June 19, 2014
LAWT News Service
Carson City Councilmember Mike Gipson on Monday June 16, announced that he has received the endorsement of Congresswoman Janice Hahn in his campaign for State Assembly in District 64. Congresswoman Hahn represents the 44th Congressional District and is a key endorsement in the 64th District - she currently represents or has represented almost all voters living in the assembly district.
“Mike Gipson is a trusted leader who has made an enormous positive impact in our region,” said Hahn. “I’ve known Mike for over two decades and I’ve been consistently impressed by his integrity, his tireless work ethic and his deep dedication to our community. I’m extraordinarily pleased to offer Mike my endorsement and full support in his positive and issue focused campaign for State Assembly.”
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Congresswoman Janice Hahn,” Gipson said.
“She is a strong and deeply committed advocate for working families, seniors, and young people in our region. I’m thrilled to have her support and look forward to continuing to work with her to expand access to opportunity in our community.”
The endorsement follows quickly after Gipson exceeded all expectations in the four-candidate June 3rd primary – securing 51.2% of the vote, substantially more than double his next closest opponent. Gipson’s campaign has won widespread support from across the district and has been endorsed by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton, the California Teachers Association, the California Democratic Party, the California Legislative Black Caucus, State Senator Alex Padilla and Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, and a growing and diverse base of support including local municipal leaders, labor unions, regional law enforcement, and state legislators – including Assemblymember Isadore Hall, who currently represents the 64th Assembly District. Visit www.mikegipson.net for a complete list of endorsements.
June 19, 2014
LAWT Wire Services
Grandmasters held their 10th Annual St John’s Day ceremony at the Mt.Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. The Fraternal Order began with a huge parade waving and greeting the Community. Grand Masters and members of the Order were escorted by a motorcade to Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. The Conference, founded by Grand Master Willie Gaulf 33° was designed to create unity among the Grand Lodges in Southern California. Grand Master Richard Ramirez 33° serves as President while Grand Master Van A. Hibler 33° serves as First Vice President. Hundreds were in attendance including several Chapters of the Order of The Easter Stars to hear remarks from conference officers. The Pastor of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Ticey M. Brown, delivered a very powerful sermon that was well received by all.
The Sovereign Grandmaster David Henry 33º X° started his speech by saying “ First giving honor to God for without him I am no one. I want to give praise and gratitude to “My” Grandmaster, the Honorable Van A. Hibler 33º and my Worshipful Master /District Deputy Grandmaster Steven Jiles 33° for their continuous methodical and deliberate teachings over the years that shaped me to become the man I am today. Honorable Grand Master Van A. Hibbler 33º taught me many years ago the true essence of this Masonic structure, illuminating my mind to know that you must continue to pray, study and thrust for truth and wisdom in order to lead others down a righteous path. Feed the truth and those men who want to become Master Masons will illuminate their own minds through your truthfulness, and deliberate teachings. Grandmaster Henry 33º X° closed by saying Thank you Worshipful Master Steven Giles Jiles 33º for teaching me for years how to become a Master Mason preparing me to become a Grand Master, and to Honorable Van A. Hibbler for making a Grand Master years ago. I will always love you both and appreciate you forever. I know the importance of passing on the torch of knowledge and leadership to the next generation in the fraternal orders as well the importance of 3&4 letter lodges standing together in solidarity will only better serve the communities of which we travel and this country we vow to protect.
Supreme Sovereign Grand Master David Henry X° introduced R.W. Deputy Grandmaster Kevin Briley 33° and R.W. Grand High Priest Brandon Kiel 33° to address the audience and bring greetings on behalf of Minister & Grand Matron Tonette Henry of the Lady Jewel of the Nile Grand Chapter and The Order of the Eastern Stars. Minister Henry could not be in attendance as she was the keynote speaker at an event for the very important upcoming run-off for LA County Sheriff. G.H.P. Kiel recognized her in her absence, giving thanks to the Political Clergy Council’s Founder and CEO, Minister M.W.G.M Tonette Henry for her continuous hard work, dedication, and strong spiritual leadership, in Southern California. R.W. Grand High Priest, Brandon Kiel serves as the Deputy Director of Community Affairs for Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Kiel informed the audience of the Attorney General's unyielding commitment to education and the importance of each and every members obligation to ensure that every child is reading by the 3rd grade an at 3rd grade reading level, as well as having perfect attendance. Kiel provided shocking information about the staggering numbers of elementary school students who were truant in California and how the Attorney General needs their support to address this critical issue. Kiel received a large round of applause. Freemasonry is the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world. The rich Masonic history in Southern California can only be preserved if the knowledge from pioneers like Hon. Grand Master Gaulf 33º, Hon. Grand Master Ramirez 33º, and Hon. Grand Master Hibbler is passed down to those who are worthy to teach and build.
June 19, 2014
By James Wright
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday June 10 that the Justice Department supports a proposal to allow some people serving time in federal prison for nonviolent drug offenses to be eligible for reduced sentences.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission approved a proposal in April to significantly lower the base offense associated with various drug quantities involved in drug trafficking crimes. The Justice Department wants the revised sentencing guidelines to be retroactive for convicts without significant criminal histories and whose offenses did not include aggravating factors, such as the possession of a dangerous weapon or the use of violence.
“Under the department’s proposal, if your offense was nonviolent, did not involve a weapon, and you do not have a significant criminal history, you would be eligible to apply for a reduced sentence in accordance with the new rules approved by the commission in April,” Holder said. “Not everyone in prison for a drug-related offense would be eligible. Nor would everyone who is eligible be guaranteed a reduced sentence.”
The commission will vote next month on whether the change, which is estimated to reduce the average sentence by 23 months, should be applied retroactively to those currently incarcerated.
Holder said a retroactive change “strikes the best balance between protecting public safety and addressing the overcrowding of our prison system that has been exacerbated by unnecessarily long sentences.”
June 12, 2014
City News Service
With jurors declaring themselves hopelessly deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial this week in a young man’s lawsuit alleging Los Angeles County personnel at a youth detention camp in Malibu ignored signs of racial unrest prior to an outbreak of fighting that left him with brain injuries. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued her decision Monday June 9, after about two days of deliberations by the jury. The judge scheduled a final status conference for a retrial on Sept. 3. The plaintiff, Nathaniel Marshall, 24, will need lifelong care as a result of the injuries he suffered in a brawl involving Latinos and Blacks at Camp Miller, his lawyer, Michael Goldstein, told the jury May 14.
Marshall, who is Black, sued the county in February 2010, claiming he was pulled from his bunk at the camp and beaten on Nov. 1, 2008.
“This was a systematic breakdown that amounted to deliberate indifference,” Goldstein said. “These kids at that camp were entitled to be protected.”
Attorney Tomas Guterres, representing the county, told jurors that fights in detention camps cannot be eliminated. Such incidents “will occur,” Guterres said.
“We can’t eliminate all fights. It’s the nature of the population.”
Goldstein said staffers and his client warned camp personnel that a riot was about to break out, but no action was taken to prevent it. The complaint alleges the county failed to properly train and supervise the staff to make sure they reacted properly to the warnings. According to Goldstein, many of the probation officers at the camp blamed the outbreak of violence on a failure to properly discipline youths for fighting by sending them to court for violating their probation.
Goldstein said that in October 2007, the county changed the policy that previously allowed supervising probation officers to fill out forms on their own to send youths to court for fighting. The new procedure called for the filings to be approved by the director of Camp Miller, Goldstein said. The director, however, believed the policy change was meant to discourage camp personnel from sending youths to court for probation violations, Goldstein said. Additionally, camp managers wanted to use incentives rather than punishment to get youths to cooperate, Goldstein said.
Guterres said the Juvenile Court wanted the county to start disciplining wards on an individual basis.
“The only way to modify behavior is to adapt your response to that juvenile,” Guterres said.
Goldstein used a diagram to show how Marshall, then 18, suffered an injury to the back of his neck. He said his client suffered strokes from the attack and today has an assortment of health issues, including epilepsy.
“He needs special care for the rest of his life and it’s not inexpensive,” Goldstein said.