Friday, January 13, 2017

(Sacramento) – Journalist, syndicated columnist, author and NewsOneNow TV host Roland S. Martin delivered the keynote address at the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Martin Luther King, Junior/Civil Rights breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center. The CLBC holds the event each year to honor the legacy of Dr. King and the Caucus’ relentless commitment to community service in the black community. Watch his address in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, January 13, 2017

(Sacramento) – A capacity crowd was on hand for the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Martin Luther King, Junior/Civil Rights breakfast at the Sacramento Convention Center. The CLBC holds the event each year to honor the legacy of Dr. King and the Caucus’ relentless commitment to community service in the black community. This year Myra Turner, with the Speaker’s office, was honored with the Distinguished Government Service Award. Rory Kaufman was honored with the Community Activist Award. John L. Burris was honored with the Civil Leadership Award. And Curtis J. Earnest was honored with the Diversity in Government Award. Watch the entire event in this Assembly Access video.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sacramento (CA) – Over 250 people attended the annual California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast The Legacy Continues: Committed to Excellence in Community Service, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and recognize individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to work for the betterment of African Americans and others throughout California.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget. For the first time in four years Brown projects a state deficit – 1.6 billion from declining revenue – that he proposes to offset with $3.2 billion in budget solutions. Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement:

I’m most disappointed in the one million dollar one-time cut in funding for the renovation of the Pasadena Playhouse that already passed in Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget. This cut is especially deep as the Playhouse, the official State Theater of California, celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

Woman of Distinction

Assemblymember Chris Holden, District 41
Invites Nomimations for

Woman of Distinction 2017

Woman of Distinction

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2017, we are honoring outstanding women whose service & work have made a positive impact in the 41st Assembly District.

Nomination Deadline: February 15, 2017

  • Open to all women who live or work in the 41st Assembly District: La Verne, Monrovia, South Pasadena, Upland, Claremont, Pasadena, Altadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Sierra Madre, or San Dimas
  • The selection committee will select one woman to be honored from each city listed and among those selected; one woman will be selected as the 41st Assembly District Woman of the Year where she will be honored at a special ceremony in March 2017 at the State Capitol
  • Submit completed nomination form by deadline
  • No self-nominations

For more info contact Kayleen Maya-Aviles at or 626-351-1917.

To apply, please fill out the online form below or print and mail or fax a copy of your application.

Fax: 626-351-6176
Mail: 600 N Rosemead Blvd, Ste. 117, Pasadena, CA 91107

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sacramento, CA – California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD – 63) appointed Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) as chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy.

“I thank Speaker Rendon for appointing me as Chair of the Utilities and Energy Committee,” said Holden. “I appreciate his belief in my leadership to set forward-thinking energy policy for California's future.”

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bill to focus on Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Public Transportation Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) introduced AB 17 to enact the Transit Pass Program to assist with student public ridership.  Public transit fares have risen considerably in many areas across the state.  This bill addresses the lack of sufficient pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit opportunities in low-income and working class communities.

Recent reports suggest public transit ridership is decreasing across California, causing several public transit agencies to come dangerously close to missing the “fare box” revenue targets mandated by the federal government. Without reversing this trend, California will have a difficult time decreasing its petroleum use and achieving greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.


Assemblymember Chris Holden brings to the legislature a lifetime of experience in public service and business garnered during his many years on the Pasadena City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. He was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2014 and 2016 from a district that stretches from Pasadena in the West to Upland in the East and includes the communities of Altadena, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena.

Last year, several of Assemblymember Holden’s bills were signed by Governor Jerry Brown, including a bill that increases affordable housing options for foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals. Another bill that provides additional financial support for relative caregivers of foster youth was adopted into our state budget and implemented immediately. In the community he partnered with The Education Trust-West to host an informational briefing, "Black Minds Matter," to discuss educational disparities facing California's nearly one million black youth. The briefing brought elected leaders, educators, stakeholders and community leaders together in order to better implement policies that close the opportunity and achievement gap for California’s Black Youth.

In 2015, 11 of Holden’s proposed measures were signed into law. On education, he passed a bill to remove limits on concurrent enrollment to increase access to higher education for high school students. To help small business owners, he passed a bill to protect the investment and well-being of franchisees from unfair tactics used by franchisors in termination agreements. He also passed a bill to expand the statute of limitations for filing human rights claims from two to ten years for cases of torture, war crimes, genocide and human trafficking. During this year he also served as Assembly Majority Floor Leader.

In his first term in the Assembly, Holden had an impressive record of success with 13 of his proposed measures signed into law. These included providing more funds for domestic violence shelters, ensuring tax breaks for military personnel, helping small businesses and creating economic opportunity for pioneering start-up companies. Other bills give our communities more control over regulating massage businesses, provide law enforcement with the tools to fight human trafficking and increase efforts to protect open spaces and parklands for generations to come. During this time he also served as Assistant Minority Whip and Minority Whip.

He established himself as a leader in strengthening the economic vitality of the San Gabriel Valley by organizing a transportation roundtable with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the mayors of 11 other cities to discuss the transportation priorities for the area, including the future of the Metro Gold Line extension. For the past two years, as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions, Holden held hearings to discuss timely transportation issues for the region and the state. The hearings, attended by hundreds, included local and state government officials and transportation experts that discussed issues regarding funding solutions, active transportation and managing regional growth.

Assemblymember Holden has a keen interest in building stronger trade relations with foreign countries. At the invitation of California Governor Jerry Brown and the Mexican government, Holden joined a conference on international trade in Mexico City which highlighted the growing economic bonds between Mexico and California.

Holden currently chairs the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy. Additional committee assignments include Business & Professions, Communications and Conveyance, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, and Judiciary. He is Chair of the Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions and sits on the Advisory Committee of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He also serves on the Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education and is an Alliance member of the Select Committee on the Status of Boys & Men of Color.  In 2016, he was elected Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Holden served 24 years as a Pasadena City Councilmember and Mayor. He was the youngest City Councilmember at age 28 and only the second African American to serve as Mayor. Throughout his years of public service, Holden has been a champion in creating jobs, preserving vital services, strengthening the economic vitality of the San Gabriel Valley and expanding light rail. While on the city council, Holden served as a Commissioner and President of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and on the Pasadena Light Rail Alignment Task Force.

Holden owns CHMB Consulting, a real estate firm and is a former owner of a Subway franchise. He is a lifelong resident of the district and graduate of San Diego State University. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Melanie, and children Nicholas, Alexander, Austin, Mariah and Noah. Holden is the son of former State Senator and LA City Councilman Nate Holden.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to expand housing opportunities for former foster youth, homeless and disabled veterans was signed by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill 2442 allows housing developers to obtain multiple density bonuses from a local government if the housing development sets aside ten percent of their units for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals.

“Disabled veterans and transitional foster youth face a serious affordable housing problem,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “It is vital that we give our local communities tools to meet this challenge.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016

As chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions, please join me in an oversight hearing, "Funding Transportation: Meeting the Challenge," to discuss and address timely transportation issues for the region and state.

Thursday, September 29
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Metro Board Room, 3rd Floor
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

You may RSVP via email at or call 909.624.7876. Public transportation is available or you can click here for information on parking. If you cannot make it to the hearing, you can watch it from my website.

Assemblymember Chris Holden Hosts Oversight Hearing
“Funding Transportation: Meeting the Challenge”


As chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation and Interconnectivity Solutions, Assemblymember Chris Holden will host an oversight hearing, "Funding Transportation: Meeting the Challenge," to discuss and address timely transportation issues for the region and state.

State government officials and experts will discuss everything from fixing highways to save on vehicle maintenance, to promoting public transportation to help meet our climate goals. The hearing will bring stakeholders and the public together to lay the groundwork for solutions at both the local and statewide levels. Malcolm Dougherty, Director of Caltrans will also be attending the hearing.


  • Chris Holden, Assemblymember, 41st Assembly District
  • Dr. Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans
  • Phil Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
  • Art Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Regional Rail Authority
  • Habib Balian, Chief Executive Officer, Foothill Gold Line
  • Mark Christoffels,  Chief Executive Officer, Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority
  • Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, LA & Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Wesley Reutimann, Project Director, Bike San Gabriel Valley (BikeSGV)
  • John Fasana, Chair, Metro Board of Directors and Councilmember, City of Duarte
  • Steve Finnegan, Vice Chair, California Transportation Commission Road Charge


Thursday, September 29
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Metro Board Room
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012