Press Releases

Senator Holly J. Mitchell calls for action in response to Charleston massacre

June 23, 2015

Statement by California State Senator Holly J. Mitchell

“As we open our hearts and offer condolences to those who are reeling from loss in the wake of the massacre at Emanuel AME, whose pastor was my South Carolina colleague State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney, we must renew our commitment and find the will, in memory of the dead and for the sake of the living, to bring to an end the spiral of violence that racial conflict evokes in this country.

Sen. Mitchell welcomes 30th District's Small Business Owner of the Year Onna Ehrlich to Capitol

June 22, 2015

Sacramento - Senator Holly J. Mitchell welcomed the 30th District’s 2015 Small Business Owner of the Year to the State Capitol, in an annual event which celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurs and innovators. This year’s honoree is handbag designer Onna Erlich, founder of OnnaErlich.com, whom Senator Mitchell escorted, along with her husband/business partner Joel Bell and son James, onto the floor of the State Senate chamber to present her a Certificate of Commendation.

Sen. Mitchell says, “Today we make progress toward ending poverty!”

June 15, 2015

On the day of California’s constitutional deadline to adopt a budget, the Senate included recommendations from Budget Health and Human Services Subcommittee Chair Senator Holly J. Mitchell (SD 30 – Los Angeles) to increase funding for services for families living in poverty.

Hancock, Mitchell Introduce Legislation to Make California’s Commercial Property Tax Code Fair

June 10, 2015

SCA 5 would assess commercial properties at their fair market value, provide tax relief for businesses and protect homeowners and renters

Senate OKs Mitchell’s Repeal of Cap on Family Aid

June 02, 2015

Sacramento – Senator Holly J. Mitchell's bill to repeal the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule in the CalWORKs program has been approved by the Senate. CalWORKs benefits are normally based, in part, on the number of family members in a household – except when a child is born into a family that is already receiving those benefits.

Progress On Child Poverty Must Happen This Year

May 18, 2015

SACRAMENTO – In response to the Governor’s May Revise, State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“Children should not be forced to live in poverty. The Governor’s May Revise budget provides no additional help to lift children and families out of deep poverty despite an unexpected increase in state revenue of $6.7 billion.”

Senate approves Mitchell call for state law to end misuse of the L word: Lynching

May 18, 2015

Sacramento — SB 629, a measure to correct an obsolete reference to the term “lynching” in California’s penal code by deleting it has been approved without dissent by California’s Senate.

Mitchell Releases Statement On Governor's May Revise

May 14, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown will release his 2015-2016 revised spending proposal. State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement:

“Revenue is surging. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has estimated that revenue for the full year could exceed estimates by more than $4 billion. The budget is not simply a math problem. Our hands are not tied. The Legislature has options to use a significant portion of the funds to meet human needs.

Mitchell bill to ban use of Grand Jury in officer-related deaths passes Senate

May 07, 2015

As national concern about police accountability grows so do doubts about grand jury process

Sacramento — A measure to prohibit the use of the criminal Grand Jury in cases of law officer-involved shootings or in cases where the alleged use of excessive force by an officer results in the death of a suspect has been approved by California’s Senate. The Senate floor vote was 23-12, largely along party lines, sending the bill, SB 227, to the Assembly.

Holly Mitchell effort to get eye tests for pre-schoolers passes 1st grade

April 16, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA —Calling for students entering elementary school to get comprehensive eye exams by a physician, optometrist or ophthalmologist, Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) successfully made the case to the Senate Education Committee that schools and parents should know before reading instruction begins in first grade if a child has visual challenges: her bill to do that, SB 402, has been approved by the panel and continues forward toward enactment as law.