In My Own Words

Senator Holly J. Mitchell Lifts Up Early Education

May 06, 2014

Mother, senator, and advocate for children and families, Holly Mitchell lifts up early education by reflecting on her career journey leading to her position in office.  When she was CEO of nonprofit Crystal Stairs, one of the largest childcare agencies in the state that provides critical services to low-income families, Senator Mitchell championed statewide family-focused policymaking and advocated for quality, affordable child care. Now, by serving in the California Senate, Senator Mitchell, 26th District, remains dedicated to these same ideals.

Halt fracking until safety evaluated, protocols established

February 27, 2014

My south Los Angeles district is pockmarked with oil fields stretching from the Cheviot Hills, Beverly Hills and Las Cienegas sites to the Inglewood oil field which surrounds much of Kenneth Hahn State Park, the largest urban oil field in the country. There are a million Angelenos living within a 5-mile radius of the Inglewood oil derricks.

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When the KKK Marched on my High School – Assemblywoman Mitchell

July 13, 2012

At the age of fifteen, Holly and friends are horrified when their high school was invaded by hundreds of Ku Klun Klan members who terrorized the campus on motorcycles. Watching her mother step up to the plate, Holly found her own social consciousness.

Better Foods Coming to a State Agency Near You

March 24, 2011

As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently unveiled new healthy food service guidelines. The Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations promotes a healthier workforce by making healthy food options more accessible and affordable.

California can be quick to capitalize on this exciting opportunity, with legislation to help lead the effort in creating healthier environments by adopting a similar food procurement strategy for the state’s cafeterias, office buildings, and vending machines.