February 2015 Newsletter

February 27, 2015


I want to welcome you to my first newsletter as Senator of the 30th Senate District. This is one way in which I can stay connected with you and update you on the issues that I am working on, events that I am hosting and legislation I plan to champion. I hope you find the information useful and I hope you will continue to share with me your concerns, ideas and enthusiasm for the 30th Senate District.


Holly J. Mitchell
Senator Holly J. Mitchell

Stay Engaged with me in the Senate! Please visit my website at sd30.senate.ca.gov. It is continuously updated so that you can stay informed about my activities as your representative. You'll find press releases from my office, photos, videos, as well as news coverage on the issues that I am championing on your behalf.

Legislation & Committee Assignments

The 2015 legislative session began on January 5th and over the coming weeks, I will continue to introduce legislation that tackles poverty, addresses civil rights inequities and breaks down barriers to healthcare access. I welcome input from my constituents, advocates and other key stakeholders in the community and have already heard from some of you in regards to issues you care about and bills that I will be voting on. The deadline for bill introduction is Friday, February 27th. I look forward to sharing my full package of legislation with you as soon as it's finalized. So far, I have introduced the following bills:

  • SB 23 - Repeals the Maximum Family Grant which denies aid to babies born into extreme poverty, thereby protecting newborns' health and safety while prohibiting the state from inserting itself into the private reproductive and medical decisions of families. Here's an ARTICLE in the Sacramento Bee on SB 23.

  • SB 176 - Protects child witnesses of violent crimes from further trauma by allowing judges to employ alternative witness examination procedures.

  • SB 227 - Prohibits the use of criminal Grand Jury trials for officers alleged to have used excessive force (or shooting) resulting in the death of a suspect. Here you can LISTEN to my radio interview on KPCC's Take Two about SB 227.

  • SB 238 - Ensures better communication between child welfare services and social workers in order to prevent the over-drugging of foster youth with psychotropic medications.

I'm thrilled to again be serving on the Senate's official leadership team as a member of its governing body, the Rules Committee. In addition, I am chairing the Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health & Human Services and serving on the Health, Insurance, Labor, and Budget and Fiscal Review Committees.

Proposed Budget

The Governor introduced his proposed budget last month and his focus is on building the "rainy day" fund and reducing debt. I believe the State must develop a strategy and set concrete goals to reduce the number of children in California who grow up in poverty. As Chair of Budget Subcommittee 3 on Health and Human Services, I pledge to ensure this year, this budget cycle, children will not remain an afterthought in the re-building of California's future or the mending of our economy: in fact, they should be the focus and measure of both. My goals this budget year will include:

  • Ending the maximum family grant rule and increasing investment in CalWORKs,
  • Reinvesting in early care and education,
  • Increasing the minimum wage, and
  • Implementing the Local Control Funding Formula with a focus on the most vulnerable children.

Recent Events

District Office Open House and Holiday Party

CLBC Black History Month Celebration of "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture" honoring Ayuko Babu, Pan African Film Festival Founder

Mayor Eric Garcetti's State Assembly & State Senate Roundtable

Coffee with Holly at View Park Library

Jumpstart Southern California Academy "Closing the Gap"

Upcoming Events

We have some exciting things planned for this year. In addition to my annual Christmas in July event, my office will also be hosting town halls and roundtable discussions addressing transportation, criminal justice, state services and issues impacting seniors.


Thursday, April 2, 2015 - "Coffee with Holly"

Coffee and conversation. Constituents will have the opportunity to bring ideas, questions and concerns about legislative issues affecting the community. Children are welcome.

Senator Holly J. Mitchell to present The Women's STEAM Institute for high school girls (2016). Senator Mitchell understands the importance of empowering young women to become leaders in America's increasingly diverse economy. Moreover, increasing and supporting the number of young women engaged in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) is crucial for the 30th District's growth and vibrancy. Senator Mitchell is committed to inspiring a new generation of young women to be visionary thought leaders. For more information, contact Joy Masha by email at Joy.Masha@sen.ca.gov.

New District, New Digs!

Mukaddes Cinar, a student at Magnolia Science Academy-6 Palms, submitted the winning design for my Mural Design Contest. Her design is featured in my new District Office - so please come on by and visit!

My district office is located in the Wallis Annenberg Building near the California Science Center and the California African American Museum.

District Office
Wallis Annenberg Building, Suite 113
700 State Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
213-745-6656 (office)
213-745-6722 (fax)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 5080
916-651-4030 (office)
916-651-4930 (fax)
When you have an opportunity, please stop by and meet my staff.
Sydney Kamlager - District Director - sydney.kamlager@sen.ca.gov

Charles Stewart - Communication Director - charles.stewart@sen.ca.gov

Sonia Lopez - District Office Manager/Scheduler - sonia.x.lopez@sen.ca.gov

Joy Masha - Field Representative - joy.masha@sen.ca.gov

Ellen Moy - Field Representative - ellen.moy@sen.ca.gov
Tiffani Alvidrez - Chief of Staff - tiffani.alvidrez@sen.ca.gov

Tracey Hurd-Parker - Capitol Scheduler - tracey.hurd-parker@sen.ca.gov

Elise Gyore - Legislative Director - elise.gyore@sen.ca.gov

John Skoglund - Legislative Aide - john.skoglund@sen.ca.gov

Nancy Strohl - Consultant - nancy.strohl@sen.ca.gov

Tim Shelley - Rules Consultant - tim.shelley@sen.ca.gov

Myri Valdez - Legislative Aide - myri.valdez@sen.ca.gov

Interested in setting up a meeting with Senator Mitchell? Please submit all requests for District Office meetings to Sonia Lopez (sonia.x.lopez@sen.ca.gov).

Internships: Need College Credits? Our District Office is in search of interns for this upcoming year. If you know of any student or are interested yourself, please contact Sonia Lopez to obtain additional information.

Tell LAUSD what you think. Take the LCAP Survey.

What do LAUSD students need to ensure they have a great education? How do we support our youth with the highest needs? What are successful strategies for community engagement?

Calling all LAUSD students, parents, educators, support staff and community members. Voice your opinion on LAUSD priorities and share your ideas on how the District should be held accountable for the success of all youth. This is one of many opportunities to engage on the LCFF and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) in its second year of implementation.

Take the LCAP survey here! lcff.lausd.net