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.”
AB 2051 allows community clinics to more quickly open their doors to expand health care access in low-income communities
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, August 21, 2014) – The State Assembly today voted with unanimous bipartisan support to send a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to speed up the process for primary care clinics to serve Medi-Cal patients, who has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the community health measure.
“By addressing these delays, AB 2051 can 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.”
AB 2104 Would Clear the Regulatory Hurdle for Homeowners in HOAs to Save Water By Replacing Lawns with Low-Water Landscaping and Plants
SACRAMENTO – (Monday, August 18, 2014) – The State Assembly today voted to send a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to ban homeowners associations (HOAs) from fining California homeowners who replace their lawns with drought-resistant landscaping to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the water conservation measure.
AB 1431 Prevents Sweetwater Schools-style Conflicts of Interest By Banning Campaign Fundraising by Administrators for School and Community College Board Races
SACRAMENTO – (Monday, August 18, 2014) – A bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to ban School and College District superintendents and administrators from raising campaign cash for the board members that they serve passed its final legislative hurdle this afternoon and will now be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration of signing the campaign finance reform into law.
“This important bill will help prevent real or perceived corruption in our school and college districts,” Gonzalez said. “Top-level administrators who are involved in the making of contracts with district contractors, vendors and employee unions should not be raising campaign cash for the school and college board members, especially when those administrators are employed at the pleasure of those board members.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), landscaping and water use experts and their supporters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to cheer the passage of Assembly Bill 2104, authored by Assemblywoman Gonzalez. AB 2104 would allow homeowners in HOAs to reduce water usage through responsible landscaping without fear of fines. Assemblywoman Gonzalez says residential water conservation is one of the many steps Californians should take in the face of the current drought conditions throughout California. And, Assemblywoman Gonzalez says, “Drought-tolerant plants that homeowners can plant will save them water and money.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Inaugural Class of Junior Legislators Graduate from Immersive Leadership Program
From left to right – Rocio Arellano, Christine Camitan, Zinnai Lopez Apalategui, Ivonne Molina, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Sebastian Rodriguez, Karen Villalbazo, Ciera Ybarra. The seven high school students participated in Assemblywoman Gonzalez’s Junior Legislator Program over the summer, culminating with an awards ceremony on Friday, July 18.
SAN DIEGO – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez hosted her inaugural Junior Legislator Program Presentation Night & Awards Ceremony on July 18 at the State Building in Downtown San Diego, where she honored seven outstanding high school students, representing all corners of the 80th Assembly District: Rocio Arellano, Christina Camitan, Zinnai Lopez Apalategui, Ivonne Molina, Sebastian Rodriguez, Karen Villalbazo and Ciera Ybarra.
AB 2347 requires annuity policies to be accompanied by a ‘know your rights’ disclosure to properly inform consumers of their option to seek a timely refund
SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) – California Governor Jerry Brown announced this week that he signed Assembly Bill 2347, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), to better protect seniors by improving disclosure rules for the purchase of annuities.
The bill's changes to current disclosure rules will take effect on January 1, 2015.
SAN DIEGO – (Tuesday, July 22, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) made the following statement today in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s nomination of Stanford Law Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California State Supreme Court:
"I’m beyond excited to learn of Gov. Brown’s nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the State Supreme Court. Professor Cuéllar would be the first Latino immigrant to the State Supreme Court in modern California history. This is not just a nod to ethnic diversity, but it’s a recognition of the diversity of experiences in our state that makes California one of the most dynamic places in the world. Professor Cuéllar brings wide-ranging experience from an accomplished career to this important position and is well-qualified to serve, a forward thinker, and – most importantly – a Stanford Cardinal. I commend Governor Brown on his choice, and look forward to Professor Cuéllar's tenure on the Court."
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, and serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women and the Workplace. For more information, visit http://asmdc.org/members/a80/ .
OXNARD, CA – (Tuesday, July 8, 2014) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, participated with other members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus to tour and observe a facility housing hundreds of unaccompanied Central American refugee youth at Naval Base Ventura County. Assemblywoman Gonzalez made the following statement in response to her observations:
“Today, I had the opportunity to tour the Ventura County facility for unaccompanied refugee youth from Central America.