Thursday, May 7, 2015

La Verne – Want to understand how the California state budget works?

Assemblymember Chris Holden and the University of La Verne are hosting the "Next 10 Budget Town Hall" in which audience members get a say in putting together a budget. This interactive event is free and open to the public: Policy issues will be discussed and voted on.

Next 10 Budget Town Hall

Thursday, May 7, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

University of La Verne Abraham Campus Center
2000 Second Street (at C Street)
"Free parking available in shuttle Lot S, A and Arrow Hwy".

RSVP – Office of Assemblymember Holden 626.351.1917 or email @


First 5 LA

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

First 5 LA is a leading early childhood advocate working in partnership with others to strengthen families, communities and systems of services and supports so that all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. First 5 LA believes that when we invest wisely in children and their families, we are investing in the future of L.A. County. We know that parents and caregivers are at the heart of a child's development, so they are at the center of our work.

Click here for more information:

Best Start Communities: Take your seat at the table

Where you grow up matters. It can determine if you have access to healthy food, safe places to play, and quality medical and child care - and ultimately ensure that our children have the best start.

Community change takes a collective effort— a community-wide resolve to overcome challenges and work together to achieve a shared vision that will make a difference for children and families. Through Best Start, First 5 LA works with parents and caregivers, residents, organizations, businesses, and government institutions in 14 L.A. County communities to decide how to create the best possible environment for children and their families for years - and generations - to come. Visit their website to learn more.

Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby provides L.A. County pregnant women and new moms with information, support and a trusted partner to help them through the journey of pregnancy and early parenthood. Through Welcome Baby, parents develop skills to create a supportive home-learning environment and get linked to the information and services they need to ensure their child's healthy growth, reduce abuse and neglect, and ultimately help their children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The free and voluntary, hospital-based home visiting program is available to all L.A. County families who deliver or plan to deliver at one of 14 participating Welcome Baby hospitals, regardless of income status. Visit their website to learn more.

First 5 LA Website

First 5 LA's websites provides parents with young children valuable resources and information on how to raise a child who is ready to succeed in school and in life. Included are articles organized by topic or age, a calendar of free and low-cost activities for kids, and discount coupons. Visit their website to learn more.

First 5 LA Family Guide

First 5 LA's quarterly Family Guide is a free English/Spanish resource providing parents with tips, articles, resources, healthy food recipes, low-cost activities for kids, and discount coupons. The Family Guide can be found at Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers, local libraries, LACOE/Head Start Centers, LAUP schools and First 5 LA grantees.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

As the number of measles cases rises throughout California and the nation, the vaccine conflict has heated up. I am inviting you to join me for an Educational Forum on Vaccinations. How well-vaccinated is your child's daycare, pre-school or school? Who should get the vaccine? What about lingering safety concerns regarding the vaccine? Public health professionals will be present to outline the reasons for vaccinations from a public health standpoint.

Educational Forum on Vaccinations

Thursday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Sierra Madre City Hall -Council Chamber
232 Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Measles are highly contagious. Vaccinations are effective in preventing the spread of measles. If you are not immunized, professionals from the California Department of Public Health recommend immediate immunization.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

9:00 am-1:00 pm
Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena  CA 91106

6:30-9:00 pm
Monrovia High School
845 West Colorado Boulevard
Monrovia  CA  91016

6-8:00 pm
Opportunities For Learning Charter Schools
2029 Lincoln Avenue
Pasadena  CA  91103

Friday, January 16, 2015

"We all know that the past is always with us.  I know it is for me every single day when I look up from my desk and see a photograph on my bookcase from 1981.One of the people in that photo is Governor Jerry Brown – from his first time around. The occasion was the signing of the bill creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday in California.  Another man in the photo is my father, then-State Senator Nate Holden, who had written the first bill introduced to declare the MLK holiday. The bill did not pass.  I remember how hard my father had worked on that issue. How much he believed in the life and work of Dr. King. And how proud he was when the holiday became law.  And it’s easy for me to be energized about working for equality and social justice and economic equity when I look up and see that photo every day.

I was only five when Dr. King came to preach at the Friendship Baptist Church in Pasadena in 1965.  I remember the crowds and the electricity in the air.  And I remember my mother saying she was going to shake his hand.   With patience and perseverance and maybe a little pushing, we reached Dr. King and she shook his hand while holding mine in the other. And I felt the electricity run through me as sure as if there was a circuit.

I was just a kid when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was taken from us. It wasn’t until years later that I knew that we had been robbed of years of vital leadership; leadership that didn’t conform, but transformed, leadership that knew violence only begat violence, and added “a deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”  We still feel that loss today.

As for looking to the future, I have just one thing to say, “Our young people.”  It is absolutely imperative that we reach them and teach them. We have to reach them with the message of their value and promise.  We have to reach them and help keep them on a path where that promise can be fulfilled.  We have to teach our young people of the sacrifices that were made on their behalf by Dr. King -- and an entire movement -- so they can be an equal part of their community, their nation and their world.  And, as a practical matter, we also have to teach them things like the science, technology, engineering and math that are more important than ever if our young people are to succeed in the new global economy.

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! Thank you."

- excerpt from Remembering the Past to Strengthen the Future Speech by Assemblymember Chris Holden