Summer 2015 District Update
The Legislature recently wrapped up its marathon legislative session, hearing hundreds of measures as they were voted on in their house of origin. I am pleased to report that 16 of my bills were approved in the Assembly and are now being heard in Senate policy committees. All bills must be approved and sent to the Governor by the last day of session - September 11.
Education from K-12 through college is the big winner in this year's budget. The revised budget made big headlines with news that K-12 education will be receiving an infusion of billions of dollars. That's good news for school districts that faced drastic cuts during the recession.
As part of the Governor's budget deal with higher education, the University of California will freeze tuition for California undergrads for the next two years and will receive an additional $25 million. The Cal State University system also receives an additional $97 million.
There was also good news for California's low-income wage earners. The budget enacts the California Earned Income Tax Credit that should benefit some two million working Californians. One of the reasons I am proud to support this budget is because it represents an effort to uplift the working poor while not raising taxes or complicating our business climate.
California is mired in the worst drought in recent history. Recognizing the need for immediate action, the budget allocates the first round of the Water Bond, spending $2.38 billion on groundwater cleanup, desalination technology and projects to preserve our water supplies.
And, as part of the state's commitment to a sustainable environment, this budget provides millions in new funding to hire 42 new well inspectors to ensure that any drilling activity in California is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.
So, while we head into the summer, I want to remind you we still have lots on tap at the Capitol and in the district. We'll be hosting our annual Block Party and Community Resource Fair on August 8. I hope to see you there. Enjoy your summer.
CHRIS R. HOLDEN
In this Issue:
- Legislative Update
- 16th Annual Block Party and Resource Fair
- Outsmart the Drought
- Veteran of the Year
- Small Business of the Year
- Chris in the Capitol and the Community
Here are highlights of some of the bills I am working on:
- AB 15 Human Rights - expands the time limit for filing human rights claims from two to ten years in cases of torture, war crimes, genocide and human trafficking.
- AB 220 Algebra Reform - updates the high school Algebra graduation requirement.
- AB 252 Advanced Placement STEM Curriculum - provides Advanced Placement Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses for underserved communities.
- AB 265 Buy Here, Pay Here - gives used-car buyers additional protection by requiring dealerships to provide a 30-day written notice before using a starter-interruption device to disable and repossesses the car.
- AB 288 Concurrent Enrollment - creates college pathways for high school students by expanding dual enrollment courses on community college and high school campuses.
- AB 525 Franchise Bill of Rights - provides small business franchisees with more protections and closes loopholes in state law to protect small business franchise owners.
- AB 1378 Senior Homeowner Property Tax Relief - ensures both property owners in a recognized partnership are entitled to the base tax transfer that allows property taxes to remain the same when they sell their home.
Read more in my LA Daily News Op-Ed:
16th Annual Block Party and Resource Fair:
Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 8 for our annual Block Party and Community Resource Fair. It's a great time to bring the kids and enjoy live music, classic cars, a puppet show and game trucks. Special this year - Ballet Folklorico, free hot dogs and lemonade.
Come join the fun - I'll see you on Jackson Street!
Outsmart the Drought:
California is in the midst of an historic drought with no end in sight. A drought of historic proportions calls for an historic response. That's why we teamed with Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena for an evening of water-wise tips on living with the drought. There were interactive workshops for kids and adults, information booths on how to get rebates for water-saving devices and how to cut back on water usage. Our thanks to Kidspace, Pasadena Department of Water & Power, JPL, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and the Theodore Payne Foundation for making this a successful evening. We went GREEN for the event - offering drinking cups that could be composted and recycling the trash.
Veteran of the Year:
Veteran of the Year, Jefferson Hill, Sr. with Assemblymember Holden
It was my great pleasure recently to recognize Jefferson Hill as Veteran of the Year for the 41st Assembly District. Jefferson served his country with distinction in two wars, earning many honors during his 22-year career. But it is his exemplary service and commitment to his community and his fellow Vets that continues to make such an impact.
His role in helping his fellow Vets remains his biggest passion. He is a lifetime member of the VFW, and is a past post-commander. He was instrumental in the campaign to construct the La Verne Veterans Memorial for which they raised $230,000. And last year, as a member of the Veteran's Committee for the 41st A.D., he helped to organize a Veterans Job Fair in Claremont.
Small Business of the Year:
Curt and Andy Dale with Assemblymember Holden
Each year our Small Business Committee selects a Small Business of the Year honoree. I am very pleased to recognize the Dale brothers for their dedication to their craft and volunteerism in Upland and the surrounding communities. They are a success not only for their hard work and dedication to the business, but because they give so much back to their communities with regular fundraisers for charitable organizations.
Small Business Nominees: Congratulations to our Small Business nominees from the 41st Assembly District. Top left: Print Connection (San Dimas) with Ed and Britni Murfett, Top right: HTH & Associates (San Dimas) with Kimmie and Neil Umscheid, Bottom right: Your Health in Motion (Claremont) with Dr. Satareh Derakhshan, Bottom left: Palace Pet Salon (La Verne) with Mark Levy (owner) and Brian McNerney (LV Chamber CEO)
Small Business Nominees: Top left: D & G Roofing (La Verne) with Guy & Lisa Grater, Top right: Roberta's Village Inn (La Verne) with Francisco Ramirez, Sr. Field Representative Matt Lyons and Palace Pet Salon (La Verne) with Mark Levy, Bottom right: Webster's Community Pharmacy (Altadena) with Meredith Miller and Bottom left: 41st Assembly District Small Business of the Year - Dale Brothers Brewery (Upland) with Curt Dale, Assemblymember Holden and Andy Dale.
Chris in the Capitol and the Community
As a SDSU alumnus, I am proud to honor San Diego State University basketball coach Steve Fisher.
Assemblymember Holden celebrating the life of Lu Vason, founder of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo - the first traveling African-American rodeo.
Fourth of July parade in South Pasadena
Celebrating the Fourth in Sierra Madre
Happy Birthday Pasadena
Proud to honor our Veterans at the groundbreaking for the Upland Veterans Memorial
Celebrating Memorial Day in La Verne
Remember those who served in South Pasadena
Gov. Brown and the CA Legislative Black Caucus
Melanie and I at the Color Run at Dodger Stadium
Harlan Ward, Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation, Rep. Judy Chu, Assemblymember Holden at the L.A.M.P. Mentor Awards Luncheon
Look who dropped by our Capitol office - former Los Angeles Mayor and Speaker of the Assembly Antonio Villaraigosa.
Intern Joey Halabrin, Assemblymember Holden, Upland Police Chief Brian Johnson
Representatives from Pasadena Planned Parenthood