Friday, June 19, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on today’s passage of a final budget for the 2015-16 year.  It now goes to Governor Brown for signature before going into effect July 1.

“Making the first meaningful steps to reinvest in California since the recession, the Legislature today gave final approval to the 2015-16 budget bills. Thanks to the state’s growing economy our education system was a primary beneficiary. This budget invests $14 billion more than last year in California’s K-12 and community college systems.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to regulate Buy Here, Pay Here car lots has been approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Under AB 265, Buy Here, Pay Here dealerships must provide a 5 to 10-day notification period before a remote kill device can be used to disable a car for lack of payment. Current law requires only a 48 hour warning before a car can be disabled due to late payments, or insurance cancellation or even a clerical error. The consequences can be disastrous.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


As Gov. Jerry Brown (right) enters the Assembly chambers for a swearing-in ceremony in December of 2014, he shakes hands with Pasadena native and state Assemblyman Chris Holden, while Chris’ father, Nate, looks on. Brown has worked with each of the Holdens during his two terms as governor (Nate was a state senator in 1974-78).

The nasty side of politics includes forgotten promises, backroom deals and leaders pushing personal agendas, even when it means pushing constituents into harm’s way.

But local politician Chris Holden’s first-hand knowledge of those types of dealings didn’t come from the state Assembly floor, where he serves today. The son of a longtime local politician, he learned those lessons the hard way on the hardwood, when politics pushed the big man to the back of the bench.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on passage of the state budget this afternoon:

“In the wake of the recession, this budget continues the work of rebuilding our state.  I am encouraged to see that schools are the primary beneficiary of our improving economy.  The budget passed today includes an additional $8.2 billion for K-12 education.

There is also an additional $107 million for Cal State University and $25 million for the University of California. This comes on top of the $120 million proposed by the Governor.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sacramento – In a ceremony in Sacramento, Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden honored Claremont resident Andy Dale, owner of Dale Brothers Brewery in Upland as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District. Andy and his brother and co-owner, Curt  travelled to Sacramento Wednesday to receive their award.

“I am very pleased to recognize the Dale brothers for their dedication to their craft and volunteerism in Claremont, Upland and the surrounding communities,” said Assemblymember Holden.  “They are a success not only for their hard work and dedication to the business, but because they give so much back to their communities with regular fundraisers for charitable organizations.”

Thursday, June 4, 2015

AB 252 Passes Assembly 49 to 12

Sacramento – The Assembly today overwhelmingly approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to help students in underserved communities gain access to advanced coursework in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Computer Science classes.

The measure, AB 252, is aimed at increasing the number of minority, female and low income students who often do not have access to advanced courses at their high schools.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sacramento – Amid proposals to increase the smoking age, raise sales taxes on cigarettes and other efforts to decrease the prevalence of smokers, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) is leading the effort to help current smokers kick the habit.

AB 1162, approved in the Assembly, clarifies which tobacco cessation treatments are covered under Medi-Cal and ensures comprehensive coverage for all patients. AB 1162 is designed to spur smokers to quit by expanding the kinds of FDA approved   medications available and providing stop-smoking counseling sessions.  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

California is facing an affordable housing crisis. As property values continue to skyrocket across our state, it won’t simply be apartment dwellers and fresh-out-of-college millennials feeling the squeeze.

Seniors and Californians living with disabilities, or any other Californian on a fixed income, will soon feel the pressure of California’s growing property values. While I am thrilled to see California’s economy and home prices rebound from the recession of 2008, we cannot leave those Californians on a fixed income behind.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sacramento – The Assembly has overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) that would give California seniors a break on property taxes when they sell their home.

Holden’s 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 was in the same county and cost less than the old residence’s sale price. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sacramento – The Assembly today unanimously approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) measure to reduce barriers to higher education.  The bill would create a partnership between high schools and community colleges to allow students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on community college campuses. The vote was 75 to 0. 

Holden’s bi-partisan legislation (AB 288) on what’s known as concurrent or dual enrollment calls for increasing the number of college classes students can take from 11 to 15 units. It also offers opportunity for technical career classes that can potentially lead to a job.  And, it provides for remedial courses and college level coursework to prepare students for college life.