In the News

February 17, 2015

A state lawmaker has proposed to prohibit the use of criminal grand juries in California in cases of officer-involved shootings that result in the deaths of  suspects.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-lawmaker-would-bar-grand-juries-in-police-shootings-cases-20150216-story.html

February 01, 2015

California lawmakers will consider a major overhaul this year of how the state cares for thousands of traumatized foster children, a sweeping effort to curb the excessive use of psychiatric drugs in the child welfare system.

Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_27432987/california-lawmakers-set-tackle-excessive-prescribing-psych-meds

January 15, 2015

Sen. Holly Mitchell, one of the most active legislative advocates for the poor, said optimistic budget outlooks mean the government can make room for expanding services while paying down liabilities. She called on the governor to return the support of advocates who helped him in his push to temporarily increase taxes and create a rainy day fund.

"We are going to pay down debt, and we are going to rebuild families," Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat. "It's not an either-or."

Source: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/14/4330489/democrats-use-new-tax-estimates.html

January 11, 2015

Even as anti-poverty activists organized protests around the state, Gov. Jerry Brown released a spending plan Friday that would restore few recession-era spending cuts to social services.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article5692050.html

January 10, 2015

For more than a year, Gov. Jerry Brown has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike for a poverty rate that remains highest in the nation when adjusted for the cost of living.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article5729253.html

January 06, 2015

Sacramento - Marking a historic occasion with a simple, subdued ceremony, Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. called Monday for ambitious new environmental rules as he embarked on an unprecedented fourth term as California's governor.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-brown-inauguration-20150106-story.html#page=1

January 06, 2015

State lawmakers reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown’s inaugural address with praise and trepidation Monday and, in a reflection of the political dynamic in California, that was just among the governor’s fellow Democrats.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said she was more surprised with what Brown’s speech lacked – any major emphasis on addressing the state's high poverty rate.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-ln-governors-speech-20150105-story.html

January 05, 2015

Some Democrats have also been pressing for more social services since the economy began to recover. Now that it has rebounded, the state has the money and the obligation to help California's most vulnerable — children living in poverty — said state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles).

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-pol-brown-agenda-20150104-story.html#page=1

January 05, 2015

California’s assistance for the neediest endured deep cuts as state leaders closed multibillion-dollar budget deficits and weathered the financial crisis.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, the Legislature’s loudest voice for social service reinvestment, pointed to longer-term projections showing the state’s income will continue to grow even with the sunset of temporary sales and income tax increases. She noted voters in November supported creation of a rainy-day budget reserve.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/state-budget/article5390229.html

January 01, 2015

Change is never comfortable, but often so necessary. 2014 was a year of change in drug policy laws in California, change that moves us towards drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lynne-lyman/california-drug-policy-2014_b_6397648.html