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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sacramento (CA) – Claremont residents Reggie and René Webb, were recognized by Assemblymember Chris Holden and the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) on the Assembly Floor as the 41st Assembly District’s Unsung Heroes for their positive impact in the community.

“Reggie and René Webb’s contributions to our community will have a powerful impact for years to come,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Through their dedication and hard work, they carry on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and are an inspiration for future generations.”

Monday, February 17, 2020

SBCTA’s Transit Committee recently recommended that the voter-entrusted agency responsible for transportation planning in San Bernardino County conduct a formal, comprehensive study of transit alternatives to and from Ontario International Airport.

The $3 million study would aim to identify the most effective and efficient options for enhancing transit access to the country's fastest-growing airport.

Those options include:

• The building of a connector from Metrolink’s Rancho Cucamonga station using zero-emission passenger trains;

• The use of existing freight lines adjacent to the airport property; or 

• An extension of the Gold Line from Los Angeles County.

Public-private partnerships with emerging technology companies would also be explored as possible fits.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

College students in California could soon be offered free public transit to state community colleges, state universities and the UC campuses. Assemblyman Chris Holden, who introduced the bill, says it will help tackle climate change. Holden adds the free transit passes would curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the financial burden of attending school and create healthier communities.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A proposed California bill would provide free transit passes to students attending state's community colleges, state universities and the UC campuses.

Assemblymember Chris Holden (D - Pasadena), who proposed the bill, said in a news release the reason why he introduced it was to come up with a solution to tackle climate change.

"Free transit passes for students would curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the financial burden of attending school and create healthier communities," Holden said. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Sacramento (CA) – Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced legislation, AB 2176, that would provide free transit passes to students attending California Community Colleges, California State University, and University of California.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Pasadena (CA) – Assemblymember Chris Holden and the California Legislative Black Caucus announced the availability of applications for the African-American Leaders of tomorrow (AALT) conference – a four-day residential summer program from July 8 – 11, 2020, for high school sophomores and juniors on the campus of California State University Dominquez Hills (CSUDH). The conference applications are due Monday, May 11, 2020 and open to students in the 41st Assembly District.

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!

Watch the live stream here - https://www.assembly.ca.gov/media/assembly-select-committee-regional-transportation-solutions-20200131/video

 

Agenda

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

Conclusion

  • Closing Remarks Chair and Committee Members
  • Public Comment
  • ADJOURN
Friday, January 31, 2020
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.