April 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our recent Open House in the district office. Thank you for helping to make it such a special afternoon. There are several photos posted on my website, so please take a look.

The 2013 legislative session is in full swing with hundreds of bills making their way through both the Assembly and Senate. Two of my measures which provide protections for the victims of domestic violence and human trafficking were passed with unanimous, bi-partisan support.

As a member of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, I have been working with Metropolitan Transportation Authority to ensure completion of the Gold Line. I held a roundtable discussion with all the stakeholders, including leaders from the 41st Assembly District, and the Gold Line Extension Construction Authority.

On April 18, I will host my "First 100 Days – Town Hall," and hope that you will join me to discuss issues relating to our district. Please see below for details of this upcoming event.

April is also a time to recognize and remember the Holocaust. We will honor the memory of the six million Jews killed during World War II with a special remembrance ceremony on the Assembly floor.

On April 24 the Assembly will pause to remember the Armenian Genocide, which began in 1915, and led to the massacre and forced exodus of Armenians out of Turkey. I am honored to be taking part in ceremonies that recognize the "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide."

Keep reading for more information about upcoming events and to receive useful materials.


Chris Holden
Assemblymember, 41st District

Open House

Student volunteers Hannah Hayes, Marjorie Zuk, Bonnie Zucco, Assemblymember Holden and Zoe Zucco

On Saturday, March 16, we opened the doors of my district office to hundreds of friends – new and old - from throughout the 41st Assembly District. I especially want to thank the Pasadena City College Jazz Quartet, harpist Deborah Ross and keyboardist James Johnson for their beautiful performances. Our friends at Burger Continental and Mi Piace provided the food and desserts. Starbucks sent over coffee and Three Valleys Municipal Water District supplied the water. The Art Center College of Design sent over some special art work created by students for the 2012 Olympics.

Assemblymember Holden and his district staff members.

Equal Pay Day

"Equal Pay Day" is April 9 and was created to bring attention to the income gap between men and women. Equal Pay advocates encourage all Californians to wear red to support equal pay for equal work.

Koffi Rene Yves Kousassi

Rene Kouassi, district office Intern

Koffi Rene Yves Kouassi is studying government at Claremont McKenna College and has been interning at the district office. Rene is from Cote d'Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast, a country in West Africa that was embroiled in a civil war during 2002. Rene came to America in 2007 to study and to learn more about democracy and leadership. He joined my district office team to learn about California government.

April is Earthquake Preparedness Month

Since the great San Francisco Earthquake in 1906, April has been designated as California Earthquake Preparedness Month. California has more earthquakes than any other state. It is important that residents make an ongoing effort to be prepared in case of a natural disaster. Here's how you and your family can prepare:

  • Practice the duck, cover and hold earthquake safety action.
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit that includes food, water, first-aid supplies, prescription drugs, battery-operated radio and flashlight.
  • Ensure that your house is bolted to its foundation; secure your water heater and major appliances.
  • Know your safe spots, such as under sturdy tables or desks.

To receive a free California Earthquake Preparedness Guide, call my district office at (626) 351-1917.


I am holding a "First 100 Days Town Hall" on April 18. This is an opportunity to discuss issues that affect our district - from transportation to business to education; bring your ideas and I will supply cookies and coffee.

Thursday, April 18
5:30 -7 p.m.

District Office Conference Room
600 N. Rosemead

RSVP: 626-351-1917

Office Hours in the District

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
600 N. Rosemead, Suite 117
Pasadena, CA

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2 to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

1st Tuesday of the month – San Dimas
San Dimas Chamber of Commerce
246 E. Bonita Ave.
San Dimas, CA 91773

2nd Tuesday of the month – La Verne
La Verne City Hall
3660 "D" Street
La Verne, CA 91750

3rd Tuesday of the month – Claremont
Claremont City Hall, Citrus Room
207 Harvard Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

4TH Tuesday of the month – Upland
Upland Police Station
1499 W. 13th Street
Upland, CA 91786


Pasadena City Councilmember Jacque Robinson, Assemblymembers Fox, Holden and Gomez.

San Dimas Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Badar and Mayor Curt Morris with Assemblymember Holden.

Pastor Jean Burch, Senior Pastor of Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena, and Assemblymember Holden.

Assemblymember Holden with Amy Shimson-Santo and students from the Pasadena Art Center School of Design.

Pasadena resident Betty J. Ford

Rachael Worby, Woman of the Year

Assemblymember Holden named two women who represent opposite ends of the district, but share a common dedication to their communities as "Women of the Year" for the Assembly District 41. Pasadena's Rachel Worby is Artistic Director of MUSE/IQUE and is one of the first female conductors in the nation. Zephyr Tate-Mann is a community activist, lawyer and former educator from Claremont. She serves on the California Earthquake Authority and is a member of the Pomona Valley Human Relations Council.

Assemblymember Holden congratulates former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, who was chosen as a 2013 Woman of the Year for the State Assembly. Burke is the first African American Member of Congress, first Assemblywoman elected from California and the first African American member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Assemblymember Holden presented five members of the JPL Mars Science Team on the floor of the California Assembly. L to R: Adam Steltzner, Jennifer Maxwell, Danny Lam, Kelly Clarke, Justin Maki, Assemblymember Holden.

Assemblymember Holden met with the Board and Managing Staff of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District in his Capitol Office on March 19. They discussed ongoing efforts to promote water conservation, and rate stabilization throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

LtoR: Darin Kasamoto, Tom Love, Thomas Wong, Raul Romero

Assemblymember Holden at the Bright Future Scholars meeting at the Altadena Community Center. Seated left to right: County of Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Dr. Sandra Thomas, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Pasadena City Attorney/City Prosecutor Michele Bagneris

Assemblymember Holden had the pleasure of meeting with LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Dr. Mitch Katz, Director of the Department of Health Services, to address the impact of health care in our county. From left to right: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Assemblymember Holden, and Mitch Katz, M.D.

Ribbon Cutting for the San Dimas Office Hours at San Dimas Chamber of Commerce

(L-R): Amie Boersma, San Dimas Community Hospital; Suzanne St. Pierre, Electronic Merchant Services; Elaine Regus, ERPR; Denis Bertone, Councilmember; John Standi, Golden State Water Company; Matt Lyons, Representative for Assemblymember Chris Holden; Margie Green, Green Photography; Diana Bertone; Mitchell Crawford; Joe Salcedo, Golden State Water Company.

Assemblymember Holden is joined by Senator Carol Liu for a Joint Resolution presentation to the Mayor of the City of South Pasadena, Dr. Richard D. Schneider, in celebration of the City's 125th Birthday Celebration on March 2, 2013. (L-R, Assemblymember Chris Holden, Mayor Dr. Richard D. Schneider, and Senator Carol Liu).


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