Friday, March 13, 2020



The 41st Assembly District Spring Open House to Recognize Women of Distinction is Postponed Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Governor Newsom joined State health officials in recommending that gatherings of 250 or more people across the entire state be canceled to deter the spread of the novel coronavirus. Smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of six feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus should be limited to no more than ten people, while also following social distancing guidelines.


We must take the necessary steps to protect those with underlying health conditions who are most at risk.


For updates from healthcare experts regarding the novel coronavirus visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website at:


Consequently, this event, scheduled for March 19th from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m., is postponed to protect public health and safety, and preserve critical health care resources that may be needed in the future.




Pastor Jean Burch, 2020 Woman of the Year, Pasadena – Pastor Jean Burch is the Senior Pastor of the Community Bible Church of Greater Pasadena. She is the President/CEO of the Community Bible Community Development Corporation that provides affordable housing and social services for over 1500 Pasadena residents. She is also a founding member of the Community Clergy Coalition, a group of pastors striving to improve the quality of life in Pasadena.




Judy Matthews, Woman of Distinction, Altadena – Throughout Judy’s years of service and involvement with local and national organizations, she has remained true to the people she has been entrusted to serve. Among her many contributions is initiating and leading Altadena’s homeless count in partnership with Greater Los Angeles and continues this project annually. Judy has been recognized by Congresswoman Chu as the 2017 “Congressional Woman of the Year” along with the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund’s “Community Gem.”




Dr. Anne Turner, Woman of Distinction, Claremont – Dr. Turner works tirelessly on homeless issues in the San Gabriel Valley by supporting the City of Claremont elected officials in their effort to create a lasting infrastructure and a continuum of care for unsheltered residents. She is a staunch advocate for Claremont’s homeless population. Dr. Turner is a well-respected leader and brings confidence and exuberance to her role as Human Services Director. She has made a positive impact on our community and strives to promote a culture of inclusion and respect.




Barbara Smythe, Woman of Distinction, La Verne – Barbara Smythe is a community activist who is passionate about providing access to the arts. She is the Founding Chair of the Cultural Arts Society of La Verne. She opened the doors to an important partnership with the Bonita Unified School District, the City of La Verne, the Historical Society of La Verne, the University of La Verne, and Hillcrest. Her outreach also includes a pilot after-school art program taught by local artists to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. The pilot program was so successful that the Pomona Unified School District continued to support the program on an ongoing basis. She inspires thousands of individuals through her efforts and creates an affordable and enjoyable way for artists and art patrons to connect, as well as for students of all ages to participate in and enjoy the arts. 



Keisha Bowen, Woman of Distinction, Monrovia – Keisha is the owner of Simply Divine Hair & Barber Salon and has been in business for over 20 years. Ms. Carter-Bowen is dedicated to serving the community as she works with students from Monrovia High School through an apprenticeship program, and participates in community events within the city and with Foothill Unity Center. She was the 2019 Business of Distinction from Monrovia.




Lissa Reynolds, Woman of Distinction, South Pasadena – Lissa is the President of the California Performing Arts Centre at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. For 23 years, she has been its Co-Artistic Director and Manager. She has produced plays and has performed in numerous films, television productions, and commercials. She is Founding Director of the South Pasadena Arts Council, which she established in 2009. The nonprofit organization advocates for the arts in the city and schools, and works with the Chamber of Commerce on its popular arts and music focused festivals.




Beverly Maloof, Woman of Distinction, Rancho Cucamonga – Beverly Maloof is a Community Leader and Horticulturist. Currently, she is the Director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. She was the founding President and Board Member of the Riverside Land Conservancy.  She was also a founding member of Riverside’s Citrus Heritage Park’s Board of Directors and she became the founder and designer of the Maloof drought tolerant demonstration garden. 




Diane Koach, Woman of Distinction, San Dimas – Diane has been an active volunteer in the district and community for many years. She serves on the Bonita Unified School District school board, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the La Verne/San Dimas Educational Foundation and the San Dimas Festival of the Arts. She is also an active member of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce.





Melissa Talwar, Woman of Distinction, Sierra Madre – Melissa heads the International Support Fibromyalgia Network, a patient-centered nonprofit dedicated to educating and inspiring the Fibromyalgia community. Melissa has survived Fibromyalgia since her teens. Melissa’s advocacy work started in the early 2000’s where she was part of the initial Fibromyalgia group in Sacramento for the first Fibromyalgia Proclamation. That day ignited a passion to pursue advocacy work and find better answers for the Fibromyalgia community.




Kati Parker, Woman of Distinction, Upland – Ms. Parker has 27 years of water resources leadership. In 2016, she was elected to the Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s Board, where she currently serves as Board President representing the communities of Upland, Montclair and San Antonio Heights. Additionally, she served on the Chino Basin Water Conservation District’s Board for 16.5 years and as President for 8 years where she successfully implemented recycled water connection grants for schools and public parks to increase water sustainability in her area.

Friday, January 31, 2020

As the chair of the Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions, I would like you to join us for a hearing on public transit interconnectivity. We will address many timely transportation issues for the region and the state. The key is to meet our ambitious environmental goals and to create vibrant and sustainable communities.

Friday, January 31
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ontario City Hall
303 E. B Street, Rm: TBD
Ontario, CA 91764

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Local and state government officials and experts will discuss regional transit projects, airport connectivity, sustainable communities and legislative topics.

We hope you will join us to help create a better future!

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Introductory Remarks

  • Chris Holden, Chair
  • Paul Leon, City of Ontario Mayor
  • Select Committee Members: Assemblymembers Eloise Gomez-Reyes and Freddie Rodriguez
  • Joined by Senators Connie Leyva and Susan Rubio

Panel 1: Interregional Connectivity

  • Airport Authority Commentary on Rail Connections to Airport – Alan Wapner, Board President, Ontario International Airport Authority
  • Impact of Rail and Airport Connectivity on Local Economies –  Paul Granillo, Chief Executive Officer of Inland Empire Economic Partnership
  • Interregional Rail Servicing-  Todd McIntyre, Chief Strategy Officer of Metrolink
  • Development of Zero Emission Passenger Rail Technology- Ray Wolfe, Executive Director of SBCTA

Panel 2: Developing Sustainable Communities

  • Importance of Quality, Equity, and Affordability in the Nexus of Housing and Transportation: Suzanne Hague, Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Role of Infrastructure and Community Engagement in Encouraging Active Transportation:  Wesley Reutimann, Special Programs Director at Active San Gabriel Valley
  • Goals and Vision from Local Regional Planning Agency: Kome Ajise, Executive Director at the Southern California Association of Governments

Panel 3: Connecting Sustainable Communities

  • Effects of Quality Transit on Improving Equity in Vulnerable Populations:  Mariana Huerta-Jones, Campaign & Communications Manager of ACT-LA
  • Potential Impacts from a Statewide Student Transit Pass Program: Gloria Ohland, Director of Policy and Communications at MoveLA
  • Regional Bus Programs to Improve Accessibility to Educational Institutions:
    •  Erin Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of OmniTrans
    • Michael Turner, Deputy Executive Officer of Government Relations at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority


  • Closing Remarks Chair and Committee Members
  • Public Comment
Monday, January 20, 2020

Even now, a half century after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contributions toward developing a more equal society, one where all Americans have the opportunity to succeed, remain unmatched.

Each year, the Legislature honors his birthday with a Concurrent Resolution. I am proud to be a co-author of this year’s Assembly Concurrent Resolution 146 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2020.

Today, I encourage you to give back to your community in his honor, and participate in a local event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

In his words, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

As we remember the past, we must endeavor to use those lessons to inform the present and shape the future. I trust that you will do something meaningful to commemorate his legacy.

MLK Community Coalition Events:

Rekindling the Light of Peace

January 11
10 a.m.

Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Description: The Pasadena Human Relations Commission invites the public to attend the 20th Annual “Rekindling the Light of Peace” event in the City Council Chambers at Pasadena City
Hall. This free event features guest speakers, music and poetry readings and is a prelude to celebrations that occur on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK Essay and Visual Arts Finalists’ Public Readings, Displays, and Presentations

Tuesday, January 14
5 p.m.

Longfellow Elementary School, 5:30 p.m.
1065 E. Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104

Description: Come listen to original speeches and enjoy an evening of viewing beautiful artwork and performances paying tribute to Dr. King by the MLK Essay and Visual Arts Contest finalists and winners. The hosting school organizes the event to showcase some of the other diverse talents of the students.

MLK Day of Service: A Day On, Not Off

Saturday, January 18
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Muir High School, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1905 N. Lincoln Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103

Description: On the Saturday before the MLK Day of Service, it is our tradition to provide a local school with volunteers to help beautify the campus. We will plant flowers, clean up, and do
several maintenance tasks. Afterwards, we will enjoy a nice lunch and entertainment from the students from the school. This is collaboration between Martin Luther King Community Coalition and Pasadena Unified School District and the school principal.

Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Sunday, January 19
3:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Baptist Church
2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Altadena, CA 91001

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Student Awards

Monday, January 20
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Robinson Park
1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. | Pasadena, CA 91103

  • 8:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Teach-in
  • 9:45 a.m. - Program begins

Find more MLK Day volunteer opportunities here.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Celebrate the holidays and give back.

In the spirit of the holidays, we are partnering with Shoes That Fit to provide shoes and socks to local children in need. I would like to invite you to our Holiday Open House & Shoe Drive. You can make a difference by donating a new pair of athletic shoes or socks in youth size 10 through adult size 12.

Tuesday, December 3
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

41st Assembly District Office
600 North Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117

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Light refreshments will be served.

Discuss legislative and community issues, and learn more about services offered through the district office.

We hope you will celebrate and make a difference this holiday!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

An Invite to the 20th Annual District Block Party and Resource Fair!

Saturday, August 3
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

500 Block of East Jackson Street in Pasadena

The 20th Annual District Block Party and Resource Fair is right around the corner. We invite you for an open discussion on legislative and community issues, while enjoying live music, a classic car show, and so much more!

Below is a list of local and state resources participating to provide useful information about their programs and to help answer your questions:

  • The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz),
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • Department of Insurance
  • Covered California
  • Employment Development Department
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Governor’s Office Business and Economic Development
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire)

I look forward to seeing you there!

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