Press Release

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Four months ago, Gov. Jerry Brown took back $1 million in funding promised to the Pasadena Playhouse as part of a budget-balancing move, sending the theater company scrambling for loans to pay for ongoing renovations to the 93-year-old building.

On Thursday, Brown restored the funding into his $124 billion general fund budget after local Democrats in the Assembly and Senate convinced the governor and the state Department of Finance that the take-away amounted to a broken promise.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced his proposed May Revision Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget.  Revenues in Brown’s May Revision are up $2.5 billion dollars while the Rainy Day Fund grows to $8.5 billion. Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41), California Legislative Black Caucus Chair, released the following statement:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced his proposed May Revision Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget.  Revenues in Brown’s May Revision are up $2.5 billion dollars while the Rainy Day Fund grows to $8.5 billion. Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement:

 

“I applaud Governor Brown for restoring the one million in funds for the Pasadena Playhouse renovation projects that were cut in January’s budget proposal. Since that time, I worked directly with the Pasadena Playhouse and the Governor’s office to secure the original funding amount. Thankfully our work led to the Playhouse receiving $413,000 earlier this month to pay off the money already spent. I’m proud to support the Playhouse, the official State Theater of California, as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

 

The Governor’s May revision is the next building block in finalizing the budget process. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and the governor to reach an agreement that is not only once again responsible, balanced, and on-time, but also a budget that protects California’s progressive gains and persists in meeting the challenges we face.”

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has been trying to get a bill creating a transit pass program through the legislature for a couple of years. Last year, his A.B. 2222 died in the Assembly when no source of funding was found for it. The recent passage of the transportation funding bill changes that calculation, though, making it more likely that funding could be found. A.B. 17, the current incarnation of the idea, would create a program under which a transit agency could apply for state funding to create a low- or no-cost transit pass for low-income youth between 13 and 17.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pasadena, CA – Assemblymember Chis Holden (AD – 41) announced new staffing changes for his district office. Phlunte’ Riddle, who previously served as senior field representative, has been named district director. Former Executive Secretary, Hector Rodriguez, is now serving as field representative. Assemblymember Holden also hired new staff member, Karen Wingard, as office assistant. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sacramento, CA – In observance of Holocaust Memorial Day, Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) recognized Holocaust survivor Monique Saigal-Escudero of Claremont on the Assembly Floor. This year, April 24th marks the 72nd Anniversary of the Holocaust – the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

“Monique Saigal-Escudero is a child of the Holocaust with an incredible story of survival and perseverance,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.