Press Releases

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Legislation Will Require Universities to Consider Homelessness as an Extenuating Circumstance When Evaluating Financial Aid Appeals

SACRAMENTO, CA — Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 2416, by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), which will require colleges and universities in California to consider whether a student is experiencing homelessness when making a determination about whether the student should continue to receive financial aid.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Legislation Would Have Established Stronger Accountability and Reporting Requirements for State-funded Homelessness Programs

SACRAMENTO, CA — Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill (AB) 2746, by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), which would have significantly strengthened oversight over state-funded homelessness programs, including by creating a framework for data collection to better track and evaluate programs receiving state funding. In recent years, California has invested billions of dollars to address the state’s severe housing and homelessness crisis, yet homelessness has continued to increase significantly in many communities across the state.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Legislation Addresses Lack of Federal Strategy by Honoring and Enforcing Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs) Issued in Other States

SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 2617, a measure that will 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-Woodland Hills), who co-founded the Legislature’s Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, and who has called for broader state-level cooperation on issues related to gun violence.

Monday, September 28, 2020
Legislation Empowers School Districts and Local Governments to Work Together to Provide Affordable Housing on School District-Owned Land
 
SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 3308, by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), which empowers school districts in California to utilize low-income housing tax credits to construct affordable housing for teachers and school employees on district-owned land. The legislation also clarifies that local governments can work collaboratively with school districts to build affordable housing for their employees as well as members of the general public.
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.

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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.”