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April 04, 2013

Critical legislative support was given this week for a new safety system that will equip Atascadero State Hospital employees with new safety alarms they can use when attacked by patients.

April 03, 2013

The first two budgets that Jerry Brown proposed after returning to the governorship cleaved deeply into California's safety net of health and welfare services serving the aged, disabled and poor.

Welfare grants and medical care payments were cut, and eligibility for those and other benefits was tightened – all needed, Brown said, to bring a deficit-ridden budget under control.

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March 08, 2013

Sacramento was well-served last week by the Assembly Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, chaired by Assembly Member Holly J. Mitchell.  Her subcommittee put the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), specifically the director, Toby Douglas, on the spot when they were investigating several programs that the department had made decisions on that weren't in the best interest of anyone but DHCS.

February 13, 2013

Following the Feb. 8 Culver City Affordable Housing Seminar at Culver City City Hall, Culver City Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells said she felt the three hour event was a resounding success.

Sahli-Wells was instrumental in bringing together the City of Culver City, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell and a diverse panel that included Mayor Andy Weissman and representatives from a variety of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Bank of America, Union Bank and the Los Angeles Housing Partnership.

December 12, 2012

CalWORKs is the darkhorse in the world of public policy.We who believe in the integrity of the program have got to begin to change the perception. It's designed to keep children from slipping into poverty. -- Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), quoted by reporter Kevin Yamamura in today's Sacramento Bee.

Mitchell, as Yamamura reports, said she wants to add funding back to CalWORKs, but knows lawmakers have to pick their spots, given how politicians have demonized the program.

December 12, 2012

Following an endorsement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to dispense hormonal birth control pills without a prescription, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) is calling for preparations to begin now to offer improved access as soon as the FDA allows.

On Jan. 1 registered nurses begin to dispense contraceptives to women in clinics for the first time in California, said Mitchell, whose bill, AB 2348, allowing RNs to provide contraceptives in clinics was signed into law in September.

September 24, 2012

As far-right extremists in Congress have continued to wage war on family planning services – and made Planned Parenthood a lightning rod in the presidential election – the passage of the California Access to Birth Control Bill (AB 2348) represents a significant triumph...

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August 13, 2012

California Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) stopped by the Westwood MinuteClinic Friday for a tour and two vaccinations.

Seated in an examination room at the clinic located inside the CVS on Wellworth, Mitchell barely flinched as she received the flu and pertussis vaccinations.

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May 21, 2012

More than 750 members of the child care advocacy group Parent Voices from around the state traveled to Sacramento on May 2 to bring their urgent message regarding the continuation of funding for child care programs to the attention of the governor and state legislators. The annual rally, Stand For Children, was planned to address policy makers as they move closer to their consideration of the May Revised Budget.

May 14, 2012

Working families that rely on CalWORKs and other state programs for child care must deal with a reporting process that is often complex and burdensome, such that even a minor change in income status must be reported immediately. But a new bill from Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) could alleviate some of the bureaucracy and prevent disruptions in care for young kids.