Press Releases

June 03, 2011

(Sacramento, CA) AB 396, authored by Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, passed the Assembly with unanimous support on May 26, 2011. It directs the State Department of Health Care Services to maximize the federal government's contribution to payments for health care services provided by counties and the state to juveniles in custody.

May 24, 2011

(Sacramento, CA)  A measure joint authored by Assemblymembers Holly Mitchell (D-South Los Angeles) and Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) to protect homeless youths from being ticketed and harassed for loitering passed the Assembly unanimously Tuesday, with bipartisan support.

May 20, 2011

Sacramento, CA - ACR 41, which would designate a portion of State Highway Route 405 in Los Angeles County as the CHP Officer Philip Dennis Ortiz Memorial Highway, passed the Assembly on May 19 with bipartisan support.

On June 22, 2010 Officer Ortiz pulled a vehicle over for a carpool violation on the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles.  While approaching the vehicle, another car driving along the shoulder struck Officer Ortiz and his motorcycle.  Sadly, two weeks later Officer Ortiz passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

May 19, 2011

Sacramento, CA - AB 667, which updates the medical criteria used in many situations to qualify a child for transfer from an acute inpatient setting to a subacute care facility, often at lower cost, passed the Assembly on May 11 without opposition.

Currently, children whose needs could be adequately provided for in a subacute facility are often not transferred from the hospital's intensive care unit because they do not meet the conditions specified in regulations.

May 05, 2011

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell extends warm wishes for the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Today commemorates the 149th anniversary of the victory of Mexico over French invaders on Mexican soil, said Assemblywoman Mitchell, whose Los Angeles-based district includes many residents of Mexican descent. Cinco de Mayo has become very much a day on which Americans celebrate Mexican and Mexican-American culture. This is a tradition we should encourage – and enjoy!

May 02, 2011

Contact: Charles Stewart @ 310-342-1070

Betty Hyatt, a 76 year-old American who lives in Los Angeles in the 47th District was born to Jewish parents and was a child when her family fled the Nazi invasion of Belgium. She was interviewed for the Legislature's 2011 Holocaust Memorial Project about her memories of the Holocaust by Morgan Ball, a 16 year-old junior. Their dialogue was filmed by Ashanti Stewart, a 15 year-old sophomore. The girls are neighbors and attend Culver City High, also in my District.

April 29, 2011

AB 389, which would set standards for delivery of blood clotting products and related equipment for home use by people with bleeding disorders, became the first bill introduced by freshman legislator Holly Mitchell to clear the Assembly.

April 25, 2011

Freshman Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-47th District) had the honor of presiding at the special ceremony held April 25 at the initiative of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) on the Assembly floor of the State Capitol to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the appointment of the first African American to California's Court of Appeals, and to celebrate the service of black Americans subsequently appointed to the bench of California's higher courts.

April 18, 2011

This year began, it seems, only yesterday and yet a third of it has already gone by as each of us pursues progress and copes with the challenges in our lives.  2011 has also brought us daunting challenges as a nation and community… the global recession, federal and state budget deficits, conflicts abroad, and natural disasters.

All the more reason that we take time from our daily tasks to nourish ourselves and our loved ones, note and express thanks for the blessings we enjoy, and renew our hopes for the future.

March 24, 2011

Proposed Bill Would Require State to Use Purchasing Power to Buy Healthier and Sustainable Foods

OAKLANDAs part of the First Lady's Let's Move Initiative, the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) unveiled their new healthy food service guidelines, which they will begin implementing within their departments. The Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations promotes a healthier workforce by making healthy food options more accessible and affordable.