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March 8, 2017: KNX NEWS RADIO LOS ANGELES - Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talks about implicit bias against women

March 08, 2017

Listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell of Los Angeles talk to KNX NewsRadio about implicit bias against women during a special convening of policymakers at her Select Committee on Women and Inequality. Then watch a video of a Women's rally as Mitchell narates at the link below.


March 7, 2017: THE CALIFORNIA REPORT/KQED-NPR - Bill Would Stop Charging Parents for Juvenile Hall Detention

March 07, 2017


In California right now, if a kid gets arrested and put in juvenile hall, parents often get charged for the cost of detaining them. Now, a state Senate bill by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, aims to eliminate the fines, which youth advocates call unjust. Reporter: Sukey Lewis

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March 2, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anti-poverty warrior (Holly Mitchell) will help shape California's budget

March 02, 2017

By John Myers

State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has made a name for herself by being a dogged crusader for the poor — even if that involves calling out fellow Democrats.

March 1, 2017: 89.3 KPCC - What's at stake for SoCal's poor as federal budget talks begin

March 01, 2017


Much is at stake for Southern California's poor and working class as federal budget talks begin in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump has indicated he'd like to see big increases to military and infrastructure spending—and local officials are concerned those bumps could come at the cost of federally funded social safety net programs.

"People are in a bit of a holding pattern, wait-and-see mode," said Cathy Senderling-McDonald, deputy executive director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California. "There's a lot of uncertainty."

February 28, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES - How Los Angeles Sen. Holly Mitchell went from the Legislature's 'moral compass' to a top budget crafter

February 28, 2017


By Melanie Mason

Two years ago, Holly J. Mitchell stood on the state Senate floor and, in a crisp, deliberate voice, laced into the budget that her fellow Democrats were poised to approve.

The plan “picks winners and losers,” the state senator from Los Angeles said. “It appears to me that poor people in California and their children continue to be on the losing end of that equation.”

February 24, 2017: THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Kids could again be arrested for prostitution under Travis Allen's bill

February 24, 2017



It earned a “Pants on fire: The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim” rating from Politifact’s Truth-O-Meter, but state Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, has stuck to his guns.

February 23, 2017: TRI-COUNTY SENTRY: Senator Holly J. Mitchell on ICE Raids

February 23, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Holly J Mitchell (D- Los Angeles) releases the following statement on reports of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that took place yesterday in Southern California:
I am sickened by the recent ICE raids.  It is unacceptable for families to be torn apart in this fear generating manner.  Inducing trauma is not good for any individual and on a larger scale makes society ill.  This is not the America of the Civil Rights Movement which taught us that everyone has a place at the table and in Ame

February 23, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES: California lawmakers say new state agency rules do little to guarantee family visits for jail inmates

February 23, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

The inmate visitation area at the North Facility of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

California lawmakers on Tuesday scrutinized new state agency regulations that will allow more county jails across the state to prevent inmates from visiting with their families in person.

February 22, 2017: LA DAILY JOURNAL: Lawmakers at a state Senate oversight hearing aimed tough questions at the head of California's prisons

February 22, 2017


By L.J. Williamson

Frustrated lawmakers at a state Senate oversight hearing aimed a tough round of pointed questions at the head of California's prisons Tuesday regarding new jail inmate visit policies.