Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pasadena – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena/Monrovia) has issued the following statement on the Colby fire burning out-of-control in the San Gabriel foothills:

“The fire burning in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora has now consumed more than 1,700 acres of brush prompting evacuations in the foothill areas and threatening homes.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced legislation to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes. 

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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sacramento - Following numerous calls for change to the state’s prison realignment program, Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) measure to prevent last-minute dumping of seriously mentally ill inmates on county streets, passed its first committee test today. This measure, which was narrowly defeated last year, passed with unanimous bipartisan support out of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety.

AB 1065 provides county probation departments with more time to identify, and plan for more intensive treatment and supervision of released offenders who were formerly classified as a mentally disordered offender (MDO). Under this bill, probation departments have 30 working days to thoroughly and properly put in place an appropriate supervision and treatment plan for these offenders.  Previously counties only received 5 days or less to prepare.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

“I am very pleased that the state’s finances continue to turn around and that Governor Brown has proposed reinvesting in California’s future while maintaining budget stability. That’s good news for our state and for the 41st Assembly District.

This budget reverses the severe cuts experienced by our public schools and colleges during the recent recession.  It means our local school districts will see increases in K-12 school funding by $2,188 per student over last year. Our community colleges, such as Pasadena City College, Citrus, and Mt. San Antonio will also see an increase in funding that will allow them to restore much needed classes. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

“As the world mourns the death of this great leader, I am struck by the extraordinary life he led as rebel, prisoner, president and peacemaker.

On one of his many visits to Los Angeles, I was honored to meet with him and was impressed with his statesmanlike demeanor and his lack of bitterness.

His fight against apartheid was one of the great moral lessons of our time and he leaves a legacy of tolerance that has earned him worldwide respect. “

Chris Holden
Assembly District 41

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sacramento - Members of the Armed Forces and National Guard will get a break on state use tax when they are transferred to California under Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill signed today by Governor Brown.

"It just doesn't seem fair to tax active duty military personnel when they are already making so many sacrifices," explained Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena). "It's the right thing to do to relieve some of the tax burden for our service men and women who are already sacrificing so much for their country."

Friday, October 4, 2013

AB 201 Small Business Loan Guarantee and AB 250 CA Innovation Initiatives

Sacramento – Governor Brown today signed two innovative business bills authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and designed to boost California’s economy.

AB 201 makes the Small Business Loan Guarantee program more accessible and user friendly and AB 250 expands opportunities for pioneering, start-up technology in California.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pasadena – Assemblymember Chris Holden will present his “State of the State” address to the communities of the 41st Assembly District:

Sierra Madre City Council, Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 pm
Monrovia City Council, Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm
Rancho Cucamonga City Council, Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm
La Verne City Council, Monday, October 7 at 6:30 pm
San Dimas City Council, Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 pm
Upland City Council, Monday, October 14 at 7:00 pm
Altadena Town Council, Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 pm
South Pasadena City Council, Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 pm
Pasadena City Council, Monday, October 21 at 6:30 pm
Claremont City Council, Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm

Friday, September 13, 2013

Domestic Violence * Choose California*Small Business Loan Guarantee*Tax Break for Military

Sacramento – As we near the end of my first legislative session representing Assembly District 41, I am very pleased that eight of my bills have been approved in the Assembly and Senate.

Two of them – Assembly Bill (AB) 72 and Assembly Bill (AB) 139 – have already been signed into law by Governor Brown and the others are on his desk awaiting signature.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sacramento – Lawmakers today gave final approval to Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to help California farmers and improve the state’s agricultural economy. The Assembly unanimously in favor on final amendments.

Under Holden’s AB 199, state agencies – such as public hospitals, prisons and public schools – would be required to purchase agricultural products from California companies if the price is equal to or less than the lowest out-of-state company. AB 199 also encourages all public schools, school districts, and public colleges to purchase agricultural products grown within the state whenever possible.