Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – As California’s elections become more dependent on mail-ballot voting, State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher introduced Assembly Bill 216 today to make it easier for voters to cast their ballot through the mail by paying the postage for returned mail ballots in statewide elections.

Since 2012, more than 50 percent of all ballots in the state have been cast through the U.S. mail, with more than 57 percent of the voters who participated in the recent November 2016 election having used a mail ballot to vote. Currently, one or more postage stamps are required by the U.S. Postal Service to have a voter’s ballot delivered to a county elections office to be counted.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

San Diego — Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez is making a second attempt at getting companies to pay double to employees who work on Thanksgiving.

"I believe in creating a society that works for all workers. I believe that employees should have the right to stay home with their families in a family holiday," Gonzalez, D-San Diego, said during a teleconference on Wednesday.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

As the N.B.A. starts a new season this week, the salary cap for players will climb to a record $70 million per team at the same time that a federal court considers charges that cheerleaders have been cheated out of fair pay.
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This fall, legal claims of wage theft in professional cheerleading have spread from the N.F.L. to the N.B.A., and basketball teams' treatment of female performers is under intense scrutiny.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

They recounted Civil War history, waxed nostalgic about their alma matter, and disagreed about whether or not Robert E. Lee Elementary School should take a new name.

Following a lively community forum Friday night, the San Diego Unified School District will conduct a survey to gauge support of a proposal to rename the 56-year-old campus amid a national movement to scrub public buildings of their ties to the Confederacy and slavery.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The California Interscholastic Federation will add competitive cheer to its stable of sports beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law Assembly Bill 949, which had been sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego.

Gonzalez, a former Stanford cheerleader, said the law will mean better safety and coach training standards and potentially more resources for competitive cheer athletes. The law would not affect cheerleaders who root on football or basketball teams, better known as sideline cheer.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Targeting California's recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the DMV to obtain or renew a driver's license.

The measure, which would also allow Californians to opt out of registering, was introduced in response to the dismal 42% turnout in the November 2014 statewide election.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Seeking to promote drought-conscious alternatives to thirsty lawns, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday approved a measure that prohibits homeowners associations from banning artificial turf.

The law, which goes into effect immediately, applies to approximately 4.8 million homes. The state estimates that landscape irrigation represents 43% of urban water use.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the author of the bill, AB 349, said synthetic grass can help homeowners curb their water use.