Press Releases

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Bills Would Mandate Enhanced Accountability for State Homeless Funding and Facilitate Construction of Affordable Housing for Teachers and School Employees

SACRAMENTO, CA — Earlier this week, the California Legislature passed legislation, authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D - Woodland Hills), that would mandate enhanced accountability for state homeless funding and help local school districts construct affordable housing for teachers and school district employees. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Legislation Strengthens “Red Flag Laws” By Requiring California to Honor and Enforce Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) Issued in Other States

SACRAMENTO, CA — Earlier this week, the California State Senate passed Assembly Bill (AB) 2617, a measure that aims to fill the vacuum created by federal inaction on gun violence by ensuring that California honors and enforces gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) issued in other states. AB 2617 is authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino), who founded the Legislature’s Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, and who has called for broader state-level cooperation on issues related to gun violence. The bill passed with bipartisan support and is now on its way to Governor Gavin Newsom, who must sign or veto the bill by September 30, 2020.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Legislation Supported by Leading Jewish Organizations Will Enable Law Enforcement to Better Respond to Violent Bigotry and Protect Vulnerable Communities

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, the Assembly Public Safety Committee unanimously passed Assembly Bill (AB) 2236, by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino), which would strengthen California’s response to the recent rise in hate crimes and antisemitic incidents. Most significantly, AB 2236 would better equip law enforcement to respond to hate crimes, including by providing comprehensive training on hate crimes trends and best enforcement practices.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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Friday, March 13, 2020

Nearly 100 Nonprofits Awarded Funding Under New Program Established Following the Deadly Synagogue Shooting in Poway

SACRAMENTO, CA — Yesterday, the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) awarded $15 million in grants to 87 nonprofit organizations across California through the newly established California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

“In a world where hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, government must do more to protect vulnerable communities,” said Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D - Woodland Hills), who authored legislation establishing the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. “This funding will provide critical security resources and sends a powerful message that the State of California stands firmly with those targeted by hate.”

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Assembly Bill 2026 aims to strengthen host city bids by Los Angeles and San Francisco; Legislation would enhance public safety and anti-human trafficking efforts

Sacramento, CA — In an effort to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to California, today state lawmakers announced new legislation that would strengthen host city bids by Los Angeles and San Francisco. The appropriately-numbered Assembly Bill (AB) 2026, authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley), would enhance public safety planning, coordination, and resources to ensure a safe and fun environment for all World Cup events in California. The legislation also would bolster efforts to combat human trafficking, which can increase around major international sporting events like the World Cup.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

New Tax Credit Will Help Preserve 25,000 Subsidized Affordable Housing Units at Risk of Converting to Market Rate Units Over the Next Five Years

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D - San Fernando Valley), backed by a bipartisan coalition of 18 legislators from across California, introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 2058 to create a new $500 million Affordable Housing Preservation Tax Credit. This credit will enable California to preserve approximately 25,000 units of subsidized affordable housing that otherwise would be free to convert to market rate rents over the next five years.

Friday, October 11, 2019

New laws are the culmination of this year’s effort by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel and his colleagues to make California a national leader in gun violence prevention

SACRAMENTO — Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a package of bills championed by the Legislature’s Gun Violence Prevention Working Group. The Working Group was organized earlier this year by Assemblymembers Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) and launched following a meeting with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in February 2019. 

The signing ceremony was the culmination of a yearlong effort to advance innovative gun safety bills and create a national model for state gun violence prevention. Under the leadership of Assemblymembers Gabriel and Wicks, the Working Group welcomed Congresswoman Giffords to the State Capitol for a legislative roundtable, coordinated an ambitious legislative package, advocated for interstate coordination on gun safety measures, and represented California at the Giffords and March For Our Lives 2020 Presidential Gun Safety Forum in Nevada.

Friday, October 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1548 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley), which establishes the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to provide security funding to nonprofit organizations at risk of hate-motivated violence.  This legislation builds upon California’s historic commitment to allocate $15 million in security funding in this year’s state budget, which was made following the deadly attack at the Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California earlier this year.