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Lorena Gonzalez
Lorena Gonzalez

San Diego Democratic assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, mentioned in some circles as a possible candidate to replace retiring U.S. senator Barbara Boxer, was out and about the state last year, courtesy of corporate and nonprofit donors. In May it was a trip to Disneyland for two, courtesy of Disneyland Resort Corporate Relations, which kicked in two park passes worth $274. Before that it was the Rose Parade and brunch for a total of $137, thanks to Parsons engineering of Pasadena. In July it was off to NBC Universal in L.A. for two studio passes worth $358.


Meanwhile, state senator Joel Anderson — raising money to run for county supervisor against fellow Republican Dianne Jacobs, the incumbent — spent some time on the road. In May he attended the spring summit of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC for short, which picked up a $776 tab. In July it was another ALEC confab, costing the group $1592. And December brought yet another speaking engagement with the council, that one worth $983.

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Lorena Gonzalez
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San Diego Democratic assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, mentioned in some circles as a possible candidate to replace retiring U.S. senator Barbara Boxer, was out and about the state last year, courtesy of corporate and nonprofit donors. In May it was a trip to Disneyland for two, courtesy of Disneyland Resort Corporate Relations, which kicked in two park passes worth $274. Before that it was the Rose Parade and brunch for a total of $137, thanks to Parsons engineering of Pasadena. In July it was off to NBC Universal in L.A. for two studio passes worth $358.


Meanwhile, state senator Joel Anderson — raising money to run for county supervisor against fellow Republican Dianne Jacobs, the incumbent — spent some time on the road. In May he attended the spring summit of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC for short, which picked up a $776 tab. In July it was another ALEC confab, costing the group $1592. And December brought yet another speaking engagement with the council, that one worth $983.

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You can tell who's the Labor Dem and who's the GOP fatcat by the freebies they get. I think Lorena would be a great replacement for Boxer: she's tough as nails and Latina as well. A natural.

March 25, 2015

Lorena Gonzales is not a good replacement for Barbara Boxer, I hope she is not elected. Thanks to her an illegal layer received his California license to practice the law he does not respect. Thanks to Union support she has the position she holds but her main goal is helping illegals, another bill she wrote is one to let people use a driver license to cross the border back from Mexico without having to have a U.S. passport. The U.S. will loose money from people now getting and renewing passports and any one having a license from California will just go out and come back at will - yes the licenses are different from the one a legal resident holds now but I bet Lorena will come out with a bill to make them look exactly the same. She also was behind the outset of Bob Filner together with her brother.

March 29, 2015

What's an "illegal layer"? And it's lose (not "loose") money. Also, you mean ouster (not "outset").

March 29, 2015

Lorena Gonzales crafted Assembly Bill AB1024 to allow illegals who pass the State Bar exam to practice law. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2014. Now illegal lawyer Sergio Garcia who lives in Chico California practices law as an ambulance chaser. Sergio Garcia is a second generation illegal – his father was among the 3 million that were given Amnesty back in 1986 when Ronald Regan was president. By the way is not polite to point typos in comments. Social Media and many official documents have errors too.

April 1, 2015

Instead of "By the way is not polite to point typos in comments", don't you mean By the way it is not polite to point out typos in comments.

BTW, you do know that until 2008, the California Bar did not ask applicants for their immigration status, right? Meaning ANY undocumented immigrant who passed the California bar exam prior to that time would have been able to be admitted to the state bar and practice law. So Garcia is likely not the only one.

BTW2, you do also understand that the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the law allowed him to be admitted to the state bar and practice law, right?

BTW3, you do also understand that parents actually moved BACK to Mexico in 1986, moving back to the US in 1994, after his father had been granted permanent resident status. When his father filed an immigration visa petition for him, that petition gives Garcia the right to have his immigration status changed to lawful permanent resident once an immigration visa number is available. You do know all of this, right?

April 1, 2015

I do not think what you are saying is correct - Lorena came out with the bill to give him the law license but Federal law prevents him from getting a job in a law firm so he opened his own to chase ambulances. btw4u his "application" was entered in 1995... do you know that for a father to get a green card for his son or daughter is only 5 years? and so far he still waiting for his and is not because of what is going on now with the immigration system. Only a brother or sister wait longer that 10 years and after the current immigration system is fixed to please illegals brothers and sisters will not be given the opportunity to come here.

April 1, 2015

Simply because you choose not to believe something does not change the facts. If you don't believe that until 2008, the California Bar did not ask applicants for their immigration status, look it up. If you don't believe that the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the law allowed him to be admitted to the state bar and practice law, then look it up. Ca. Supreme Court docket # S202512, filed 1/12/2014. Your Information regarding the wait time is incorrect. His father filed an immigration visa petition (form I-130 [petition for alien relative]) on Garcia’s behalf and the petition was accepted by federal immigration officials on January 31, 1995. The government has approved his application, but he remains in limbo because of the huge backlog of applications that have led to prolonged delays for Mexican nationals seeking one. This information came straight from the CA. Supreme Court opinion. Again, if you don't believe it, LOOK IT UP YOURSELF. BTW5, In particular, you might look at footnote 3, at the bottom of page 4.
Your view of the situation as a whole is myopic. In a nutshell, Garcia passed the bar exam on his first try, was sworn in and was actually practicing. Two weeks later, his license was rescinded on the basis that the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act passed by Congress in 1996 prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving professional licenses with the use of public funds, unless state law explicitly overrides it. Essentially, Garcia was barred from receiving his license because the court's budget is funded by public money. In 2012, group of eight state senators and 15 Assembly members filed an amicus brief with the court on his behalf. In 2013, the Assembly and the Senate passed a resolution of support for Garcia, declaring that "an applicant's immigration status should not be the determining factor in deciding whether to approve a State Bar law license in California.” The Ca. Supreme Court suggested that because a state law could explicitly that override that federal law, the legislature craft one. Hence AB1024. It does NOT allow " illegals" who pass the State Bar exam to practice law. It states that if applicant has fulfilled all of the requirements for admission to practice law, the Supreme Court may admit the applicant as an attorney at law in all the courts of this state, even if an applicant who is not lawfully present in the United States. BTW, while Gonzalez may have created the bill, the bill passed on a vote of 62-4.

April 2, 2015

My comment was only to express my dislike for Lorena Gonzales and what she stands for. I was not aware a Major in English, a Degree in Law and be able to follow BTW thru BTW5 steps was a requirement in order to post a comment in the Reader. My information is from Google, Wikipedia and Lorena Gonzales official website. Now I know why I do not care to have a Social Media account where comments became bickering back and forth with foul language and soon the subject of the comment is forgotten. I steel think IT is RUDE to point grammar errors, typos etc. but It is what it is and commenting about Lorena Gonzales is taking way to much of my free time, so I am going to let the subject rest and for sure I am skipping the article “Sanders, Gonzales in a back room, together” P.S. Green Cards are issued by Immigration and Naturalization Services and I know for a fact they take the noted time I put.

April 2, 2015

You actually don't need anything special to post on the Reader. You don't even need to know what you are talking about. However, when you don't know what you are talking about, there is usually someone, if not several people, that will endeavor to enlighten you with the actual facts, as I did in this case. I got my information from the California Supreme Court, and the California State Legislature, using various printed news reports to determine what information I required that I didn't already know. Your disdain, or probably more accurately your contempt, Lorena Gonzales for is obvious. That said, at least you could get the facts correct when trying to convey that contempt you have. I am aware that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issues green cards. However, the fact remains, according to the legal ruling issued by the Supreme Court that "because the current backlog of persons of Mexican origin who are seeking immigrant visas is so large, as of the date of this opinion -- more than 19 years after Garcia's visa petition was filed -- a visa number still has not become available for Garcia." Fowrwhat reason, I neither know or care about. And though you may "know for a fact they take the noted time I put: According to the USCIS website, there is a waiting list. Generally speaking, correcting someone's grammar is not a common occurrence. That being said, sometimes it is just necessary to understand the point trying to be conveyed. For example, an illegal layer could be understood to mean a mason, like a brick layer.. Then sometimes, it's just so bad, people can't resist. It's unfortunate that commenting about Lorena Gonzales is taking way to much of your free time, bu if it was done correct the first time, there would be no need to follow up.

April 2, 2015

As for Bob Filner, the person most responsible for his downfall was Bob Filner. His behavior was reprehensible, and it was necessary to get him out of office. And yes, I did vote for him for his liberal positions, as I didn't know about his shocking personal conduct. Blaming Gonzales or anyone else doesn't change that.

April 1, 2015

I'm non-partisan, but do not support Lorena Gonzales because she is more interested in pushing the agenda of her "latino homies" (as SHE calls them) rather than representing the interests of all of her constituents.

April 1, 2015

Correct! benefits that will translate in votes when the time comes. She knows how to get what she wants.

April 1, 2015

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