Holly Recommends

June 29, 2018

By Toni Atkins

Special to The Sacramento Bee

The making of an annual state budget is a remarkable thing to take part in. But I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart. California is a land of extremes. Too often, the budget one year must depart in spirit from the budget the year before. Boom turns to bust out of nowhere the same way drought turns to flood.

June 24, 2018

By The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

Members of the Senate Public Safety Committee raised eyebrows last week when they brushed off objections from powerful law enforcement groups and, by a 5-2 vote, advanced a bill that would put strict new limits on when cops can use deadly force against suspects.

It was the right thing to do.

June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry.

The legislation would require feature film and television projects that apply for the credits, which are assigned based on jobs created, to report diversity statistics to the state and designate people to handle misconduct claims.

June 13, 2018

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By Carolyn Jones

Less than 2 years old, an all-girls science-and-math school in Los Angeles is logging math scores significantly higher than its co-ed counterparts and already has a waiting list of 400 girls hoping to study at one of the state’s only single-sex public schools.

January 19, 2018

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By Teresa Wiltz

Editor's note: This story was updated January 17, 2018 to clarify how the new law (Senate Bill SB 190, by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell) in California might have an impact on people like Michael Rizo.

December 20, 2017

By Jordan Hunter

Driving up to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, the main landmarks are what you might expect in an average mall: a two story parking structure, a nice-looking movie theatre, and a long building bookended by Sears and Macys.

November 06, 2017

Read this study by the Senate Office of Research at the link below.

October 26, 2017

By Xaquín G.V., special
to The Washington Post

The median salary for women working full-time is about 80 percent of men’s. That gap, put in other terms, means women are working for free 10 weeks a year. Read the complete story and graphics HERE:

August 03, 2017

Bail is supposed to make sure that a defendant returns for the court date, although critics say bail merely punishes people for being poor.

Legislation is moving through the Capitol to try to resolve this issue, but it is fiercely opposed by the bail agents and bounty hunters who make their living assuring the courts that skittish defendants will show up.

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July 19, 2017

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By Jon Schuppe

Should the government be able to seize people's property in the name of crime fighting, even without evidence to prove someone has broken the law?

A growing number of politicians and policy makers across the political spectrum say that's an abuse of Americans' civil rights.