End of Session Wrap-Up
WELCOME to the End of Session Wrap-Up edition of my official newsletter! My goal is to inform you about my work in Sacramento and share with you news and updates in the district and across the state. Please share this information with your friends and family.
In this issue:
- Los Angeles County Legislative Caucus Breakfast Mixer
- End of Session Block Party
- This Year’s Legislation
- My Vote on Bail Reform
- Capitol Spotlight: Holly J. Mitchell, California State Senator
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Assemblymember, 54th District
On Aug. 7, I hosted a breakfast mixer for the Los Angeles County Legislative Caucus to welcome my fellow L.A. colleagues back from summer recess. We met early in the morning to catch up and, most importantly, to prepare for work that still needs to be done.
The Caucus discussed ways to improve the lives of those in our districts by increasing cooperation in the county - what we can do for our constituents today that will benefit them tomorrow.
Our efforts in the Legislature are aimed directly toward those we serve.
I will continue to fight for those I represent, especially those who have been profoundly underrepresented.
On Aug. 14, members from a host of legislative offices in the State Assembly and State Senate participated in an annual End of Session Block Party to prepare for a hectic two weeks before the close of the 2018 legislative session.
The party was festive yet simple: a lunchtime potluck to encourage staff and legislators alike to step away from the intensity of politics to enjoy food and beverages.
Each participating office provided a unique main dish or dessert. I served up a special order of banana cream pies from the award-winning Frank Fat’s restaurant in downtown Sacramento. A fan favorite, the pies were nothing short of culinary bliss and were devoured in minutes by staff who had lined up out the door.
Thank you to friends, colleagues and others who took part in the event!
AB 987: CEQA - Sports and Entertainment Project
On Aug. 31, AB 987 passed the Legislature and is now on its way to the Governor’s desk. This is a critical milestone!
This bill is a $1.2 billion package that will allow local developers to build an L.A. Clippers sports arena entertainment complex on vacant land in Inglewood. The new arena complex will include a community clinic, retail establishments, outdoor space and transportation management plans.
The project gets support from small business owners, faith-based organizations, 11 elected officials, labor leaders and over 100 community leaders. This growing coalition demonstrates overwhelming support for Inglewood revitalization.
For our community, this means economic vitality and thousands of sustainable jobs for generations. This project will open doors that have long been shut to folks who deserve an assurance of prosperity.
AJR 42: Title X - Family Planning
My first resolution, AJR 42, urges the Trump-Pence Administration to reconsider their proposed “gag rule” on Title X providers. The rule is dangerous to women and an intentional attack on reproductive and women’s health care.
Created in 1970, the Title X program serves more than four million low-income women and men every year - one million in California alone - to ensure they have access to reproductive health services that include birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
In response to the proposed rule, California saw 85,744 comments submitted across the state. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) alone submitted 16,833 comments, which included commentary from 61 federal, state and local level officials.
PPLA worked with 19 coalition organizations and on a statewide campaign that resulted in numerous calls to action within hours of the Title X proposed rule dropping.
Obstructing access to reproductive health services is a violation of a woman’s fundamental right to choose. While the Trump-Pence Administration continues with discriminatory and blatantly destructive policy decisions that denote hatred and hostility, I won’t stand for it.
After passing the Legislature, AJR 42 will now make its way to the Governor.
ACR 286: Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month
Recently, I introduced a resolution to shine light on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), a genetic blood disorder in which individuals are born with two sickle cell genes, each inherited from one parent.
SCD currently affects over 90,000 Americans, disproportionately affecting those with African descent. Nearly one out of every 365 members of the Black community carries one gene for SCD. Features of SCD include: visions issues, painful swelling of hands and feet and frequent infections.
For many people, access to quality care is a constant struggle. Patients are often heavily reliant on emergency care and public health programs with limited experience. With the help of ACR 286, I hope that my brothers and sisters can benefit from efforts to heighten awareness of this chronic condition. This resolution also passed the Legislature and is now headed to the Governor’s desk.
Chafee Grant Budget Win & AB 3089
While still a freshman in the State Assembly, I’ve spearheaded efforts to achieve numerous state budget wins, including $4 million for Chafee Grant Foster Youth grants to expand access to additional funds to foster youth up to the age of 26.
I co-authored AB 3089 (Thurmond), which will authorize the commission and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to use up to $80,000 to expand the Chafee Educational and Training Vouchers Program age eligibility of former foster youth to up to 26 years of age. I have worked closely with foster youth in my community, and I wholeheartedly believe those resilient young men and women will do some amazing things as we continue to break the barriers in front of them.
Before the SB 10 (Hertzberg) vote on the Assembly Floor, I considered the views of both proponents and opponents, but I was most driven by the fact that the money bail system is crippling to many in our community.
I stood proudly in support, because this is truly about justice and liberty for historically marginalized communities who consistently bear the brunt of implicit bias in a broken, unjust criminal justice system.
My vote was based purely on principle. My community needs collective action, and this is a conversation that will need to continue in order to narrow down viable remedies. One bill alone will not provide a magical solution and regardless of the outcome of SB 10. We must rise in solidarity to overcome institutionalized greed.
Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) currently serves California’s 30th Senate District, which encompasses Culver City, Cheviot Hills, Crenshaw, parts of L.A. and a portion of Inglewood. Holly has long been an advocate for women and children, and she’s a tough defender of the civil rights of minorities and undocumented members of her community.
Before her time in the Legislature, Sen. Mitchell served as Executive Director of the nonprofit Crystal Stairs, Inc., one of the largest private, nonprofit child care and child development agencies in the state.
Sen. Mitchell was first elected to serve in the Legislature in 2010 representing the 54th Assembly District, a seat I now hold. She’s a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus, and she was named the first African American to chair the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.
Senator, congratulations on all that you’ve accomplished in and outside of the Legislature. Thank you for fighting for equity and justice, and for your unwavering passion for the betterment of those in our community.
For information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities or to simply keep up with the latest Team Kamlager-Dove news, please visit my website at a54.asmdc.org.
As always, please reach out to my Sacramento and/or District offices should you need any information or if you would like to share a concern.