Press Releases

February 20, 2014

“There are a million Angelenos that live within a 5-mile radius of the largest urban oil field in the country,” said Senator Mitchell, whose predominantly minority district includes the Inglewood Oil Field.  “In my district vulnerable neighborhoods lie adjacent to drilling operations whose practices go largely unregulated.  Complaints that residents are exposed to hazardous chemicals and toxic pollutants and which cause all kinds of health symptoms have been ignored.  When industrial operations like fracking and acidization disproportionately impact minority communities, environmental justice has been breached and needs to be restored.  SB 1132 will do that.”

February 07, 2014

“Our children are simply not for sale,” Mitchell said at a press conference held at the state Capitol to call for concerted state and county efforts to combat the illegal exploitation of youths for sex and labor. Senator Mitchell’s bill, SB 955, would add suspected trafficking of minors to the list of felony cases during which it is lawful for police to seek a judge’s permission to employ wiretaps.

January 30, 2014

“Making sure that California’s full diversity in culture and experience is reflected in government practice is a charge of the Rules Committee that I take seriously and welcome. I’m grateful that President pro tem Steinberg and my new colleagues in the Senate have entrusted me with this important opportunity to serve.”

January 15, 2014

Mitchell introduces 1st Senate bill, SB899, to allow CalWORKs increases when families grow

"The cap makes poverty worse by forcing families to spread meager resources even thinner," maintained Senator Mitchell, sworn into the Senate in September following a special election. Her district includes parts of south Los Angeles which have high CalWORKs caseloads. "In these hard times the state shouldn't insert itself into the private reproductive and medical decisions of low-income families just because they need basic assistance for their children."

January 12, 2014

It’s time. It’s our time to pay forward the grace and generosity of my mentors. Let’s shift the paradigm and together begin the climb back up to the California we want to live in – the one ALL children deserve.

December 18, 2013

"It is imperative that this seat not be left vacant.  There is too much at stake on behalf of the students, families and schools in District 1 to wait for an election."

December 06, 2013
Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, California Legislative Black Caucus Chair, remembered South Africa's late president: “Nelson Mandela was, in the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., a true “leader-servant.” He harkened to the needs of the oppressed, blazed a trail to freedom and invited all to join in building a brighter future.”
December 06, 2013

"The passing of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte takes from our community and our schools a voice of advocacy which, for ten years, spoke passionately to the needs of students in the inner city and persuasively for the educational success of all our children. 

“Having represented South L.A. for a decade on the Board of Education, she leaves a void at Los Angeles Unified which will be difficult – and yet critical – to fill. Her work must go on.

November 04, 2013

Covered CA’s Peter Lee promises South L.A. crowd benefits & website that work

Los Angeles – Bringing in Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee to pitch newly available healthcare coverage, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s “Obamacare Comes to You Workshop” drew nearly 200 people to Trinity Baptist Church on November 2nd.

October 09, 2013

Governor Brown signed every Mitchell bill presented to him

LOS ANGELES - Senator Holly J. Mitchell finished her tenure in the Assembly with an impressive legislative record – every bill she authored that made it to the Governor’s desk has become law.