Monday, June 26, 2017

An excerpt from CNN-Tech

By Selena Larson

A proposed bill in California would give kids in juvenile facilities the right to internet access, and Facebook is throwing its support behind it.

"Many teens are placed in locations far from their homes and families, making availability of electronic communication to maintain supportive relationships even more important," Ann Blackwood, Facebook (FB, Tech30) policy head for western states, wrote in a letter supporting the bill.

She said computer literacy and the internet are important educational tools, as well as a means to communicate with family. Blackwood sent the letter on Friday to Assemblymember Mike Gipson, the Los Angeles Democrat who introduced the bill earlier this year. A copy of the letter was provided to CNNTech.


Monday, June 19, 2017

An excerpt from The Compton Herald

SACRAMENTO — During a late and final session of the 2017 Legislative Budget Conference Committee, Compton Community College was approved for $11.3 million in one-time funding along with enrollment stabilization money to support the college’s transition into an independently accredited institution.

The funding proposal, brought forward through Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson, will allow the college to acquire the necessary technology, staff, and other administrative capabilities critical to managing a self-standing college.

Monday, June 5, 2017

An excerpt from The Compton Herald

Thursday, May 18, 2017

An excerpt from the Guardian - University of California, San Diego

By Kevin Pichinte

The UC Board of Regents has officially decided to place a cap on the number of out-of-state and international students each UC campus can enroll. During their meeting at UC San Francisco today, the Regents voted in favor of limiting nonresident admissions to 18 percent of the total enrollment.

UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, are exempt because their current percentages of nonresidents are higher than the 18 percent cap: UC Berkeley: 24.4 percent, UCLA: 22.8 percent, UC Irvine: 18.9 percent and UCSD: 22.9 percent.

However, they are required to maintain their current percentages and limit their future enrollment percentages of nonresident undergraduates to their current levels.

Regent John Pérez declared his approval for the measure.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

An excerpt from The Bay Area Reporter

by Seth Hemmelgarn

The head of California's Office of AIDS got an earful from advocates and others during a hearing this week about problems with the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

Among other issues, many people had trouble getting access to medication and data for dozens of clients was breached after the state switched to a new contractor last year to oversee enrollment and eligibility.

At an Assembly hearing Monday, May 8, Office of AIDS Chief Dr. Karen Mark explained how AJ Boggs had won the contract over Ramsell Corporation, which had done the work for almost 20 years.

Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson), who chairs the Select Committee on Infectious Disease in High Risk Disadvantage Communities, told Mark, "I'm just a little confused. How did AJ Boggs score so high technically but fail so quickly ... They failed so quickly and so early."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

By Sentinel News Service | Los Angeles, CA

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson responded to Trump’s conflicting statements on HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) funding.

“Trump’s divisive comments have yet again exposed his lack of respect for African Americans, our higher education and our historic role in this country.

He stood in the White House, which slaves built, and promised to continue the 1992 federal funding of low cost construction loans that helps build, repair and renovate HBCUs.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

An excerpt from The Signal - Santa Clarita Valley

By Gina Ender

Young adults experiencing homelessness would get more access to assistance and services under Assemblyman Tom Lackey’s (R-Palmdale) new budget proposal, his office announced Tuesday.

If passed, the budget would provide $15 million for homeless Californians in between 18 and 24 years old, including housing, independent living skill development, education and employment assistance, family engagement and interventions for up to three years per person.