In the News

May 03, 2011

Health Services
Los Angeles County

Assembly Member Holly Mitchell, a longtime advocate of children‟s issues and expanded health care, has introduced two bills that would provide reimbursement to the Department of Health Services (DHS) for care provided to vulnerable children. The first of these bills is AB 396 which would allow the State of California to draw down federal matching funds for health services provided by DHS to underage youths from juvenile detention centers and probation camps.

March 25, 2011

I have been in Sacramento as a legislator less than four months. When I arrived, despite being a freshman in the Assembly, I asked to serve on the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services because that is where the battle for the dollars necessary to protect safety net programs for the most vulnerable among us must be fought. As the saying goes, be careful what you ask for. Speaker John Perez appointed me chair of the committee.

March 17, 2011

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers are focusing on a budget package aimed at closing the state's $26.6 billion deficit, as Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders seek out the votes needed to pass the plan's two most divisive components.

March 13, 2011

Like hundreds of people this winter fighting budget cuts, Steve Doherty trekked to the state Capitol on a recent Monday to argue his case.

The 50-year-old Walnut Creek resident spoke in a casual but unwavering tone to policymakers and others about the importance of four state-run institutions serving developmentally disabled people.


March 04, 2011

While the weather was breezy outside, the temperature soared inside Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell's Culver City district office on Feb. 24, as more than 150 constituents crowded in to glimpse the new space, air concerns and receive an update on California's budget crisis.

With only weeks left to develop a budget that balances the state's $25 billion deficit for 2011-12 — $8 billion of which is from the current fiscal year — Mitchell said legislators are looking at ways to cut spending and increase revenue.

March 01, 2011

Sylvia Mnuchen has spent her life fighting.

First it was cancer that attacked her skin, then her breast. More recently it has been an ailment that has kept her in a wheelchair, her feet swollen, her legs wrapped tight like a mummy.


February 11, 2011

The litanies of budget cuts have droned on throughout the past two weeks of subcommittee hearings. In a recent hearing over a proposed $1.5 billion in cuts to CalWORKS, the state's welfare-to-work program, things got a little more real.

It started with a finance department statistic that nine other states have imposed similar restrictions to the newly proposed 48-month time limit for benefits to adults and their children on CalWORKS. (That limit would end cash aid to about 5,500 families in California, and move up the clock for hundreds of thousands of others.)