SACRAMENTO – Undeterred by attacks from anti-choice activists, the Assembly Education Committee voted last night to approve Assembly Bill (AB) 624. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D – San Fernando Valley), would require schools serving grades 7-12, as well as institutions of higher education, to include the phone numbers for sexual assault, domestic violence, and reproductive healthcare hotlines on student ID cards. AB 624 builds on SB 972, signed into law by Governor Brown in 2018, which requires that schools provide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on student ID cards.
Los Angeles – In response to recent hate incidents targeting Armenian and Jewish institutions in the San Fernando Valley, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel brought together religious and lay leaders from the Armenian and Jewish communities for an inter-community dinner and dialogue. The discussion focused on efforts to work together to combat hate and discrimination of all forms.
On January 29, 2019, hate incidents occurred at two Armenian schools in the San Fernando Valley, with Turkish flags being hung at Holy Martyrs Ferrahian Armenian School and AGBU Manoogian School. The following day, Mishkan Torah Synagogue in Tarzana was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.
SACRAMENTO – In light of recent false and misleading attacks by anti-choice activists, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D – San Fernando Valley) today spoke out about Assembly Bill (AB) 624, which would require schools serving grades 7-12, as well as institutions of higher education, to include the phone numbers for sexual assault, domestic violence, and reproductive healthcare hotlines on student ID cards. AB 624 builds on SB 972, signed into law by Governor Brown in 2018, which requires that schools provide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on student ID cards.
In recent days, numerous anti-choice activists and publications have attacked AB 624—which applies to both public and private schools—as unconstitutional and have argued that the legislation would “forc[e] every student to join an abortion sales team” and is intended to promote and “reward” Planned Parenthood for supporting Assemblymember Gabriel’s campaign.
SACRAMENTO – In a ceremony today at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel honored Michelle Fuentes-Miranda as Woman of the Year for her service to the West San Fernando Valley. Today’s events included a lunch with members of the Legislature, presentation of a legislative proclamation, and a special ceremony on the floor of the State Assembly.
Fuentes-Miranda is the Founder and President of the Alliance for Community Empowerment (ACE), a community-based nonprofit in Canoga Park that seeks to empower underserved communities by providing young people facing challenges with education, vocational programming, mentorship, and leadership training. She is also President of the Canoga Park Neighborhood Council and the founder of the Council’s Homelessness Solutions Committee.
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D – San Fernando Valley) introduced legislation to increase financial aid for California residents who are admitted to one of California’s public universities or colleges. This legislation—which has been designated Assembly Bill (AB) 542—would expand the Competitive Cal Grant program by providing 3,000 new scholarships each year to California residents who demonstrate financial need and meet certain academic requirements. According to the California Student Aid Commission, the Competitive Cal Grant Program is greatly oversubscribed and does not provide financial aid to thousands of California residents who meet the eligibility requirements.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) introduced legislation to protect patients by requiring physicians to include the purpose of any prescription medication on the medication’s label, unless the patient opts out. Labeling medications will help to avoid confusion and reduce the risk of adverse drug events—including medication errors, adverse or allergic reactions, and overdoses—for patients taking multiple medications.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) today welcomed former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to the State Capitol. In a roundtable meeting with the Congresswoman, Assemblymember Gabriel and his colleagues discussed their efforts to craft a package of new laws to prevent mass shootings and reduce gun violence. Congresswoman Giffords then joined Assemblymember Gabriel at a press conference, where he announced the formation of a new Gun Violence Prevention Working Group in the State Legislature.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) announced today that he has been appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve as Assistant Majority Whip of the State Assembly. As Assistant Majority Whip, Assemblymember Gabriel will work closely with Speaker Rendon and his leadership team to formulate and advance the Assembly Democratic Caucus’ legislative priorities.
SACRAMENTO – This morning, constitutional rights attorney Jesse Gabriel was sworn in as the State Assemblymember representing California’s 45th Assembly District. More than 100 community members and guests attended the ceremony. Rabbi Noah Farkas of Valley Beth Shalom delivered the invocation, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon administered the Oath of Office. Gabriel was joined by his wife, Rachel Rosner, at the rostrum.