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June 23, 2017

Proposed legislation to change California’s criminal justice system is headed to the governor’s desk.

“Under current criminal law, a low-income, homeless or impoverished person who is accused of a crime that they did not commit can still be ordered to pay the court for the costs of a court-appointed attorney,” said state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who authored Senate Bill 355 with Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would reverse the practice.

June 22, 2017

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Elected officials Rep. Karen Bass, state Sen. Holly Mitchell and City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson are holding a community forum, “Trump’s Assault on Black America,” from 10 a.m. to noon June 24, at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd.

Topics will include the war on drugs, discriminatory voter ID laws and police officer-involved shootings.

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June 20, 2017

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The grants will help clinics, including Planned Parenthood, to stay open.

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California on Monday will announce plans to award $20 million in emergency grants to local health and Planned Parenthood clinics in anticipation of possible U.S. healthcare funding cuts, according to State Treasurer John Chiang’s office.

June 19, 2017

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COMMUNITY CLINIC HELP: Small and rural nonprofit health care clinics, including Planned Parenthood, could benefit from state assistance under a $20 million deal reached last week in state budget negotiations.

June 19, 2017

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By Rina Palta

The number of Californians eligible for the state's earned income tax credit is expected to surpass one million under changes to the credit in this coming year's budget. 

June 16, 2017

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By Patrick McGreevy

The state Legislature on Thursday voted to strip the state’s scandal-plagued tax board of most of its duties and powers, sending the governor a bill that would transfer taxpayer appeals hearings to a new office of administrative law judges.

June 16, 2017

The California Legislature has passed a $125 billion spending plan, its largest-ever budget, Thursday.

In a compromise between Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown, the plan funds much of what the governor had proposed cutting.

"This bill is the culmination of months of consideration, deliberation, and negotiation in the Legislature and with the administration," Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell said.

June 16, 2017

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By Chelsea Shannon

A bill that would prevent California employers from asking job applicants about their salary history took another step forward Wednesday.