Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sacramento: Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden's bills to expand and improve access to California schools were approved have been approved in the Assembly Education Committee. They now move to Assembly Appropriations for consideration.

Monday, April 27, 2015

As the battle over improving public education continues, students have been left behind. We are all to blame, and have to do everything we can to ensure that our children are prepared for the workforce of the 21st century.

That is why we are working in a bipartisan effort on a proven approach – concurrent or dual enrollment. With the introduction of Assembly Bill 288, we hope to expand opportunities for students to take community college courses while still in high school.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sacramento – Under legislation proposed by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), students in underserved communities throughout California would have access to advanced coursework in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Computer Science classes.

The bill, AB 252, passed Assembly Education Committee late Wednesday on a vote of 5 to 1.  The measure is aimed at increasing the number of minority, female and low income students who often do not have access to advanced courses at their high schools.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sacramento: The Assembly Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved a bill authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to protect the rights of small-business franchise owners. The vote was 7-2.  

AB 525 makes it more difficult for major chains to unfairly terminate their franchise operators. The measure will clarify the current vague and one-sided law to close loopholes and prohibit a corporation from closing a franchise business unless there has been a substantial violation of the contract, the law or local regulations. It also allows franchisees to keep the equity they invested in the event of termination.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

If McDonald’s franchisees have a champion, it’s Kathryn Slater-Carter, who, along with her husband, owned McDonald’s franchises in Daly City, Calif. for almost 35 years.

But Slater-Carter’s role as franchisee of two McDonald’s restaurants came to an end a few years ago. McDonald’s did not renew its lease with the Serramonte Center mall, where one of Slater-Carter’s restaurants was located. The restaurant was, in effect, shut down. In response to that incident, Slater-Carter and her husband decided to sell their second location.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

(Calif.) Long considered the pathway to high-paying jobs in the tech industry, STEM curriculum has also often been difficult to access at low-income schools.

Assembly Bill 252, authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, would create a grant program to bring Advanced Placement course options in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, to underserved schools in order to increase participation by low-income and minority students in these subjects.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sacramento: Assemblymember Chris Holden and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins have introduced legislation to defend the rights of small business owners by providing more protection to franchise operators who fear losing their businesses to powerful corporations. AB 525 will make it more difficult for major chains to unfairly terminate the contracts of their franchisees.

“Under existing law, franchisees lack even basic contract protections afforded to nearly every other type of contract, from construction to home mortgages to employment,” said Assemblymember Holden. “These small business owners invest in a franchise because it can provide for their family and future generations. Franchise corporations should not be able to use their dominance to rob franchisees of their livelihood without good reason. They should not be able to destroy someone’s future by hiding behind an unjust contract and weak state laws.”

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sacramento – In a moving ceremony today at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) honored Holocaust survivor Ike Langholz of Pasadena whose nightmarish journey through the Nazi occupation of Poland was recounted on the Assembly floor as part of Holocaust Remembrance Week.

“I am honored to be able to share Ike Langholz’ story of survival in the face of incredible pain and suffering at the hands of the Nazis,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “Ike lived through extreme persecution and horrific experiences during this agonizing dark history.  The number of survivors is dwindling, so we are here today to raise awareness of these dark events and honor Ike for his courage and his willingness to tell his story.”

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to expand pathways for high school students who want to enroll in college courses or career tech classes has been unanimously approved in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

AB 288 (College and Career Access Pathways Act) enhances concurrent or dual enrollment opportunities by encouraging school districts and community colleges to enter into formal agreements that outline the terms and goals of the partnership.

“There is a growing recognition that concurrent enrollment at community colleges can pave the way to a four-year college, while also reducing the cost of that four-year degree,” said Assemblymember Holden. “The boost in confidence a student receives when he or she completes a college course as a student in high school can encourage the realization that college is within their reach; this is especially important for minority and low income students.”

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AB 265 Buy Here/Pay Here Dealerships Passes Key Committee

Pasadena – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to regulate Buy Here/Pay Here used car lots passed its first legislative test today.  The Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee voted 11 to 0 to support Holden’s AB 265 to rein in predatory car dealerships.

AB 265 would stop the widespread practice of yanking a car if you are late with a payment and before you know what’s hit you. The new measure requires a 10-day grace period before dealers are able to repossess the car by using a starter-interruption device to disable the car. The bill also calls for a final warning 48 hours before using the gadget to shut down the vehicle remotely.