Tuesday, April 23, 2019

An excerpt from the Sacramento Bee

It’s dangerous to be homeless in the Golden State. Homeless people make up less 1 percent of Los Angeles’ population, yet accounted for 16 percent of the city’s homicide victims last year, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Often, that violence is carried out with extreme brutality, according to National Coalition for the Homeless.

In May 2016, four people in beat a homeless man to death over the course of three days in San Francisco.

In September 2016, a man stabbed a homeless woman and then beat her to death with a baseball bat, all in broad daylight in Corona.

In February 2017, a man intentionally struck and killed a homeless man, a Navy veteran, with his vehicle in Riverside.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

An excerpt from CBS SACRAMENTO (CBS13)

The California Legislature will decide whether to equip every bus and child care car or van with a video system in an effort to cut down on bullying on school buses and the number of drivers who do not stop for school buses.

Under Assembly Bill 934, all school buses, school pupil activity buses, youth buses, and child care motor vehicles would need to have internal video systems. Several states have cameras on-board buses and have found them an effective way to stop bullying and vandalism, according to the bill’s author Asm. Mike Gipson (D- 64th District). The bus drivers and school administrators would also be able to monitor student activity, record when students get on and off the bus, and prevent false claims from being made.

Monday, March 4, 2019

An excerpt from East County Today - Local News and Current Events

A bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) would make it a hate crime to commit a criminal act, in whole or in part, because of the victims homeless status.

Monday, February 4, 2019

An excerpt from the Los Angeles Times

Sixteen California lawmakers met Monday with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was gravely wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, and agreed to form a working group to develop and pass gun control laws that can serve as a model for other states and the nation.

The working group will put together a package of gun laws, including new taxes on firearms for anti-violence programs, and submit them to Gov. Gavin Newsom for approval.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

An excerpt from the LA Sentinel

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, Democratic Caucus Chair, released the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal:

Thursday, September 27, 2018

An excerpt from LA Watts Times

Clean clothes, a refreshing shower and a hot meal are a few things that many of us take for granted. On Thursday, September 20, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson organized ‘Laundry of Love’ a Day of Homeless Service in Watts.

Mr. and Mrs. Martel Loving, proprietors of Just For You Laundry at 10723 Compton Ave. in Watts opened their doors to homeless individuals and families to allow them the complimentary use of washers and dryers.

As attendees waited for their clothes to dry, they were invited to walk a very short distance to Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 10905 Compton Ave. for delicious meals; showers; vaccination; dental kits; HIV testing; Hepatitis vaccines; feminine supplies; music and a wide array of resources.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

An excerpt from KTLA

A bill that would seek to end the frustration of the 6,800 customers in Compton and Willowbrook complaining of murky water flowing from their taps is sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and the assemblyman who introduced it held a community forum Thursday to discuss the measure.

The bill that easily passed the state Assembly and Senate last month, AB 1577, would appoint a state administrator to assume control of the daily operations of their water provider, the Sativa Los Angeles County Water District. It would also dissolve Sativa’s existing board and appoint the state controller to conduct an audit of the district’s resources and finances.

“It is an emergency situation” currently affecting 17,000 people, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, the bill’s author, said during the town hall. Because of that, the bill includes an “urgency clause” that would put it into effect immediately if Brown signs it.