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March 02, 2017

By John Myers

State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has made a name for herself by being a dogged crusader for the poor — even if that involves calling out fellow Democrats.

March 01, 2017


Much is at stake for Southern California's poor and working class as federal budget talks begin in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump has indicated he'd like to see big increases to military and infrastructure spending—and local officials are concerned those bumps could come at the cost of federally funded social safety net programs.

"People are in a bit of a holding pattern, wait-and-see mode," said Cathy Senderling-McDonald, deputy executive director of the County Welfare Directors Association of California. "There's a lot of uncertainty."

March 01, 2017

State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has made a name for herself by being a dogged crusader for the poor — even if that involves calling out fellow Democrats.

Mitchell leveraged her role as her party’s moral conscience to become the powerful chair of the Senate’s budget committee. Melanie Mason takes a closer look at how the new role poses a unique challenge: As her Capitol clout grows, can Holly Mitchell still be ... Holly Mitchell?

February 28, 2017


By Melanie Mason

Two years ago, Holly J. Mitchell stood on the state Senate floor and, in a crisp, deliberate voice, laced into the budget that her fellow Democrats were poised to approve.

The plan “picks winners and losers,” the state senator from Los Angeles said. “It appears to me that poor people in California and their children continue to be on the losing end of that equation.”

February 24, 2017



It earned a “Pants on fire: The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim” rating from Politifact’s Truth-O-Meter, but state Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, has stuck to his guns.

February 23, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Holly J Mitchell (D- Los Angeles) releases the following statement on reports of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that took place yesterday in Southern California:

February 23, 2017

By Jazmine Ulloa

The inmate visitation area at the North Facility of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

California lawmakers on Tuesday scrutinized new state agency regulations that will allow more county jails across the state to prevent inmates from visiting with their families in person.

February 22, 2017


By L.J. Williamson

Frustrated lawmakers at a state Senate oversight hearing aimed a tough round of pointed questions at the head of California's prisons Tuesday regarding new jail inmate visit policies.

February 21, 2017


By L.J. Williamson

The Board of State and Community Corrections has approved revisions to state regulations on in-person prison visitation, exempting facilities "that are in design, construction or already are offering video-only approaches" as of the policy's effective date of Feb. 16.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who authored a bill to end video-only visitation policies that was vetoed last fall, said she was infuriated by the policy, which will undermine the human element that she said would help to reduce recidivism.

February 16, 2017

By Patrick McGreevy

State Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says she's concerned about banks being unwilling to handle marijuana sales revenue because the drug is still illegal under federal law. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Amid concerns that California may not be ready to issue licenses for the sale of marijuana by next year, one state lawmaker raised the possibility Thursday of the Legislature stepping in to delay taxes and permits.