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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.

February 21, 2017: LA DAILY JOURNAL: Rules exempt some prisons from in-person visitation

February 21, 2017


By L.J. Williamson

The Board of State and Community Corrections has approved revisions to state regulations on in-person prison visitation, exempting facilities "that are in design, construction or already are offering video-only approaches" as of the policy's effective date of Feb. 16.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who authored a bill to end video-only visitation policies that was vetoed last fall, said she was infuriated by the policy, which will undermine the human element that she said would help to reduce recidivism.

February 16, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES: California lawmaker raises possibility of delaying licensing of recreational marijuana sales

February 16, 2017

By Patrick McGreevy

State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says she's concerned about banks being unwilling to handle marijuana sales revenue because the drug is still illegal under federal law. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Amid concerns that California may not be ready to issue licenses for the sale of marijuana by next year, one state lawmaker raised the possibility Thursday of the Legislature stepping in to delay taxes and permits.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: California state Senate passes resolution condemning President Trump's refugee ban

January 30, 2017


By Jazmine Ulloa

After nearly two hours of debate, the state Senate on Monday passed a resolution that condemned President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, calling it "discriminatory overreach."

SACRAMENTO BEE: Senate leader Kevin de León announces committee assignments, leadership posts

December 21, 2016

PhotoCredit: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León, D-Los Angeles, in 2014. The Senate leader announced committee assignments Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Hector Amezcua

By Taryn Luna

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León released committee assignments and floor leadership posts for the upcoming session Wednesday, shuffling the chairmanships of some influential panels.