Press Releases

April 09, 2014

In the first effort this year to address the environmental justice concerns associated with fracking, a bill by Senators Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), which would impose a moratorium on the practice in California, has passed out of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee.

March 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA —Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-South Los Angeles) has introduced SB 1010 to set the same penalties for sale of crack cocaine as now apply to the equally illegal sale of powder cocaine. In current California law, sentences for intent-to-sell crack convictions range from three to five years, but for powder only two to four years. Because crack cocaine is cheaper than the powdered version, there are more crack convictions in low income and minority communities.

March 05, 2014

“Women have not shared equally in the emerging recovery,” noted Senator Mitchell, whose district includes much of South Los Angeles. “Recent budget actions have targeted programs that low-income women rely on to support their families and acquire the education and skills they need to find and retain jobs.”

February 20, 2014

“There are a million Angelenos that live within a 5-mile radius of the largest urban oil field in the country,” said Senator Mitchell, whose predominantly minority district includes the Inglewood Oil Field.  “In my district vulnerable neighborhoods lie adjacent to drilling operations whose practices go largely unregulated.  Complaints that residents are exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxic pollutants and which cause all kinds of health symptoms have been ignored.  When industrial operations like fracking and acidization disproportionately impact minority communities, environmental justice has been breached and needs to be restored.  SB 1132 will do that.”

February 07, 2014

“Our children are simply not for sale,” Mitchell said at a press conference held at the state Capitol to call for concerted state and county efforts to combat the illegal exploitation of youths for sex and labor. Senator Mitchell’s bill, SB 955, would add suspected trafficking of minors to the list of felony cases during which it is lawful for police to seek a judge’s permission to employ wiretaps.

January 30, 2014

“Making sure that California’s full diversity in culture and experience is reflected in government practice is a charge of the Rules Committee that I take seriously and welcome. I’m grateful that President pro tem Steinberg and my new colleagues in the Senate have entrusted me with this important opportunity to serve.”

January 15, 2014

Mitchell introduces 1st Senate bill, SB899, to allow CalWORKs increases when families grow

"The cap makes poverty worse by forcing families to spread meager resources even thinner," maintained Senator Mitchell, sworn into the Senate in September following a special election. Her district includes parts of south Los Angeles which have high CalWORKs caseloads. "In these hard times the state shouldn't insert itself into the private reproductive and medical decisions of low-income families just because they need basic assistance for their children."

January 12, 2014

It’s time. It’s our time to pay forward the grace and generosity of my mentors. Let’s shift the paradigm and together begin the climb back up to the California we want to live in – the one ALL children deserve.

December 18, 2013

"It is imperative that this seat not be left vacant.  There is too much at stake on behalf of the students, families and schools in District 1 to wait for an election."

December 06, 2013
Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, California Legislative Black Caucus Chair, remembered South Africa's late president: “Nelson Mandela was, in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., a true “leader-servant.” He harkened to the needs of the oppressed, blazed a trail to freedom and invited all to join in building a brighter future.”