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Holly J. Mitchell

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  • Lawmakers seek to reduce crack cocaine sentences to those of powder

    The state Senate gave final legislative approval Thursday to a bill that would reduce the penalties for the sale of crack cocaine to the same levels for powdered cocaine, addressing concern that the sentencing disparity harms minority communities....
  • Social workers can now check if foster parents have criminal pasts

    In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at...
  • California lawmakers pass education and drug bills, strike Prop. 187

    California lawmakers pass education and drug bills, strike Prop. 187
    California community colleges could offer four-year degrees for the first time, and suspension of defiant schoolchildren would be curtailed, under proposals sent to Gov. Jerry Brown by the Legislature on Thursday. Bids to reduce sentences for some...
  • Law gives social workers access to foster parents' criminal records

    In response to a series of scandals involving mistreatment of children under state supervision, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new rules giving county social workers access to the criminal histories of foster parents and employees at...
  • California lawmakers lament death of black men in police encounters

    While Mike Brown, the teenager killed by police in a St. Louis suburb earlier this month, was buried on Monday, California lawmakers gathered here to call attention to what they called the targeting of young black men by law enforcement. "Black youth...
  • Calif. Senate votes to reduce penalties for sale of crack cocaine

    The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would reduce the penalty for possession of crack cocaine for sale to the same as that for powder cocaine and make it easier to get probation for both. Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said her...
  • Calif. Senate vote falls short for moratorium on oil fracking

    Calif. Senate vote falls short for moratorium on oil fracking
    The state Senate on Wednesday failed to muster the votes needed to set a moratorium on the oil drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, until a study determines that it does not pose a health risk for the public. Sen. Holly...
  • Bills on crack cocaine, medicinal pot advance in California

    Bills on crack cocaine, medicinal pot advance in California
    State lawmakers Wednesday gave initial approval to proposals that would reduce penalties for selling crack cocaine, require medical marijuana dispensaries to get state licenses and allow people in the country illegally to get student loans for college....
  • Discovery Ball spends a night in Pompeii to benefit Science Center

    Discovery Ball spends a night in Pompeii to benefit Science Center
    The event: The Discovery Ball, benefiting the California Science Center Foundation, celebrated the West Coast premiere of “Pompeii: The Exhibition.” It was one of L.A.’s most elaborate black-tie bashes, raising nearly $1.2 million for...
  • Groups pressure Legislature to back California fracking moratorium

    More than 100 environmental and community groups Thursday sent a letter to the California Legislature urging lawmakers to support a moratorium on the oil-production method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California. Led by the national...
  • Local groups want California legislature to back state fracking moratorium

    More than 100 environmental and community groups, including Burbank and Glendale organizations, Thursday sent a letter to the California Legislature urging lawmakers to support a moratorium on the oil-production method of hydraulic fracturing, or...