education spending and local control for school districts. This is especially important for schools in the San Diego region, which will have more autonomy to move resources to better help lower income students and English learners.
Gonzalez’s AB 1522 Would Require Workers Are Compensated For At Least Three Days Lost To Illness Annually
SAN DIEGO – (Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) today announced she has introduced legislation to guarantee workers in California at least three days of paid sick leave annually.
Assembly Bill 1522 (Gonzalez) aims to reduce the impact that illnesses have on the state’s working families as well as the health and safety of employees in the workplace. Additionally, Gonzalez said that providing employees with paid sick leave could reduce health care costs by allowing workers and their family members time to visit a primary care physician to address an illness rather than rushing to an emergency room to seek care due to their fear of missing work.
(Chula Vista, CA) - Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), local officials and health care experts fielded questions from a large crowd at a recent Covered California Town Hall & Resource Fair in Chula Vista. The forum focused on the benefits under the Affordable Care Act and how Covered California is implementing the program. Specialists were on hand to provide enrollment assistance to those eligible for the program. Assemblywoman Gonzalez said access to affordable, quality health care – because her mother was a nurse with health benefits – made all the difference when she was growing up and making her way through college. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) made the following statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for 2014-15, which he unveiled at a press conference earlier today.
“I am most encouraged to see the $6 billion year-over-year increase to our K-12 schools, which were devastated by several years’ worth of deferred funding, as well as a 7 percent increase for community college funding. These alone are a huge boost to the future of the 80th Assembly District. I am also glad to see the Governor agrees with the Assembly Democrats’ wish to establish a ‘rainy day fund’ to prevent the kind of sharp cuts to vital state programs that we saw during down economic times in the past decade. Lastly, I am hopeful that, by the end of this process, more resources will be available for affordable quality child care and preschool for California’s working families.”
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. To interview Assemblywoman Gonzalez, please contact Evan McLaughlin at (619) 850-2790 or (916) 319-2080. For more information, visit http://asmdc.org/members/a80/.
Gonzalez’s First Act in 2014 Legislative Year is To Propose Ban on School & College Board Fundraising by District Superintendents & Administrators
SAN DIEGO – (Monday, Jan. 6, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) will kick off the 2014 legislative session by introducing legislation to ban School and College District superintendents and administrators from raising campaign cash for the board members that they serve.
Under the legislation, administrators at California’s public school districts and community college districts would be prohibited from soliciting contributions on behalf of the campaigns and legal defense funds of candidates and incumbent board members that govern those districts. Violators would be subject to penalties assessed by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.
Court Says Gonzalez's AB 1024 Permits California to License Garcia and Qualified DREAMers to be Attorneys
SAN DIEGO - (Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) applauded the California Supreme Court's decision today to grant Sergio C. Garcia a license to practice law after it was rescinded earlier because of his status as an undocumented immigrant.
The historic decision comes just one day after legislation, Assembly Bill 1024 authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez, became effective. AB 1024 empowers members of California's immigrant community who pass the State Bar exam and are otherwise qualified to practice law as attorneys.
(Sacramento) -- During an Assembly Insurance Committee oversight hearing Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said she's disappointed with the Economic Development Department's (EDD) response to the delay in payment of continuing unemployment insurance claims. EDD officials say the payment delays were triggered by a major malfunction that surfaced during an upgrade to the computer system at EDD. Assemblywoman Gonzalez said, "The delay caused real anxiety and suffering among unemployed workers and their families. It's unacceptable and it caused a real black eye for how Californians view their state government." Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO, CA – (Wednesday, November 6, 2013) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, made the following statement after attending today’s oversight hearing of the Assembly Insurance Committee dealing with the Economic Development Department’s (EDD) delay in payment of continuing unemployment insurance claims.
“The delay in unemployment benefit payments that took place after Labor Day caused real harm to hundreds of thousands of California families who were missing out on their lifeline to pay for housing, food, medical care and other everyday expenses that don’t go away just because a paycheck is lost. The delay caused real anxiety and suffering among unemployed workers and their families. It’s unacceptable and it caused a real black eye for how Californians view their state government.