Past Events

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Black History Month is a time to reflect, recognize, and honor the invaluable contributions of African Americans who have strengthened our nation’s economic, political, cultural and social landscape. Their courage and determination in the pursuit of opportunity and following the promise of America continues to inspire our nation.

The theme for this year is “African-American in Times of War.”

African-Americans have fought for the United States throughout its history, defending and serving a country that in turn denied them their basic rights as citizens. Despite policies of racial segregation and discrimination, African-American soldiers played a significant role from the colonial period to the Korean War. It wasn't until the middle of the 20th century that African-American soldiers began to receive the recognition and equality they deserved.

World War II was a watershed for race relations within the Armed Forces, and it marked the beginning of the end for racial separation within military units. In 1948 with the demand for civil rights mounting, President Harry S. Truman ordered desegregation of the Armed Services and equality of treatment and opportunity without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.

Reform was slow, however, and it wasn't until 1953 that segregation officially ended when the secretary of defense announced that the last all-black unit had been abolished.

From the first man shot in the Revolutionary War to the men in combat on the frontlines, we owe an especially grateful thank you to African-American Veterans.

In that spirit, it is important that we also acknowledge the struggle for freedom, equal rights, and justice continues today. That is why, at a time of heightened civil rights and economic challenges, we must continue to follow the footsteps of those who made enduring sacrifices that shepherded this nation towards a brighter future, ready to recommit ourselves to make equal rights, equal opportunity and socioeconomic justice part of our lives every day of the year.

Here are list of community events in the 41st Assembly District:

Matters of the Heart – State of Black Pasadena
Saturday, Feb. 10 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Black Film Showcase
Sunday, Feb. 11 | 2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

36th Annual Black History Parade and Festival
Saturday, Feb. 17 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Begins at Charles White Park – 77 Mountain View St, Altadena
Ends at Jackie Robinson Community Center – 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena,

NOBLE & Black Fire Fighters Association – Black History (Breakfast)
Friday, Feb. 23 | 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
180 North Fair Oaks Avenue

Chocolate Story Time
Friday, Feb. 23 | 4 p.m.
La Pintoresca Library
1355 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena

Celebrating Women: Afternoon Tea
Sunday, March 11 | 3 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Generational Wealth Building
Saturday, Feb. 10 | 2 – 4 p.m.
Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Ave.
RSVP by Feb. 7 to

Art Festival
Saturday, Feb. 17 | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wild Rose Elementary School
232 Jasmine Ave.

Annual Black History Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 24 | 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Ave.
Tickets $20

Monday, January 15, 2018

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

Each year, the Legislature honors his birthday with a Concurrent Resolution. I am proud to be a co-author of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 139 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in 2018.

Today, I write to 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.

Here are list of community events:

Sunday, January 14

Martin Luther King Service
4 p.m.
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
Metropolitan Church
2283 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
Altadena, CA 91001

Monday, January 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Student Awards
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Official program begins at 9:45 a.m.)
McKinley Elementary School (new location!)
325 S. Oak Knoll
Pasadena, CA  91101

19th Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
West Covina Civic Center Courtyard
1444 West Garvey Avenue South
West Covina, CA 91790

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Please join me for our annual Holiday Open House and Shoe Drive on Tuesday, December 12th. Share good company with fellow community members and participate in our annual shoe drive.

We are partnering with Shoes That Fit, a local charity that provides shoes and socks to children in need. Last year we collected over 200 pairs of shoes and socks! You are invited to make a difference in a child's life this year by donating a new pair of athletic shoes and/or socks (in youth size 10 through adult size 12).

While here, you can learn about my legislative priorities and services offered through my district office. Entertainment will be provided by the John Tirabasso Youth Jazz Ensemble.

Tuesday, December 12
5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

600 N. Rosemead Blvd. Suite 117
Pasadena, CA 91107

Please RSVP to or call my office at 626-351-1917.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Join us for a panel discussion around the most pressing health concerns affecting our friends and family and what we can do to help.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Altadena Senior Center
560 E Mariposa St.
Altadena, CA 91001

Information and resources will be provided by:

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Diabetes Association

Please RSVP by November 5th — call (626) 351-1917 or email:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

As chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions, I invite you to join me for an informational hearing, "Advancing Sustainability in Regional Transportation Projects," to discuss and address timely transportation issues for the region and state.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Richard Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals
125 South Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

We will be joined by state government officials and experts who will discuss how we can advance our sustainability goals in current and future transportation projects – from creating sustainable communities to fixing our roads and highways – while advancing our economy and creating jobs. This hearing will bring stakeholders and the public together to lay the groundwork for solutions at both the local and statewide levels.

Please RSVP to (909) 624-7876 or via email at

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