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May 08, 2017

California state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has made fighting for the poor her life’s work, and as chair of the Senate Budget Committee, she has considerable influence on how state tax dollars are spent. She shares her legislative priorities and weighs in on climate change, jobs and immigration.

May 06, 2017

Note: SB 190 by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell would end these fees.

By Julie Johnson

The phone rings. Your teenage son has run away and gotten into a fight. Again.

He’s back at Sonoma County’s juvenile hall off Highway 12 in rural east Santa Rosa.

For the next several months, you attend meetings with his public defender, make his court appointments and visit him twice a week while working full time and shuttling your other children between school and sports.

Then you get the bill.

May 03, 2017

Rallies at the Capitol are planned to put pressure on the Trump administration, and Republicans in Congress, to back away from proposals to repeal Obamacare and roll back protections under the Endangered Species Act.

One action, beginning at 10 a.m. at Capitol Park, is aimed at denouncing actions seen as a threat by Republicans to weaken the Endangered Species Act, signed by former President Richard Nixon in 1973.

May 03, 2017

In many California counties when a minor gets arrested and locked up the kids parents often get charged for some of the cost of incarceration. The fees could run up to 30 dollars a day for juvenile hall; 17 dollars a day for ankle monitoring. A recent report out of Berkeley says counties should stop charging families not only for locking their kids up but also for their kid's drug tests and public defenders. Stephanie Campus, who authored the report, said these these costs cause both financial and emotional strain...

May 02, 2017

An Orange County mother is forced to sell her home and file bankruptcy because she is charged more than $16,000 for her son’s detention in juvenile hall. A Contra Costa County mother is billed more than $10,000 for her son’s detention in juvenile hall, even after all of the charges against him are dropped. Los Angeles County spent almost $13,000 pursuing $1,000 from a retiree for her granddaughter’s detention in juvenile hall.

May 01, 2017

 

In the language of my community, riots mean one thing, rebellion something else.

Let us agree to call what happened in South Los Angeles 25 years ago a rebellion, which is defined as a reaction against an injustice. As TV news cameras captured the rebellion that greeted a jury’s decision in faraway Simi Valley to exonerate the four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King, one image seared into my brain and will never leave me:

April 28, 2017

Holly J. Mitchell, state senator of the 30th District, has been named a 2017 Lois M. DeBerry Scholarship recipient by the Governing Institute and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.

Mitchell said she saw firsthand what distinguished DeBerry as a trailblazer among women and the senator draws inspiration from DeBerry’s “relentless compassion” as a legislator.

DeBerry was the longest-serving member of the state House of Representatives, second African-American woman to serve, and the first woman speaker pro tempore of the Tennessee House.

April 27, 2017

Link to original story and video HERE:http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-single-payer-healthcare-20170426-story.html

By Melanie Mason

A sweeping measure that would establish government-run universal healthcare in California cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday as scores of supporters crammed into the Capitol to advocate for a single-payer system.

April 27, 2017

By Holly Mitchell, Guest Columnist

In the language of my community, riots mean one thing, rebellion something else.

Let us agree to call what happened in South Los Angeles 25 years ago a rebellion, which is defined as a reaction against an injustice. As TV news cameras captured the rebellion that greeted a jury’s decision in faraway Simi Valley to exonerate the four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King, one image seared into my brain and will never leave me:

Mothers running out of Fedco with packages of diapers and baby formula.

April 26, 2017

Gay state Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a bill that would create a tiered registry for California sex offenders, meaning some could leave the state's lifetime registry earlier than planned.