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February 22, 2015

The law passed two decades ago, with Democrats in charge of the Legislature: In California, a family that conceives and births an additional child while on welfare is barred from getting an increase in its grant.

Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, in her third attempt at abolishing the law, says it was based on the pejorative concept of the “welfare queen,” a woman who has babies while on welfare to collect more cash assistance. Instead of discouraging welfare recipients from having children, she said, it helped the state achieve the “dubious honor” of having the nation’s highest child poverty rate.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article10966202.html

February 22, 2015

The demonstrations last year against police violence sparked by the deaths of unarmed civilians in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City are over. But their spirit lives on in California’s Capitol.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article10982999.html

 
February 17, 2015

A state lawmaker has proposed to prohibit the use of criminal grand juries in California in cases of officer-involved shootings that result in the deaths of  suspects.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-lawmaker-would-bar-grand-juries-in-police-shootings-cases-20150216-story.html

February 01, 2015

California lawmakers will consider a major overhaul this year of how the state cares for thousands of traumatized foster children, a sweeping effort to curb the excessive use of psychiatric drugs in the child welfare system.

Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_27432987/california-lawmakers-set-tackle-excessive-prescribing-psych-meds

January 15, 2015

Sen. Holly Mitchell, one of the most active legislative advocates for the poor, said optimistic budget outlooks mean the government can make room for expanding services while paying down liabilities. She called on the governor to return the support of advocates who helped him in his push to temporarily increase taxes and create a rainy day fund.

"We are going to pay down debt, and we are going to rebuild families," Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat. "It's not an either-or."

Source: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/14/4330489/democrats-use-new-tax-estimates.html

January 11, 2015

Even as anti-poverty activists organized protests around the state, Gov. Jerry Brown released a spending plan Friday that would restore few recession-era spending cuts to social services.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article5692050.html

January 10, 2015

For more than a year, Gov. Jerry Brown has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for a poverty rate that remains highest in the nation when adjusted for the cost of living.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article5729253.html

January 06, 2015

Sacramento - Marking a historic occasion with a simple, subdued ceremony, Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. called Monday for ambitious new environmental rules as he embarked on an unprecedented fourth term as California's governor.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-brown-inauguration-20150106-story.html#page=1

January 06, 2015

State lawmakers reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown’s inaugural address with praise and trepidation Monday and, in a reflection of the political dynamic in California, that was just among the governor’s fellow Democrats.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said she was more surprised with what Brown’s speech lacked – any major emphasis on addressing the state's high poverty rate.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-ln-governors-speech-20150105-story.html

January 05, 2015

Some Democrats have also been pressing for more social services since the economy began to recover. Now that it has rebounded, the state has the money and the obligation to help California's most vulnerable — children living in poverty — said state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-pol-brown-agenda-20150104-story.html#page=1