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South Pas High Earns High Ranking In Survey — and Kudos From Holden

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.

Local Men's Health Organization MEMAH to Host Gala Featuring Shakespearean Performances, Honoring Community Leaders

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.

Calif. Regulators Move To Reduce Lead in Drinking Water at Child Care Centers

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.

Newsom’s Pen Puts ‘Final Nail’ in 710 Plan

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.


The Governor signed two bills Saturday night that virtually everyone agrees will put the final stake in the heart of the proposed 710 North extension through South Pasadena, a threat that has hung over the city and defined its politics for over six decades.

Governor Newsom signed both Sen. Anthony Portantino’s SB 7 and Assemblymember Chris Holden’s AB 29. Both formally remove the section of Route 710 between Alhambra Avenue and California Blvd. from the state’s freeway and express system as of Jan. 1, 2024.

Bill to Eliminate 710 Freeway Tunnel Signed Into Law

With a signature on Assembly Bill 29 authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), Governor Gavin Newsom relegated the concept of a 710 Freeway tunnel beneath Pasadena to the archives of history.

Governor Newsom signs bills aimed at limiting fire danger

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is adopting nearly two dozen new laws aimed at preventing and fighting the devastating wildfires that have charred large swaths of the state in recent years, killing scores and destroying a Sierra foothills city last fall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced signing the 22 bills Wednesday, saying several will also help the state meet its clean energy goals.

He said they largely enact recommendations from a June report by a governor's task force and build on $1 billion in the state budget devoted to preparing for wildfires and other emergencies. 

New bill saves taxpayers money, streamlines college completion

What would it mean to high school students and their parents, as well as state taxpayers, if students were able to take the first two years of college while attending courses on their high school campuses?

How about saving the time and expense of two years of college and the ability to enter the workforce two years earlier? Better yet, for those students who are typically underrepresented and not already college-bound, studies show these types of "dual enrollment" programs increase degree completion, reduce remediation and stimulate greater interest in higher education.

State Assemblyman Chris Holden's Block Party Was a Doggone Success

“…And a good time was had by all” at Saturday’s annual “41st Assembly District Block Party” hosted by Assemblymember Chris Holden.

It was the 20th annual go-round for this Pasadena staple inviting community members to an open discussion on issues related to their lives while enjoying live music, a classic car show, and more.

There was plenty for kids to enjoy.

When Holden first launched the affair, he was Pasadena City Councilmember.