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.
AB 717 Would Ease Tax Burden of New Parents, Making Child Care and Employment More Accessible
SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 717 today to eliminate California’s diaper tax to ease the expense for families when purchasing the costly necessity.
Relief from the state’s current diaper tax could potentially save California families up to $100 per child annually, roughly the equivalent cost to diaper babies and infants every month. Currently food and prescription health products are among the personal necessities exempt from the state's sales tax, but diapers are taxed.
AB 349 would prohibit HOA fines for replacing lawns with synthetic turf to cut residential water use
SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 349 today to give homeowners governed by homeowner associations (HOAs) the option to modify their landscape using synthetic turf to lower their water usage.
AB 349 will expand the protections conservation-minded Californians enjoy against HOAs after AB 2104, also authored by Gonzalez, was signed into law last year. The 2014 bill eliminated loopholes HOAs used to prevent homeowners from utilizing low water-using plants when replacing existing lawns, leaving homeowners interested in lowering their water usage unable to explore additional options for conserving water at a time our state faces severe drought conditions.
AB 202 would ensure cheerleaders for NFL and other professional sports teams are treated as employees under the law
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 202 today to treat cheerleaders of professional sports teams as employees under California law, a move that will better protect cheer athletes in the state from workplace abuses and bring equity to the multibillion-dollar professional sports landscape.
Recent attention to the issue from lawsuits brought by cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills have reported that, in addition to sub-minimum wage pay, cheerleaders have been forced to spend significant personal funds and work unpaid overtime – practices that would be illegal under the law but were found to be commonplace pressures on teams’ cheerleaders despite the tremendous profits being gained by the teams they cheered for.
President’s plan for paid sick days would strengthen California’s landmark paid sick leave law authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez
SACRAMENTO – (Friday, Jan. 16, 2015) – California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), author of the state’s landmark paid sick days law in 2014, applauded President Obama today for his proposal this week to pass legislation allowing workers to earn up to seven paid sick days and create a $2 billion incentive program to help cover costs.
The announcement comes ahead of the July 1 implementation of Assembly Bill 1522, a new state law authored by Gonzalez and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law makes California the first state in the nation to guarantee paid sick days for every private sector worker, impacting about 6.5 million working Californians.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez adjourned in memory of former Assemblymember Pete Chacon. Assemblymember Chacon passed away in December of 2014 at the age of 89. Chacon was a decorated Air Force veteran of World War II, he was an educator and he was the second Latino in over one hundred years to be elected to the California Legislature. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear more of Assemblymember Gonzalez’s tribute to Pete Chacon.
SACRAMENTO – (Friday, Jan. 9, 2015) – California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) made the following statement today following Gov. Brown’s press conference regarding the proposed 2015-16 state budget:
“One of the most quotable moments of Governor's budget press conference today was in response to a question on extending the state's sales and use taxes to services, to which Gov. Brown responded that Californians would not be 'yoga happy' if their Pilates classes were taxed. That's probably true. But, our budget is a moral document and should prioritize needs over wants. That's why I will be introducing a bill in the coming weeks to move diapers into the category of things that aren't taxed, like food, pharmaceuticals, and even Pilates."
For more information on the proposed diapers sales tax exemption or to interview Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Evan McLaughlin at (916) 319-2080 or (619) 850-2790.
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/.
A San Diego assemblywoman announced Wednesday that she plans to introduce legislation to require companies to pay double time to employees who have to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said retailers have increasingly encroached on the Thanksgiving holiday with their "Black Friday'' promotions, forcing workers to give up family time in order to keep their jobs.