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Senator Mitchell Sustains Funding for Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
July 9, 2020
California State Senator Holly Mitchell met with Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. Senator Mitchell and Dr. Batchlor shared a brief discussion about the importance of protecting the hospital’s budget. ... read more »
Local Assemblywoman Tests Positive for Coronavirus
July 7, 2020
Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Marina del Rey, announced today she has tested positive for the coronavirus after apparently being exposed while the Legislature was reviewing the state budget. ... read more »
Kanye West announces he is running for president in 2020
July 4, 2020
Platinum selling producer and rap artist Kanye West announces his 2020 bid to run for president of the United States of America. West set off social media fire works on July 4th with his tweet that announced his plans. ... read more »
To Save Black Lives, and the Soul of Our Nation, Congress Must Act Boldly
July 4, 2020
For too long, Black people in America have been burdened with the unjust responsibility of keeping ourselves safe from police. ... read more »
Councilmember Curren Price Leads on Police Reform, Re-Inventing Public Safety to Better Serve the City
July 2, 2020
Councilmember Curren Price this week continued to champion efforts that reimagine public safety in Los Angeles and address systemic racism and injustices in communities of color.  ... read more »
COUNCIL TACKLES PROBLEM OF POLICE STOPPING MOTORISTS FOR ‘DRIVING WHILE BLACK’
July 2, 2020
The Los Angeles Police Department could be removed from enforcing traffic rules under a new proposal that addresses one of the most problematic and racially charged elements of police interaction with people of color — traffic stops. ... read more »
Willie Brown, Jr., Is Not Dead
July 2, 2020
On the June 28 broadcast of the 2020 BET Awards, the network included Brown’s image and name in a video montage of famous African Americans who have died within the last year. The tribute included Diahann Carroll, Bill Withers, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Pernell Whitaker and others.   ... read more »
FILM REVIEW – ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’
July 2, 2020
“I feel lucky and blessed that I’m serving in the Congress… But there is a force that is trying to take us back to another time and another dark period,” warns congressman John Lewis. And he’d know.    Since age 17, this brave crusader has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Now at age 80, he’s an elder statesmen. Following his path lets audiences retrace the steps of an activism that has led to social change, even in the midst of great oppression. For that alone, former trial lawyer turned documentarian Dawn Porter’s (Trapped, Gideon’s Army) homage to one of our greatest heroes is a blessing and an inspiring lesson in American history.   ... read more »
Senator Holly J. Mitchell blocked cuts to MLKCH, signed off by Governor
July 2, 2020
Sacramento- Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Budget Act of 2020.  This Budget is a joint effort from both houses and the Governor, taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our current economy. With this challenge at hand, the official 2020-2021 Budget aims to get California on solid footing as the state enters difficult economic times, all while prioritizing values and the most vulnerable populations. ... read more »
California Moves One Step Closer to Granting Parolees Right to Vote
July 2, 2020
The bill, known as the Free the Vote Act, will  seek  voters'  approval  in the 2020 November election to restore voting rights to former inmates  who are  free from incarceration  but still on parole.     Currently, in California, a person’s right to vote is suspended when they are  imprisoned  or on parole for a felony conviction,  although they can vote while on probation, county post-release community supervision and federal supervised release.     Only two states, Maine and Vermont, allow people to vote while still  incarcerated.    ACA 6 passed out the Senate with a 28-9 vote.    ... read more »
City Council Cuts $150 Million From LAPD Budget to Fund Community Programs
July 1, 2020
The Los Angeles City Council voted today to cut $150 million from the police department's budget next fiscal year, following weeks of demands from activists to reduce funding for law enforcement. ... read more »
MAYOR GARCETTI BEGINS TERM AS CHAIR OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
July 1, 2020
Metro will be faced with unprecedented challenges and opportunities in the coming fiscal year. I have great confidence in Mayor Garcetti to help us steer our way through this unique time in our agency’s history,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington ... read more »
Wesson, City of Los Angeles Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis
June 25, 2020
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to approved a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis in the city. The resolution, put forward by Councilmembers Herb Wesson, Curren Price, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, also calls on City of Los Angeles departments to review their internal policies and procedures. ... read more »
California Senate Okays ACA 5: Affirmative Action Decision Moves to Voters
June 25, 2020
On Wednesday, June 24, the full California Senate voted 30-10 to pass Assembly Constitutional Amendment  5 (ACA 5), an initiative to overturn Proposition 209 and reinstate Affirmative Action in the state after 24 years. ... read more »
MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES SENIOR STAFF CHANGES
June 25, 2020
Team will include Andre Herndon and Mary Hodge as Deputy Chiefs of Staff and Breelyn Pete as Deputy Mayor of Legislative and External Affairs ... read more »
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