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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An excerpt from The San Francisco Chronicle

By By Karen de Sá, Cynthia Dizikes and Joaquin Palomino

Legislation introduced Thursday would declare a three-year moratorium on the unnecessary arrests of youth in California foster-care shelters and residential facilities — an effort to halt a pipeline that has funneled hundreds of abused and neglected children into juvenile halls from Stockton to San Diego, often for minor misdeeds.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) has selected Assemblymember Mike Gipson (AD-64) as the new Secretary/Treasurer. The position has been vacant since Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (AD-54) resigned from the Legislature due to health concerns.

“Although we are saddened because of the circumstances to fill this position, we are excited for Asm. Gipson as he has been a great asset to the Caucus and Black Californians,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41), Chair of the Caucus. “His passion for our community is unparalleled and the influence he yields as Chair of the Democratic Caucus will certainly propel our agenda forward.”

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

An excerpt from Los Angeles Downtown News

By Nicholas Slayton

DTLA - On Jan. 2, 2017, the David L. Murphy Sobering Center opened at 640 S. Maple Ave. in Skid Row. City and county homeless services workers and public safety officials had high hopes for the 9,500-square-foot facility. They believed that directing intoxicated people — including serial inebriates, who can tax public safety resources — to the center, rather than sending them to local hospitals, could save millions in treatment costs, free up EMTs and medical personnel for other emergencies, and connect indigent patients to support services.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

By Kimberlee Buck, Staff Writer

Earlier last week, president Trump referred to Haiti and other African countries as “s***hole countries” during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office. The comment came during a discussion on protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal.  

During the meeting, Trump went on to suggest that the United States, should instead bring more people from countries like Norway and Asian countries because he felt those countries could contribute economically to the United States. The president proceeded to single out Haiti telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal.  

“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.”  

Friday, November 24, 2017

Excerpt from Long Beach Post

On Monday evening local nonprofit We Are the Next shared their hard work to date, unveiled plans for 2018, and honored World Famous VIP Records owner Kelvin Anderson for his commitment to Long Beach’s youth during “Cocktails for Community,” a benefit supporting the organization’s programs.

Attendees gathered at Padre in support of the organization, which aims to foster a new generation of residents who will commit to their communities through investing time and energy in making their neighborhoods better places to live.

Field Representative for State Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, Victor Ibarra, provided Anderson with a certificate of recognition for his service. Anderson’s recognition was aptly-timed, as the iconic sign associated with the World Famous VIP Records was recently recommended by the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission to receive city historic landmark status.