Monday, August 26, 2019

An excerpt from the Long Beach Business Journal

The debate around automation at California ports has come to the shores of Long Beach. The Long Beach City Council recently approved a recommendation by 9th District Councilmember Rex Richardson to conduct a study assessing the economic impact of automation at the Port of Long Beach. The item received unanimous approval from Richardson’s seven fellow councilmembers. The study will be produced by the city manager’s office in collaboration with the harbor department, and is due to be presented to the city council within 120 days.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

An excerpt from the Compton Herald

SACRAMENTO – The long-awaited bronze bust of the late Mervyn M. Dymally, a long-time California lawmaker and former lieutenant governor, was unveiled at the State Capitol on Aug. 12, 2019

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson, who unveiled the bust in a special ceremony, authored AB 2036, he said, “to ensure that this trailblazer’s legacy will always be with us.” The statue sits at the entrance of the lieutenant governor’s office in Sacramento.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An excerpt from American Shipper

The Long Beach City Council has directed the city’s harbor department to conduct a study on the economic impact of port automation on the city.

The council voted 8-0 to order the study at its Aug. 20 meeting. It’s the latest in a series of studies and legislation proposals having to do with automation in the wake of a failed effort by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to prevent APM Terminals from installing robotic equipment at its terminal at Pier 400 in the neighboring Port of Los Angeles.

Long Beach Councilman Rex Richardson noted that the Port of Long Beach, the second-largest container port in the U.S. in 2018, is an economic driver for the region and that the transition to automation at the port “has a lot of people on edge.”

Friday, July 26, 2019

An excerpt from The Daily Breeze

Rapper Jay Rock, a former gang member turned Grammy-winning musician, will be the keynote speaker for Saving Our Sons, a one-day event Saturday, Aug. 3, for at-risk youth at Carson’s Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The event’s official description says the conference will examine “active solutions to assist our boys of color.”

Among those attending the empowerment conference, aimed at boys 16 years of age and older, will be youths on probation, wards of the court, continuation students, and youths living in foster and group homes.

The event includes break-out sessions on a variety of timely topics,  tie-tying lessons, free haircuts for those who preregister, a backpack giveaway and lunch.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

Assembly member Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) will host a transformational one-day conference “Saving Our Sons” for boys of color in middle school and high school, drop-outs, wards of the court, continuation school students, youth on probation and those residing in foster and group homes.

The pivotal event will be held at California State University Dominguez Hills on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. (registration) to 4:00 p.m. and will include breakout sessions, lunch, tie-tying lesson, free haircuts (pre-registered) and backpack giveaway.

Monday, July 1, 2019

A road trip to Sacramento and testimony before the Senate Budget Committee on May 9, 2019, by CDU leadership and seven students and alums produced a $7.5 million one-time appropriation for the University. Of the allocation, $5 million is earmarked for enrollment growth and student support services and $2.5 million for academic facilities upgrades.

“Our team made the case that CDU is a good investment for the state, especially with California facing a shortage of physicians and other health care professionals,” said University President/CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle. “The legislature agreed, and we are very grateful for their allocation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

At two years of age, my mother was worried because I cried almost constantly.  She noticed that my finger looked broken, which we would soon discover was a result of bone deterioration.  What she was about to discover after rushing me to the hospital shocked her.  She was told her two year old boy was suffering from Sickle Cell Disease.  It was 1988 and newborn screening only started in California in 1990.

By the age of 6, I had already spent half of my young life in the hospital. At age 7 while hospitalized, the doctor told my mother I was going to die. My family arrived, cried, prayed, and tried to comfort me.  We waited. But I didn’t die. This was my new normal. I would continue to be hospitalized and each time wonder if I was going to die, as I would constantly be reminded that there were almost no adults living with Sickle Cell.  We just didn’t live long enough to make it to adulthood.