Friday, September 29, 2017

An excerpt from Sacramento Bee

By Ryan Sabalow

Gun rights activists have called a bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature or veto “the nail in the coffin” of openly carrying guns in California. But contrary to some claims, it doesn’t ban shooting and hunting in rural areas or most unincorporated county lands.

Assembly Bill 7, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, would limit where California’s 6 million-plus gun owners can carry unloaded shotguns and rifles in urban areas not previously covered by a statewide ban on openly carrying handguns. Gipson’s bill passed the Democrat-controlled Legislature earlier this month.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

An excerpt from Chronicles of Social Change

By Lauren Lee White

California Governor Jerry Brown has until October 15 to determine the fate of Assembly Bill 811, legislation that would mandate “reasonable access” to the internet for juvenile justice-involved youth and foster youth.

The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Compton), aims to ensure that youth in out-of-home placements will be able to use the Internet for educational purposes, to maintain communication with family, and will be “equipped with the basic tools to succeed” in the workforce.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

An excerpt from ABC30 Action News

Assembly Bill 7, authored by Mike Gipson (D-Carson) specifies that "it is a misdemeanor to openly carry a long gun in a public place in an area where discharge of a firearm is prohibited in an unincorporated area of a county."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

An excerpt from Los Angeles Times

By Patrick McGreevy

Californians would be prohibited from openly carrying long guns in public, unincorporated areas of the state under a bill approved Wednesday by the Legislature and sent to the governor for consideration.

The measure, opposed by the National Rifle Assn., was requested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to plug a loophole in state law that bans openly carrying handguns in areas outside cities.

“Shotguns and rifles should not be carried on our residential streets by untrained and unidentified members of the public,” said Sen. Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada-Flintridge). “This can cause confusion and endanger public safety for citizens and law enforcement as well.”

In some cases, long guns have been brandished by people at political rallies.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

An excerpt from

(LOS ANGELES – September 7, 2017) – The perception that nothing good comes from the inner city seems to be a misconception when it comes to Assemblyman Mike Gipson and Mona Clayton, RN. Products of Watts, California, Gipson and Clayton are both alumni of Fremont High School, Los Angeles Southwest College and the University of Phoenix, and have a proven track record of rising above all odds. A politician with a prior challenge of having a speech impediment and a single mom beating all the obstacles to become a successful registered nurse, entrepreneur and author makes it impossible not to recognize that great things are produced from South Central Los Angeles.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

An excerpt from Black Voice News

People getting busted for hosting parties based on racial stereotypes is nothing new. But it’s not something that you expect from a legal organization that’s supposed to stand for impartiality in the law. But that’s what happened when photos leaked of a Halloween party thrown by the Judicial Council of California. The Judicial Council is the policymaking arm of the California courts. Its goal is to be an independent and impartial administration of justice.

According to a report from the San Francisco ABC affiliate, the party featured stereotypical images of people of color depicted as prisoners. Some of the male staff members dressed as a transgender character from the TV show, “Orange is the New Black.”

News of the Judicial Council’s party has sparked a political uproar from Black organizations and legislators.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

An excerpt from NBC News - Count on 2

SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) -- 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 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.

Facebook allows kids as young as 13 to open an account.