(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) remarks that the Governor’s annual address to a joint session of the State Legislature was excellent and right on point. “He outlined our core values, which we should be concerned about no matter where you live in California,” Assemblymember Holden said. “I think when you talk about embracing immigrants who are coming here for a new life, for a new opportunity…this is the Golden State.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/holden
Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown delivered the 2017 State of the State Address. Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) issued the following statement:
“I applaud Governor Jerry Brown for his passionate leadership and commitment to protecting the gains California has made on our progressive values, and lending a voice to the millions of Californians that may be adversely affected by new federal policies. He understands Californian’s unique role as a beacon of hope and change, not just for our country but the world.
(Sacramento) – A capacity crowd was on hand for the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Martin Luther King, Junior/Civil Rights breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center. The CLBC holds the event each year to honor the legacy of Dr. King and the Caucus’ relentless commitment to community service in the black community. This year Myra Turner, with the Speaker’s office, was honored with the Distinguished Government Service Award. Rory Kaufman was honored with the Community Activist Award. John L. Burris was honored with the Civil Leadership Award. And Curtis J. Earnest was honored with the Diversity in Government Award. Watch the entire event in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – Journalist, syndicated columnist, author and NewsOneNow TV host Roland S. Martin delivered the keynote address at the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Martin Luther King, Junior/Civil Rights breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center. The CLBC holds the event each year to honor the legacy of Dr. King and the Caucus’ relentless commitment to community service in the black community. Watch his address in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento (CA) – Over 250 people attended the annual California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast The Legacy Continues: Committed to Excellence in Community Service, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and recognize individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to work for the betterment of African Americans and others throughout California.
Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget. For the first time in four years Brown projects a state deficit – 1.6 billion from declining revenue – that he proposes to offset with $3.2 billion in budget solutions. Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement:
I’m most disappointed in the one million dollar one-time cut in funding for the renovation of the Pasadena Playhouse that already passed in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget. This cut is especially deep as the Playhouse, the official State Theater of California, celebrates its 100th Anniversary.
Sacramento, CA – California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD – 63) appointed Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) as chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy.
“I thank Speaker Rendon for appointing me as Chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee,” said Holden. “I appreciate his belief in my leadership to set forward-thinking energy policy for California's future.”
Bill to focus on Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Public Transportation Infrastructure
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) introduced AB 17 to enact the Transit Pass Program to assist with student public ridership. Public transit fares have risen considerably in many areas across the state. This bill addresses the lack of sufficient pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit opportunities in low-income and working class communities.
Recent reports suggest public transit ridership is decreasing across California, causing several public transit agencies to come dangerously close to missing the “fare box” revenue targets mandated by the federal government. Without reversing this trend, California will have a difficult time decreasing its petroleum use and achieving greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to expand housing opportunities for former foster youth, homeless and disabled veterans was signed by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2442 allows housing developers to obtain multiple density bonuses from a local government if the housing development sets aside ten percent of their units for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals.
“Disabled veterans and transitional foster youth face a serious affordable housing problem,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “It is vital that we give our local communities tools to meet this challenge.”
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
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