District 80 —California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election
California State AssemblyDistrict 80
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- My top priority continues to be the creation of good, sustainable jobs in California by ensuring women are treated fairly on the job and directing our tax dollars to support sustainable, middle-class careers.
- I'm also focused on expanding civic participation by eliminating barriers to voter registration, expanding mail voting, and protecting the right to vote for all eligible Californians.
- Finally, we must continue to make California a place where people from around the world can come to succeed on a level playing field, by further normalizing the lives of all immigrants in our state.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was elected in May of 2013, promising to fight for our state’s working and middle classes, and she hasn’t stopped yet. In her first three months in office, Lorena authored two bills that empowered California’s immigrant communities by providing them safeguards against immigration fraud and allowing qualified DREAMers who pass the State Bar exam to practice law, regardless of their immigration status. Then, in 2014, Lorena authored historic legislation to allow 6.5 million Californians the ability to earn paid sick leave. When AB 1522 was signed by Governor Brown, California became the first state in the nation to guarantee earned sick days for every single private sector worker.
Assemblywoman Gonzalez also passed legislation prohibiting HOAs from fining homeowners for replacing grass lawns with drought resistant landscaping, created the first workplace bullying training requirement in the nation, and paved the way for stronger safety standards for high school student athletes by classifying high school cheerleading as a sport. She also co-authored the nation’s toughest rules to close the gender pay gap, and passed California’s New Motor Voter Act to streamline the registration for nearly seven million eligible voters.
The daughter of an immigrant farmworker and a nurse, Lorena learned the value of hard work and determination at an early age. After graduating from public school in San Diego County, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University and a Law Degree from UCLA. She is a member of the California State Bar.
Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Lorena was the first woman and first person of color to be elected CEO and Secretary-Treasurer for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO since the organization’s inception in 1891. Lorena also previously worked as the Senior Advisor to California’s Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante and she served on the California State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission.
Assemblywoman Gonzalez currently serves as the first Latina in California history to Chair the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and as Chair of the Select Committee on Women in the Workplace.
For her work in the community, Lorena received the California State Bar Association’s first Presidential Recognition Award for Public Service, the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Legacy Award for her career supporting immigrants and working families, and was named the Neighborhood Market Association’s 2014 Public Official of the Year.
Nonetheless, Lorena’s most cherished title is that of mother. Her daughter, Tierra, is studying at New York University and her son, Antonio, is in middle school in San Diego. Lorena lives in City Heights neighborhood of San Diego.
- California Democratic Party
- California Labor Federation
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
- United Farm Workers of America
- United Domestic Workers of America – AFSCME Local 3930
- San Diego County Young Democrats
- National Women’s Political Caucus of California
- Run Women Run
- CAL FIRE IAFF Local 2881
- Peace Officers Research Association of California
- Chula Vista Democratic Club
- California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
- Equality California
- California Teachers Association
- San Diego Police Officers Association
Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
A long-term commitment to water recycling and lifestyle changes to reduce our water use will be critical as climate change continues impacting our traditional water supplies. I strongly supported California's Proposition 1 water bond to fund a wide range of water projects and passed AB 2104 to protect homeowners installing drought-resistant landscaping.
What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Protecting and expanding basic worker rights, including fair wages, equitable overtime, and paid leave; Working towards a tax system that does not rely on working families paying more than their fair share; Ensuring that investment in public works and expanded services prioritize traditionally underserved communities.
There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California? In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district.
I am a long-time champion of raising the minimum wage and was proud to be a co-author of this year's successful legislation to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
I supported California's DISCLOSE Act (AB 700) to better inform voters about the money behind political ads and AJR 1 to allow Californians to vote on the importance of addressing the Citizens' United decision. Additionally, I authored California's New Motor Voter Act to make our electoral process more accessible and streamline the direct influence of individual voters.
State Assemblywoman / Mother
Since being elected, Governor Brown and I have accomplished a lot. We’ve increased school funding while setting aside the largest “rainy day” fund in California’s History. We’ve taken worldleading steps to address climate change without making it more expensive for people to get to work. We’ve raised the minimum wage while also writing the strongest pay equality and anti-wage theft laws in America.
ObamaCare hasn’t been perfect, but it’s the reason why thousands of families in our district now have health care.
My mom was a nurse. I’ve been a single mother. I know that keeping people healthy isn’t a political issue; it’s a practical one. That’s why I’ve taken the lead on many of the health care challenges facing California.
I wrote the nation’s first statewide sick days law for working families. Governor Brown helped me take this step in the right direction. If a mom can’t take a day off from work to care for a sick child, then health insurance is useless.
We tackled the issue of uninsured children in California. We didn’t wait for Congress to stop arguing. Today, every California child has health coverage at a price every family can afford.
The Governor asked us to help him control the state budget. So, I passed bills to expand the network of community clinics in California. There are now a few more cost-effective ways of taking care of everyday health issues.
We’ve done a lot, but there’s more to do.
I appreciate your consideration why you vote for Assembly. Thank you.
- Jobs: Less taxes, lower tax rates and elimination of extreme, uncalled for regulations will make California a place where small businesses will grow and flourish. Small businesses are the biggest creators of good paying jobs.
- Water: California gets enough rain and snow to supply all the water we want. We need more dams and reservoirs to collect and store the water from rain and snow. Currently 50% of our fresh water flows into the ocean.
- Education: California used to be #1. Now we are 47th in the country. Vouchers for school choice & schools controlled by parents, teachers & local school boards produce the best results. Not state officials, teacher unions nor the Federal Government.
- Joel Anderson, California State Senator
- Ernie Dronenburg, San Diego County Assessor/Recorder
- California Republican Party
- Duncan L. Hunter, retired Congressman
- Steve Baldwin
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