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Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today announced staff additions at his Capitol and district offices.
Kayleen Maya-Aviles joins the Pasadena office as district director. Maya-Aviles, who started January 26, spent more than two decades working in community-based public affairs, most recently as vice-president for Valencia & Company where she focused on outreach efforts for such diverse clients as KPCC radio, Metrolink, and the cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Azusa. She built her early career as field deputy to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. She replaces Bobi Johnson who takes over as Principal Consultant to the Majority Floor Leader covering regional transportation issues including the 710 Freeway, Metro Gold Line expansion, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and Ontario Airport.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today introduced Assembly Bill 148 to offer an alternative solution to school construction funding in both K- 12 grades and community colleges.
“California schools are in terrible shape and lack the funds to make necessary repairs. Toilets are clogged, roofs leak, and students swelter in hot classrooms. The Governor’s budget proposal does not provide a sustainable solution for our children. AB 148 will begin discussions about the future of school financing, which may include both bond financing or tax financing, and also streamline the state facilities program, currently a burdensome layer of bureaucracy,” said Assemblymember Holden.
Pasadena - “I echo the Governor Brown’s sentiment that ‘self-discipline and real prudence’ are essential to keep our budget balanced and maintain the progress California has seen in the past few years. I thank the Governor for his leadership on the Rainy Day Fund and for following through on his promises to voters by saving $2.4 billion for future economic downturns.
This budget includes big gains for public education. I am very pleased to see $7.8 billion in new funding for K-12 education and California’s community colleges. Although I had hoped the Governor would be able to give the University of California a larger budget increase, $120 million in additional funding is significant. The Cal State University system will get a similar amount. I remain committed to making college more affordable.
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) applauded Governor Brown for his accomplishments, which the Governor laid out in his inaugural address, which also served as his State of the State speech. Assemblymember Holden (D-Pasadena) is enthused about the Governor’s “bold vision” for California’s future, especially in the areas of education and climate change. Holden “looks forward to working with Governor Brown” for the next four years to accomplish those goals. Watch this Assembly Access Video hear more from Assemblymember Holden.
Sacramento - Today, Speaker of the California Assembly Toni G. Atkins announced the members of the Democratic Caucus leadership team for the 2015-16 legislative session. Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has been appointed Assembly Majority Floor Leader; The Majority Floor Leader represents the Speaker on the Floor and expedites Assembly floor proceedings. Holden previously served as Majority Whip under Speaker Emeritus John A. Perez and as Assistant Majority Leader. He was first elected in 2012.
“I am deeply honored to be appointed Majority Leader of the California State Assembly. I appreciate Speaker Atkin’s trust in me. Great progress has been made in balancing our state's budget, protecting our state's business climate, and investing in California's future through education. However, great challenges await us this session as Californians face staggering underemployment, underperforming schools, and housing unaffordability. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve wage growth, early childhood education, and ensuring that homeownership remains an attainable American Dream.”
Leondra R. Kruger has been selected by Governor Brown for a vacancy on the California Supreme Court. The Governor’s nomination will be submitted to the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and must be confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. Ms. Kruger is a member of the Washington, D.C. and California Bar Associations and is admitted to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO RECOGNIZE FALLEN HEROES"
Assemblymember Holden Applauds Honoring War Dead from Vietnam Era
Sacramento - Earlier this year, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) worked with Veteran's groups to author AJR 33 - a resolution that urges the U.S. Department of Defense to include the names of the 74 fallen sailors of the Destroyer U.S.S. Frank E. Evans (21 of whom are from California) on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
(South Pasadena, CA) – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) takes a ride on the Gold Line light rail train and talks about the need for expansion to provide vital transportation options between Los Angeles and the Cities of San Gabriel, Foothills and Azusa. Assemblymember Holden also takes part in the Transportation Round Table in Claremont with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and talks about why he’s trying so hard to keep the Gold Line on track. Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more.
AB 1672 – Truancy Prevention: School Attendance Review Boards
Sacramento – The California Legislature has given final approval to Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to collect more complete records on absences and intervention strategies to help identify the effectiveness of school truancy programs.
AB 1672 is part of a package of measures sponsored by the Attorney General to address chronic truancy and now goes to Governor Brown for signature.
AB 1672 – Truancy Prevention: School Attendance Review Boards
Sacramento – The State Senate has approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to collect more complete records on absences and intervention strategies to help identify the effectiveness of school truancy programs. AB 1672 is part of a package of measures sponsored by the Attorney General to address chronic truancy. The vote was 29 to 4.
“With this bill we are hoping to block the cycle of truancy and juvenile courts. If schools aren’t tracking which students are missing you won’t be able to effectively fix the problem,” said Assemblymember Holden. “When students aren’t in class, they aren’t learning; so, let’s get the data and get these kids back on track.”