Thursday, May 10, 2018

An excerpt from the Sacramento Bee

In March, California joined a small but growing number of states fighting back against last year’s enormously regressive Republican tax bill when Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, introduced a bill that would close one of the most egregious pieces of the tax code, the carried interest loophole.

The fight to close this loophole — which allows private equity fund managers to reduce their tax bills nearly in half by having their earnings taxed as capital gains instead of income — will reveal which legislators serve the people and which serve their donors.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

An excerpt from

By State Treasurer John Chiang

California State Treasurer John Chiang today applauded the California State Teachers’ Retirement System for becoming the first state pension fund in the nation to adopt a policy that seeks to end pension investments in companies profiting from the proliferation of banned military-style assault weapons.

“At a pivotal moment in the national debate about gun violence safety, America’s largest teacher pension fund has voted to use the power of its purse strings to prevent more of our school yards, work sites, and places of worship from becoming killing fields,” said Chiang. “It was time to stop using taxpayer and teacher pension dollars to support the proliferation of outlawed weapons that would earn prison time for any Californian caught possessing them.”

Thursday, April 5, 2018

An excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle

By Karen de Sá, Cynthia Dizikes and Joaquin Palomino

A California lawmaker is calling for $22.7 million in state funding to help prevent unwarranted arrests of abused and neglected children in the state’s residential foster-care facilities — a disturbing practice exposed in a Chronicle investigation last year.

The three-year budget proposal, to be introduced next week by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson (Los Angeles County), comes as arrests continue across the state at county children’s shelters, despite pledges of reform.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

An excerpt from The Los Angeles Wave

By Starlett Quarles

Since the start of the Trump administration, the debate on gun control has stayed on the minds of many Americans, and at the forefront of this country’s political discourse. But how will the gun control laws of today impact our communities and futures of tomorrow?

I recently interviewed state Assemblyman Mike Gipson – who represents such communities as Watts, Compton, South Los Angeles – to get his perspective on the impact of Trump’s gun control agenda on black America and what we can do to help change it.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

An excerpt from The Daily Californian

By Jarrett Fisher

Representatives from politics, academia, policy research and the UC Berkeley student body gathered to discuss gun violence and gun control in America during a campus event Wednesday night.

The event, hosted by the ASUC Office of the External Affairs Vice President, featured a wide variety of speakers, including California District 64 Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Policy Director of the Pacific Center for Violence Prevention Andres Soto, Berkeley Law Professor Franklin Zimring and campus junior Leonard Irving-Thomas.

Speakers highlighted recent acts of gun violence and brought together statistics and political insight to describe the issue, afterward proposing a variety of solutions.

Monday, February 26, 2018

An excerpt from the Los Angeles Times

By Jazmine Ulloa

Calling on Washington to pass sensible gun-control laws after the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school, California lawmakers on Monday underscored their own efforts to tighten access to firearms across the state.

New bills this year would extend lost or stolen firearm reporting requirements to all state law enforcement agencies, expand gun violence restraining orders against people who pose a serious risk of harm and prohibit purchases of guns by people who have been convicted of domestic violence. Another would bar city, county and state agencies from giving out gun or ammunition store gift cards in exchange for voluntarily returning old weapons.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

by By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr., Executive Editor 

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, First AME Church hosted the 2018 city of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Worship Service to kick off Black History Month in the city of Los Angeles.  Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the day’s event paying tribute to those Black leaders who laid the ground work for not only First AME Church but all of Los Angeles.  “It is such a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Mayor Tom Bradley, who paved the way for so many historic moments that we enjoy today here in Los Angeles,” stated Mayor Garcetti.