Saturday, January 16, 2016

Program aimed at cultivating the next generation of leaders

Pasadena, CA – Pasadena, CA – Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden kicked off the Young Legislators Program at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with twelve participating high school students from the 41st Assembly District. The six-month long program will provide the students an opportunity to learn about the legislative process, services provided to constituents by elected leaders, and the relationship between local and state governments. The twelve students participating are from Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, San Dimas, and Claremont.

“I’m thrilled to launch the first annual Young Legislators Program for the 41st Assembly District,” said Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden. “We’ve put together a program that I hope will have lasting impact on the students and maybe even inspire them to run for office one day.”

About

Governor Brown’s proposed 2016-17 Budget, released yesterday, begins legislative efforts to keep California’s finances on track while continuing to invest in our future. I believe investments in our infrastructure, education, and healthcare system are critical to a thriving California.

Access to higher education remains a top priority for me. Thankfully, the nearly $300 million in new higher education funds in this year’s budget ensures California college students will not face tuition increases for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the proposed 4.4% increase in funding for California’s Community Colleges means more high school students can immediately access college level courses provided by my concurrent enrollment bill, AB 288.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sacramento, CA – As the season's downpour begins from the effects of a strong El Nino, Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden urges constituents to educate themselves about the resources available, and to do their part to keep their family, community, and property safe.

"From flooding to mudslides, the strong El Nino conditions now in effect have the potential to cause serious damage and harm to my district and the residents living here," said Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden.  "Cities and counties in Southern California are doing a phenomenal job preparing for El Nino by clearing sewage drains and providing free sand bags, but residents need to take the time to educate themselves on what they can do to stay safe and to protect their homes"

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden (AD – 41) today announced the availability of applications for the 2016-2017 Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program.

The Assembly Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for aspiring public servants of all ages, background and experiences to directly participate in the legislative process. The 11–month fellowship provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption through full-time work as professional staff in the Assembly.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

(Sacramento) – They changed the face of California politics. Assembly Speakers Willie L. Brown, Herb Wesson, Jr. and Karen Bass paved the way for African American leaders in our state and in our nation. Each of these trailblazers led the California State Assembly with their own unique style and stepped up to the challenges that their service demanded. Watch this Assembly Web Report to learn more about California’s history-making and barrier-breaking Black Speakers.

Monday, November 2, 2015

(San Bernardino, CA) – Small businesses create the majority of jobs in the Inland Empire. With that in mind, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) joined other legislators and experts for a special hearing to discuss the small business climate in the Inland Empire; get an update on the regional economic forecast; and discuss ways for Inland Empire businesses to participate in state funding programs. “I think this is a wonderful forum…one of the rare opportunities to hear from all of you and shape that testimony into policies and initiatives that are good for small business owners,” said Assemblymember Holden. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

District Update

Fall 2015 District Update

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 00:00

Dear Friends,

AB350 signingWe recently wrapped-up the 2015 legislative session, and I am pleased to report that we were able to accomplish so much this year, including getting nine of my bills signed into law.

In the final days of the session, we made significant gains that will provide a better quality of life for all Californians.

Environmental goals were the subject of intense debate in the Legislature this session. I supported the landmark climate change bill SB 350 and was glad the Governor signed it. I also supported SB 32 - gas emission reductions. SB 350's passage makes California a global leader in the fight against climate change. We will see the benefits of this legislation for generations to come.

Earlier in the session, I joined my colleagues in increasing public funding for California's public colleges and universities while providing billions more for our kindergarten through high school classrooms.

Another step we took strengthened healthcare and human services by expanding the Medi-Cal program and enacting an Earned Income Tax Credit which will uplift the working poor and their children.

Recognizing the seriousness of the current drought, this year we began appropriating the first part of voter-approved funds contained in the Water Bond for groundwater clean-up, desalination technology and projects to preserve our water supplies.

As the chairman of the Speaker's working group on redevelopment, I was tasked with developing a compromise to protect city budgets while ending years of messy and protracted litigation. Working with local governments from across California, my group came together to produce a fair compromise that provides clarity to the remaining Redevelopment Agency (RDA) dissolution process. Thanks to this compromise measure, cities like Pasadena and San Dimas will be able to retain control of critical city assets, like public parking facilities, and ensure money owed to local governments will be repaid.

All in all, we've accomplished a lot this year, but there is still much to be done. Please read further for details on my 2015 bill package.

Sincerely,

Signature

Chris Holden
41st State Assembly

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden will hold a hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Transportation to discuss timely transportation issues for the region and the state. The hearing Moving Goods, Moving People will includelocal and state government officials and experts who will discuss issues regarding funding solutions, active transportation and managing regional growth.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sacramento – Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) groundbreaking legislation to protect the investment of small business franchisees by strengthening their legal rights has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Today’s action comes a little more than a year after the Governor vetoed a highly controversial predecessor to this measure, SB 610.

AB 525 protects franchise owners from unreasonable interference by corporations ensuring franchisees can operate their businesses, transfer the franchise to a qualified heir, and renew their contracts. The bill represents a historic compromise between franchise owners, corporate owners, Democratic leaders and labor.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) bill to expand access to mutual water companies' board meetings through the utilization of modern teleconference and internet streaming was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.

AB 1077 strengthens the Mutual Water Company Open Meeting Act by requiring all shareholders to be guaranteed, at a minimum, the right to teleconference into any meeting and prohibiting the water company's board from meeting exclusively in executive session.