May/ June 2013
Leg Update ~ Small Business Award ~ Veteran of the Year ~ First Dog Meets Big Chief
We are heading into the summer with some good news on the economic front. The State Tax Board reports that personal income tax collections are running well ahead of expectations. That's welcome news for the state budget and for California's six -million public school children, because under the state's budget formula, much of the windfall should go to schools.
On the Legislative front, I am hopeful that my foreclosure prevention bill will be approved soon in the Assembly. While the number of foreclosure filings has dropped dramatically, there are still many California homeowners who need help. I also appreciate the support from seniors, retail pharmacies, women's groups and many others who have rallied around my measure to provide patient choice in pharmacy health benefits. Please see below for details.
Back in the district, it was standing room only at our "First 100 Days" Town Hall in April. I was especially happy to see so many of you from the eastern communities of the district including San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Upland and San Antonio Heights who braved the crowded freeways for this important exchange of ideas.
Check out the rest of my newsletter for more updates from the district and state capital.
Assemblymember, 41st District
Governor's Budget--May Revise
As your representative in Sacramento, I am writing to provide you an important legislative update. Since the beginning of the legislative session, I have been advocating for some very important changes to how seriously mentally ill offenders are handled under prison realignment. I am proud to announce that Governor Brown has responded and will incorporate this very important policy change into his budget proposal.
The Governor has included much of the language of my Assembly Bill 1065 into what is called a budget trailer bill. Individuals who have been certified as Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDO) and who have committed crimes that involved violence or grave bodily injury, represent a substantial danger to themselves and to our communities. The State prison system is better equipped to handle these criminals than the county probation offices which are being asked to take up the difficult task of supervising very dangerous offenders. That’s why I urged the Governor and the Legislature to maintain these offenders under intense supervision by the State.
AB 299 Mail Order Pharmacies: targets mail-order prescription mandates by prohibiting any mail-order pharmacy from entering into contracts with health insurance companies when the insured are required to purchase their medications from a mail-order pharmacy. David Lazarus at the LA Times has been writing about this problem for several months and recently reported on our bill. Read the story here: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20130426,0,2277462.column?page=2
Congratulations to the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library - winner of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. Ten institutions from across the nation were honored May 7 at a White House ceremony with First Lady Michelle Obama doing the honors. This is an amazing award and we are proud that Rancho is part of the 41st Assembly District.
June is Sober Graduation Month
Graduation night is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for teenage drivers. For many years, the CHP has teamed up with parents, schools, community leaders and elected officials to make graduation night safer by planning "safe and sober" parties for graduating seniors.
Businesses and adults who serve alcohol to minors may be held liable for accidents resulting from minors driving while intoxicated. That's why I encourage you to talk with your teen about how to stay safe by avoiding drugs and alcohol, especially on grad night. Let's make June 2013 a Sober Graduation Month.
Small Business of the Year
"Awards by Champion" in San Dimas has been selected as the Small Business of the Year for the 41st Assembly District. Owner Joe Fransen will fly to Sacramento on June 10, where he and his business will be recognized at a special ceremony at the state Capitol.
Owner Joe Fransen, Awards by Champion, San Dimas, 2013 Small Business of the Year.
Veteran of the Year
Nathan Kemnitz served this country proudly as a Marine from 2003-2007. The recipient of numerous honors, he served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Fallujah, Iraq. Having overcome many obstacles, including injuries sustained in Iraq, over 25 surgeries, and addiction to pain killers, he will graduate from Pasadena City College with a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted to UCLA.
Veteran of the Year--Nathan Kemnitz, US Marine Corp.
It was a pleasure to join Claremont officials and civil rights pioneer Dolores Huerta for the opening of Uncommon Good's Whole Earth Building. The new headquarters building is a combination of old and high tech. Three to five foot thick sandbags stuffed with earth and cement make up the building's walls. And the landscape is designed to minimize watering by catching rainwater and using drought-tolerant native plants.
With civil rights pioneer Dolores Huerta and Claremont Mayor Nasiali on Earth Day opening of Uncommon Goods Earth Building.
Claremont officials at Earth Day celebration L to R: Mayor Pro Tem Joe Lyons, Councilmember Larry Schroeder, Human Services Director Kathleen Trepa, Assemblymember. Holden, City Manager Tony Ramos, Assistant City Manager Colin Tudor.
South Pasadena Bike Trail
I would like to congratulate the Mayor and the City Council of South Pasadena for receiving a Bicycle Transportation Account Grant to improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters in the City of South Pasadena.
Congratulations to the city staff for all of their hard work and dedication in making South Pasadena a bike-friendly community.
A new JPL airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado. The data from NASA's Airborne Snow Observatory mission will be used to estimate how much water will flow out of the basins when the snow melts. Proud to represent JPL in the 41st Assembly District!
Holden in the Community
Caption: Assemblymember Holden meets California's "First Dog," Sutter Brown- a popular figure in the Capitol. Thanks to Jennifer Fearing of the Sacramento Humane Society for "herding" Governor Brown's Corgi and to Monrovia resident Karen Suarez for the photo.
Assemblymember Holden visited the California Steel Industries (CSI) flat roll sheet steel mill in Fontana. CSI had been wooed by other states to relocate, but made the decision to remain in California partly because of Enterprise Zone tax credits. Mr. Holden is pictured here with Mr. Brett Guge, Senior Vice President for Finance, who explained how the hot sheet mill process works. Many products are created by manufacturers in California using the rolled steel produced by CSI, including fencing, guard rails, pipe and tubing, and metal lath.
A moving and educational Interfaith Forum in Claremont on human trafficking and Mr. Holden's legislation, AB 156 to combat it. L to R: Father John Forney, Progressive Christians Uniting; Imam Said Seddouk; Rev. Peter Laarman; survivor Amy Andrews; Dr. Faisal Qazi; and Assemblymember Holden.
Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors visits Assemblymember Chris Holden's Capitol office.
Pasadena Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members with Assemblymember Holden in the Capitol office. L to R: Porscha Elzy, Desiree DeShay Weakley, Assemblymember Holden, Pat Moore, and Qiana Charles.
L to R: Assembly staffer Meron Agonafer; Sandy Hester; John Ammon; and Sewa Singh from the California Senior Leaders Alliance visiting Assemblymember Holden's Capitol office.
L to R: Jazmine De La Torre, Pasadena Tobacco Prevention Coalition; Katy Kashani, Day One; Nicole D. Bernard, Day One; and Miguel Livares visiting the Capitol office.
Patty Merritt, Pasadena (far right, front row) with Nicholas Merritt and Samantha Merritt (to the left), at the State Capitol participating in the 16th Annual Stand for Children Day.