Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) legislation to give veterans a stronger voice in college leadership was overwhelmingly approved today in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.  AB 1557 has solid, bipartisan support - 14 Democrats and Republicans have co-authored the bill.

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.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden today congratulated Speaker-elect Toni Atkins on making history as the next Speaker of the California State Assembly saying she will do great things for California.

“Today I had the privilege of nominating the new Speaker of the Assembly, Toni Atkins.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sacramento – At a morning press conference at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) talked about the need for better laws to help cities regulate massage parlors.  It has been a hot-button issue for many municipalities struggling to regulate prostitution in their communities. 

Assemblymember Holden issued the following statement:

“The state set out to improve the massage therapy industry with the creation of the California Massage Therapy Council in 2009.  But the law that created the council has failed to keep out the bad actors and has tied the hands of cities that want to keep illicit massage businesses out of their communities.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden honored South Pasadena human rights activist Kay Mouradian as his “Woman of the Year” during the Women’s History Month celebration at the state Capitol.

Assemblymember Holden recognized professor Mouradian for her efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide. Mouradian has written and co-produced the book and documentary film, My Mother’s Voice, a poignant story of her mother who at age fourteen was one of the millions of Armenians forced to leave their homes in Turkey during the Armenian Genocide.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today joined Attorney General Kamala Harris and legislative leaders in announcing legislation to tackle the truancy crisis in California.

“I am proud to author a bill that will help more students stay in the classroom and out of the courtroom,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “If schools aren’t tracking what students are missing you won’t be able to effectively fix the problem. Second graders are missing school and arriving late for very different reasons than 11th graders. Requiring County Offices of Education to forward the complete reports to the Dept. of Education will allow them to identify trends and find best practices to address this crisis.”

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pasadena – The debate over hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, is growing more contentious by the day. Arguments over whether and how to extract California’s oil and natural gas resources have devolved into angry exchanges of talking points and it’s becoming harder and harder to determine what is fact and what is fiction.

Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) will be hosting a Community Briefing to bring together prominent local scientists and water managers to discuss fracking and its impacts on California’s unique geology, hydrology and environment. This unbiased look at the state of fracturing will cut through the spin and provide real answers to pressing questions about hydraulic fracturing.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Used kitchen grease has become a hot commodity, so hot that oil rustling has become big business  in California. NBC News Los Angeles talks with Asm. Holden about his legislation to stop the growing number of grease thefts.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

SACRAMENTO – Who knew? Used kitchen grease has become a hot commodity, so hot that fryer oil rustling has become big business, complete with clandestine operators who strike in the night.

Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced AB 1566 to combat the growing incidences of kitchen grease theft by giving law enforcement the tools they need to stop these modern-day oil rustlers.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sacramento – As the war in Afghanistan winds down, thousands of veterans are expected to fill the seats at California’s public colleges and universities. Already the state’s community colleges lead the nation with more than 44,000 vets enrolled – the largest number since World War II.

That’s why Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) is proposing legislation to give veterans a stronger voice in college leadership. AB 1557 increases the number of voting members on the Board of Governors at the California Community College system by adding two new members – both reserved for veterans.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) says Governor Jerry Brown “laid out a clear path of where we need to go” in his annual State of the State address.  Holden shares the governor’s vision of building on opportunities for job creation and expanding the tech industry in California.  The assembly member is firm on the principles of fiscal responsibility and investing in education.  Watch this assembly access video to hear Holden’s entire response to the governor’s speech.