Fall 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 00:00

As I near the completion of my first year in the Assembly, I want to convey my appreciation for the privilege of representing you in the 41st Assembly District.

Over these past ten months I believe the Legislature has made progress on many important issues. We passed an on-time balanced budget,  expanded funding for education and extended access to health care.

I am very proud to report that Governor Brown signed seven of my bills into law this session including measures to improve the business climate of the state, support our veterans and develop funding for domestic violence shelters.   Other bills would streamline oversight of airport infrastructure projects and safeguard the work of architects.  I also joined Sen. Carol Liu to preserve the integrity of our cities by ensuring that the 710 freeway surface route is no longer an option, and that state-owned homes can now be sold.  

California is back on track after years of financial distress. Of course, there is much left to do as we work to make California an even better place to live. Not only as a state legislator, but as a parent, I know that we can do more.

I look forward to working together in the months and years ahead, and hope to see you soon in the communities of the 41st Assembly District.

In This Issue:


Chris R. Holden
41st State Assembly

Twitter @chrisholdennews
Instagram: ChrisHolden41

Legislative Highlights - Holden Bills Become Law

  • AB 72 – Water District Directors a good-government bill that shortens the lame-duck period for outgoing municipal water district directors and permits water districts to proceed to new business in a timely manner.
  • AB 139 – Domestic Violence Fees helps to make resources available to women and children fleeing violent situations by strengthening penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure more funding for domestic violence shelters.
  • AB 143 – Military Use Tax Exemption to give active duty military personnel a tax break when they are transferred into California by exempting them from paying “use tax” on items such as computers or furniture. 
  • AB 201 – Small Business Loan Guarantee Program to help small businesses by making the program more accessible and user friendly. It requires the Office of Small Business Advocate to include on its website information on the Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, including loan guarantees, direct lending, surety bond guarantees, and disaster loans. 
  • AB 250 – iHUB expands on the state’s iHub innovation network by creating economic opportunities for pioneering start-up companies. AB 250 puts California in a position to cultivate and incubate young companies that are developing new technologies that will promote conservation and other public policy goals.
  • AB 359 – Airport Rental Agreement is a consumer protection bill that will increase public transparency of airport infrastructure financing while streamlining state regulations in order to save local taxpayers thousands of dollars.
  • AB 630 – Architects safeguards an architect’s work, such as architectural drawings or plans, by clarifying that a person can only use the plans or drawings if they have written permission.

Asm. Holden honored Mrs. Rachel Robinson, the widow of former Hall of Fame baseball player Jackie Robinson, at the State Capitol. Mrs. Robinson carries on the legacy through the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Assemblymembers Chris Holden and Cheryl Brown review the agenda for the Oct 4 Select Committee on Small Business Financing & Development Opportunities field hearing in San Bernardino.  Brown chairs the Select Committee; Holden attended as a committee member and a small business owner himself.

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Bill Ends 710 Freeway Street Plan

The City of South Pasadena officially celebrated the “death” of the 710 freeway surface route at a press conference along the proposed route. I was proud to join Senator Carol Liu in pushing this important legislation through the Assembly. It means almost 600 properties in the corridor will soon be up for sale and residents of South Pasadena and Pasadena living along the former route will get some needed peace of mind, knowing that a surface freeway will not be built.

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Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month

October is domestic violence prevention month and I am pleased to join with law enforcement and health organizations to spread the word about domestic violence.  I was gratified when Governor Brown signed into law my bill which helps to make resources available to women and children fleeing violent situations by strengthening penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure more funding for domestic violence shelters.

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Let’s Talk About Health Insurance

All Californians will be required to have health insurance beginning in January 2014. If you don’t have health insurance or you want to improve your coverage, learn how Covered California can help you purchase affordable, high-quality health insurance through its online marketplace. The federal government will provide premium assistance to qualifying individuals and families.  Our office staff is here to help.

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Senior Scam Stoppers

Seniors learned from experts how to protect themselves from scams in home repair, identity theft, mail, auto repair, insurance, and more at the Senior Scam Stoppers.  A second Scam Stoppers event will be held on Nov. 7 at the San Dimas Senior Center.

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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is observed each year during the last week of October and provides an opportunity for schools, families and communities to take a stand against drug abuse.  My office provided schools throughout the district with materials that encouraged students to say “no” to drugs.

Wonderful morning participating in the annual "Read Across Monrovia" event with Ms. Coleman's 5th grade class at Mayflower Elementary.

Asm. Holden with Monrovia Teacher of the Year Paul Dols and Principal Kirk McGinnis of Monrovia High School

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Holden in the Community

At the Seismological Lab at Caltech, Team Holden got a preview of the technology for an early warning system from Dr. Egill Hauksson.  Caltech has been working for 10 years to develop it and is confident a partnership with private industry will soon create access to the technology.

Assemblymember Holden heading out to the San Dimas Western Days Rodeo. He can lasso wayward lawmakers, but can he ride a bucking bronco?

Toured the Gold Line Maintenance Yard in Monrovia with Claremont City Councilmember Sam Pedroza

At the GO-Biz Innovation Hub Expo in Riverside.  Governor Brown recently signed Asm. Holden’s AB 250, which codifies the iHUB program as part of GO-Biz, California’s office for economic development.  Asm. Holden visited one exhibitor at the Expo, Superform USA, a company in Riverside that forms lightweight aluminum, magnesium and titanium components for cars and the aerospace industry.  Pictured from left, Phil Taylor, Holden, and Mark Pucci.

Asm Holden at YWCA Racial Justice Breakfast
Rear: LtoR Lupe Perez, Asm. Holden, Phlunte Riddle
Front: LtoR Sen. Carol Liu, Honoree Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs.

Assemblymember Holden discusses public safety issues with Monrovia Police Chief J. Hunt (l) and Fire Chief Christopher Donovan (r)

Councilmember Larry J. Spicer, Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, Councilmember Tom Adams, Asm. Holden, Mayor Pro Tem Becky A. Shevlin, Councilmember Alex C. Blackburn

La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick presented Assemblymember Holden with a tile commemorating his visit and presentation to the La Verne City Council on Oct. 7

Assemblymember Holden congratulates CERT  (Community Emergency Response Team) graduates at Upland City Council meeting on Oct. 14.  Upland Mayor Ray Musser was one of the CERT graduates

Asm. Holden visits the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce

At the San Dimas Western Days Rodeo, Assemblymember Holden with Peggy Rankin, La Verne resident and Rodeo volunteer

At the San Dimas Western Days Parade

Altadena Town Council LtoR: Ron Adams, Damon Lamont Hobdy, Okorie Ezieme, Judy Matthews, and Sylvia Vega

South Pasadena Mayor Richard D. Schneider presents Assemblymember Holden with a city tile to mark Holden’s presentation of his State of the State message at the Oct 16 Council meeting

Assemblymember Holden visiting the FedEx Hub in San Bernardino.  Michael Shaw of the California Trucking Association discussed challenges facing trucking industry in California