Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sacramento - Today, Speaker of the California Assembly Toni G. Atkins announced the members of the Democratic Caucus leadership team for the 2015-16 legislative session.   Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has been appointed Assembly Majority Floor Leader;  The Majority Floor Leader represents the Speaker on the Floor and expedites Assembly floor proceedings.   Holden previously served as Majority Whip under Speaker Emeritus John A. Perez and as Assistant Majority Leader.  He was first elected in 2012.

“I am deeply honored to be appointed Majority Leader of the California State Assembly. I appreciate Speaker Atkin’s trust in me.  Great progress has been made in balancing our state's budget, protecting our state's business climate, and investing in California's future through education. However, great challenges await us this session as Californians face staggering underemployment, underperforming schools, and housing unaffordability. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve wage growth, early childhood education, and ensuring that homeownership remains an attainable American Dream.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

Leondra R. Kruger has been selected by Governor Brown for a vacancy on the California Supreme Court.  The Governor’s nomination will be submitted to the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and must be confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.   Ms. Kruger is a member of the Washington, D.C. and California Bar Associations and is admitted to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO RECOGNIZE FALLEN HEROES"
Assemblymember Holden Applauds Honoring War Dead from Vietnam Era

Sacramento - Earlier this year, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) worked with Veteran's groups to author AJR 33 - a resolution that urges the U.S. Department of Defense to include the names of the 74 fallen sailors of the Destroyer U.S.S. Frank E. Evans (21 of whom are from California) on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

(South Pasadena, CA) – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) takes a ride on the Gold Line light rail train and talks about the need for expansion to provide vital transportation options between Los Angeles and the Cities of San Gabriel, Foothills and Azusa. Assemblymember Holden also takes part in the Transportation Round Table in Claremont with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and talks about why he’s trying so hard to keep the Gold Line on track. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AB 1672 – Truancy Prevention: School Attendance Review Boards

Sacramento – The California Legislature has given final approval to Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to collect more complete records on absences and intervention strategies to help identify the effectiveness of school truancy programs.

AB 1672 is part of a package of measures sponsored by the Attorney General to address chronic truancy and now goes to Governor Brown for signature.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AB 1672 – Truancy Prevention: School Attendance Review Boards

Sacramento – The State Senate has approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to collect more complete records on absences and intervention strategies to help identify the effectiveness of school truancy programs. AB 1672 is part of a package of measures sponsored by the Attorney General to address chronic truancy.  The vote was 29 to 4. 

“With this bill we are hoping to block the cycle of truancy and juvenile courts. If schools aren’t tracking which students are missing you won’t be able to effectively fix the problem,” said Assemblymember Holden. “When students aren’t in class, they aren’t learning; so, let’s get the data and get these kids back on track.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

(Sacramento) – Standing among photos of young unarmed men killed by law enforcement, members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) denounced the escalating violence against men of color by law enforcement and committed themselves to pursuing tangible policies that address this issue in California, including the increased militarization of police departments across the state. Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) said, “Young, black, unarmed men are dying at a disproportionate rate whenever there is an interaction with law enforcement. CLBC members agreed that they need to explore the increased acquisition of military style equipment, including tanks, for use in towns and cities as a means of deescalating incidents between law enforcement and members of communities of color. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

“The President Barack Obama Curriculum Act”

Sacramento - President Barack Obama will take his rightful place in California textbooks under legislation signed today by Governor Jerry Brown.   AB 1912 authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), will be the first step toward acknowledging President Obama’s legacy for generations to come. The measure enjoyed overwhelming, bi-partisan support as it made its way through the legislative process this year.

“I am very grateful to Governor Brown for signing this important legislation and to the lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who agreed that this presidency should not be relegated to a footnote in textbooks,” said Assemblymember Holden. “We want to make sure that future generations understand that the election of our nation’s first African American President was a historic step in the effort towards equality and that previous elections involved intimidation and violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise with victims as young as 13 being forced into prostitution.

Sacramento – The California Assembly today overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 955 to aid in stopping the sex trade in young women and men by allowing law enforcement to seek a court-ordered wiretap when human trafficking is suspected.

Assemblymember Chris Holden, principal co-author of SB 955, presented the measure on the Assembly floor: 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sacramento:  Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to protect parks and wild spaces by increasing fines for dumping and vandalism in Southern California’s nature areas has been approved by the state Legislature. 

AB 1767 raises the fines for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500. Because state bonds used to fund much of the SMMC cannot be used for maintenance, the increased fine revenue will help the Conservancy offset its current deficit and repairs.