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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.


January 28, 2012

The Casey Anthony case has reached the California Legislature.

The Assembly this week approved new parental obligations in response to the much-publicized Florida case. Anthony waited a month to report her 2-year-old daughter missing but ultimately was acquitted in her death.

Assembly Bill 1432 would make parents or guardians guilty of a misdemeanor if they knowingly fail to report, within 24 hours, the disappearance of a child younger than 14.


January 04, 2012

Assembly Speaker John Perez, center, talks with Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, left, Susan Bonilla D-Concord, right, in the Assembly during the first day of the legislature of the new year at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Lawmakers face the year with a $13 billion budget deficit and a other hot topics including pension reform, high-speed rail and a multibillion dollar water bond.

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May 25, 2011

The dog-and-pony-show nature of the budget subcommittee hearings was upended yesterday in a hearing on health and human services cutbacks.

The surprising vote at the tail end of yesterday's hearing comes one day in advance of a flurry of subcommittee hearings in the Capitol building today, with accompanying Capitol demonstrations expected outside.


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.