Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown delivered the 2017 State of the State Address. Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) issued the following statement:

“I applaud Governor Jerry Brown for his passionate leadership and commitment to protecting the gains California has made on our progressive values, and lending a voice to the millions of Californians that may be adversely affected by new federal policies. He understands Californian’s unique role as a beacon of hope and change, not just for our country but the world.

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 Kayleen.Maya-Aviles@asm.ca.gov or 626-351-1917.

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

Email: Kayleen.Maya-Aviles@asm.ca.gov
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.

Biography

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.

While in office Holden has authored legislation to help foster youth, improve education outcomes for all Californians, and save developmental disability services. He supports legislation that grows our economy, protects our environments, strengthens our infrastructure and supports working families.

On foster care, Holden passed legislation that increases affordable housing options for foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals, and another bill that streamlined foster youth enrollment into educational assistance programs in California Community Colleges and California State University Programs. He also increased financial support for relative caregivers of foster youth into our State budget.

On education, Holden passed a bill to remove limits on concurrent enrollment to increase access to higher education for high school students. This year, he continues efforts to bring a statewide transportation pass program to California to help ease the financial burden of pursing higher education while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

On developmental disabilities, Holden is leading efforts to keep developmentally disability service providers open and funded at appropriate levels. With the passage of local minimum wage laws, organizations serving people with developmental disabilities are strained to continue their vital work as the reimbursement rates for those services are set and controlled by the State. Holden continues to seek solutions through both the legislative and budget process.

Locally, Holden 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 three years, as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation 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.

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 the 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.”