This Fourth of July we will celebrate the 238th birthday of the Declaration of Independence. The Fourth is a time to get together with family and friends and enjoy the festivities. But I want to take a moment to remind you that we are facing extremely dry and dangerous conditions in our hillsides, so leave the fireworks to the professionals. All it takes is one spark to ignite a wildfire. Please make safety your top priority this holiday. And if you are celebrating with alcohol, designate a non-drinking driver.
I'll be out celebrating our nation's birthday in several areas around the district. I hope you can join me at one of the following festivities:
Pancake Breakfast with the Kiwanis in South Pasadena
7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
South Pasadena Fire House | 817 Mound Avenue | South Pasadena
Sierra Madre Fourth of July Parade
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Starting Point -- Corner of Sunnyside & Sierra Madre Boulevard | Sierra Madre
La Verne Fourth of July Parade
3660 D Street | La Verne
4th of July Concert & Fireworks Show | City of Monrovia
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Library Park | 321 South Myrtle Avenue | Monrovia
Make it a safe Fourth of July.
In this issue:
- A note from Chris Holden
- Wildfire Prevention Briefing
- Spotlight on Legislation to Expand Opportunities for High School Students
- Around the Capitol and In the District
I recently hosted a Wildfire Prevention News Conference at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena with Los Angeles County Fire, Cal Fire and JPL Climatologist Bill Patzert who warned that this could be the worst fire season ever. We joined forces to spread the word that California is facing a critical wildfire season with extreme drought conditions throughout the state. Already fire crews have responded to nearly 2300 fires that have scorched some 17,000 acres. These conditions have made California a tinder-box and fire season a year-round event.
In the budget bill that we passed recently, the Legislature and the Governor approved $90 million for additional firefighting capabilities. In addition, the budget provides another $13 million to the California Conservation Corps to expand fuel and vegetation management programs. There is good news for local firefighting agencies such as LA County Fire: there will be another $10 million available in grants.
Fire crews from Los Angeles County Fire and Cal Fire reiterated how important it is to be prepared for wildfires, especially if you live within a mile of the foothills – and that means most of us. LA County Deputy Fire Chief John Todd and Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler explained how to prepare and protect your home and property from fire danger and create a defensible home. You can get more details at the Los Angeles County Fire Department website.
My bill (AB 1451) to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college or career tech courses was approved in the Assembly. AB 1451 enhances dual enrollment opportunities by encouraging school districts and community colleges to enter into formal partnership agreements that outline the terms and goals of the partnership. This bill has received bipartisan support as it makes its way through the Legislature.
Members of the 1980-81 San Diego State Aztec Basketball Team: Play-by-play announcer Ted Leitner, Zack Jones, Marcus Hamilton, Eddy Gordon and I join in celebrating the homegoing of Baseball Hall of Famer and SDSU basketball teammate, Tony Gwynn.
With Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Melanie and my dad, Nate Holden – Pasadena welcome party.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti visiting the Floor of the California State Assembly. I look forward to working with him on transportation issues in the San Gabriel Valley.
Members of the Legislative Black Caucus met with Governor Brown to discuss budget priorities.
I am proud to have honored Kyle Hausmann-Stokes as our veteran of the year for his heroic deeds in combat and his continuing efforts to aid his fellow soldiers who are struggling to adjust following their return from combat. We owe Kyle a debt of gratitude for his service to our nation both on the battlefield and at home.
Pam Fitzpatrick of Dollmakers’ Kattywampus in Monrovia was chosen as our Small Business owner of the year for the 41st Assembly District. Ms. Fitzpatrick’s sister, co-owner Jennifer Ranger, and grandson Collin joined us for the festivities in Sacramento earlier this month.
I was honored to recognize Holocaust survivor Helen Rotenberg Lewin of Sierra Madre at a ceremony at the State Capitol during Holocaust Remembrance Week. Her story is one of triumph over unspeakable evil. Helen lived through extreme privation and horrific experiences that are often neglected in history. Her story helps to raise awareness of the slaughter of six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. Her son, Judge Fred Rotenberg of La Cañada Flintridge accompanied his mother to the ceremony.
Planned Parenthood Affiliates from throughout California - including some local members - visited the State Capitol.
Junior League of California Day at the Capitol. I met with the State Public Affairs Committee members on the Floor of the Assembly.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Day at the Capitol drew many participants. I was honored to have greeted them on the West steps of the Capitol.
Opening of Villa Parke Community Garden, Pasadena – a great opportunity for families to grow their own vegetables and fruits.
Congratulations to the Monrovia High Kings and Queens Robotics Team – one of six teams in California to represent the United States at the World Robotic Championship. From L to R: Emma McIntosh, Melissa Johnson, Amanda Sullivan, Nicole Miller, and Jordan Nunez.
The Pomona Valley UNA-USA annual high school essay contest winner from Claremont High School was Sharon Musa. From L to R: Mel Boynton, President, Pomona Valley UNA-USA; Sharon Musa, Essay Contest Winner; Julius Kellinghusen, UNA-USA Intern; Lynus Vuong, 1st Runner Up; David Chamberlain, Claremont High School Teacher; Andrew Brown, 2nd Runner Up; Doug McCasey, Assistant Principal, Claremont High School.
Janice Rutherford, Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and I met recently to discuss transportation, the San Gabriel National Recreation Area, and funding for California counties under AB 109.
Memorial Day, South Pasadena.
Memorial Day Ceremony, La Verne.