August-September 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 00:00

A Capitol First ~ Summer Block Party and Resource Fair ~ March on Washington ~ All-Star Teacher of the Year

Dear Friends:

Just as students are preparing for back-to-school, it is back-to-work at the state Capitol following the California Legislature’s summer recess.  Over the next several weeks, we will vote on hundreds of bills as we sprint toward the September 13 deadline for measures to be approved by the Legislature.

Education has been a top priority for the Assembly this year.  Earlier this summer, we made a significant investment in California’s schoolchildren by approving the Governor’s reforms to education funding.  I am pleased to say that after years of cutbacks, schools will have additional resources and more control over how that money is spent.

Another important education issue is legislation that will dramatically reduce college fees at the University of California and the California State University system by 40% for California families making under $100,000 a year, and 10% for families making under $150,000. Let’s hope that relieves some of the heavy financial burden placed on middle class families.

There is still more work to be done, but I am optimistic that the worst is behind us, and we now have the opportunity to put the “golden” back into the Golden State.


Chris R. Holden

The Dodgers newest ace? Assemblymember Holden throws out the first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers Class A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

A Capitol First

Governor Brown recently signed into law my first bill AB 72, a good government measure designed to limit the lame-duck term for outgoing municipal water district directors, and permit water districts to proceed to new business in a timelier manner.

I thanked the Three Valleys MWD Board for sponsoring AB 72 at the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Breakfast.  L-R: Director Joseph Ruzicka; Vice President David De Jesus; Director Dan Horan; Assemblymember Holden; General Manager Richard Hansen; Director Carlos Goytia; President Bob Kuhn.

Summer Block Party and Resource Fair

My annual block party and resource fair was a huge success!  From the JPL Mars Rover, to the giant dragon slide, to the art table hosted by the Armory Center, it was a fun-filled, busy day.  I would like to thank the more than 40 state and local agencies who were on hand to help residents of the 41st Assembly District.  It was a pleasure to see so many new faces and renew old friendships.  Please take a look at the photos to view this special day: 

’34 Ford – Russell Collins, ‘41 Willys – Dave Maher, ‘57 Chevy pick-up - Mike Fea, – ‘57 Chevy Convertible - Elaine Francisco,  ’68 Dodge Charger – Larry Peterson

Lisa Clyde – Party Creations

Jet Propulsion Lab crew with Mars Rover display

Rep. Judy Chu

Hot dogging with Pasadena Firefighters

It’s a family affair with twins Alex and Austin and friend

Aidan and Jaden slay the dragon ride

Music by Ancient Groove courtesy MUSE/IQUE

March on Washington

This August 28 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the historic day when over 250,000 people gathered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand social justice, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.  The March was the largest civil rights rally in American history and drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement.

State of the State Calendar

After the legislative session ends in mid-September, I will be making the rounds of city councils throughout the 41st Assembly District.  I will have details on important legislation that may go into effect with the New Year, as well as details on bills I authored in 2013. 

Below is a tentative schedule.  I look forward to seeing each of you in your local communities.

Monday, September 23: Upland City Council at 7pm
Tuesday, September 24: Sierra Madre City Council at 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 1: Monrovia City Council at 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 2: Rancho Cucamonga City Council at 7pm
Monday, October 7: La Verne City Council at 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 8: San Dimas City Council at 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 16: South Pasadena City Council at 7:30pm
Monday, October 21: Pasadena City Council at 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 22: Claremont City Council at 6:30pm

Gold Line:  Keeping the Trains Running

We recently celebrated a remarkable 10 years of commuter rail history in the San Gabriel Valley with the 10th anniversary of the Metro Gold Line.  In railroad parlance, expanded service on the Gold Line Foothill Extension is “on track.”    I have been a supporter of the Gold Line since the beginning a decade ago when I served on the Pasadena City Council, and continue to believe that expansion of the Gold Line to Claremont, and ultimately to the Ontario Airport, is the key to economic growth in the San Gabriel Valley. 

Pedal Power: South Pasadena and Los Angeles

The metro is great, but have you ever dreamed of riding your bicycle from South Pasadena to Downtown Los Angeles?  It may be possible. Check out this video with South Pasadena City Councilman Michael Cacciotti whose dream may become a reality:

All-Star Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Kyle McClure, an enthusiastic and talented teacher from Clifton Middle School in Monrovia, who is our All-Star Teacher of the Year. What makes him so special, outside of his numerous awards and commendations? This is what he has to say about his job: “As a teacher, my goal is to create a learning environment that is safe and stimulating. I want my students to know what is expected of them, and to become addicted to academic success.”

Kyle McClure, Teacher of the Year

4th of July Celebrations

Melanie and I celebrated our nation’s independence with festivities in communities across the 41st Assembly District.  We began with a pancake breakfast in South Pasadena and continued with colorful parades in Sierra Madre and Claremont. 

Riding in the Sierra Madre parade with Melanie Caldwell-Holden

Serving pancakes with Kiwanis in South Pasadena

Matching heights with Uncle Sam in Claremont

Down on the Farm

You may not realize it, but one of California’s largest industries is agriculture and there are still several farms in the 41st A.D., especially in the eastern parts.  I recently visited the Scott Brothers Dairy Creamery because it is important to understand the concerns raised by small businesses in the region. My bill, AB 199 Choose California, calls for state agencies to buy California first.

A Special "Thank You" to my Summer Interns:

District Office:

Amara Blades, Pasadena, Sacramento State University

Kelsey Hess, South Pasadena, Arizona State University

Edgar Ortiz, Pico Rivera, University of La Verne

Anthony Reyes, Rancho Cucamonga, University of La Verne

Daniel Soto, Pasadena, Cal Poly Pomona University

Capitol Office:

Anthony Aguilar, La Puente, Bassett High School

Spencer Brooks, Sacramento, UC Santa Cruz

Cara Chang, UC Berkeley

Zoe Goss, Santa Clarita, Sierra Canyon High School

Lauren Halvonik Harris, LegiSchool Internship, UCLA