September 2017 E-Newsletter: Juvenile-justice reform, ‘War on Crime’ & MORE
DISTRICT and CAPITOL NEWS
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As you may know, protecting children and reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems have long been one of the reasons I sought to serve you. Last week, a majority of California lawmakers agreed with me and approved my bills to put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion.
It has been an honor to fight for measures to improve the quality of life for California children and young adults. It’s encouraging to know California minors will be safer and have more opportunities to thrive and grow because of fairer, more humane treatment.
For a summary of those bills that I hope will be approved by Gov. Brown before his Oct. 15 deadline to act, click HERE:
IN THE CAPITOL
Pushing for fact-based dialogue on the 'War on Crime'
If ever there was a Senate Floor exchange over criminal justice that showcased the differences in philosophies, last week’s debate on AB 1308 was a textbook example. Watch an edited exchange HERE:
A new state guide to help immigrants
California has developed innovative services to help immigrants become part of the social, economic and civic fabric of this state. The state unveiled a new online guide to help explain those services so participants in the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program can better access programs and services designed to help them. More HERE:
IN THE DISTRICT
Celebrating Culver City's centennial
It was a pleasure joining Culver City Councilman Jim B. Clarke, Mayor Jeffery Cooper and Vice Mayor Thomas Small in front of the Culver City Centennial Bus to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary, which was Sept. 20.
Check out the knock-out visual history of the city displayed on the side of the bus!
Since its establishment in 1928, Culver CityBus riders have enjoyed safe, reliable, convenient and friendly public transportation service.
In the early days, Harry Culver, founder of Culver City, would encourage perspective residents and new businesses to move there by offering them a bus ride to explore the area. Today, the bus service operates more than 54 energy-efficient vehicles that annually transport more than 6 million riders - including many of my constituents - across a nearly 33-square mile service area.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Legislator of the Year
The California chapter of a nationwide mental-health group has named me Legislator of the Year for my work on mental health policy. The award was by the National Alliance on Mental Illness California, an affiliate of the country’s largest mental health advocacy organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those living with mental illness. More HERE:
Protect yourself with tips from my Senior Scam Stopper event Friday, Oct. 6
Please join me for my annual Senior Scam Stopper event Friday, Oct. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. at the WLCAC Theresa Lindsay Center, at 492 E. 42nd Place in Los Angeles. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from scams. This free event includes lunch and is in partnership with the California State Licensing Board and the State Controller’s Office. Let us help you to better recognize scams and protect your hard-earned money.
Crenshaw Community Disaster Preparedness Expo 2017
Are you ready for the next big disaster? To help you prepare, I am working with others to sponsor a disaster preparedness workshop, and it’s free.
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: West Angeles Cathedral, 429 E. 42nd Place, Los Angeles, CA 90011
How much?: Free
RSVP Encouraged! Free Event & Parking
Free vaccinations in wake of Hepatitis A outbreak in L.A. County
On Sept. 19, 2017, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a local outbreak of hepatitis A in the county and is providing free vaccinations. The majority of these cases have occurred in persons who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs (injection and non-injection), with several cases also occurring among people who provide services to the homeless. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus, and the best prevention against hepatitis A is vaccination and soap and water hand hygiene. More information about hepatitis A is available here. The vaccination clinic schedule is posted HERE.
- Sept. 15, 2017: LA WEEKLY - Should Prospective Employers Know You've Been Arrested?
- Sept. 14, 2017: DAILY BREEZE - Gov. Brown can take step toward juvenile justice reform: Holly Mitchell and Alex Johnson
- Sept. 13, 2017: COLLEGE MAGAZINE - Powerful Women Leaders: Holly Mitchell
- Sept. 12, 2017: LOS ANGELES TIMES - California Senate bill headed to Gov. Brown would limit mandatory sentences for some drug charges
- Sept. 12, 2017: ASSOCIATED PRESS - California leaders pledge $30M for young immigrants
Holly J. Mitchell
Senator, 30th District