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June 10, 2018

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Sacramento Senator and other advocates among speakers

Black Women United led a group of almost all black women from Crocker Park to the west steps of the State Capitol Saturday June 9 in support of black women.

June 05, 2018

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By Marian Wright Edelman

When I was a young civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Mississippi, I was called in 1967 to testify before Congress about the embattled Head Start program in Mississippi that was serving thousands of children after the state turned its federal funding down and community groups exercised their option to apply.

June 05, 2018

Watch and listen to Sen. Holly J. Mitchell talk about the how the state budget spending plan and how it helps children is a reflection of California's values HERE:

June 04, 2018

The California Senate approved extending a model program to keep and create mostly off-screen jobs in California’s renowned film and TV industries.

“In 2009, a steady stream of film and TV production was leaving California for states actively recruiting them, and taking with it millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs,” Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said after the Senate’s vote on Senate Bill 951. “It is clear that this program is doubling and tripling investments in our communities and in California’s film and television legacy.”

June 01, 2018

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Dominic Patten

Five more years of California’s annual $330 million in film and television incentives took a big step forward today. A rare unanimous vote in the state Senate in Sacramento passed legislation designed to extend the lucrative program until 2025.

June 01, 2018

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By Bob Strauss

This week, California took a big step toward extending through 2025 the film and television tax credit program that’s been fueling a boom in local production.

May 31, 2018

By Dave McNary

California legislators have moved forward on extending the California Film and Television production tax credit for five years beyond its 2020 expiration.
The State Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 951 by a 37-0 vote on Thursday. The legislation continues the current annual allocation of $330 million in tax credits and extends the sunset of the program from 2020 to 2025. The State Assembly passed similar legislation, Assembly Bill 1734, a week ago.

May 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On a bipartisan 38-0 vote, the California Senate today approved a plan to address the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment.

Senate Bill 1343 next faces review by the Assembly. An initial hearing date has not yet been set.

Authored by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by state Controller Betty T. Yee, SB 1343 would provide training to more California workers on preventing sexual harassment, as well as how to recognize harassment and who to contact if victimized.

May 30, 2018

By Marian Wright Edelman
President of the Children’s Defense Fund