Monday, May 5, 2014

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill (AB 1767) to ensure Southern California’s natural spaces and outdoor recreation areas will be enjoyed by Californians for generations to come, has been approved in the Assembly.

AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750. 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  

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes was approved today in Assembly Education Committee on a vote of 4 to 0.

AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment would expand and encourage opportunities for high school students who are capable of advanced scholastic or vocational work to enroll in community college courses. It would also encourage students who need additional help passing the California High School Exit Exam and students who traditionally do not attend college, but would like to see if it’s the right path for them.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AB 1586 and AB 1921

Sacramento – The Assembly Accountability Committee has approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), to move long-term unemployed workers to the front of the job line when it comes to state contracts.

AB 1586 will require state contractors to give priority hiring to those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits or who live in high unemployment areas. The bill applies to public service contracts of more than $200,000.  It passed on a vote of 10 – 3.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today honored Holocaust survivor Helen Rotenberg Lewin of Sierra Madre at a ceremony at the State Capitol. For the past ten years, the California State Assembly has honored survivors and their families during California Holocaust Remembrance Week. 

“I am honored to be able to share Helen Rotenberg Lewin’s story – a story of triumph over unspeakable evil,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “Helen lived through extreme privation and horrific experiences that are often neglected in history.  We are here today to raise awareness of these events and honor Helen Lewin by saying, ‘We will never forget’.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

AB 1557 – AB 1912 – AJR 33

Sacramento – The California Assembly today gave overwhelming, bi-partisan approval to three bills authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena).   The three include legislation to give veterans a stronger voice in college leadership, ensure the legacy of President Obama is included in school textbooks, and a resolution to honor unsung heroes of the Vietnam War.

AB 1557 gives veterans permanent seats on the Board of Governors of the California Community College system by adding a student member who is a veteran or current member of the military. The bill also requires one of the existing 12 board seats to be held by a member or former member of the Armed Forces who has demonstrated expertise and leadership in the field of veterans’ affairs.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AB 1147 Massage Therapy Act of 2014

Sacramento: Assemblymember Chris Holden today joined Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla and Jimmy Gomez and the League of California Cities in announcing legislation to help regulate massage businesses and the problem of prostitution and human trafficking that has become big business in cities and communities across the state.

“I am pleased to be a joint-author of AB 1147 as we work to professionalize the massage therapy industry and reinforce local control over these businesses,” explained Assemblymember Holden.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Chris Holden D-Pasadena) joined Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and the League of California Cities for a State Capitol news conference to announce legislation to help regulate massage businesses and the problem of prostitution and human trafficking that has become big business in cities and communities across the state. “I am pleased to be a joint-author of Assembly Bill 1147 as we work to professionalize the massage therapy industry and reinforce local control over these businesses,” explained Assemblymember Holden.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sacramento – It’s no secret that California is facing a serious shortfall of college-educated workers in the coming decades, especially in the areas of science, engineering, technology and math.  That’s why Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has joined with the College Board to target high-performing high school students from underserved communities.

Holden’s legislation (AB 1940) to establish a grant program encouraging school districts to provide more Advanced Placement classes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has been approved in the Assembly Education Committee.

Monday, April 7, 2014

(AB 1767) Passes Key Co.

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to increase penalties for vandalism and illegal dumping in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was approved late Monday in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, defacing or destroying property on Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750.

Friday, April 4, 2014

(Claremont, CA) – Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is the method of injecting water and chemicals into the ground at very high pressures for the purpose of extracting oil.  Fracking is an extremely controversial topic in regards to California’s environment and water supply, and is the topic of much heated debate.  California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) wants to clear up speculation about what fracking does, so he hosted a community briefing about the mysterious process in Claremont at Taylor Hall.  A local panel of expert geologists, hydrologists and seismic scientists gathered to explain fracking issues and to answer questions.  Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.