AB 298 will allow lifeguards and other wildlife officers to more effectively safeguard California Marine Protected Areas
SACRAMENTO – (Monday, April 20, 2015) – Legislation authored by State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) designed to more effectively enforce restrictions in the state's Marine Protected Areas received unanimous approval by the full Assembly today.
Assembly Bill 298 allows Department of Fish and Wildlife officers and allied agencies to combat poaching and illegal fishing in in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by issuing violators with a ticket – akin to a traffic violation – to enforce restrictions. MPA violations are currently misdemeanor crimes, and AB 298 gives officers the discretion to cite violators with an infraction or a misdemeanor. This will allow law enforcement officials to effectively manage MPAs without overburdening the legal system, ensuring that lawbreakers are held accountable for damage to fragile marine environments.
ACR 50 Marks the Day in 2015 When Women Overcome the Gender Pay Gap from the Previous Year
SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, April 14, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced today the passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 50, proclaiming April 14, 2015 as Equal Pay Day in California.
First established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to create public awareness about the gap between men's and women's wages, Equal Pay Day symbolizes the date in 2015 when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year due to making an average of 78 cents on the dollar, nationally. Even in California, Women only earn 84 cents for each dollar earned by a man.
(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) wrote Assembly Concurrent Resolution 50 (ACR 50 - Equal Pay Day) to bring attention to, and declare the legislature’s concern about, the gender wage gap in California. Assemblywoman Gonzalez says Equal Pay Day was established in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity to create public awareness about the gap between men's and women's wages. The date selected each year (April 14th this year) reflects how far into the current year, on average, a woman must work in order to earn as much as their white male counter parts earned in the previous calendar year. Watch Assemblywoman Gonzalez present ACR 50 to the State Assembly in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to better protect cheerleaders of professional sports from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multibillion-dollar professional sports landscape by treating them as employees under California law has passed by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. Assembly Bill 202 would explicitly require that professional sports teams provide cheerleaders with the same rights and benefits as other employees, protecting against the sort of financial and personal abuses that have been reported throughout the country. “AB 202 simply demands that any professional sports team – or their chosen contractor – treat the women on the field with the same dignity and respect that we treat the guy selling beer,” said Gonzalez, a former high school and collegiate cheerleader. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - At a state capitol news conference Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) stood with Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, to announce the Caucus’ 2015 priority legislation. Assembly Bill 1461, written by Assemblywoman Gonzalez, is one of Caucus’ top bills. She says AB 1461 will allow eligible residents to register to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Here’s more from Assemblywoman Gonzalez in this Assembly Access video.
AB 202 would ensure cheerleaders for NFL and other professional sports teams are treated as employees under the law
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, April 8, 2015) – A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to better protect cheerleaders of professional sports from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multibillion-dollar professional sports landscape by treating them teams as employees under California law was passed by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment today.
AB 202 would explicitly require that professional sports teams provide cheerleaders with the same rights and benefits as other employees, protecting against the sort of financial and personal abuses that have been reported throughout the country, with the highest profile disputes involving the Raiderette cheerleaders that work for the Oakland Raiders franchise of the National Football League.
Honored for Long Record Supporting Immigrants and Working Families
LOS ANGELES – (Friday, March 27, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was honored Thursday night with the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Legacy Award for her career supporting immigrants and working families. Now in its 15th year, The Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards are the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s formal celebration of Cesar Chavez Day. The gala event honors the legacy of Cesar Chavez through the presentation of awards to those who exemplify excellence and unparalleled commitment to community empowerment and advocacy.
"I’m incredibly humbled by this honor, but any success I may have is meaningless if our community does not share in the fruits of that success," said Gonzalez. "In a state where farmworkers are provided fewer protections to water and shade than farm animals, we still have a long way to go. I am committed to continuing the work of representing every Californian, no matter where they work or their immigration status."
California New Motor Voter Act Would Streamline Voter Registration Process for Millions of Eligible, Unregistered Voters
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, March 26, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla today proposed the California New Motor Voter Act, which would result in the addition of millions of new registered voters in Californians by registering every eligible resident who goes to a DMV to get a license or renew one, with the ability to opt out.
The California New Motor Voter Act, which will be considered by the Legislature as Assembly Bill 1461, calls for data already being collected by the DMV to be provided to local election officials to expand voter registration while protecting the public's right to privacy and to decline registration.
AB 305 Would Prevent Workers’ Compensation System from Penalizing Female Workers for Conditions Predominantly or Only Affecting Women
SAN FRANCISCO – (Wednesday, March 4, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) today announced her proposal of Assembly Bill 305, which would put a stop to practices in California’s workers’ compensation system that have penalized women when seeking restitution after suffering injuries caused by their jobs.
AB 1266 Would Force Utilities to Receive Public Approval for Bonuses After Ratepayers Hit With Billions in New Costs
SACRAMENTO –(Friday, Feb. 27, 2015)– California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 1266 today to require public utilities to justify executive bonus compensation at a public hearing of the California Public Utilities Commission following any federal safety violation that results in a cost of $5 million or more to ratepayers.
To date, the CPUC has never conducted a public review of bonuses for utility executives to determine whether the compensation was justified, even in light of major safety violations that led to the $3.3 billion cost absorbed by ratepayers when San Onofre nuclear power plant was shuttered or the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion in Northern California.