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.”

Friday, December 27, 2019

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 started the Young Legislators Program five years ago to give high school seniors an opportunity to gain insight on public policy and the legislative process. The program provides political experience to students regardless of their socio-economic status and teaches leadership and communication skills.

Each month the young legislators will meet for three to four hours to discuss topics such as the future of transportation, infrastructure, science and technology, and how to organize change on a school campus.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

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.”

Below is the full text of the letter:

“December 17, 2019

William D. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

PG&E Corporation

77 Beale Street

San Francisco, CA  94177

RE:  December 6, 2019 Draft Amended Plan of Reorganization for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Utility)

Dear Mr. Johnson:

Friday, November 8, 2019

South Pasadena High School was recognized by Assemblyman Chris Holden last week for a stellar ranking in a recent U.S. News and World Report nationwide survey.

Out of the nation’s 17,000 public high schools, SPHS ranked No. 622, with a scorecard of 96.39 percent, placing it within the top 5 percent, according to the magazine.

“South Pasadena High School demonstrates that public education can be highly successful,” Holden said at the school’s homecoming assembly last Friday.

“This is a significant achievement that wouldn’t be possible without the amazing teachers, administrators, staff, students and parents of the school.”

SPHS also ranked 87th among California schools, 32nd within the Los Angeles metro area and 138th best STEM high school nationally.

The U.S. News report also commended the school for its high minority enrollment and AP participation rates.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Local men’s health nonprofit Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH) will host its annual gala on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Pasadena. The evening will feature dinner and entertainment in celebration of the contributions of four outstanding community leaders.

MEMAH will honor Dr. Barbara Freund as Woman of the Year 2019; Assemblymember Chris Holden as Man of the Year 2019; City of Hope as Business of the Year 2019; and Laura Farber, president of the 2020 Tournament of Roses, with a Community Contribution Award.

Additionally, an extraordinary group of 19 actors will perform “Health in a Very Happy Season,” an evening of Shakespearean sonnets, readings, and music. The performance, named after a quotation from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 2, is produced and directed by noted Shakespeare scholar and director Louis Fantasia.

“We will not only focus on Shakespeare’s timelessness and universality, but on his passion for healthy living,” Fantasia said.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

SACRAMENTO – State regulators announced steps on Wednesday to reduce the risks of lead exposure faced by young children in day care facilities across California.

In a public hearing, the State Water Resources Board agreed to adopt a goal of reducing lead in centers’ drinking water to no more than 1 part per billion, or ppb. The board’s decision represents the toughest action in the country to date on this issue.

Members of the water board did not vote to approve the health-protective lead goal during the meeting but did instruct its staff to include it in the recommendations and protocols the board will send to the Department of Social Services, which oversees licensed child care facilities and will administer the lead testing program.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

It’s official … or so most everybody is saying. The 710 has been 86’d.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law over the weekend a pair of bills — one authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden, the other by state Sen. Anthony Portantino — that officially take the proposed 710 freeway extension off the state’s highway grid as of Jan. 1, 2024 and put to rest decades of local opposition to the 710 controversial proposal.

The extension would have been a connector from Alhambra to Pasadena, with a tunnel running through South Pas.

On Saturday, Newsom first signed Holden’s Assembly Bill 29. Later in the day, the governor inked Portantino’s Senate Bill 7 — a measure that, like Holden’s, takes the proposed extension off the state highway map but also is wider in scope, incorporating housing and other development matters along the route of the now-defunct project.