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Friday, May 10, 2019

By MICHAEL SMOLENS 

Lorena Gonzalez has been trying to make diapers more affordable for almost as long as she has been in the California Legislature.

In 2014, the year after the San Diego Democrat was elected to the Assembly, she launched her first effort, which would have provided a subsidy to help poor families buy diapers. The idea of the state financing diapers would take some getting used to for a lot of people. Gonzalez headed down a rocky road of resistance and had to change her approach and scale back her early ambitions.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Muchos inmigrantes han sido detenidos después de que las autoridades de migración supieron donde vivían al revisar la base de datos de la agencia estatal

POR: ARACELI MARTÍNEZ ORTEGA 

Desde que el estado de California comenzó a expedir licencias de manejo para los inmigrantes indocumentados, bajo la ley AB60 que entró en vigor en enero de 2015, empezaron a surgir señalamientos en torno a que el Servicio de Migración y Aduanas (ICE), tenía acceso a la base de datos del Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados (DMV). La asambleísta demócrata de San Diego, Lorena González busca frenar esa práctica, y solo permitirla en casos donde las autoridades de migración cuenten con una orden de arresto.

Monday, April 8, 2019

With Lyft scheduled to begin selling stock as a public company on Friday, a California assemblywoman is pushing legislation that would make the company's drivers into employees rather than independent contractors. 

The bill, pushed by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would cover drivers for other ride-hailing services like Uber too and enable them to begin receiving benefits. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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In the days leading up to California’s primary three years ago, the complaints from unaffiliated independent voters started pouring in. They were promised they could vote in the closely watched Democratic race for the White House, but were handed a ballot without any presidential candidates.

That shouldn’t happen again next year, if a new proposal making its way through the Legislature has its intended effect.

“There seemed to be a misunderstanding,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) said of what happened in 2016. “So we know what’s coming.”

Monday, April 1, 2019

By MADELINE WILL

Fighting for Paid Time Off

[Kathy] Hoffman is advocating for 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, and plans to prioritize this effort next legislative session. She said she will build a coalition around the issue with administrators, health-care professionals, insurance providers, and hopefully someone from the governor’s office.

Meanwhile, in California, lawmakers are planning to push for paid parental leave for teachers once again. The state already gives many workers up to six weeks of partial pay to care for a new child or sick relative, but public school teachers are ineligible for the benefit.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

By LORENA GONZALEZ

Nothing is more important to our democracy than electoral participation by our citizenry. People have to vote.

Yet there have always been artificial barriers to voting. Often these barriers are intentionally created to keep groups of folks — women, people of color, poor citizens — from having equal access to the ballot. Some obstacles are in place without much thought to the obstacles, but they leave many people disenfranchised, nonetheless.

How do we get more people to vote? By breaking down all of these possible barriers, including the way citizens register to vote.