In the News

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

December 25, 2014

During her first year in the California Senate, Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat, pushed for policies embraced by the liberal wing of the Democratic party, meeting mixed success with a Legislature and governor that lean closer to the center.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/article4903926.html#storylink=cpy

December 18, 2014

Budget Subcommittee #3 - Health & Human Services: Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article4573204.html

December 01, 2014

"Follow the money" is the rule in politics for figuring out the real reason something not-quite-logical is happening.

It appears to apply as well to the over-drugging of California foster youths, based on the latest in Bay Area News Group reporter Karen de Sá's ongoing series, "Drugging Our Kids" -- an analysis using both data and individuals' stories to illuminate the growing use of pharmaceuticals to control the behavior of foster children.

Source: http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_27030187/contra-costa-times-editorial-doctors-have-incentives-drug

November 25, 2014

Scrutiny of doctors who prescribe psychotropic drugs to California foster children intensified Monday, with growing calls for regulators to consider whether financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies may be driving the excessive use of medication.

Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_27005492/watchdog-calls-tighter-regulation-foster-care-prescriber-relationships

November 25, 2014

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who serves as chairwoman of the California Legislative Black Caucus, thanked Brown for the appointment.

“As a caucus, we applaud Gov. Jerry Brown for his selection and appreciate his hearkening to our continuous request for more African Americans to be appointed to the California judicial system,” Mitchell said.

Source: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/11/24/gov-brown-nominates-assistant-us-attorney-to-state-high-court/

October 23, 2014

Legislators called Wednesday for raising the minimum wage and tearing down gender barriers to unionized construction and manufacturing jobs to help eliminate income inequality for California women.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-women-poverty-20141021-story.html

October 17, 2014

Jessica Nhean found herself on the streets of Los Angeles homeless with nowhere to turn to at the age of 20 when she met a young man who promised to take care of her.

Source: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/breakingnews/ci_26741915/human-trafficking-survivor-shares-her-story-at-davis

October 01, 2014

Whatever you think the real reason behind the sudden appearance of crack cocaine in inner-city America in the 1980s may be, the effect has been indisputable: African-Americans are more frequently hauled off to jail for nonviolent felonies and their neighborhoods turned into economically moribund war zones.

Source: http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/09/30/california-does-away-with-wack-crack-laws

October 01, 2014

Minority students in some San Mateo and Santa Clara County school districts were asked to repeat Algebra 1 when they entered high school even though the students passed the class in 8th grade, according to a report.

Source: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Minority-Students-Held-Back-in-Math-Report-277700331.html