In the News

April 30, 2012

Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Health, the local non-profit organization Walk ‘n Rollers will host and promote the kickoff for El Marino's Bike to School Week festival this coming Sunday, May 6. The event will also promote National Bike to School Day.

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City) will be on hand for the kick off event at El Marino Language School, at 11450 Port. Rd, which will run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

April 20, 2012

In California, low-income women who are pregnant for the first time can't receive federal TANF assistance—known as CalWORKs—until they are in their third trimester. When CalWORKs began twenty-five years ago, there was a strong state General Assistance (GA) program to help very poor, childless pregnant women during their first two trimesters until TANF kicked in. But as in most states in the country, California's GA program has deteriorated significantly, so that now many pregnant women face the prospect of zero income during their second trimester.

April 18, 2012

Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell (D-Culver City) has authored a Homeowners' Due Process Rights bill, A.B. 2425, which she said is a much-needed measure to protect homeowners going through the foreclosure process.

An investigation by state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has revealed that the foreclosure process has been undermined by industry practices causing uncertainty in the system of public recording of real estate interests, and chaos in the loan modification process.

April 17, 2012

Community members came out last Friday in support of Assemblymember Holly Mitchell's (D-Culver City) Environment Cabinet Committee to watch the documentary film Bag It, and to participate in an after-screening discussion at West Los Angeles College.

Produced by Reel Thing Productions in association with the Telluride Institute, Bag It is a powerful look at the impacts of plastics on society.


April 17, 2012

Members of the Culver City community came together on Friday to watch a screening of the documentary Bag It, at West Los Angeles College, and to participate in an after-screening discussion with experts and advocates.

The film, which takes a look at the impact of plastic on our society, people's throwaway mentality and the overuse of disposable products, was hosted by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell's (AD 47 – Culver City) Environment Cabinet Committee.

March 26, 2012

It seemed like a win-win: Low-income pregnant first-time mothers get the early prenatal care they need and might not be able to afford otherwise for their babies; and taxpayers and insurance companies save money in the long run by reducing the number of notoriously at-risk low-birthweight babies, whose medical needs cost 10 times that of full-term babies.

March 21, 2012

"This bill allows first-time mothers, basically, to become eligible for benefits during their pregnancy," Mitchell said. "Current law delays eligibility for pregnant women until their third trimester." That means women need to get an ultrasound scan to prove their gestational timetable, Mitchell said, and that could be a hardship for many low-income women. It is also important, she said, to make sure that pregnant mothers get the nutrition and support necessary to ensure a normal, healthy baby.


March 12, 2012

Parents, educators and child care providers will have an opportunity this week to tell legislators about the importance of two critical early childhood programs.

March 12, 2012

Toby Douglas took a good amount of heat last Wednesday at an Assembly joint hearing of the committee on Aging and Long-Term Care and the Budget subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

Douglas -- director of the state Department of Health Care Services -- with a full array of budget cuts, program transitions and agency reorganization on his plate, has been making presentations and fielding questions at a number of legislative hearings recently. None of them has been a cakewalk, but this hearing was a little more barbed than most.

March 05, 2012

Phil Ansell, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services, has watched funding for the CalWORKs program diminish over recent years. At an Assembly hearing late last week, Ansell held both hands apart, as if measuring a decent-sized fish in the air.

If this balloon is our welfare-to-work program, he said, then moved his hands closer together, we have managed to shrink it without tearing it.