Press Releases

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO--A coalition of state legislators and advocates today announced a package of criminal justice reform legislation affecting employment opportunities for Californians with prior convictions. The proposals by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) will prohibit the majority of State agencies that provide professional licenses from using arrest or conviction records as the sole basis to deny professional licenses to Californians with non-violent offenses.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pasadena, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden welcomes Ann Marie Hickambottom to join his district office staff. Ann Marie Hickambottom brings a wealth of knowledge of the Pasadena and Altadena community where she and her family have deep roots, and has executive experience in organizational and program development from a long career in nonprofit management.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pasadena, CA – State funds were approved for the Metro Gold line Foothill Extension and Orange/Red Line to Gold Line Bus Connector. Both projects are expected benefit the foothill communities and the Greater Los Angeles Area. These projects have been approved to receive grants from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), which receives its funding from both the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and Senate Bill 1.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation that requires idle and abandoned oil and gas wells be tested for hydrocarbon emissions, Assembly Bill 3146, passed the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. This bill also requires results from these tested oil and gas wells to be collected and publically reported by the Department of Conservation.

“There are over 25,000 oil and gas wells across California, many close to where people live, that can emit harmful chemicals into our air undetected,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.  “We need to know how much and how often these wells are emitting pollutants in order to protect public health.”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pasadena, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden nominated Pasadena local Thomas D. Seifert to represent the Arroyo Seco Tributary on the newly established Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group. The nomination was sent after California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy expanded the nomination process for the working group to include the 41st Assembly District, even though the Arroyo Seco Tributary was left out of the original legislation that created it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to study transit pass programs for students, Assembly Bill 2304, cleared the Assembly Committee on Transportation today unanimously with bipartisan support. This bill requires the Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the prevalence of student transit pass programs and their effectiveness.

“College is expensive, and students are struggling because of it,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.  “For many students, transportation is among the most costly of all school-related expenses and providing free or low cost transit passes is a solution that benefits both students and the environment.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sacramento (CA) - Assemblymember Chris Holden’s College Athletes Civil Rights Act of 2018, Assembly Bill 2747, passed the California State Assembly Committee on Higher Education today. The recently amended version of Assembly Bill 2747 allows college athletes to receive earnings through a degree completion fund, and creates safeguards for college athletes from abuses by college coaches, trainers, and other athletic staff.