Diapers and Tampons Help Men, Too

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By now you’ve probably heard about Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s push to expand the state’s CalWORKS program to include $80 a month for low-income families to buy diapers. It’s getting a lot of press lately, both because it’d be the first U.S. welfare program to cover diapers, and because it’s provoked some nasty reactions.

That puts it on the same footing as another idea proposed this week by writer Jessica Valenti, who says governments worldwide should consider subsidizing feminine hygiene products:

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Brown signs mail-ballot election bill

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill that is expected to reduce the cost of expensive special elections in San Diego County by offering all voters mail-in ballots and limiting polling places.

Assembly Bill 1873 was carried by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, on behalf of San Diego County government leaders.

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Working Thanksgiving? Proposed California bill would offer double wages

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Californians working through the holidays could get heftier paychecks under legislation that would mandate double pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas shifts.

As more and more retailers and restaurants remain open on what have historically been off days, said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, workers deserve to earn extra. She plans to unveil a bill that would require additional pay, a policy she settled on in lieu of seeking to bar stores outright from opening on the holidays.

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California leaders working to boost middle class

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Times have been tough for America’s shrinking middle class over the past several years, but here in California, I’m proud to say our elected leaders are taking steps in the right direction.

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed AB 1522 — authored by our own Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez — that will ensure every full-time California worker receives at least three paid sick days a year.

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Double Pay Proposed For California Workers On Major Holidays

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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.


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