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California College Students Could Soon Ride Public Transit For Free

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.

Gold Line to Ontario Airport?

Assemblymember Holden Initiates Legislation

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.”

Dual Enrollment Reinforces K-12, Community College Partnerships

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).

Assemblymember Holden Welcomes New Chief of Staff Willie Armstrong

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.”

Seniors selected for Young Legislators program

Several SPHS students were selected to be part of the Young Legislators Program organized by California Assemblymember Chris Holden. Seniors Hanwul Choi, Raquel Moreno Ramirez, and Simon Pierce will meet with Holden and about 15 other seniors from neighboring cities each month to discuss policy issues before culminating with a free trip to northern California to visit the Facebook headquarters and state capitol.

Assemblymember Holden Critical of PG&E’s Bankruptcy Plan

Sacramento, Calif. December 19, 2019 – Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41) expressed his disappointment with PG&E’s Bankruptcy plan in a letter to PG&E Chief Executive Officer, William D. Johnson. 

“I am disappointed that the Utility has failed to understand or accept the gravity of the issues before them as they seek to emerge from bankruptcy,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden in his letter. “I call upon the Utility to immediately revisit, strengthen, and reconcile the Utility’s plan of reorganization to meet the requirements of AB 1054.”