Past Events

Sunday, January 15, 2017

MLK Day 2017Even now, 49 years 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. This year, I am proud to be a lead author of Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 5 to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., in 2017.

We also must make every effort to keep the progress we have made in place and move forward, not backward, as we face uncertainty with the results of the recent election.

Today, I encourage you to give back to the community in Dr. King's honor. You can perform community service or stand up for an ideal you believe in, while working to make the world a better place. Fight to improve the lives of others, this is the legacy I believe Dr. King, would want in his memory.

In his words, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can 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. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr., Day!

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


Monday, January 16, 2017 | Volunteer Opportunities All day
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Action
University of La Verne
1950 3rd St. |La Verne, CA 91750

Through Dr. Martin Luther King, Day, Jr., Day of Service, the University of La Verne seeks to not only recommit itself to its own mission, but also to invite students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to honor the legacy of service and community that inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others by being of service to surrounding communities. This year's theme is unity and pluralism; this day of service is a call to action to work together across diverse experiences to serve others at various community organizations.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017 | 8:00 a.m.--Noon
MLK Day of Service: A Day On, Not Off
Pasadena High School, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. | Pasadena, CA 91107

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 a cooperation between Martin Luther King, Community Coalition and Pasadena Unified School District and the school principal.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Service
Metropolitan Baptist Church, 3:30 p.m.
2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave. | Altadena, CA 91001

Description: The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Pasadena (IMA) presents its annual "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Service," featuring local pastors. The event is hosted by Rev. Tyrone L. Skinner from Metropolitan Baptist Church. The IMA, a fellowship of more than thirty spiritual leaders of the community, comprised of local pastors and ministers, has been sponsoring these celebrations since the first year after Dr. King's death in 1968.

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Monday, January 16, 2017 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Celebration and Student Awards
Charles W. Eliot Middle School (new location!)
2184 N. Lake Ave. | Altadena, CA 91001

8.-9:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
9:30 .-10:30 a.m.: Teach-in
9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: King, Holiday Celebration and Program
Description: The Martin Luther King, Community Coalition, Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and Aspires West of Pasadena in conjunction with the city of Pasadena, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Gamma Lambda chapter presents the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Breakfast and Celebration.

Families, friends, community members, local and state political leaders will be in attendance as student finalists are presented awards for their participation in the MLK Community Coalition Essay and Visual & Performing Arts Contest. This free event features guest speakers, music, food, arts and crafts for kids, and is the culminating ceremony of the 2016 MLK Holiday Celebration events.

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To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and all of his contributions to establishing a better society here in America, the city is coordinating a two-part community public art project centered on the theme of "Dreams for our Children"

Stop by the library, community center, or Monrovia City Hall, and pick up a Dreams for our Children tag. Adults are then invited to write or draw your hopes for our children on the tags, while children are encouraged to illustrate their dreams for the future. Then, we'll be asking, everyone to either return their tag to the Monrovia Library, or to swing by the library during the Friday Night Family Street Fair on January 13, 2017 to hang your tag on a Dream Tree.

The second part of the project is focused on the development of community artwork. The art open house will be held on January 16, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Monrovia Library (321 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia).

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Open House and Shoe DrivePlease join me for our annual Holiday Open House and Shoe Drive. In the spirit of the holidays, we will partner with Shoes That Fit, a local charity that provides shoes and socks to children in need.

You are invited to make a difference in a child's life 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 Upland Pocket Band, a jazz septet group from Upland High School.

Wednesday, December 14
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Please RSVP to or call my office at 626-351-1917 by December 9.

I look forward to seeing you.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Shop LocalAs the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone in Assembly District 41 for your continued support and vote of confidence in me. Communities like ours are the drivers for change.

As the biggest holiday shopping season approaches, I encourage you to shop local whenever you can. This Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday which serves as an important opportunity to show support for our many local small businesses.

One of the best investments we can make in our community is to support local businesses. Local business owners are the backbone of California's economy.

Contact my office or click here to learn about resources for small business owners.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fish and Wildlife experts encourage us to work together to live safely with our wildlife.  Find out how in this free public forum.  The City of Pasadena’s Humane Society, Department of Public Works, and  its Police Department will be available to answer questions.

Longfellow Elementary School (Auditorium)
Tuesday, October 18
6:30 pm
1065 East Washington Blvd.
Pasadena  CA 91104

RSVP by October 14, 2016 to (626) 351-1917 or

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

As chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions, please join me in an oversight hearing, "Funding Transportation: Meeting the Challenge," to discuss and address timely transportation issues for the region and state.

Thursday, September 29
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Metro Board Room, 3rd Floor
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You may RSVP via email at or call 909.624.7876. Public transportation is available or you can click here for information on parking. If you cannot make it to the hearing, you can watch it from my website.

Assemblymember Chris Holden Hosts Oversight Hearing
“Funding Transportation: Meeting the Challenge”


As chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions, Assemblymember Chris Holden will host an oversight hearing, "Funding Transportation: Meeting the Challenge," to discuss and address timely transportation issues for the region and state.

State government officials and experts will discuss everything from fixing highways to save on vehicle maintenance, to promoting public transportation to help meet our climate goals. The hearing will bring stakeholders and the public together to lay the groundwork for solutions at both the local and statewide levels. Malcolm Dougherty, Director of Caltrans will also be attending the hearing.


  • Chris Holden, Assemblymember, 41st Assembly District
  • Dr. Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans
  • Phil Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
  • Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Regional Rail Authority
  • Habib Balian, Chief Executive Officer, Foothill Gold Line
  • Mark Christoffels,  Chief Executive Officer, Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority
  • Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, LA & Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Wesley Reutimann, Project Director, Bike San Gabriel Valley (BikeSGV)
  • John Fasana, Chair, Metro Board of Directors and Councilmember, City of Duarte
  • Steve Finnegan, Vice Chair, California Transportation Commission Road Charge


Thursday, September 29
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Metro Board Room
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012