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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
In most years, we look forward to gathering with friends and neighbors at our office’s annual Holiday Open House. This year, due to public health orders and the surge of COVID-19 cases in California, we’ve made the decision to re-imagine our annual event. While we’ll have to forgo many of the usual festivities, we can still help families in need.
 
This year, our office is hosting a Contactless Toy Drive benefiting the West Valley Food Pantry. To participate, please drop off a new, unwrapped toy (or several!) at the West Valley Food Pantry on December 10th. COVID-19 safety protocols (including masks and social distancing) will be strictly enforced, and you’ll be able to safely donate without ever leaving your vehicle.
 
Contactless Toy Drive with Asm. Jesse Gabriel
December 10th — 3:30 - 6:30 PM 
West Valley Food Pantry at Prince of Peace Church 
5700 Rudnick Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
 

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

AB 2236 will also have officers take refresher courses every 5 years

By Evan Symon, May 21, 2020 2:10 pm

On Wednesday, a bill that would have the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) create new hate crime training measures for law enforcement officers was passed unanimously 8 to 0 by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Increased hate crime training

Assemblyman Kansen Chu (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Assembly Bill 2236, jointly written by Assemblymen Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) and Kansen Chu (D-San Jose), would also make it mandatory for most law enforcement officers to take and updated hate crime refresher courses every 5 years.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Friends- 

 

I hope this note finds you safe and well.

 

I’m writing to you from Sacramento, where the State Legislature has recently reconvened. We are facing interesting circumstances in the State Capitol, with remote witness testimony and committee hearings being held on the floor of the Assembly Chamber to allow for physical distancing. Despite these challenges, we are continuing to press forward with our legislative agenda and working hard to deliver the best possible constituent services.

 

Friday, March 6, 2020

The California State Assembly’s Select Committee on Jobs & Innovation in the San Fernando Valley held its first hearing of 2020 on the state of L.A.’s entertainment industry at the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 headquarters in Burbank.

Hosted by 45th District (West SFV) Democrat Jesse Gabriel and attended by fellow members of the area delegation Laura Friedman (D District 43 – Glendale), Adrin Nazarian (D District 47 – South/Central SFV) and Luz Rivas (D District 39 – Arleta), the two-hour listening session heard from representatives of the California Film Commission, local film office FilmLA, performers union SAG-AFTRA, crafts union IATSE, Motion Picture Association (the major studios’ trade group) and others.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

As California grapples with an unprecedented homelessness crisis, there has been much discussion about helping those currently on the streets, with far less focus on how we can prevent homelessness in the first place.

Yet prevention is clearly a key piece of the puzzle, particularly as the number of Californians slipping into homelessness each year continues to outpace local efforts to provide shelter. According to the 2019 homeless count, officials in Los Angeles County housed more than 21,000 people in 2018, yet homelessness still increased 12 percent countywide. If we’re serious about addressing this crisis, preventing homelessness must be at the top of our agenda.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

These are desperate times for Los Angeles.

Even as the city, county and state have been pouring money into housing and services, the number of people living on the street has gone steadily up. More and more of them are losing their housing — often for the first time — because of unaffordable rents and evictions.

But are we ready for desperate measures?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Alarmed that the gun used in a mass shooting in Gilroy was bought legally in Nevada, two dozen California legislators on Wednesday asked their counterparts in the neighboring state to meet this fall to discuss strengthening restrictions on firearms.

The unusual proposal was made in a letter to Nevada State Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, who is a Democrat, and the Democrat-controlled Legislature just weeks after a 19-year-old resident of that state opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, killing three people and wounding 13.

“While California has enacted numerous gun safety measures, this tragedy underscores the need for California to work closely with neighboring states to close loopholes and advance common sense gun safety measures,” said the letter signed by 27 Democratic legislators including Assembly members Jesse Gabriel of Encino, Reginald Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles and Buffy Wicks of Oakland.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

It’s no secret that California is facing an affordability crisis. Even with the longest economic expansion in U.S. history powering our economy, more than 40 percent of California voters say they can’t afford to live in the Golden State. For too many, the California Dream is slipping out of reach. But with targeted tax policies and increased housing production we can make a real difference for millions of Californians.

In responding to our affordability crisis, it’s vital that we address the high cost of housing. In recent years, rents have increased between 25 and 50 percent in many of our urban areas, which are already among the most expensive rental markets in the nation. And those wishing to purchase a home in California must compete in a market where the average price is more than half a million dollars. In several Bay Area counties, median home values now exceed $1.3 million.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

*as adapted from the LA Times Editorial Board*

Tens of thousands of Californians who otherwise would have been at grave risk of losing their homes, their children, their ability to pursue a living or other basic human rights and needs at least had a fighting chance to defend themselves in court because of landmark 2009 legislation that gave them access to lawyers.

In a rare feat of foresight, the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act that established the pilot program required and provided funding for evaluations. So we know, for example, that providing counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction in Los Angeles County increased the likelihood of tenants responding to eviction actions, of cases being settled, and of tenants retaining their housing or finding new places to live with minimal costly disruption.

Similarly good outcomes in the few other counties involved in the pilot led the Legislature to make the program permanent in 2016. Now lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase court filing fees to expand the number of people served by the program. It’s a good move that deserves to proceed.

AB 330 by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, a Democrat representing the west San Fernando Valley, would increase filing fees for some court services, such as issuing a writ to enforce a judgment or taking an affidavit.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Two days after a fatal shooting at a San Diego County synagogue, California officials pledged millions of dollars to protect religious congregations and other organizations targeted by hate crimes.

Surrounded by two dozen lawmakers, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that his revised budget proposal will include $15 million for grants to nonprofit groups to improve security at buildings — such as mosques, synagogues, churches and LGBT community centers — that are frequented by people at risk of being attacked because of who they are or what they believe.

The security grants, which are based on a federal program, have been made available for the past three years to California churches, schools and women’s health clinics to pay for reinforced entrances, alarms, guards and other safety improvements.

But Newsom said hundreds of applications have gone unfulfilled for lack of money. The state set aside only $500,000 for the program last year.

The California Legislative Jewish Caucus requested the funding increase this month, following an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead and a shooting last fall in which 11 people were killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“I know it feels on some days like our world is unraveling, like every day we wake up and read about another act of hate-motivated violence. But we cannot accept this, we cannot accept this new normal,” said Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, an Encino Democrat who is vice chair of the Jewish caucus.