Thursday, March 21, 2013

AB 139 – Domestic Violence Fees - A Technicality that Makes a Difference

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s AB 139 that strengthens penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure that more funding is available to domestic violence shelters was overwhelmingly approved today in the Assembly – the first piece of legislation heard on the floor this session.

AB 139 clears up a technicality in order to provide more funds for local domestic violence shelters. The bill stipulates that those convicted of domestic violence must pay a minimum $500 fee – not a fine – before they are granted probation. This clarification is important because it would ensure the Legislature’s intent to use portions of the $500 fee to generate funding for local domestic violence programs.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pasadena –Assemblymember Chris Holden has named two women who represent opposite ends of the district but share a common dedication to their communities to be “Women of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District.

“Our state boasts a rich history of women who have made lasting contributions to their communities and state through their public spirit and activism,” said Assemblymember Holden. “It is my great pleasure to recognize Rachel Worby and Zephyr Tate-Mann as “Women of the Year.”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to aid state law enforcement in stopping the trade of young men and women for prostitution was unanimously approved today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. AB 156 would allow law enforcement to get a court order for a wiretap when they suspect human trafficking across state and national borders.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) will welcome the Mars Rover “Curiosity” to the State Capitol on Monday while honoring the members of the team that brought the Rover to the Red Planet.

As part of Aerospace Week at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Holden will recognize the five team members on the Assembly floor Monday at noon for their role in the flawless entry and landing of Curiosity on the red planet.


Assemblymember Chris Holden congratulates former Congresswoman and Assemblymember Yvonne Braithwaite Burke who was chosen as a California State Assembly 2013 Woman of the Year. Ms. Burke has a history filled with firsts: she was the first African American woman elected to Congress from California and the first African American woman in the California Assembly. She later served as the first African American member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On March 4, she and 10 other women were honored on the Assembly floor.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

AB 1065 Keeps Criminals with Serious Mental Disorders or Sexual Offenses off County Streets

SACRAMENTO – Following numerous calls for changes to California’s 15-month-old prison realignment program, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced a measure  to shut the revolving door of state parolees with serious mental disorders and mentally disordered sexual offenders from being transferred to county supervision.

“Many of these felons are being rushed through the system for early release onto our streets and in our communities without regard to the serious mental issues that some of them have,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “As recently reported, this shift has put a tremendous strain on county resources resulting in thousands of sex offenders removing their GPS tracking devices because they know they won’t be sent back to overcrowded prisons or jails.”

Monday, February 25, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has added his name to the growing list of leaders calling on the state Franchise Tax Board to reinstate California’s Small Business Stock Tax Incentives.  Assemblymember Holden is also asking the FTB to eliminate the retroactive tax on more than 2,500 entrepreneurs and investors.

“This decision by the Franchise Tax Board just makes no sense for a state still struggling to recover from a recession,” said Holden. “California lost more than a million jobs in the Great Recession; a decision like this one could not only damage job recovery, but could also help other states recruit California businesses.”

Recently, the FTB cancelled California’s Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) Incentives program. In addition, they announced they will be issuing retroactive tax assessments on some 2500 small businesses that had previously qualified for the tax incentives.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

(Pasadena) - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D- Pasadena), who officially took the oath of office during a State Capitol ceremony on December 3rd, also held a ceremonial swearing in event in District 41 at Paseo Colorado before a crowd of 250 supporters, friends, local and state officials.  Congressional Representative Judy Chu (D-El Monte) administered the oath of office before an audience made up of a "who's who" of Pasadena and California leaders.  Holden vowed to create more jobs and make sure public education works for all California's children. Here’s more from the event in this Assembly Access video.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has been appointed to the Governing Board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.  The announcement was made by Assembly Speaker John Perez.

“The Conservancy has helped preserve urban parks and wilderness access throughout Southern California and especially in the foothills region of the 41st Assembly District,” said Assemblymember Holden. “I look forward to working in partnership with local governments and private landowners to protect and preserve the natural treasures of the San Gabriel foothills.”

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was established by the State Legislature in 1980. Since that time, it has helped to preserve over 69,000 acres of parkland in both wilderness and urban settings.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day and its message of love has been around since at least Roman times. But, in recent years, it has taken on new significance as billions gather around the world to recognize that for too many women, sexual violence is an everyday reality.

This Valentine's Day I will join hundreds of women and girls and the men who support them on the steps of the state Capitol to put a stop to sexual violence as part of the "One Billion Rising" rally.