Spring 2015 District Update
Now that Governor Brown has ordered the first mandatory water cutbacks in California history, the Assembly will be working hard to ensure water conservation and efficiency in every part of the state. Recently the legislature approved and the Governor signed a package of emergency drought relief bills that will provide over $1 billion in funds to alleviate problems caused by the drought. Now it’s up to all of us to do our part to get through this unprecedented drought. Save the Date: Water Wise Workshop, June 25, 2015, more details to come.
The Assembly is moving rapidly hearing scores of bills as they go through various committees until the May 29 deadline. Again, I have a strong legislative package ranging from protecting small business franchisees, elderly homeowner property tax relief, to improving pathways to college.
With the introduction of my Assembly Bill 288, I hope to expand opportunities for students to take community college courses while still in high school. The measure accelerates learning by increasing the number of classes students can take from 11 units to 15 units. Additionally, this bill increases transparency by requiring reports to show if students are succeeding in the program or not. Read more in the Op Ed in the Sacramento Bee. Next month we’ll be dealing with the budget. I’ll keep you posted on the Governor’s May Revision and the details on the final budget deal. With tax revenues holding strong, it looks like we’ll have good news.
41st State Assembly
- Legislative Update
- Holocaust Ceremony
- Genocide Memorial
- Woman of the Year
- Police Memorial Sign Dedication
- Budget Town Hall
- California Legislative Black Caucus Leaders of Tomorrow
- Chris in the Capitol and the Community
Take a look at some of the bills I have introduced for the 2015 Legislative Session:
AB 148 – School Construction Bond: places a general obligation bond on the 2016 statewide ballot. It covers all projects that have been approved by the state, and projects that have been submitted – but not yet approved. This bond proposes a sustainable funding source for new construction and modernization of K-14 campuses.
AB 252 – STEM Curriculum: Provides Advanced Placement Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses for underserved communities throughout California. This bill aims to increase STEM enrollment of low income and/or minority students who currently are not offered such courses.
AB 265 – Buy Here, Pay Here Auto Loans: Gives used-car buyers additional protection by requiring buy-here/pay-here dealerships to provide a 10-day written notice before using a starter-interruption device which essentially disables the vehicle. These are often dealerships of last resort for buyers with poor credit and little money.
AB 525 – Franchise Bill: Protects the investment and well-being of small business franchisees by prohibiting the unfair tactics used by corporate operators to take a franchisees’ business away. The bill ensures franchisees can operate their business, transfer the franchise to a qualified heir, and renew their contracts as long as they have operated in compliance with the franchise agreement and state and local laws. Speaker Atkins is a joint author.
Holocaust survivor, Ike Langholz
April is a time to recognize and honor the memory of more than six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. We had a special ceremony in the Assembly chambers recognizing survivors, their children and rescuers. Holocaust survivor Ike Langholz, who now lives in Pasadena, was our honored guest. His remarkable story of survival was recognized with a special tribute.
Armenian Genocide Memorial, Pasadena
April 20 is the day the Assembly paused to remember the Armenian Genocide which began in 1915 and led to the massacre and forced exodus of Armenians out of Turkey. I am honored to have taken part in ceremonies recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide both at the Capitol and in Pasadena’s Memorial Park, site of the newly installed Genocide Memorial.
Stella Murga, Woman of the Year, AD 41
It was my great pleasure to recognize Latina activist Stella Murga for her outstanding accomplishments working with young people to boost their academic achievements. Her Adelante Youth Alliance produces two large academic and career conferences in the San Gabriel Valley.
I was proud to lead the effort in the Legislature to dedicate a portion of the Foothill (I-210) Freeway in Pasadena in honor of slain Pasadena Police Agent Richard Morris. Agent Morris’ death marked the first time in the history of the Pasadena Police Department that a sworn officer was shot and killed in the line-of-duty. The legislative process was a long one, but I made a commitment to the Morris family and the Pasadena Police family and we were finally able to hold the dedication ceremony on March 13 – 46 years to the day that Agent Morris was killed.
If you’ve ever wanted to understand how the state budget works, now is your chance. I’m hosting an interactive Budget Town Hall at the University of La Verne on Thursday, May 7 at 6 pm. It’s free and open to the public.
Current high school juniors and seniors in California are invited to apply for the African-American Leaders for Tomorrow Program - a free four-day long residential summer program that is held on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills. Sixty students will receive leadership training and attend workshops on topics such as college experience, career development and financial literacy. Students live on campus at CSUDH. Housing, meals, program materials, as well as transportation during the conference will be provided at no cost to the participants. Slots are going fast. The deadline for applying is Friday, May 29, 2015.
Visit my website to register. For more information, please contact Gerald Phillips at Gerald.Phillips@asm.ca.gov or 626-351-1917.
Brown-bag lunch with the Assembly Fellows at our Capitol office.
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Welcome Pasadena-Foothills Assoc of Realtors
Tournament of Roses Princess Simona Shao, Queen Madison Triplett,
Assemblyman Holden and Princess Veronica Mejia
Snoopy stopped by to remind us to “put a beagle on your license plate” and support local museums.
Afrack Vargas,CA Assn Mutual Water Co’s; Bob Hayward, GM Lincoln Ave Water Co;
Lisa Yamashita-Lopez, Ops Manager Rubio Canyon Land & Water Co;
James Ciampa, Counsel to CA Assn Mutual Water Co’s.
Was happy to meet with Dr. Sorya Coley, President, Cal Poly Pomona University
With Gov. Brown and CA Legislative Black Caucus
Proud to join in supporting Denim Day at Capitol to raise awareness about sexual violence.
Meet the staff – our Capitol and District staff members