Assemblymember Holly Mitchell Tells First Town Hall 'We're Broke!'

February 11, 2011

Residents voice concerns over service cuts to Budget sub-committee's new Chair

Los Angeles, CA — February 8, 2011 – Newly-elected Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-47), diving headfirst into her new role as chair of the Assembly Budget Sub-committee on Health and Human Services, spoke to more than 150 members of the community who turned out for an open meeting on the state's budget at the Junior Blind of America's Los Angeles facility on Saturday, February 5, 2011. The two-hour long forum focused on Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget and what it means to the residents and organizations of the 47th District.

California is broke, said Assemblymember Mitchell, pointing to a graph projecting the state's balance to dip below zero over the next year. There are no fixes left that won't hurt someone you know. We're here to have a conversation about what can be saved – and how.

Attendees of the town hall, many of whom were there to advocate on behalf of health and human services provided by the state, objected to massive cutbacks made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger before he left office.

Our only hope is for voters to extend expiring taxes on the June ballot, Mitchell replied. Otherwise, we'll be looking at catastrophic instead of merely awful cuts.

Representatives of several organizations were on hand to speak about the impact of proposed budget cuts to their programs and services and their impacts on everyday people. Among the representatives in attendance were Jay Allen from the Junior Blind of America; Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU's Long Term Care Workers; Celina Vazquez from Planned Parenthood; Keith Parker from UCLA; Carolyn Hull from the Community Redevelopment Agency and Jean Ross of the California Budget Project explained California's economic plight.

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