February 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

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Assemblymember Holden escorts Governor Jerry Brown into the Assembly Chambers for his State of the State Address on January 24.
I am off to an excellent start to my first year as your Assembly representative.  As the newly appointed Majority Whip, my days are packed with meeting various constituencies.  I am so honored to be working in one of the most beautiful buildings in California.   I actually have a view of the Capitol dome from my office desk.  If you are ever in Sacramento be sure to visit.

I was pleased with Governor Brown's optimistic outlook for California in his State of the State speech. As he said, California is back, but it is going to take a lot of hard work to restore fiscal stability in the state and in the nation.  I am committed to restoring California's economy by stimulating private sector business, encouraging job creation, expanding light rail in the San Gabriel Valley, providing help for struggling homeowners and restoring funding and confidence in our public schools.

As of February 5th, my district office relocated to 600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Suite 117, Pasadena.  For those of you familiar with East Pasadena, this is north of Foothill Blvd in the Hastings Ranch area.

One of the great things about this space is our opportunity to hold meetings and community forums. You will be hearing more about these events as we get closer to the dates.  

Regards,

Signature of Asm. Holden
Chris Holden
41st Assembly District

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, March 16 - District Office Open House and Women of the Year Recognition
Thursday, April 11 - First 100 Days Town Hall Meeting

For those of you who need to meet with my staff but cannot drive to Pasadena, we will soon begin holding regular office hours throughout the 41st Assembly District.  Representatives from my district office will be available to answer questions and help with problems related to state issues. 

1st Tuesday of the month - San Dimas (2-4 p.m.)
San Dimas Chamber of Commerce, 246 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

2nd Tuesday of the month - La Verne (2-4 p.m.)
La Verne City Hall, 3660 “D” Street, La Verne, CA 91750

3rd Tuesday of the month - Claremont (2-4 p.m.)
Claremont City Hall, Citrus Room, 207 Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

4th Tuesday of the month - Upland (2-4 p.m.)
Upland Police Department, 1499 W. 13th St., Upland, CA 91786

Please feel free to contact me or my staff.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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I was excited when the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup arrived in the Capitol with representatives from the current defending champions, Los Angeles Kings.  From left to right, Luc Robitaille, Hockey Hall of Famer, longtime Los Angeles Kings Captain and current team President, Assembly Member Holden, and Tim Leiweke, President and CEO, AEG and Governor, Los Angeles Kings.

State Capitol Report

This is a busy time in Sacramento as we review the Governor's proposed budget.  Assembly Member Holden has introduced several bills including one to help stimulate the economy (AB 9), provide tax breaks for active duty military personnel (AB 143), mortgage relief for those struggling to pay their home loans (AB 132), and a measure to provide law enforcement agencies with more effective tools to fight human trafficking (AB 156).  You can follow these and other bills at:  www.leginfo.ca.gov

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Assembly Member Holden was asked to open the Assembly Session for the day on Tuesday, January 29.  Assembly Member Holden is shown here with his Capitol office staff. From left to right, Alexandria Smith, Sac Semester Intern; Catherine Del Rosario, Legislative Assistant; Naima Ford, Assembly Fellow; Robbin Lewis-Coaxum, Chief of Staff; Chris R. Holden; Gina Pandelopoulos, Scheduler; Darryl Lucien, Legislative Director; Meron Agonafer, Intern;  and Nicholas Liedtke J.D., Senior Legislative Assistant.

Spotlight on Legislation

AB 143 - Assembly Bill 143 would exempt U.S. military men and women, and their spouses being deployed to California from paying “use tax” on goods that are purchased prior to their official report date in California.

The “use tax” is levied when products are purchased from another state for use in California. For example, if a military service member buys a computer in Iowa and later moves to California, under current law, the military service member would owe “use tax” to the State of California.

AB 143 would end the undue tax burden on our active military personnel while they are stationed in California.

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Assembly Member Holden works steadfastly in his Capitol office to address constituent concerns.  

Black History Month

Please join in celebrating Black History Month with two wonderful events in Altadena and Pasadena. On February 8th at the Pasadena Hilton, Assemblymember Holden will be honored at the City of Pasadena's Black History 6th Annual Red, Black & Green Honors Gala. On February 16th, he will participate in the Black History Parade, which travels through the streets of Altadena and Pasadena. For more information, please contact district representative Gerald Phillips at gerald.phillips@asm.ca.gov.

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Assemblymember Holden presented an Assembly Certificate of Recognition to Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, who was a civil rights pioneer in the Japanese-American community during WWII.

Lunar New Year

According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year 2013 is the Year of the Snake and festivities begin on February 10.  Ancient wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen.  Look for celebrations taking place throughout the month including festivals in downtown Los Angeles and Alhambra.

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On January 28, Assembly Member Holden met with Board of Trustees, CEOs, government relations staff and students from the San Gabriel/Foothill Association of Community Colleges, including Chaffey, Citrus, Glendale, Mt. San Antonio, Pasadena and Rio Hondo, to discuss his views on the Governor's Budget proposal for higher education.

Cal Grants

A reminder for those of you with college-bound students, now is the time to apply for a Cal Grant for financial aid. To apply, you must complete and submit two forms: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.  The deadline is March 2. 

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Assemblymember Holden recently met with constituents at Pilgrim Towers East, an affordable senior housing development in Pasadena, California.

Tax Time

Need help filing your income taxes?  Assemblymember Holden is working with the State Board of Equalization to offer free Tax Preparation Assistance for families with incomes under $51,000.  There are two dates and two locations:

Saturday, February 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cal State University Los Angeles, Salazar Hall
5151 State University Drive Los Angeles
Phone: 323-318-4339 to make a reservation or online at http://bit.ly/VITA-2013

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona
College of Business Administration, Building 163
3801 W. Temple Ave, Pomona
Phone: 909-869-2365 or online at http://bit.ly/VITA-2013

Also available at the above locations: free and low-cost medical services, job preparation services, free nutritional services, discount telephone service, low-cost auto insurance. Language assistance in English, Spanish and Chinese will be available.

HOLDEN IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Mr. Randall Lewis (right), CEO of the Lewis Group of Companies, discusses economic recovery in the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire with Assemblymember Holden on January 31.  Mr. Holden has introduced AB 9 to contribute to job creation and economic growth in the 41st Assembly District.

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Assemblymember Holden moderated a panel on water conservation at the La Verne Water Technology Conference at the University of La Verne on January 31.  The conference was sponsored by Los Angeles County MWD, Three Valleys MWD, the University and the Lewis Group of Companies.  Pictured here, Assemblymember Holden talks with Phillip A. Hawkey, Executive Vice President, University of La Verne.

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Assemblymember Holden honored La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick (right) at the La Verne State of the City Luncheon on January 31, at the Hillcrest Community meeting room.  The Mayor and Mr. Holden discussed the City's many successful development projects of the past year.

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Assemblymember Holden joined his colleagues, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblymembers Ed Chau and Ian Calderon, State Senator Carol Liu and local officials on February 1, to mark the beginning of construction on the Baldwin Avenue Grade Separation Project.  The project is a joint effort of the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority (ACE) and the City of El Monte.  ACE will construct a double-track railroad bridge with a four-lane roadway underpass to alleviate the traffic bottleneck along Union Pacific Railroad freight rail mainline on the Alameda Corridor East Trade Corridor.