Press Releases

Bill to Repeal Sentencing Enhancements for Prior Drug Convictions Passes Its First Test

April 05, 2016

Bill to Repeal Sentencing Enhancements for Prior Drug Convictions Passes Its First Test

April 05, 2016

CONTACT: Zaineb Mohammed, Zaineb@ellabakercenter.org or 510-285-8236

Sacramento, CA – Today, a bill authored by Senator Holly Mitchell to repeal ineffective sentencing enhancements for prior drug convictions passed the California Senate Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Holly Mitchell unveils initiative for housing the homeless

January 06, 2016

Sen. Holly Mitchell unveils initiative for housing the homeless

Joins state and local officials in calling for an end to homelessness in California

Senator Mitchell's press release in response to the closure of LAUSD schools

December 15, 2015

Let’s keep L.A.’s school children safe!

 

"Today, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Ramon Cortines closed all schools in the District in response to a credible threat of violence received late last night. Every school campus is being searched. LAUSD gave a televised update at 10 am, promising to continue to do so every half-hour for the remainder of the day.

LAO says more revenue available: Let’s help those living on least first

November 25, 2015

The LAO Fiscal Outlook released November 18 contains hope. Their main scenario indicates $2 Billion is available for additional investment after meeting reserve requirements . The misery caused by our lack of investment is masked in this report  but is crystal clear in my District and across California. 

Bill to protect students from school math misplacement approved by State Assembly

September 09, 2015

 

SACRAMENTO — A measure to protect students from being relegated to less challenging mathematics classes – even though they meet the academic requirements for those courses – was approved today by the State Assembly and is one step closer to becoming state law.

Governor Brown signs Mitchell bill banning grand juries in fatal police actions

August 11, 2015

Sacramento - Almost exactly one year after a Ferguson, MO. police officer was accused of killing unarmed black teen Michael Brown, Governor Jerry Brown announced his signing of SB 227 authored by state Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D- Los Angeles) into law.

Governor signs Sen. Holly J. Mitchell bill to exempt all minors from open court criminal testimony

August 10, 2015

Sacramento — A measure to spare child witnesses from being required to give testimony in open court in criminal cases, has been signed into law by the Governor. As passed by the Legislature, with an effective date of the beginning of 2016, the bill extends to any potential witness aged 13 or younger, the same protection available under law to those child witnesses who cannot be required to testify in open court if they have been a victim of the crime under adjudication.

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.