Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sacramento - Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s bill to provide property tax relief for California seniors was approved today in the state Senate on a vote of 36 to 0. It now goes to the Governor’s desk for signature.

AB 1378 would allow those over age 55 or the disabled to transfer the base value of their property to a new residence as long as the new house cost less than the old residence’s sale price.

“California seniors are more likely to move multiple times in their retirement years, back to walkable urban cores or to be closer to their own kids. Regardless of why seniors move, AB 1378 ensures that high property tax bills will not endanger the retirement savings of Californians,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “This simple measure will help California seniors on a fixed income, handle the growing cost of housing and do so at a minimal cost to the state.”

Monday, August 31, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s legislation to strengthen franchisees’ legal rights in their dealings with corporate owners has passed both houses of the California Legislature and now goes to Governor Brown for signature.  The vote was 71 to 0.

AB 525 is jointly authored with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Assemblymembers Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and makes it more difficult for major corporations to terminate franchisee agreements.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sacramento – Legislation by Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to keep small business franchise owners from being put out of business without good reason passed out of the Senate today on a vote of 34 to 0. AB 525 is jointly authored with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Assemblymembers Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita).

“What it really comes down to is that convenience store owners and fast food restaurateurs and other franchisees who put their life savings on the line will have a greater level of protection from having their contracts arbitrarily taken away,” said Assemblymember Holden. “This groundbreaking legislation is the result of a compromise between all the parties and marks a new future for small business owners who are the backbone of our state’s economy.” 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) is moving his legislation to provide high school students with access to community colleges for college level coursework. Assembly Bill 288 creates a partnership between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses – known as concurrent or dual enrollment. “There is a growing awareness that many graduating high school students are not adequately prepared for college courses,” explained Assemblyman Holden. “These students, mostly low-income, struggle in remedial classes that can set them back for years to come. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pasadena - Congratulations to our California Legislative Black Caucus scholarship recipients from the 41st Assembly District:

Scholarship Winners

LtoR: Jenee Francis, Angelica (Zuri) Bazzell-O'Balles, Michaela Jordan, CLBC Scholar Ruby Dyson, Brenden Haymond, CLBC Scholar Braxton Williams (not pictured).

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sacramento – Significant reforms in the Buy-Here, Pay-Here car loan industry are set to go into effect next January after Governor Brown today signed Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to protect the used-car-buying public.

“By signing AB 265 the Governor recognized the State of California needed to do more to reign in abusive consumer lending practices at Buy-Here, Pay-Here car dealerships,” said Assemblymember Holden. “Given all of the challenges and worries facing hard working families in our state I am proud that AB 265 will provide car-buying consumers the flexibility they need to make their payments on time, keep their cars and continue to provide for their family.”


Pasadena – Several hundred people crowded the Orange Heights Neighborhood in Pasadena, on Saturday, August 8th, for Assemblymember Chris Holden's annual block party and community resource fair. For more than 15 years, Assemblymember Holden has been bringing state, local and non-profit agencies together to provide information on local and state resources. Add to that the fun and games of a block party with live music and dancing, classic cars arts and crafts and game trucks, and you have a day full of memories.

"Thanks to everyone who helped to make this 16th year such a successful event," said Assemblymember Holden. "From the neighbors who put up with the inconvenience to the vendors who donated their time and resources, to the agencies who made this all possible – we couldn't have done it without you. It was a great day and I was happy to see and talk with so many friends new and old."

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sacramento: Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announce a landmark deal between the Assembly Democrats, Coalition of Franchisee Associations, SEIU, and the International Franchise Association to develop a Franchisee Bill of Rights to provide more protection to franchise operators who fear losing their businesses to powerful franchise corporations. This deal marks the first of its kind that the International Franchise Association has agreed to.

“The Franchise Bill of Rights represents a strong departure from the weak protections that allow small business owners to lose out on their life savings for minor violations,” said Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena). “This precedent setting measure marks a new future for the backbone of our economy: small businesses.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

(Pasadena, CA) - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) hosted a "Help Out…We're in a Drought" community meeting recently to discuss the severity of the drought, the water restrictions being implemented and water conservation techniques everyone can use to reduce water use. Local and state water officials, area business leaders and a large crowd filled the Kidspace Children's Museum courtyard for the event. "Every sector of our economy and region of our state must do more to conserve now," said Assemblymember Holden. "This briefing is designed to provide you and your family with helpful tools and actions that you can take immediately to conserve water." Here's more in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/holden

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

AB 252 STEM Classes - AB 1378 Senior Property Tax Break

Sacramento – Two bills authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) advanced today in Senate Committees.

Faced with a lack of diversity in science and math classes, AB 252 would establish a grant program to help school districts meet the costs associated with creating Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The bill passed out of Senate Education today on a vote of 6 to 1.