Assemblymember Chris Holden Scores Local Victories in Latest Budget Update

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Sacramento, CA – Today, the California Legislature passed AB 178 that included local victories sought by Assemblymember Chris Holden.  The legislation, known as a budget trailer bill, supplements the 2021-2022 State Budget agreement announced earlier in June. Next, Assemblymember Holden’s bill AB 2617 will enable more local education agencies to establish dual enrollment opportunities for students, couple those opportunities with student support services and outreach campaigns to ensure the continued success of dual enrollment programs. Additionally, this bill will require that dual enrollment outcomes are studied for program improvements. AB 2617 has also been adopted in the budget trailer bill to include $200 million for students across California to start their careers and higher education journeys with intention.

“Today’s local and statewide budget victories will have a direct positive impact in the 41st Assembly District,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “I’m thankful of the support from my colleagues and look forward to bringing more victories home to the district I represent and the people I serve.”

The $5 million for the Pasadena Central Library Seismic Retrofit project will require a seismic retrofit, structural upgrades, building systems upgrades, and improved ADA amenities for building access, inclusivity, and usage.

The $3 million for the Rose Bowl Stadium will ensure proper gas and water infrastructure improvements and the outcomes will be a strong level of emergency preparedness for City, County and State officials in the event of a catastrophe (pandemic, earthquakes, etc.), a much safer guest/staff environment and significant threat mitigation of fire and/or explosion that could harm the historical venue.

The $1.5 million La Vina Trail Completion will assist The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) in their pursuit of creating two new trails that will provide public access for all to the Altadena Crest Trail, Chaney Trail, and the Angeles National Forest’s extensive network of trails.

The $2.7 million for Clara Oaks would provide a western entrance to the Claremont wilderness park. It would also help in the effort to create an open space corridor of 100 acres across the entire foothills in the region.

The $10 million for Sierra Madre Library will assist in infrastructure upgrades and accessibility compliance.

The $1.9 million for the Rancho Cucamonga Wildfire Detection Initiative will cover the installation of a newly available rapid wildfire detection system on the power line structures along the City’s northern boundary, following the wildland urban interface to the Alta Loma and Etiwanda neighborhoods along the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains. The system would provide rapid detection and reporting of wildfires along the power line corridor.