(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has been named Chair of the newly created Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). Speaker Pérez made the announcement on Equal Pay Day, part of an ongoing national campaign to increase awareness about pay inequality for working women. “Equal Pay Day is our annual reminder that more and more families are relying on women to be breadwinners and that our economy works best when we acknowledge and accommodate the realities working women face,” said Assemblywoman Gonzalez. “As a single working mother myself, I face this reality every day, and I am very excited to work with my colleagues to seek solutions that break down barriers to employment, accommodate women’s roles in their families as well as their jobs, and bring a greater dose of equity to the workplace.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) joined the rest of the California State Assembly as they held a special ceremony to commemorate the life and legacy of the late farm labor organizers Cesar Chavez. Assemblywoman Gonzalez told her fellow Assembly members, “We hear a lot about how great he was – and he undeniably was – and the great things he did but as somebody who came from being a worker advocate I would imagine that he would most want us to talk about the stuff that still needs to be done.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - A bill authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to guarantee employees in California can earn and use at least 3 sick days per year has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment. Assembly Bill 1522 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. Assemblywoman 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. AB 1522 will move on to the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary.
(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.
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) rose on the floor of the State Assembly recently to honor the memory of William, "Bill" Stuckey, a San Diego area labor leader for many years who passed away in January 2014. Assemblymember Gonzalez said Stuckey worked on many of San Diego's most noted structures as part of the local ironworkers union and, as business manager of the ironworkers local union, ushered thousands of people into the trade. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.
(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.
(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) -- 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) - Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) is the new Assemblywoman for the 80th District, which includes portions of the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista and National City in southern San Diego County. She was sworn into office by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as her children and father watched. "I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve our community in this new role," said Gonzalez. "I am anxious to get to work to help ensure all Californians have the opportunity to pursue good-paying jobs that allow people to take care of their families and create a better future for their children." Assemblywoman Gonzalez fills the vacant seat left by Ben Hueso, who was elected to the state Senate. Here's more in this Assembly Access video.