In the News

October 09, 2020

By: Kim Bojórquez

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, announced a new initiative Friday with a “laser focus” to address economic and educational disparities impacting Latinas, who represent one in every five Californians.

The “Unseen Latinas Initiative,” an effort by the California Latino Legislative Caucus led by Gonzalez, is a two-year initiative that is planned to lead to solutions to address the opportunity gaps Hispanic women face.

September 30, 2020

Depriving workers of $1,200 checks caused a $10 billion loss in economic activity.

By: Lorena Gonzalez and Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda

Among the many policy failures of our national Covid-19 response, the exclusion of 18.1 million people, including 4.9 million U.S. citizens, from federal stimulus packages will go down as one of the most economically devastating self-inflicted wounds.

September 18, 2020

By: Kim Bojorquez

A new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday allows more undocumented immigrants to receive a state tax credit worth hundreds of dollars.

The change is meant to put money in the pockets of low-income households regardless of immigration status during the recession brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. California is the only state offering the so-called Earned Income Tax Credit to undocumented residents.

August 27, 2020

By: Kim Bojórquez 

For the first time, Latinos represent the largest ethnic group among freshmen admitted to the University of California system this year.

The milestone comes 25 years after California passed Proposition 209, which among other provisions banned consideration of race or ethnicity in public education.

But Latinos affirmative action advocates say it’s not enough.

July 23, 2020

By: Kim Bojorquez 

The UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative released on Thursday a set of policy recommendations aimed at policymakers and political leaders to improve opportunities for Latino communities and push them towards a road to an “equitable recovery” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 38-page agenda, titled the 21st Century Latino Agenda, focuses on climate change, voting rights, health, immigrant rights, education, housing, criminal justice and economic opportunity.

June 18, 2020

On behalf of the entire California Latino Legislative Caucus, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Chair and Vice Chair of Caucus, made the following statements after today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


June 10, 2020

By: Ericka Conant

California’s Democratic leaders are including tax incentives for undocumented families, as well as health coverage for older immigrants regardless of documentation in their latest budget plan.

Undocumented immigrants are not currently eligible for a range of economic safety programs like social security, and the recent stimulus checks distributed to qualifying citizens nationwide.

November 01, 2019

By Francine Kiefer (Staff writer / @kieferf / San Diego / The Christian Science Monitor)

Lorena Gonzalez remembers well the political earthquake that struck her home state of California 25 years ago. She felt it clear across the country, in Washington, D.C., where she was studying government as a graduate student at Georgetown University.

May 30, 2019

By: Araceli Martínez Ortega

Por primera vez en la historia de legislatura de California, hay 15 legisladoras latinas, un número sin precedente, lo que es más, dentro de la bancada latina ya sobrepasaron a los legisladores latinos que suman 13.

January 07, 2019

3Meet Assemblywoman Blanca​