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May 28, 2014

The state Senate on Wednesday failed to muster the votes needed to set a moratorium on the oil drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, until a study determines that it does not pose a health risk for the public.

Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said her bill is needed because of public concern that the injection of water and chemicals into the ground to stimulate oil production may threaten health.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-calif-senate-votes-on-moratorium-on-oil-fracking-20140528-story.html

May 28, 2014

Late last week, the state Senate Appropriations committee approved a statewide moratorium on fracking, sending Senate Bill 1132 to the senate floor for a vote this week. The bill cleared the committee in a 4-2 vote just days after the estimate of extractable oil in the Monterey Shale was reduced by 96 percent from 13.7 billion barrels to 600 million.

Source: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2014/05/27/fracking-ban-legislation-headed-for-california-senate-floor-vote-this-week

May 24, 2014

Oil industry experts estimate that deep within the Monterey Shale, a land mass in California, there exists gargantuan amounts of oil.

But, environmentalists say these oil extraction techniques can lead to health and environmental problems. In fact, State Senators Holly Mitchell (D) and Mark Leno (D) have introduced legislation that would impose a moratorium on fracking and well stimulation in California.

Source: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2014/05/23/37593/is-fracking-worth-the-risk-in-light-of-dismal-fore/

May 23, 2014

A sizable majority of Californians support slapping a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Source: http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2014/05/22/poll-two-thirds-of-ca-voters-want-fracking-moratorium/

December 26, 2013

Mitchell was a key player in budget negotiations this year, advocating for a number of changes she said would help poor families. Mitchell pushed for a 12 percent increase in the monthly grants to Californians on the state’s welfare-to-work program, known as CalWORKs. The budget the governor signed granted a 5 percent increase, which Mitchell characterized as one of her greatest accomplishments in the Legislature.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/26/6027659/californians-to-watch-in-2014.html

December 23, 2013

The recent debate over a vacancy on the L.A. Unified Board of Education highlighted the changing demographics of South Los Angeles, and the concern in the African-American community is about losing political clout. 

When school board member Marguerite LaMotte suddenly died this month at the age of 80, the African-American community lost its sole representative on the seven-member school board. Last week, the board debated whether to appoint an interim member or hold a special election to fill the term that expires in early 2015. 

September 18, 2013

Last year, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) introduced Bill 1323, which called for a moratorium on fracking statewide, mandating that California's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Agencies complete a study of its safety by January 2016.  The bill would have allowed fracking to resume if its safety could be demonstrated and regulations were put in place to keep it safe and ensure monitoring.  Mitchell says that the issue was brought literally to her doorstep by a group of concerned residents that lived in proximity to the Inglewood Oil Field.

Source: http://www.ebony.com/news-views/what-you-need-to-know-about-fracking-789#.U-Jn4UCANac

August 13, 2013

California Partnership members testified today to pass AB 271 and eliminate the Maximum Family Grant rule, and the Senators heard us loud and clear. Sen. DeLeon: “So to paraphrase, your saying poverty is very expensive.” Votes will be taken in the next three weeks!

Also yesterday CAP members met with Assemblymember Holly Mitchell. One of our most vocal champions, Assemblymember Mitchell took some time to pose for a picture and chat with CAP members after they testified in support of her bill AB 271. AB 271 aims to end the harsh and draconian Maximum Family Grant rule which punishes babies for being born poor and encourages poor women to be sterilized. Please help us support and build more champions like Holly Mitchell!

Source: http://www.california-partnership.org/2013/08/13/cap-members-testify-to-the-senate-appropriations-and-meet-with-a-champion/

July 19, 2013

There is little doubt that motherhood can be one of life's greatest joys.  But as any mother knows, motherhood can also be difficult.  Even in the best of situations and with all the requisite resources, mothering can be heartbreaking and backbreaking. When a mother lacks the resources to keep her child fed, housed and safe, the load can be unbearable.  Right now, in California, the Maximum Family Grant rule is making those challenges worse while intruding on the reproductive rights of poor mothers.

June 05, 2013

When the recession opened a gaping hole in the state's budget, lawmakers coped in part by making progressively deeper cuts in aid to California's poorest residents. Now that California's fiscal problems are ebbing, Assemblywoman Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) wants to start bringing that aid back up to a level that may actually help families get back on their feet, rather than trapping future generations in poverty.