Press Releases

Friday, February 19, 2021

SACRAMENTO – (Friday, Feb. 19, 2021) – California’s hospitality workforce is experiencing unprecedented levels of unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 1074, supported by hotel workers and UNITE HERE Local 11, to make sure hospitality workers are able to return to work when their employers can safely resume business operations.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021) – Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced new legislation, Assembly Bill 1003, to make sure the consequences for stealing employees’ wages are as serious as the crime itself. The bill would make an employer’s intentional theft of wages punishable as grand theft when collectively greater than $950.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO – (Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021) – A loophole in state law allows California to deem exported plastic waste as recyclable even as these products are landfilled, burned, or dumped in the country they’re shipped to. Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced legislation Assembly Bill 881 to make sure only truly recyclable plastic waste exports count toward the state’s recycling goals.   

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021) – Brutal work speeds are widely blamed for soaring workplace injuries of frontline warehouse employees working for online retail giants like Amazon. Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced Assembly Bill 701 to protect employees in warehouse distribution centers by creating statewide standards to minimize on the job injuries and strengthen workers’ rights against arbitrary and abusive work quota systems.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Biodiversity Protection and Restoration Act would require state agencies to prioritize the protection of biodiversity in all state initiatives

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

SACRAMENTO – (Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021) – Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced new legislation Assembly Bill 506 to require youth-serving nonprofits to establish policies that protect children from abuse in order to receive insurance coverage, including background checks and training. This bill would also require long-term volunteers who supervise, or otherwise have direct contact with children, to be mandatory reporters.

Monday, February 8, 2021

SACRAMENTO – (Monday, Feb. 8, 2021) – Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) reintroduced legislation Assembly Bill 491 to prohibit the discriminatory practice of building separate and unequal entrances and amenities for lower income residents who live in mixed-income housing.