Local assemblywoman receives threats over bill

Bill would provide $80 diaper stipend per month

SAN DIEGO - A state bill that would provide diapers to mothers in need has landed local Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez in the hot seat.

The bill would give a monthly $80 diaper stipend to qualifying families who have a child under the age of two.

"It's to protect small children who, at no fault of their own, are in a poor family," Gonzalez told 10News over the phone.

The bill has already passed the Assembly 55-23. 10News first reported on the bill last week and since then, it has received national attention has stirred up controversy around the nation.

It has even landed Gonzalez some threats.

"It's pretty graphic and I am by no means easily shocked," she added.       

She says they are threats which range from unseating her to sterilization amongst an entire group of people.

"This is something that is a little different that I am not used to," Gonzalez said. "It's a mix of classism, racism, sexism … really that is all combined together and it's shocking."

The former local labor leader says the phone calls are from people not only outside of her district, but outside of the state.

Critics say the bill would make an existing problem even worse, saying the taxpayer tab would be more than $100 million every year.

"I understand people don't want to expand welfare. I understand people are concerned about their tax dollars," Gonzalez said. "But this really is a way to save the state money to move women from welfare to work."

The bill will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee later this month.

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