Monday, May 16, 2016

Sacramento, CA – In observance of Holocaust Memorial Day on May 16th, Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) recognized Holocaust survivor Sam Langholz of Pasadena on the Assembly Floor. May 16th marks the 71st Anniversary of the Holocaust – the systematic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

“It is important that we honor and remember survivors like Sam Langholz,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “His story teaches us about the gross atrocities and denial of basic human rights committed by perpetrators of evil, but also that of survival, healing, and the birth of a nation.”

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Brown issued his May Budget Revision for maintaining California’s growing economy while preparing our state to lessen the impact of any potential global economic turmoil. Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement on the release of the May budget revision:

“California continues to have a prudent budget that strives to work for all Californians. The Governor has made clear that the rainy day fund is doing its job. This gives us the opportunity to make investments to fight poverty, improve early education, expand access to higher education, and create affordable housing, without impacting existing services or using one-time money for ongoing programs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills to strengthen the Talent Agency Scam Prevention Act, AB 2068; protect wildlife, AB 2148; and provide affordable housing, AB 2442, passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The legislation now heads to the floor and may be voted on as early as next week.

AB 2442 allows housing developers to obtain multiple density bonuses from local government if the housing development sets aside ten percent for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals. A multiple density bonus is a zoning tool that enables developers to build more units than normally allowed. AB 2442 expands state law relating to multiple density bonuses as a tool to address rising housing costs and a subsequent lack of reliable, affordable housing that plagues Californian’s most vulnerable populations.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Today on the Assembly Floor of the State’s Capital, Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) recognized Dr. Lucy Jones – one of the world’s most influential seismologists – who recently announced her retirement.  Jones has been a leading seismologist with the United States Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of California Institute of Technology for more than three decades. Dr. Jones was presented with an Assembly Resolution coauthored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (AD – 33), Assemblymember Bill Quirk (AD – 20) and Senator Carol Liu (SD – 25).

“Dr. Jones’ pioneering research has improved earthquake safety across our state and will ensure countless lives are saved whenever ‘The Big One’ inevitably strikes,” said Assemblymember Holden. “As Californians living in a seismically active region, we will forever be grateful for her contributions.”

Thursday, April 14, 2016

(Sacramento) – Recognizing that far too many communities and particularly low-income communities, lack sufficient pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit opportunities, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) have written a package of “transportation and equity” proposals aimed at shifting California’s  transportation investments to provide more access for all. Assembly Bill 2222, by Assemblymember Holden, would invest $50 million of cap and trade funds into a new transit pass program for all K-12 and community college students. “I introduced AB 2222 because I refuse to allow the high cost of transportation to be an impediment to receiving an education in our state,” said Assemblymember Holden. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s measure to streamline credentialing for qualified, out-of-state bi-lingual teachers, AB 2248, passed the Assembly Education Committee with a 4-0 vote today. AB 2448 streamlines requirements for out of state credentialed teachers with satisfactory performance evaluations and two or more years of teaching experience to address California’s teacher shortage.

“With an unprecedented amount of unfilled teaching positions, California is experiencing one of the worst teacher shortages ever,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.  “The teacher shortage disproportionately impacts low-income students of color, English language learners and students with special needs, contributing to the growing achievement and opportunity gap.”

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to expand housing opportunities for former foster youth, homeless and disabled veterans, AB 2442, passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee with a 6-1 vote today. AB 2442 allows housing developers to obtain multiple density bonuses from local government if the housing development sets aside ten percent for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals.

“Disabled veterans and transitional foster youth face a serious affordable housing problem,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “It is vital that we give our local communities tools to meet this challenge.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Foster Child Clothing Allowance Bill, AB 2552, passed the Assembly Human Services Committee with a 4-0 vote today. AB 2552 provides a clothing allowance for foster children placed in families that are receiving support through the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program.

“Relative caregivers are the backbone of our child welfare system,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.  “Relative foster placements are more cost effective, tend to lead to more long-term placement stability, and offer better connections to the child's community. These children, however, don't receive funding equal to what they would receive with a non-relative placement.”

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bills Focus on Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Public Transportation Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO – Recognizing that far too many communities, and particularly low-income communities, lack sufficient pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit opportunities, Assemblymembers Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) unveiled a package of “transportation equity” proposals aimed at shifting California’s  transportation investments to provide more access for all.  The four proposed bills work together to provide better transportation choices so all Californians can walk, bicycle, and take public transit easily and safely.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

La Verne, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s new golf cart legislation for the City of La Verne, AB 2073, passed the Assembly House Floor today 74-0. The bill adds a technical change to last year’s AB 173 (Holden) to allow the City of La Verne, and associated universities and retirement communities, to continue to permit the limited use of utility style golf carts and shuttle style vehicles on public roadways.

Golf carts have been a preferred method of transportation within the City of La Verne for nearly 40 years, but were threatened some years back when city officials discovered they were probably illegal on the city’s narrow streets. In 2009, they were given a temporary reprieve by the state legislature that extended legal use of golf carts to 2016 and exempted La Verne from having to construct separate golf cart lanes. In 2015, Holden passed AB 173 that eliminated the “sunset” date. AB 2073 ensures that all golf cart style vehicles be included in the state exemption for the City of La Verne.