California News Briefs: Nov. 25, 2019

Updated: Dec 26, 2019


On gun violence, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson says 'Enough is enough'


During the California Democratic Convention in Long Beach, Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Los Angeles) led a rally to “End Gun Violence” outside the convention Center.


A solemn mood attended the event which took place in the wake of last week’s deadly school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita County during which a 16-year-old student killed two of his schoolmates.


During the last legislative session, Gipson sponsored a bill, AB 879, to close a legal loophole he says was responsible for “Ghost Guns,” weapons anyone in California could buy online without a background check and assemble at home.


He says, too often, those firearms ended up in the hands of criminals.

Gov. Newsom signed the bill into law last month.



Investigation Finds California Cops With Criminal Convictions Still on the Job


A group of USA Today Network publications in California launched an investigation into how California deals with cops who commit crimes.


After six months, they made a few interesting findings. There have been about 630 current and former cops in California who have been convicted on a range of counts, from domestic violence and animal cruelty to reckless driving and manslaughter.


More than 80 of them are still on the job.


What is not particularly interesting about this story is that there are more than 100,000 cops in California. So 80 is a really, really small percentage.


We’re not defending “dirty” cops who commit crimes, and worst, get to keep their jobs, but it seems there needs to be deeper investigations into why there are any cops at all on the job who have criminal convictions. We will be following this story.


Meanwhile, the whistle-blowing publications have now created a database you can use to see if a cop you know, or know of, has caught a charge in the past.


Because Almost Doesn’t Count: NAACP Wants Every Black Person in California to Participate in Next Year’s Census


Beginning next week, from Nov. 24 through Dec 15, the California-Hawaii NAACP Conference is planning to lead a push across the state called “Black Recruitment Week” organized to recruit African Americans in California for Census 2020 jobs.


The civil rights group’s 56 branches across the state will host the events.


Times and locations will be announced on the state NAACP’s website.





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