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Supervisor Holly Mitchell Named Los Angeles Sentinel Person of the Year
By Betti Halsell, Staff Writer
Published December 29, 2021

Holly Mitchell currently serves as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. She served as a State Senator for California’s 30th Senate District from 2013-2020.

Supervisor Holly Mitchell holds herself accountable for producing physical change on every level of public service. As a senator, she was entrusted with a $200 billion state budget and designed over 90 legislative bills that shifted the social structure of the United States of America.

Mitchell amplifies the voices who feel unheard, the accolade of Person of the Year, presented by the Bakewell Media company, confirms her thoughtful demeanor and committed steps towards social change.

Supervisor Mitchell continues to pay the taxing cost in seeking social rehabilitation with unwavering perseverance. Highlighting the latest global tragedy, Mitchell has positioned herself between drastic social outcomes related to COVID-19 and the immediate attention needed across Los Angeles.

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She focused her lens on the unsheltered and holds a torch towards eradicating systematic racism that highly impacts communities of color. As the Los Angeles County Supervisor of the 2nd District, Mitchell has worked diligently on problems that needed solving with urgency.

Mitchell continues to raise her hand to respond to social imbalance. For almost a decade, she represented Los Angeles in state legislation as Senator of California for the 30th District, and before that, she was the 54th District assembly member.

As an empowered Black woman walking the halls of capitol hill, many conversations were led to the topic of inclusion and diversity. While she answered to the title of Senator, Mitchell contributed her efforts to over 90 bills that passed through legislation. She spent time conveying a message of progression found within initiatives like the #EqualityandJustice package of criminal reform, prevention of unsheltered youth, and extending access to mental health care services.

Mitchell designed the CROWN Act (SB 188), which gained global media attention. The initiative focused on “the discrimination of natural hair by employers and public education institutions.” Mitchell constructed the CROWN Act to reflect the imbalance found nationwide.

In February 2021, the supreme court unanimously voted in favor of SBB 1391, a directive authored by Mitchell that “prohibits minors under age 16 from being tried as adults.”

As the “legislature’s moral compass,” Mitchell was closely associated with addressing the grey areas of critical issues and organizing a solution to remedy their imbalance. Due to her diligence in Sacramento, close to one million people benefited from her strategy towards improving life for others.

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While stationed in capitol hill, Mitchell aligned herself with California Legislative Black Caucus in 2016. She became the first African American to chair the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. She was tapped to oversee two cycles of the state budget, and properly measured a total account of approximately $200 billion.

Supervisor Mitchell actively has worked to support the financial concerns of elementary and college students, healthcare systems, childcare services, and she unearthed dormant projects that highlighted working families, infants, and the elderly.  That level of selflessness reflects motherhood, Mitchell has learned through personal triumphs and the experience of nurturing her family. There are priceless lessons of growth that inspired Mitchell’s core values.

Supervisor Holly Mitchell holds herself accountable for producing physical change on every level of public service. (Courtesy of Office of Holly Mitchell)

As her heart beats for her son, Ryan, Mitchell connects to the need for her family to have a better world which grew into her dedication to making a better world for all families.

As Los Angeles native, Mitchell has seen the severity and disheartening condition found within impacted communities. She accepted the widening estimate of labor that will close racial gaps in opportunities and resources.

On December 6, 2020, Mitchell vowed to establish greater resources for Los Angeles as the 2nd District Supervisor.  Manual Pastor, professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity, opened her swearing-in ceremony, describing the level of dedication Mitchell presented throughout his time knowing her.

Professor Pastor started the virtual event with the Pledge of Allegiance. “I want to let you know that you can stand, you can sit, or you can take a knee–I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Pastor continued, “the last part of that captures Holly Mitchell.  She has been a fighter for liberty and justice for all– from her work at Crystal Stairs, with regard to childhood development, to serving in the State Assembly, to moving on to the State senate.”

Supervisor Mitchell continues to pay the taxing cost in seeking social rehabilitation with unwavering perseverance. (File Photo)

“She took care of the budget committee–where she was likely labeled, ‘the moral compass and social conscience of the senate,’ for figuring out how to do the hard task of both making sure that the budget was balanced and making sure that it happened with heart and compassion,” Pastor said.

The professor shared his admiration for Mitchell’s timing by stating, “It is so unique for someone who at exactly the right time, arrives with exactly the right skills.”  He continued, “She is only the second Black woman to serve as Supervisor in the history of L.A. County and she’s about to join a Board of Supervisors.  That will be the first all-female Board of Supervisors in county history.”

Supervisor Mitchell has always been entrusted with a seat that carried heavy influence, she sat as vice-chair of the Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response. Moving on from capitol hill, Mitchell settled in her new position on the all-female board of supervisors in January of 2021.

Los Angeles Supervisor Janice Hahn (4th District) shared her confidence in Mitchell. “Your impressive and extensive legislative career has certainly prepared you for the work ahead of us. As we continue tackling L.A. County’s biggest challenges from housing our homeless neighbors to re-thinking our approach to criminal justice,” she said.  Supervisor Hahn continued, “I hope you enjoy this great history, but with your swearing-in today, you are making history of your own.”

Supervisor Mitchell is a third-generation Angeleno.  She continues to grow her family’s legacy by following in their footsteps in becoming a public servant. She is dedicated to seeing a better tomorrow and she is doing the work today to prove it. Her work has led to the advancement of human compassion and the growth within diverse communities.  Mitchell has found the tools to sculpt an inclusive design of the nation.

 

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