Monday, August 18, 2014

AB 1566 Goes to Governor

Sacramento – The California State Legislature has overwhelmingly approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to strengthen laws against stealing used cooking oil. The Assembly gave final approval to Holden’s AB 1566 which increases penalties for stealing grease and beefs up law enforcement’s efforts to stop modern-day-rustlers.  The vote was - 70 to 0.

Used cooking oil from deep fryers in restaurants all across the state has become a hot commodity that can be worth hundreds of dollars when converted into clean-burning biofuel. It is often targeted by grease thieves who see it as a way to make an easy haul. The penalties have been so minor, many law enforcement agencies don’t even respond when owners report the theft.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sacramento – The California Legislature has given overwhelming, bi-partisan approval to Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to encourage California schools to teach the story of President Barack Obama’s trailblazing election.

Today’s vote in the Assembly on concurrence in language changes was approved unanimously – 73 to 0. Last Thursday the Senate overwhelmingly approved AB 1912.   The bill now goes to Governor Brown for signature.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties disaster areas following a weekend of fierce storms that caused millions of dollars in damages in foothill and mountain communities.

Preliminary reports indicate extensive damage to homes, roads and property across both counties. In the mountain communities of Mt. Baldy, ten to 15 homes were severely damaged by intense rain and mud that also left one motorist dead.  Several businesses were also impacted.

Press Releases

Community Resource Fair

Saturday, July 26, 2014

(Pasadena) We are pleased to announce that the Community Resource Fair and Block Party will take place on July 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at 589 Jackson Street. This event is an effort to distribute information about state and local programs and services available to residents of the 41st Assembly District.

Event activities include live music, rides for the children, resource tables with State agencies, cities and nonprofits sharing useful information. Free hot dogs cooked by the Pasadena Police will also be provided.

Parking for the event will be located on El Molino, Los Robles, and the open sections of Madison and Oakland Avenue. Jackson from El Molino to Los Robles, Madison from Jackson to Thompson and the entrance to Jackson from Oakland will be closed from 8 AM – 6 PM.

For more information about the event or if you have any questions or comments, please call at (626)351-1917.

So please, SAVE THE DATE.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

(Pasadena) CA – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) joined forces with the Pasadena Humane Society and Assemblymembers Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) in hosting a community adoption day at the Pasadena shelter. PHS is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides care for abandoned and homeless animals.  By the time the doors closed, 29 cats, 19 dogs, one parakeet, and one chicken had been adopted. For a look at the action and some adorable pets waiting for good homes, check out this Assembly Access Video.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Assemblymember Chris Holden, Assemblymember Ed Chau and Assemblymember Mike Gatto invite you to take part in this community adoption event.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm

Pasadena Humane Society
361 S Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Pasadena Humane Society will open its doors for a community adoption event to find loving home for cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds.

Parking is available on site. Go to www.pasadenahumane.org for details on adoptions and to view animals that need a home.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Local and state officials Friday painted a dire portrait of what's to come as the state moves into what they say will be one of the worst fire seasons ever. 

With California in the grip of a prolonged drought that has only worsened in recent months, the start of summer this weekend has fire safety officials sweating.

"The drought has created a tinderbox," Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) said at a news conference Friday.

Monday, June 16, 2014

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and the rest of the California State Assembly adjourned in the memory of baseball legend Tony Gwynn following his untimely death from cancer. Gwynn was 54 years old. Assemblymember Holden, who knew Gwynn during his high school years and as a classmate at San Diego State University, remembered Gwynn as much more than a baseball player, “The one word that I would say best describes Tony Gwynn is…loyal. He was a loyal teammate. He was a loyal friend. And he was a loyal husband.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sacramento – Including President Barack Obama in California textbooks seems like a no-brainer. But, it’s not necessarily so. That’s why Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation would include recognizing the historical significance of President Obama as the first African American President.

AB 1912 had its first hearing in Senate Education Committee today and unanimously passed with bipartisan support and a vote of 7 to 0.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (Pasadena) bill to increase fines for dumping and vandalism in Southern California’s natural spaces and outdoor recreation areas has been approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. 

AB 1767 raises the fines for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500.  The bill also increases fines ($750 maximum) for infractions such as ignoring red flag warnings or allowing off-leash dogs in protected lands. Because state bonds used to fund much of the SMMC cannot be used for maintenance, the bill would require that the fines be used to pay the costs of any repairs or clean-up related to those violations.