I hope everyone had a great holiday whether you celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the winter solstice. I trust that you and yours were blessed with family, fellowship and love. Melanie and I were thankful to be surrounded by family and friends. All five of our children, Nicholas, Alex, Austin, Mariah and Noah were home for the holidays, and it was an amazing time.
From Altadena to Monrovia to Claremont and Upland, December was packed with terrific community events. I was especially pleased to see many of you when Congress Member Judy Chu swore me into office at a special ceremony in Pasadena on Sunday, December 9.
The Legislature begins its new session this month, and it is an honor to be starting my first term as your state representative in the 41st Assembly District. If you are receiving this newsletter, you are a part of this new Assembly seat that stretches from Altadena, Pasadena, South Pasadena and Sierra Madre in the west through Monrovia to La Verne, San Dimas, Claremont and Upland in the east.
Our state economy is among the largest in the world, but it has been shaken by economic insecurity, business failures and home foreclosures. I am planning to tackle many of these issues that greatly affect our communities, and I want to help put California back on the road to recovery. I began this commitment my first day in office by introducing Assembly Bill 9 addressing job creation and economic development, and with your help, I plan to do much more.
Monday, January 21 marks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Thanks to legislation authored by my father, former State Senator Nate Holden (SB 637, Statues of 1975), California was one of the first states to recognize the importance of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by declaring his birthday an official holiday. Coupled with the holiday is a call for a "day of action" to encourage all of us to use his memory to inspire activities in support of Dr. King’s belief in equality for all.
A reminder to high school seniors and parents – now is the time to apply for a Cal Grant for college 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 between January 1 and March 2, 2013.
The FAFSA is also the application used to apply for financial aid from the federal government, including federal Pell Grants, as well as financial aid from colleges.
Even though I will be in Sacramento during the week, I will continue to be active in the 41st District when I return on Fridays, and I ask for your assistance. We must work together and be a part of creating positive change in our communities. Surveys show that one of the key components of happiness is the quality of leadership and a strong sense of community—the ability for us to plug into our neighborhoods and contribute.
Feel free to contact my district office at (626) 577-9944, or my Capitol Office at (916) 319-2041 to be a part of this new beginning. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.
My best wishes to all of you for much happiness and prosperity in 2013!
Chris R. Holden
41st Assembly District
HOLDEN IN THE COMMUNITY:
Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Metro Gold Line Bridge – gateway to the San Gabriel Valley
From left, Senator Carol Liu, Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, Assemblymember Holden.
From left, Glendale City Councilmember Ara Najarian, Assemblymember Holden, Claremont Mayor Larry Schroeder.
Assemblymember Holden was presented with a silver tray from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses at a ceremony honoring Mr. Holden for 23 years of service to the City of Pasadena.
Civic and religious leaders rally on steps of All Saints Church in Pasadena to promote peace to a community torn by recent violence.
Assemblymember Holden greeted participants at the San Dimas “State of the City” breakfast on January 3. Pictured from left are Bob Cruz, The Gas Company; San Dimas Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Badar; Amie Boersma, San Dimas Community Hospital; San Dimas Mayor Curt Morris; Carolyn Corrao, Waste Management; and Assemblymember Holden.