Fall 2015 District Update
We recently wrapped-up the 2015 legislative session, and I am pleased to report that we were able to accomplish so much this year, including getting nine of my bills signed into law.
In the final days of the session, we made significant gains that will provide a better quality of life for all Californians.
Environmental goals were the subject of intense debate in the Legislature this session. I supported the landmark climate change bill SB 350 and was glad the Governor signed it. I also supported SB 32 - gas emission reductions. SB 350's passage makes California a global leader in the fight against climate change. We will see the benefits of this legislation for generations to come.
Earlier in the session, I joined my colleagues in increasing public funding for California's public colleges and universities while providing billions more for our kindergarten through high school classrooms.
Another step we took strengthened healthcare and human services by expanding the Medi-Cal program and enacting an Earned Income Tax Credit which will uplift the working poor and their children.
Recognizing the seriousness of the current drought, this year we began appropriating the first part of voter-approved funds contained in the Water Bond for groundwater clean-up, desalination technology and projects to preserve our water supplies.
As the chairman of the Speaker's working group on redevelopment, I was tasked with developing a compromise to protect city budgets while ending years of messy and protracted litigation. Working with local governments from across California, my group came together to produce a fair compromise that provides clarity to the remaining Redevelopment Agency (RDA) dissolution process. Thanks to this compromise measure, cities like Pasadena and San Dimas will be able to retain control of critical city assets, like public parking facilities, and ensure money owed to local governments will be repaid.
All in all, we've accomplished a lot this year, but there is still much to be done. Please read further for details on my 2015 bill package.
41st State Assembly
- Legislative Round-up
- Capitol Update in Your Community
- Transportation Hearing
- Traffic Amnesty Program
- Pet Adoption Event
- 710 Freeway Homes Update
- Chris in the Community
Among my bills signed into law this year, I headed a bi-partisan effort to expand access to community college courses for high school students through Concurrent Enrollment. I also fought for extending the statute of limitations in human rights cases and providing used car buyers with more protection from abusive practices. Additionally, I authored landmark legislation to help small businesses by giving franchise owners stronger protections against corporate owners. I worked closely with Democratic leaders, franchise owners and labor to craft compromise legislation with franchise corporations.
AB 15 – Human Rights
- Ensures justice for victims of Human Rights abuses by expanding the statute of limitations on these cases to ten years.
AB 173 - City of La Verne Golf Carts
- Extends the exemption and allows City of La Verne residents to drive golf carts on city streets. (signed and chaptered)
AB 220 – Algebra Requirement Reform
- Updates the Algebra I high school graduation requirement and ensures students meet the mathematics high school graduation requirement
AB 265 – Buy Here, Pay Here Auto Loans
- Provides used-car buyers additional protections by requiring buy-here-pay-here dealerships to give a 10-day written notice before using a starter-interruption device to disables a vehicle. (signed and chaptered)
AB 288 – Concurrent Enrollment
- This bill opens the door to higher education for thousands of California students by expanding access to concurrent enrollment opportunities. It will make it easier for high school students to take college courses at community colleges or at high school campuses.
AB 525 – Franchise Bill
- Landmark bill to protect the investment of small business franchisees by strengthening their legal rights in their dealings with corporate owners.
AB 915 – Public Employee Travel Restriction – Cutting Through Red Tape
- Removes archaic travel restrictions on school employees who are on worker’s compensation by allowing them to leave the state without getting prior permission. (Signed and Chaptered)
AB 1077 – Mutual Water Companies
- Strengthens the Mutual Water Company Open Meeting Act by requiring all shareholders to be guaranteed the right to teleconference into any meeting and prohibiting the Mutual Water Company’s Board from meeting exclusively in executive session.
AB 1097 – Electronic Contracting
- Electronic contracts can now offer consumer protection measures that exceed those of traditional paper contracts.
I have begun discussing some of these bills at my “Capitol Update” presentations to city councils throughout the 41st Assembly District in the weeks and months to come. Below is a list of dates. If you can’t come to the chamber to say hello, please check with your city for TV broadcast times.
- Monday, 10/5 – La Verne
- Tuesday, 10/6 – Monrovia
- Wednesday, 10/7 – South Pasadena
- Monday, 10/12 – Upland
- Tuesday, 10/13 – Claremont
- Monday, 10/19 – Pasadenas
- Tuesday, 10/20 – Altadena
- Wednesday, 10/21 – Rancho Cucamonga
- Tuesday, 10/27 – Sierra Madre
- Tuesday, 11/10 – San Dima
I want to let you know about an important hearing on Regional Transportation Solutions – “Moving Goods, Moving People” that I chaired on October 15 in Pasadena. Hundreds of people filled the U.S. Courthouse in Pasadena for a discussion of transportation issues for the region. We heard from local transportation leaders as well as regional and state representatives.
If you have a suspended license or are making payments on an old traffic ticket, you may qualify for the Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program. You may qualify for a 50 or 80% reduction on unpaid traffic tickets or get your suspended license reinstated. Amnesty ends March 31, 2017. Don't miss out on this one-time chance to clear your debt!
Visit www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty.htm to find out if you qualify.
I spent a wonderful morning at Inland Valley Humane Society in Pomona for our special Pet Adoption Day. It was a chance for dogs and cats to find loving homes in the community and all at a reduced adoption rate. I was pleased to team up with Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez for this event which helped to place many long-term residents of the humane facility in new homes.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez and I presented to Bill Hartford of the Inland Valley Humane Society, the resolution recognizing their “Getting to Zero” campaign.
I am pleased to report that the Department of Transportation and the California Housing Finance Authority are taking the final steps to provide regulations for the orderly sales of all of the homes owned by the state in the “surface route” right-of-way for the 710.
Because Caltrans and LA Metro have eliminated a surface freeway from consideration, the state must now sell these homes in an orderly fashion. These regulations help protect current tenants and provide an opportunity for local governments to grow the availability of affordable housing in our area. I look forward to working with Caltrans and the Housing Authority to provide the community more information about the home sales program.
The office of Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD 41) is looking for a high school and college students who would like to intern in the Pasadena and Claremont district offices. Applications for the California State Assembly District Office Internship Program for the 2015- 2016 school year are now available.
Internships are open to full or part-time students who are at least 15 ½ years of age or older. Depending on their school, students may also receive school credit. It’s a good way to learn more about the work of the legislator’s office, including community outreach and constituent services.
For more information and to receive an application, please call our Pasadena office at 626.351.1917.
Sixteenth Annual Block Party; one for the record books. Hundreds of fairgoers filled the streets of NW Pasadena this summer for our annual block party: fun and games and lots of agencies to provide information.
Celebrating completion of the Duarte Gold Line station
Honoring our American heroes
Taking part in Asm. Cheryl Brown’s Hearing on Small Business in the Inland Empire.
Marking the opening of the new playground at Mayflower Elementary, Monrovia.
YWCA 12th Annual Women for Racial Justice breakfast honoring Stella Murga.
Met with longtime community activist, Maggie Belton who was recently appointed to the In-Home Support Services Statewide Authority representing Los Angeles County. When I served on the Pasadena City Council, I often appointed her to our local commissions, including the Northwest Commission and the Disability Commission.
Pasadena Education Foundation reception at USC Pacific Asia Museum.
Welcome reception for new Pasadena City College President Rajen Vurdien in conjunction with the PCC African-American Advisory Committee.
Asm Holden at the Inland Valley News tour and reception.
Great Southern California Women's Health Conference & Expo. Asm. Holden took part in the "Man Cave" to discuss men's health issues in our community.
Proud to recognize these veterans at the San Dimas Western Days Parade and Rodeo.
Just another day at the San Dimas Western Days and Rodeo – meet “Deputy Burt.”
Our resident bobcat “Bobi” hanging out at the Pasadena office.
: Some of the terrific artwork hanging in our Pasadena office courtesy of the Light Bringer Project at Pasadena area schools.
After many years of service in the California State Legislature, we would like to wish our Communications Director, Wendy Gordon all the best on her future endeavors. A two-time Emmy Award winner, with 20 years of experience as a former television reporter and anchor, Wendy has been an invaluable asset to Team Holden. Wendy is amazing and her wealth of knowledge and experience will truly be missed.