CSG West Chair-Elect Gipson Convenes “It Takes a Village” Gun & Gang Violence Conference

On April 8-9, in response to recent shootings in his district, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, CSG West chair-elect, convened a conference to address gun violence and gang violence. The event was held at California State University, Dominguez Hills and included elected officials Assemblymember Mia Bonta, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, law enforcement, gang interventionists, and community leaders.

Attendees listened to presentations from the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention, Brady United, and the Los Angeles Gang Reduction & Youth Development Program (GRYD). Los Angeles Police Department staff gave a demonstration of the uncomplicated steps to assemble a ghost gun.

Assemblymember Gipson reported that 93% of recovered guns last year were ghost guns. Ghost guns consist of two components – polymer and steel – which can be bought legally by unlicensed buyers. This type of firearm can be assembled in as little as 30 minutes for roughly $400.

Attendees participated in five breakout sessions: (1) Intervention, (2) Prevention, (3) Aftercare (resources/services), (4) Jobs/Trades and Education/Programing, and (5) Healing Support for Frontline Workers. Participants shared stories, successes, communication strategies, and areas where increased support is critical.

Assemblymember Gipson ended the conference with a commitment to redouble his efforts around the ghost gun epidemic. He has authored AB 1621, which tightens ghost gun restrictions and addresses unserialized firearm components. Presently, there are four other gun reform bills on the docket: AB 1594, AB 2571, and SB 1327. Since 2015, 51 related bills have been chaptered in the California Legislature.

Assemblymember Gipson also announced that he would work with Governor Gavin Newsom to create a California State Office of Violence Prevention. Currently, these offices exist solely at the county level.

In recent weeks, the White House and the Department of Justice have released formal announcements addressing the danger of ghost guns and the steps being taken to mitigate the escalating situation.

Video highlights from “It Takes A Village: Addressing Gun and Gang Violence” can be viewed here.

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Congratulations to Western Leaders Selected for the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship Class of 2022

Forty-eight state government officials from across the U.S. have been selected for The Council of State Governments distinguished Henry Toll Fellowship. The program is the nation’s premier leadership development opportunity for state leaders.

CSG West is delighted to congratulate this year’s recipients and highlight legislators selected from the West:

Representative Troy N. Hashimoto, Hawaii House of RepresentativesAssemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, Assistant Majority Whip, Nevada State AssemblyRepresentative DeLena Johnson, Alaska House of RepresentativesSenator Patty Kuderer, Washington State SenateRepresentative Laurie Lickley, Idaho House of RepresentativesRepresentative Daniel H. Ortiz, Alaska House of Representatives


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HHS Announces Grant Funding Opportunities to Support State and Tribal Opioid Response

With an estimated 105,000 overdose deaths during the 12 month period that ended in October 2021, the highest number recorded in a such a period, strategies to address opioid addiction and other substance use disorders are more critical than ever.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funding opportunity that will provide nearly $1.5 billion to states and territories to help address this epidemic. Along with the recently announced Tribal Opioid Response grant funding opportunity, the SOR program is part of the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy released last October. Click below for more details about each grant.



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Utah Highlighted for Transparency in ARPA Funds Distribution

A recently published article by CSG features Utah as an example of a state using several methods to provide financial transparency and interbranch collaboration for the strategic distribution of federal ARPA funds. In the article, Utah Senator Kirk Cullimore, a CSG West Executive Committee Member, shares insight into seven guiding principles which aided Utah in determining allocations toward public health, infrastructure, water, education remediation, and other key areas reflecting statewide goals.

Click below to read the full article.


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