April 2, 2019

For independent voters, California lawmakers seek to end ballot confusion

Gonzalez’s proposal, Assembly Bill 681, would require county elections officials to deliver three separate notices to voters in the three months before the presidential primary next March. Each notice would clearly state the voter’s party affiliation on record, the presidential ballot that would be mailed to the voter and instructions on how to change one’s affiliation if desired.

March 27, 2019

Assemblywomen attempt to help trafficking victims

“The nightmare these victims face does not end when they are rescued,” Gonzalez said. “This measure will make sure the thousands of Californians who were enslaved by human traffickers can get the resources and support they need to become strong, independent members of our community.”

March 26, 2019

California bill could ban anti-vaccine parents from doctor-shopping for medical exemptions

“Three years ago, we stepped up our state’s vaccination laws to protect students and the entire public from being exposed to potential diseases. Now, we’re seeing ant-vaccination parents and a few doctors get around that law by loosely seeking and issuing medical exemptions when families are willing to pay,” bill co-sponsor Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego said. “The real cost is a threat to herd immunity and public health”

March 25, 2019

Lorena Gonzalez Earns Building Trades Endorsement for Secretary of State

“The men and women of the State Building Trades are proud to announce our early endorsement for Lorena Gonzalez as our next Secretary of State,” said Robbie Hunter, president of the council affiliated with the AFL-CIO. “Lorena has been a champion for working families, expanded voting rights and has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all Californians.”

March 25, 2019

Detailing the California bills Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is working on

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez has introduced legislation to expand paid sick leave to five days, and legislation to reduce plastic waste.

March 21, 2019

Modern Family star backs bill to wipe out California diaper tax

Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) who authored the bill, said families could be paying upwards of $120 per year in tax on diapers. Repealing the tax on diapers would result in a loss of an estimated $36 million tax revenue, Gonzalez said.

“When people have kids it’s usually their most vulnerable time and the time when they most need some help,” Gonzalez said. “One of the things that doesn’t make sense is that we’ve taxed diapers, even though it’s an absolute health necessity.”

March 19, 2019

Q&A: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez on California's Democrats, running for secretary of state

Labor leader turned San Diego Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez was a prominent Democrat in the state of California before she announced that she will be running for California secretary of state in 2022.

In a new interview with Abby Hamblin and Luis Gomez, the hosts and producers of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s podcast, “The Conversation,” Gonzalez spoke at length about her labor roots, her legislative priorities and her political ambitions.”

March 15, 2019

Local lawmaker introduces bill to expand paid sick leave

“We knew when we passed the paid sick leave law that three days wouldn’t be enough but was a great start,” Gonzalez said. “California was a national leader in establishing earned sick leave for every employee in the state. Now, we need to catch up to other cities and states that have recognized the need for, and have passed, more expansive laws for workers.”

March 4, 2019

What They’re Watching: Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez

I’m watching how we cover as many people as possible.  How do we ensure everybody has access to health care. And I think that that’s important because that’s what the voters want. They want to make sure that that everybody has that access, that we can still continue to drive costs down, and that we have some sort of goal to getting to universal coverage

February 22, 2019

CA Attorney General Becerra, Lorena Gonzalez announce bill to combat underground economic crimes

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, today announced legislation to help the state combat “underground economic crimes” like human trafficking and illegal pharmaceutical schemes.

The bill would expand the state’s multi-agency Tax Recovery and Underground Economy team, currently based out of Sacramento and Los Angeles. Investigative teams would be added in San Diego, the Bay Area and Fresno to further delegate the state’s efforts to stop crimes like human trafficking and illegal pharmaceutical schemes.

February 21, 2019

California lawmakers propose phasing out plastic products that aren’t recyclable

“We have to stop treating our oceans and planet like a dumpster,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), an author of the proposal. “Any fifth-grader can tell you that our addiction to single-use plastics is killing our ecosystems.”

February 4, 2019

Lorena Gonzalez Sets Sights on California Secretary of State’s Office

“Why so early? In California’s 169 year history, a Latina has never been elected to statewide office,” she explained.

Gonzalez is the daughter of an immigrant farmworkers. She attended public schools in San Diego County before earning a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s from Georgetown University, and a law degree from UCLA.