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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

An excerpt from KTLA News

by Rick Chambers

Hundreds of pairs of shoes covered the street in South Los Angeles on Friday evening, each representing a life lost in a shooting, as residents demonstrated to call for an end to gun violence.

Local residents, clergy members and law enforcement officials including L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore came together at the intersection of Manchester and Vermont avenues to push for federal gun control legislation.

“We’ve got to come to terms with the consequences of gun violence, the devastating cost — the lives that are lost, and the lives that are impacted for generations to come because of just senseless violence," Moore told KTLA.

Officials estimate that three people die every day from gun violence in Los Angeles.

Friday, July 13, 2018

An excerpt from the Los Angeles Times

By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde

South Los Angeles community members will rally against gun violence Friday evening in an event called “They Used to Walk Among Us,” a reference to loved ones killed by guns.

The rally, hosted by Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson), will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manchester and Vermont avenues, organizers said. Participants are encouraged to bring shoes belonging to or representing victims of gun violence.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

An excerpt from Los Angeles Daily News

By Susan Abram

The 911 calls come from all corners of northern Los Angeles County’s rural desert communities: Asthma attack. Elders on their own who have run out of prescription drugs and need help. Alcohol-induced illnesses. Mental health-related episodes.

Those are the calls Dr. Clayton Kazan wants, the kinds of ailments he knows he can fix with a lock box filled with emergency medications and an electrocardiogram that he carries in his Ford Explorer.

His equipment and tools may be low-tech, especially compared to the smartphone apps and telehealth devices hospitals nationwide are experimenting with to steer non-life threatening illnesses away from their emergency departments.

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 YubaNet.com

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.