April 2017 Newsletter
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Senator Mitchell introduces bills seeking equity and justice for juveniles
On March 20, Sen. Ricardo Lara and I introduced a package of bills to keep young children out of the juvenile justice system and fix longstanding inequity for youth and adults. The action kicked off a two-month celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark May 15, 1967, U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended Miranda rights to young people accused of crimes. For more on our plans to put greater emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and maintaining family cohesion and a video recapping the bills click HERE.
Coffee - and conversation - with Holly
As part of an ongoing effort to connect with my constituents, I recently enjoyed coffee and conversation with members of Los Angeles-area chambers of commerce during one of my quarterly informal meetings with residents and business community members in the 30th Senate District. Here, (at about 6:15 p.m., according to the wall clock at Michelle's Country Diner on Marlton Avenue), I heard first-hand the concerns and needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners. In turn, I talked about my role as the new chair of the Senate Budget Committee and shared some of my priorities. Attendees included: Anita Rodal of the United States- Mexico Chamber; Connye Thomas and Donna Grayson of the Crenshaw Chamber; Steven Rose of the Culver City Chamber; and Jaime Edell Naylor, owner of The Surplus Store.
Lunch and learn with TransCanWork
Local leaders from TransCanWork met with me to discuss transgender discrimination in the workplace. Besides being an opportunity to lunch with women advocates, I learned about policies that can make a difference for trans applicants and employees. From left, are Marilyn Lawrence, Sydney Kamlager, Jeanie You, me, Michaela Mendelson, Marie and Jennie.
Family safety and health festival
Partnering with Kids Are 1st to present the Family Safety and Health Festival in Exposition Park is one of the highlights of my job. The festival provided resources, exhibits, services and training demonstrations free of charge to help families protect children from hazards and health problems. West L.A. College and UCLA Medical Center were also in attendance and offered each youth free health and dental screenings. It was an honor to greet families and thank the organizations for their donated services, including California Highway Patrol officers and staffers of local non-profits.
- KCRA NBC-TV Sacramento
A bill by Sen. Holly Mitchell that would keep children under 12 out of juvenile hall and get them into rehabilitation programs moved forward in the California Senate.
Watch and read about this segment here: April 5, 2017: KCRA NBC-TV - Bill aims to keep children under 12 out of juvenile hall
- SACRAMENTO BEE
Sen. Holly Mitchell sat at her desk on the fifth floor of the Capitol and held up a book.
On the cover a small boy in oversized jeans and a Tommy Hilfiger T-shirt stands on a plastic milk crate, too small to reach, as a police officer presses the young child's ink-soaked fingertips onto a piece of paper."That image just stuck with me," Mitchell said.
Read the full story here: April 4, 2017: SACRAMENTO BEE - Too young for juvie? California bill bars prosecution of kids under 12
- LOS ANGELES SENTINEL
"Sen. Mitchell has displayed an unparalleled commitment to diversity, justice and the community," Camille Townsend, president of the California Association of Black Lawyers, said. "The organization unanimously agrees that Sen. Mitchell embodies the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Advocacy Award."
Read the full story here: March 30, 2017: LA SENTINEL - Sen. Holly J. Mitchell named recipient of inaugural Willie L. Brown, Jr., award
COVERAGE NOTE: Los Angeles Watts Times and Culver City Crossroads also ran stories on Mitchell winning this inaugural award.