Thursday, March 19, 2020

Join us as we celebrate Women's History Month and recognize a woman of distinction from each city in our district at our Annual Spring District Office Open House. The women will be honored for their service and work that has a made a positive impact in our community.

Thursday, March 19
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Program starts at 6 p.m.

Assemblymember Holden's District Office
600 N. Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117

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Pastor Jean Burch, 2020 Woman of the Year, Pasadena – Pastor Jean Burch is the Senior Pastor of the Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena. She is the President/CEO of the Community Bible Community Development Corporation that provides affordable housing and social services for over 1500 Pasadena residents. She is also a founding member of the Community Clergy Coalition, a group of pastors striving to improve the quality of life in Pasadena.

Judy Matthews, Woman of Distinction, Altadena – Throughout Judy’s years of service and involvement with local and national organizations, she has remained true to the people she has been entrusted to serve. Among her many contributions is initiating and leading Altadena’s homeless count in partnership with Greater Los Angeles and continues this project annually. Judy has been recognized by Congresswoman Chu as the 2017 “Congressional Woman of the Year” along with the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund’s “Community Gem.”

Woman of Distinction, Claremont – Dr. Turner works tirelessly on homeless issues in the San Gabriel Valley by supporting the City of Claremont elected officials in their effort to create a lasting infrastructure and a continuum of care for unsheltered residents. She is a staunch advocate for Claremont’s homeless population. Dr. Turner is a well-respected leader and brings confidence and exuberance to her role as Human Services Director. She has made a positive impact on our community and strives to promote a culture of inclusion and respect.

Woman of Distinction, La Verne – Barbara Smythe is a community activist who is passionate about providing access to the arts. She is the Founding Chair of the Cultural Arts Society of La Verne. She opened the doors to an important partnership with the Bonita Unified School District, the City of La Verne, the Historical Society of La Verne, the University of La Verne, and Hillcrest. Her outreach also includes a pilot after-school art program taught by local artists to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The pilot program was so successful that the Pomona Unified School District continued to support the program on an ongoing basis. She inspires thousands of individuals through her efforts and creates an affordable and enjoyable way for artists and art patrons to connect, as well as for students of all ages to participate in and enjoy the arts. 

Woman of Distinction, Monrovia – Keisha is the owner of Simply Divine Hair & Barber Salon and has been in business for over 20 years. Ms. Carter-Bowen is dedicated to serving the community as she works with students from Monrovia High School through an apprenticeship program, and participates in community events within the city and with Foothill Unity Center. She was the 2019 Business of Distinction from Monrovia.

Woman of Distinction, South Pasadena – Lissa is the President of the California Performing Arts Centre at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. For 23 years, she has been its Co-Artistic Director and Manager. She has produced plays and has performed in numerous films, television productions, and commercials. She is Founding Director of the South Pasadena Arts Council, which she established in 2009. The nonprofit organization advocates for the arts in the city and schools, and works with the Chamber of Commerce on its popular arts and music focused festivals.

Woman of Distinction, Rancho Cucamonga – Beverly Maloof is a Community Leader and Horticulturist. Currently, she is the Director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. She was the founding President and Board Member of the Riverside Land Conservancy.  She was also a founding member of Riverside’s Citrus Heritage Park’s Board of Directors and she became the founder and designer of the Maloof drought tolerant demonstration garden. 

Woman of Distinction, San Dimas – Diane has been an active volunteer in the district and community for many years. She serves on the Bonita Unified School District school board, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the La Verne/San Dimas Educational Foundation and the San Dimas Festival of the Arts. She is also an active member of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce.

Woman of Distinction, Sierra Madre – Melissa heads the International Support Fibromyalgia Network, a patient-centered nonprofit dedicated to educating and inspiring the Fibromyalgia community. Melissa has survived Fibromyalgia since her teens. Melissa’s advocacy work started in the early 2000’s where she was part of the initial Fibromyalgia group in Sacramento for the first Fibromyalgia Proclamation. That day ignited a passion to pursue advocacy work and find better answers for the Fibromyalgia community.

Woman of Distinction, Upland – Ms. Parker has 27 years of water resources leadership. In 2016, she was elected to the Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s Board, where she currently serves as Board President representing the communities of Upland, Montclair and San Antonio Heights. Additionally, she served on the Chino Basin Water Conservation District’s Board for 16.5 years and as President for 8 years where she successfully implemented recycled water connection grants for schools and public parks to increase water sustainability in her area.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sacramento (CA) – Claremont residents Reggie and René Webb, were recognized by Assemblymember Chris Holden and the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) on the Assembly Floor as the 41st Assembly District’s Unsung Heroes for their positive impact in the community.

“Reggie and René Webb’s contributions to our community will have a powerful impact for years to come,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Through their dedication and hard work, they carry on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and are an inspiration for future generations.”

Monday, February 17, 2020

SBCTA’s Transit Committee recently recommended that the voter-entrusted agency responsible for transportation planning in San Bernardino County conduct a formal, comprehensive study of transit alternatives to and from Ontario International Airport.

The $3 million study would aim to identify the most effective and efficient options for enhancing transit access to the country's fastest-growing airport.

Those options include:

• The building of a connector from Metrolink’s Rancho Cucamonga station using zero-emission passenger trains;

• The use of existing freight lines adjacent to the airport property; or 

• An extension of the Gold Line from Los Angeles County.

Public-private partnerships with emerging technology companies would also be explored as possible fits.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

College students in California could soon be offered free public transit to state community colleges, state universities and the UC campuses. Assemblyman Chris Holden, who introduced the bill, says it will help tackle climate change. Holden adds the free transit passes would curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the financial burden of attending school and create healthier communities.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A proposed California bill would provide free transit passes to students attending state's community colleges, state universities and the UC campuses.

Assemblymember Chris Holden (D - Pasadena), who proposed the bill, said in a news release the reason why he introduced it was to come up with a solution to tackle climate change.

"Free transit passes for students would curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the financial burden of attending school and create healthier communities," Holden said. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Sacramento (CA) – Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced legislation, AB 2176, that would provide free transit passes to students attending California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Pasadena (CA) – Assemblymember Chris Holden and the California Legislative Black Caucus announced the availability of applications for the African-American Leaders of tomorrow (AALT) conference – a four-day residential summer program from July 8 – 11, 2020, for high school sophomores and juniors on the campus of California State University Dominquez Hills (CSUDH). The conference applications are due Monday, April 27, 2020 and open to students in the 41st Assembly District.

Friday, January 31, 2020

As the chair of the Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions, I would like you to join us for a hearing on public transit interconnectivity. We will address many timely transportation issues for the region and the state. The key is to meet our ambitious environmental goals and to create vibrant and sustainable communities.

Friday, January 31
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ontario City Hall
303 E. B Street, Rm: TBD
Ontario, CA 91764

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Local and state government officials and experts will discuss regional transit projects, airport connectivity, sustainable communities and legislative topics.

We hope you will join us to help create a better future!

Watch the live stream here - https://www.assembly.ca.gov/media/assembly-select-committee-regional-transportation-solutions-20200131/video



Introductory Remarks

  • Chris Holden, Chair
  • Paul Leon, City of Ontario Mayor
  • Select Committee Members: Assemblymembers Eloise Gomez-Reyes and Freddie Rodriguez
  • Joined by Senators Connie Leyva and Susan Rubio

Panel 1: Interregional Connectivity

  • Airport Authority Commentary on Rail Connections to Airport – Alan Wapner, Board President, Ontario International Airport Authority
  • Impact of Rail and Airport Connectivity on Local Economies –  Paul Granillo, Chief Executive Officer of Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Interregional Rail Servicing-  Todd McIntyre, Chief Strategy Officer of Metrolink
  • Development of Zero Emission Passenger Rail Technology- Ray Wolfe, Executive Director of SBCTA

Panel 2: Developing Sustainable Communities

  • Importance of Quality, Equity, and Affordability in the Nexus of Housing and Transportation: Suzanne Hague, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Role of Infrastructure and Community Engagement in Encouraging Active Transportation:  Wesley Reutimann, Special Programs Director at Active San Gabriel Valley
  • Goals and Vision from Local Regional Planning Agency: Kome Ajise, Executive Director at the Southern California Association of Governments

Panel 3: Connecting Sustainable Communities

  • Effects of Quality Transit on Improving Equity in Vulnerable Populations:  Mariana Huerta-Jones, Campaign & Communications Manager of ACT-LA
  • Potential Impacts from a Statewide Student Transit Pass Program: Gloria Ohland, Director of Policy and Communications at MoveLA
  • Regional Bus Programs to Improve Accessibility to Educational Institutions:
    •  Erin Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of OmniTrans
    • Michael Turner, Deputy Executive Officer of Government Relations at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority


  • Closing Remarks Chair and Committee Members
  • Public Comment
Friday, January 31, 2020