March/April 2014 District Report

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

Congratulations to my friend and colleague Toni Atkins for making history as Speaker-elect of the California State Assembly. I had the privilege of nominating Ms. Atkins who I believe will do great things for California.

One of my goals is to keep students in the classroom and out of the courtroom. I recently joined Attorney General Kamala Harris and other legislators at a Capitol press conference to tackle the issue of California's truancy crisis. I introduced a bill that requires local boards to report information on truancy rates and intervention outcomes. If schools aren't tracking what students are missing the state won't be able to effectively fix the problem.

Read more about this at: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-truancy-20140311,0,4395241.story

If you are a football fan as I am, you'll be glad to know that I'm asking the National Football League to consider using the Rose Bowl for a future Super Bowl. I sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to put Pasadena back on the Super Bowl fast-track. It has been 20 years since Super Bowl fans filled the Rose Bowl. If it's good enough for the college football championship, it should be good enough for the NFL. I'll let you know what Roger says.

It was great seeing so many of you at our recent Open House events in Pasadena and Claremont. You'll find photos from both gatherings, and photos of Capitol and District events inside this newsletter.

In This Issue:

Sincerely,

Chris Holden
Assembly District 41

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DISTRICT OFFICE OPEN HOUSE

Celebrating our first year in office at the Pasadena District Office
 

Monrovia High Jazz Ensemble
 

Enjoying the music with friends and music lovers
 

Thanks to our District Office interns: Anson, Sasha, Betty
 

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CLAREMONT OPEN HOUSE

Grand Opening of the Claremont office with Claremont Chamber and officials
 

With Claremont Mayor Joe Lyons
 

With Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Pro Tem Sam Spagnolo
 

Thanks to our hard-working interns: Marcos, Priscilla, Anthony, Jessica
 

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LEGISLATION

Now that the deadline for introducing legislation has passed, the Assembly is back in full swing with committees meeting at least twice a week, as well as Assembly Floor sessions.

Again this year, I have a strong legislative package to help Californians. The policy issues range from: keeping kids in school, regulations to give cities more control over illegal massage parlors, preventing kitchen-grease thefts, and help for veterans.

At Capitol press conference to discuss massage parlor legislation.

I have been working to reform laws surrounding massage parlors, an increasing problem in many communities. City officials say they have lost the power to regulate massage parlors since a new law went into effect in 2009. I am working to tackle this issue with legislation (AB 1747) to give cities more control over the bad players while allowing legitimate businesses to continue to operate.

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2014 WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Kay Mouradian, 2014 Woman of the Year for the 41st Assembly District

It was my great pleasure to honor human rights activist, author and filmmaker Kay Mouradian for her grassroots efforts to educate us about the historical events of the Armenian Genocide. Dr. Mouradian has written and co-produced the book and documentary film, My Mother's Voice, a poignant story of her mother who at age fourteen was one of the millions of Armenians forced to leave their homes in Turkey during the Armenian Genocide that began in 1915.

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COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING (Fracking)

We held a community event in Claremont that brought together prominent local scientists and water managers to discuss fracking and cut through all the spin. I'm pleased to say that more than 100 people braved the rain to hear real answers to questions of hydraulic fracturing.

Thanks to our panelists Dr. Joann Stack, Caltech; Dr. Stephen Osborn, Cal Poly Pomona; Ken Manning, San Gabriel Water Authority; Tony Zampiello, San Gabriel Valley Watermaster
 

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ASSEMBLYMEMBER HOLDEN IN THE DISTRICT AND AT THE CAPITOL

Surrounded by a sea of red – it must be Delta Days at the Capitol!
 

Field Rep, Gerald Phillips, Orange Grove Options, Pasadena, Read Across America
 

Field Rep Alex Zucco at Options Monrovia for Read Across America
 

Assemblymember Holden rides the parade route at Pasadena's Black History Parade
 

If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to cross the Bay Bridge and the segment recently named for former Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. Left to right: Assemblymember Holden, Willie Brown, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
 

Assemblymember Holden with Claremont's community leaders Mayor Joe Lyons and Councilmember Larry Schroeder recognizing the 2014 Napier Fellows at Pilgrim Place. The initiative recognizes students from the Claremont Colleges who demonstrate leadership in social justice, sustainable care of the earth and global peace.
 

The UCLA Women's Soccer National Champions visit the Capitol
 

Victor Munoz is the 2014 Sacramento Semester Intern in Assemblymember Holden's Capitol Office. His policy interests include education, socioeconomic issues, and immigration. He will be graduating from Cal Poly Pomona in May with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Victor plans to pursue employment in government, or in non-profit organizations, and hopes to attend graduate school in the near future.

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