In the News

May 25, 2018

NOTE: Senate Bills 1392 and 1392 are jointly sponsored by Sens. Holly J. Mitchell and Richardo Lara, both of Los Angeles.

By The Times Editorial Board

Who overpacked California's prisons? It was first-term Gov. Jerry Brown, when he signed into law the Uniform Determinate Sentencing Act in 1976. And it was the Legislature's Democratic majority, who'd sent Brown the act in the first place and then tried to outflank tough-on-crime Republicans by adding one sentence-lengthening provision (or "enhancement") after another.

May 23, 2018

A California budget windfall should be used in part to boost monthly welfare grants, university funding and efforts to address the state’s housing and homelessness crisis, state Senate Democratic leaders said Wednesday.
They spoke ahead of upcoming budget negotiations with the Assembly and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown

May 22, 2018

Californians for Justice (CFJ) brought 100 students
and parents from across the state to
Sacramento this week to urge lawmakers to
make good on the promise of Brown v. Board of
Education on the 64th anniversary of the landmark
1954 Supreme Court decision that mandated
the desegregation of schools.
CFJ held a march and rally with Senator Holly
J. Mitchell
at the State Capitol and called on Gov.
Jerry Brown and state legislators to pass a suite

May 21, 2018

A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would expand harassment-prevention training requirements—and the bill has both pros and cons for employers, according to experts.

Currently, California employers with 50 or more workers must provide training to supervisors only. Under the bill, SB 1343, businesses with five or more workers would need to train all of their employees.

May 18, 2018

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A Californians for Justice brought 100 students and parents from across the state on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to Sacramento to urge lawmakers to make good on the promise of Brown v. Board of Education on the 64th anniversary of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that mandated the desegregation of schools.

May 17, 2018

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By John Wildermuth

A group of state senators wants to spend $5 billion over the next four years on a range of programs to provide more affordable housing and deal with California’s growing homelessness problem.

May 14, 2018

“California’s economy is growing and revenues projections are strong, but we cannot afford complacency or carelessness. Too many families have been left out of our resurgence, and recent history reminds us that we need to be prepared for a sudden downturn.” Senate leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) offered her statement regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revision to the proposed state budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year:

May 12, 2018

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By Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown took one last opportunity Friday to tell Democrats who dominate the Legislature that the state’s boom times will end someday, so save those billions of dollars that are unexpectedly rolling in now.

In releasing his final budget proposal, the termed-out Brown called for holding onto most of the extra $8.8 billion in unexpected revenue in his spending plan unveiled Friday.

May 11, 2018

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talks to KNX NewsTalk Radio about the state budget.