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August 22, 2015

It's time to do away with those caps, known as “maximum family grants.” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) is trying to do that with SB 23, which is stuck in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The sticking point isn't philosophical. It's that repealing the cap comes at a cost of about $200 million a year — money the Legislature specifically decided not to include in the recently passed budget.

We approve of the fiscal prudence exercised by the governor and Legislature this year. But everyone expects revenues to be higher than projected. If so, $200 million would be just a small drop in the state's funding bucket yet would do so much good for the state's neediest families. There's also the potential that providing higher monthly welfare checks would reduce other state expenses, such as Medi-Cal costs to pay for illness in children caused or exacerbated by poverty.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-calworks-20150821-story.html

August 17, 2015

This year, State Senator Holly Mitchell, (D-Los Angeles), introduced Senate Bill 23, a repeal of the Maximum Family Grant rule, on the grounds that it has only driven poor women deeper into poverty, and done nothing to reduce the birth rate of women on welfare.

Source: http://capitalandmain.com/latest-news/issues/politics-and-government/californias-worst-law-and-whats-behind-the-repeal-movement-0817/

August 13, 2015

This week, the state of California passed two laws that address the use of deadly force by law enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Source: http://www.newsweek.com/california-ferguson-police-violence-grand-juries-law-362365

August 12, 2015

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill barring grand juries from deciding on charges in cases involving police use of lethal force.

Source: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/8/12/california-law-bars-grand-juries-in-police-lethal-force-cases.html

August 12, 2015

California will no longer use grand juries in cases involving police shootings of civilians after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Tuesday banning the secret deliberations.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-grand-juries-police_55cb517ee4b0923c12bebda7

August 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure that prohibits secret grand juries to weigh in on cases involving excessive or deadly force by law enforcement, and another affirming the public’s right to take audio or video recordings of police officers.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-brown-grand-juries-20150811-story.html

August 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting the use of grand juries in California in cases where police officers use lethal force, a response to distrust of the grand jury process following the deaths of unarmed black men in other states.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article30736917.html

August 10, 2015

Source: http://www.c-span.org/video/?326960-1/discussion-effects-urban-riots

July 14, 2015

State lawmakers are considering a proposal to rein in California law enforcement agencies' ability to keep money, cars and homes seized from suspects who have not been charged with a crime.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-pol-police-seizures-20150714-story.html

July 14, 2015

“Happy to recognize the Special Olympics World Games which will be held from July 25th to August 2nd at the Memorial Coliseum in my Senate District.”