2022-2023 State Budget Highlights

$3.861 Billion in Direct Investments for District & Statewide:

$1 Million – for the Wilmington Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor to develop its "A Safer Wilmington" initiative that includes a three-component strategy – a new Wilmington Park Club, expanded programming and safety at the Wilmington Club sit, and safe transportation.

$1.5 Million – for the Watts Empowerment Center that will support the planning, design, and renovation of the 4-acre arts and culture campus and allow the center to expand services and accelerate existing efforts.

$3.5 Million – to the City of Compton to convert Roosevelt Middle School into a Pathways in Technology Early College High School, also known as a "P-Tech" education institution, which will provide students with the academic, technical, and professional skills and credentials they need for competitive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs.

$4 Million – for the Watts Tower Arts Center to begin renovations that will expand recreation and green space in the Watts community, more than doubling the area's current park acreage, which will increase recreational opportunities while bringing new arts and cultural opportunities to the community.

$6.7 Million – for the Battleship USS Iowa Museum to build and operate the Freedom of the Seas Park Pavilion for the benefit of the Los Angeles Harbor Region, particularly for underserved communities located in "park poor" areas who also have limited ocean and waterfront access.

$7 Million – for the City of Carson to begin projects that include City facilities, parks, and community infrastructure.

$7 Million – for the Broadway South corridor in Los Angeles to begin its first phase of construction on the transformative Broadway South project, a Green Street redesign of 2.8-miles of Manchester Avenue and Broadway Street that will create a state-of-the-art multimodal active transportation corridor.

$110 Million - for the nation's first Goods Movement Workforce Training Campus, to be located in the Los Angeles Harbor Region, which will ensure an adequate supply of trained workers across the goods movement industry.        

$10 Million – for peer-to-peer mental health services in K-12 schools. (AB 1969 – Peer-to-peer mental health)

$3.6 Billion – to the California Department of Education for instructional materials and professional development to improve school climate, which also includes training for de-escalation specialist and restorative justice best practices. (AB 2794 – De-escalation specialists)

Supported an Additional $272 Million in State Budget:

$12 Million – to repair the Artesia Bridge in the City of Compton.

$5 Million – to CSU Dominguez Hills for the California Black Women's Think Tank, the nation's first research institution aimed to provide solutions and remove barriers that Black women and girls face on a daily basis, to achieve racial and gender equity.

$250 Million – to reconstruct Lynwood High School.

$3 Million – to the 40 Acre Conservation League, an African American led conservation land trust to acquire lands for the empowerment of all, with an emphasis on people of color, under three pillars: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, and Recreational Justice.

$2 Million – for Summit of the Americas costs.

Bill to Ban Carotid Artery/Chokehold Restraints Headed to Governor’s Desk

SACRAMENTO, Calif ---- In response to the pivotal death of George Floyd and hundreds of other suspects subjected to the carotid artery/chokehold law enforcement technique, the California Assembly voted overwhelmingly (54-0) to approve AB 1196 by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson).

Assemblymember Gipson on the passing of U.S. Representative John R. Lewis

CARSON, Calif --- Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, chair of the California Assembly Democratic Caucus, offers condolences and prayers to the family of U.S. Representative John R. Lewis.

“Congressman John R, Lewis was a giant whose life was spent in the pursuit of racial justice. This sharecropper’s son valiantly marched and strived for equality and civil rights for all.

After George Floyd's Death, CA Legislator Introduces Bill to Ban Chokeholds

An excerpt from SPECTRUM 1 NEWS

by Daniela Prado

The carotid restraint technique involves putting pressure on the side of the neck to restrict the flow of blood.

A Los Angeles legislator, who is also a former police officer, is calling for a statewide ban. Assembly member Mike Gipson, D-Carson, introduced AB 1196, which would make it illegal for officers to use the carotid hold to detain a suspect.

“This measure is a response to the murder of brother George Floyd,” Gipson said at a press conference.

Gipson introduces AB 1196 to eliminate Carotid Artery restraint on suspects

SACRAMENTO, CA --- In response to the death of George Floyd, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) has introduced AB 1196, making it illegal to use a carotid artery restraint tactic to forcibly detain a suspect. The bill is co-authored by members of the CA Black Caucus, Latino Caucus, API, and LGBTQ Caucus.