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February 27, 2020

California Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) was joined by several community organizations and social justice advocates at Centro CHA in Long Beach as she announced the introduction of Senate Bill (SB) 1241, the Talent Equity for Competitive Hiring Act. 

February 26, 2020

On Friday, lawmakers in California introduced SB 1241 or the Talent Equity for Competitive Hiring (TECH) Act. The bill sets a new legal high bar against discrimination in hiring by writing clear guidelines for employers to follow that allow them to modernize their recruiting processes using technological tools that reduce bias, leading to a more diverse workforce.

February 24, 2020

La concejal de la ciudad de Long Beach, Mary Zendejas conoce de primera mano la desigualdad de oportunidades en el empleo.

Zendejas, de 49 años, es la primera mujer en silla de ruedas en servir como concejal para una ciudad en todo el país. El 5 de noviembre del 2019 fue elegida para representar al primer distrito de la ciudad de Long Beach.

February 21, 2020

Two bills that call for the partial banning and water testing of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were introduced to the Senate on Tuesday.

Authored by Senators Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), a longtime writer of chemical pollutant bills, and Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach), SB 1056 would have the State Water Resources Control Board test drinking water, groundwater, and surface water across California for all PFAS chemical types by 2022. Monitoring for PFAS by a Board laboratory would subsequently commence.

February 21, 2020

Port directors from across California marked California Ports Day on Wednesday by meeting with state policymakers, legislators, and administration officials to highlight the economic importance of the state’s 11 ports and issue a call to action to keep them competitive in a challenging environment. California ports are a critical link in the U.S. and international supply chain, are tied to more than 5 million jobs nationwide and generate an estimated $700 billion in annual revenue.

February 21, 2020

Long Beach, Calif. -- La senadora de Long Beach, Lena González presentará este viernes el proyecto de ley “Contratación Justa” en Sacramento que pretende acabar con la discriminación de los latinos y otras minorías a la hora de ser contratados.

“El sistema de contratación está completamente desfasado y roto. A pesar de todo el avance en cuanto a diversidad en el lugar de trabajo, no estamos mejor que hace 25 años”, dice.

February 14, 2020

California lawmaker Lena Gonzalez proposed a new bill that would make it easier for HIV-positive individuals to secure life and disability-income insurance.

The bill would prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals based solely on someone's HIV status. If the bill is passed, it would effectively overturn a law passed in 1989 when treatment for HIV patients was limited and the life expectancy was shorter.

February 13, 2020

A Long Beach lawmaker has announced the introduction of a bill aimed at preventing HIV discrimination.

Democratic State Senator Lena Gonzalez said the Equal Insurance HIV Act will stop insurance companies from rejecting Californians from life and disability income insurance based solely on their HIV status.

February 13, 2020

Lena Gonzalez, 33rd District senator and former Long Beach councilmember, announced on Tuesday, Feb. 11 the introduction of what she calls the Equal Insurance HIV Act, saying it would prevent insurance companies from denying life and disability income insurance coverage based solely on a person’s HIV status.

Gonzalez joined state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and LGBTQ-advocacy group Equality California to announce the bill, which would enact anti- discrimination protections in life and disability income insurance products for people living with HIV.

February 12, 2020

Emphasizing the links between the decreasing rates of new HIV infection rates — thanks to PrEp and other preventions – and the skyrocketing rates of sexually transmitted infections, Wiener introduced SB 932 on Feb. 5 to authorize HIV counselors to perform rapid syphilis tests. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), syphilis infections were up almost 15% from 2017 to 2018.