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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 2011, that would lay the groundwork to extend the Metro Gold Line all the way to Ontario Airport.

“Light-rail is playing a critical role in reducing our carbon footprint, improving air quality, and connecting communities throughout the region,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “These benefits will expand into San Bernardino County once the Metro Gold Line Extension to Montclair is completed, and have a greater impact if extended to Ontario Airport.”

The current Metro Gold Line extension is already set to reach San Bernardino County with new stations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair. The current terminus planned for Montclair, however, is just six miles short of the Ontario International Airport – a critical airport and economic driver for San Bernardino, Riverside, and parts of Los Angeles Counties.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) wants the Gold Line to go just a little farther.

Current plans, call for the light rail route to stop in Montclair, just miles away from the Ontario Airport.

So now, the former Pasadena City Councilman has introduced legislation that would lay the groundwork to extend the Gold Line to the Ontario Airport.

“Light-rail is playing a critical role in reducing our carbon footprint, improving air quality, and connecting communities throughout the region,” Holden said. “These benefits will expand into San Bernardino County once the Metro Gold Line Extension to Montclair is completed, and have a greater impact if extended to Ontario Airport.”

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 2011, that would lay the groundwork to extend the Metro Gold Line all the way to Ontario Airport.

“Light-rail is playing a critical role in reducing our carbon footprint, improving air quality, and connecting communities throughout the region,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “These benefits will expand into San Bernardino County once the Metro Gold Line Extension to Montclair is completed, and have a greater impact if extended to Ontario Airport.”

The current Metro Gold Line extension is already set to reach San Bernardino County with new stations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair. The current terminus planned for Montclair, however, is just six miles short of the Ontario International Airport – a critical airport and economic driver for San Bernardino, Riverside, and parts of Los Angeles Counties.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 2011, that would lay the groundwork to extend the Metro Gold Line all the way to Ontario Airport.

“Light-rail is playing a critical role in reducing our carbon footprint, improving air quality, and connecting communities throughout the region,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “These benefits will expand into San Bernardino County once the Metro Gold Line Extension to Montclair is completed, and have a greater impact if extended to Ontario Airport.”

Friday, January 24, 2020

Last fall, an assembly bill was signed that ensures that high school students can continue to take community college classes on high school campuses.

This legislation recognizes the importance of enabling innovative partnerships between K-12 districts and community colleges – partnerships such as the longstanding one between Citrus College and the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD).

Over the years, the two educational institutions have worked together to prepare students for college, helping them stay on track toward achieving their career goals. One way they have done this has been by providing dual enrollment opportunities.

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.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom presented his proposed 2019-2020 Budget. Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement:

“Governor Newsom’s proposal lays out a balanced and responsible budget that also reflects California’s progressive gains in these challenging times.

I look forward to working with Governor Newsom and my colleagues in the legislature to expand our reserves – now at $21 billion – while making strong investments in shared priorities such as education, affordable housing, and our environment.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pasadena, CA—Assemblymember Holden has opened up the nomination process for his annual 41st Assembly District’s Woman of the Year and Women of Distinction celebration.  

“For 30 years, in recognition of Women's History Month, the Legislature has honored the achievements of women throughout California during the annual Woman of the Year celebration,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “I invite everyone to visit my website and nominate a woman who they believe should be honored for her positive impact in our community.”

Friday, January 3, 2020

Assemblymember Holden Welcomes New Chief of Staff Willie Armstrong
Robbin Lewis-Coaxum retires after nearly 40 years in the California State Assembly

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden hired Willie Armstrong as his new Chief of Staff. Robbin Lewis-Coaxum who previously served in the role since Holden’s election to the 41st Assembly District in 2012 is retiring after nearly 40 years in the California State Assembly.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Assemblymember Chris Holden hired Willie Armstrong as his new Chief of Staff. Robbin Lewis-Coaxum who previously served in the role since Holden’s election to the 41st Assembly District in 2012 is retiring after nearly 40 years in the California State Assembly.

“I am thrilled to welcome Willie Armstrong to my team,” said Holden. “His impressive professional and educational background combined with a strong commitment to public service makes him an exceptional fit for my office.”