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Assemblymember Holden’s Wildfire Legislation Signed By Gov. Newsom

Upland, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation, Assembly Bill 1054, which protects ratepayers and increases accountability for investor owned utilities, was signed into law today by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“This package offers a durable solution to the problems arising from utility-caused wildfires in California,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “The incredible devastation catastrophic wildfires have inflicted on the lives of Californians, the cost to customers and the impact on solvency of the providers of power to all of us is the reason why this legislation is crucial.”

Local non-profit efforts will bring solar energy to the masses, create jobs, and cut carbon emissions

Claremont, CA – The California Legislature passed the 2019-20 State Budget and it includes $2.1 million in funding for the construction on an advanced manufacturing facility that will produce patented-technology solar panels for low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, employ more than 200 local residents and help the cities of Claremont and Pomona significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Nate Holden Celebrates 90th Birthday-Still Going Strong

At 90 years young Nate Holden looks as fit as a fiddle.  On Saturday evening June 15 at the Luxe Hotel – Sunset, family, friends and colleagues all came together to honor one of Los Angeles first and most influential political leaders.

An event hosted by Holden’s eldest son, Assemblymember Chris Holden and the entire Holden clan, many came out to celebrate the living legend and his 50 years of service to the people of Los Angeles and the State of California.

Assemblymember Holden Honors His Father

Assemblymember Chris Holden has named his father, Nate Holden, as the 41st Assembly District Veteran of the Year as the elder Holden celebrates his 90th birthday.

Nate Holden, who has been in public service much of his life, served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany and Italy in the Military Police Corps during World War II.

Package of Education Bills Authored by Local Assemblymember Chris Holden Moves Forward for Senate Vote

A legislative package of education bills authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden unanimously passed the Assembly Floor and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

Assembly Bill 30 ensures dual enrollment opportunities remain available to students, Assembly Bill 1075 addresses the shortage of speech and language pathologists and Assembly Bill 1097 creates a transparent pathway for high school credit recovery.

Assemblymember Holden Honors Two South Pasadena Women

State Assemblymember Chris Holden, D-41st District, named South Pasadena resident Laura Farber as his district’s 2019 Woman of the Year.

He selected resident Dr. Diana Cullinane as one of his district’s nine Women of Distinction.

Farber and Cullinane are among 10 women honorees representing Holden’s 41st Assembly District. They are from Altadena on the west to Rancho Cucamonga on the east.

More than 70 nominations were submitted, according to Holden’s website.

Metro Ad Hoc Committee Shuns 710 Extension Tunnel, Recommends Board Fund Alternatives at May 25 Meeting

An ad hoc committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday voted to recommend the Metro fund an alternative to the 710 Freeway Tunnel when the full Board meets next week.

Metro Board of Directors Ad-Hoc Congestion, Highway and Roads Committee, chaired by Metro Board Chairman John Fasana and composed of five members, voted Wednesday, 3-2, to recommend the TSM/TDM alternative that’s designed to upgrade existing local street systems instead of recommending to proceed with the Tunnel concept.

Holden calls for Caltrans to take 710 tunnel alternative off the table

In a May 11 letter to Duarte City Councilman John Fasana, chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors, Assemblyman Chris Holden asked the group to remove plans for a 6.3-mile tunnel connecting the Long Beach (710) Freeway in Alhambra to the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena from a list of traffic improvements for the region.

Gov. Brown’s Revised Budget Focuses on Education and Healthcare (Video)

(CBM) – During his presentation of the 2017-18 revised budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Californians lean times were ahead. According to Brown, state residents should prepare for future budget cuts. The May budget revision has adjusted the shortfall from more than $5 billion in January to $3.3 billion.

Pasadena Playhouse Funds Restored

Pasadena Playhouse funds have been restored; one million dollars in total. Recently, Gov. 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. Assembly member 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.”