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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.”

Gov. Brown restores $1 million in funding to Pasadena Playhouse

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.

March for Science to celebrate strides made due to studies on health, Earth and space

Today’s Pasadena is difficult to imagine without thinking about science, making it a natural setting for a satellite event to the national March for Science in Washington, DC, and the local one in downtown Los Angeles. Spearheaded by Caltech postdocs, the Pasadena event will be family-friendly fun on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

Pasadena's Assemblyman Chris Holden Joins California Black Leaders to Decry President Trump's Budget Proposal

Pasadena-area State Assemblyman Chris Holden joined other state, labor and community leaders Wednesday in a press conference by the California Legislative Black Caucus to support a resolution against President Donald Trump’s federal budget proposals.

Resolution HR 28, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, takes aim at Trump’s budget proposals related to healthcare, immigration, worker protection and their disproportionate impact on the African American community.

Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena introduces bill to kill 710 Freeway tunnel project

SOUTH PASADENA >> Assemblyman Chris Holden introduced legislation that would prohibit building a tunnel to close the 6.2-mile gap of the 710 Freeway between the 10 and 210 freeways, the assemblyman announced Thursday.

This is the first time a piece of legislation would aim to kill the controversial project proposed by Caltrans. The freeway tunnel project would run through El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena and has divided communities in the San Gabriel Valley.

AB 199 - the "Choose California" Bill

Assembly Member Chris Holden recently spoke to KCRW 89.9 FM about his AB 199; the "Choose California" Bill. This measure would give California food producers a 5% preference when bidding on contracts to serve state hospitals, prisons and other state agencies. Choose California will help the state's farmers and promote job growth in this vital economic sector.

Holden’s Bill 1696 Clears the Way for Low Income Smokers to get Better Help

State Assemblyman Chris Holden’s bill 1696, which cleared the Senate Appropriation Committee last month, will make it easier for California’s low income residents to quit smoking.

The bill requires tobacco cessation medications, counseling, and assessments to be covered for Medi-Cal patients.  Besides the detrimental health effects, smoking takes an $18.1 billion toll on California annually, according to a University of California, San Francisco study.

Assemblymember Holden Announces Scholarship Winners

Pasadena - Congratulations to our California Legislative Black Caucus scholarship recipients from the 41st Assembly District:

Scholarship Winners

LtoR: Jenee Francis, Angelica (Zuri) Bazzell-O'Balles, Michaela Jordan, CLBC Scholar Ruby Dyson, Brenden Haymond, CLBC Scholar Braxton Williams (not pictured).

A seamless pathway from high school to college

(Calif.) More avenues to college and career fields would be open to a broader array of high school students under legislation that has moved to the state Senate for consideration.

AB 288 would provide greater flexibility for K-12 and community college districts to establish or expand dual enrollment programs that allow high school students, while working toward graduation, to simultaneously take part in college-level career technical education courses or classes that count for credit toward a degree.