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March 09, 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 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 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 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."

March 01, 2017

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.

Mitchell leveraged her role as her party’s moral conscience to become the powerful chair of the Senate’s budget committee. Melanie Mason takes a closer look at how the new role poses a unique challenge: As her Capitol clout grows, can Holly Mitchell still be ... Holly Mitchell?

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



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

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:

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.