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(Pasadena) We are pleased to announce that the Community Resource Fair and Block Party will take place on July 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at 589 Jackson Street. This event is an effort to distribute information about state and local programs and services available to residents of the 41st Assembly District.
Event activities include live music, rides for the children, resource tables with State agencies, cities and nonprofits sharing useful information. Free hot dogs cooked by the Pasadena Police will also be provided.
Parking for the event will be located on El Molino, Los Robles, and the open sections of Madison and Oakland Avenue. Jackson from El Molino to Los Robles, Madison from Jackson to Thompson and the entrance to Jackson from Oakland will be closed from 8 AM – 6 PM.
For more information about the event or if you have any questions or comments, please call at (626)351-1917.
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(Pasadena) CA – California State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) joined forces with the Pasadena Humane Society and Assemblymembers Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) in hosting a community adoption day at the Pasadena shelter. PHS is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides care for abandoned and homeless animals. By the time the doors closed, 29 cats, 19 dogs, one parakeet, and one chicken had been adopted. For a look at the action and some adorable pets waiting for good homes, check out this Assembly Access Video.
Local and state officials Friday painted a dire portrait of what's to come as the state moves into what they say will be one of the worst fire seasons ever.
With California in the grip of a prolonged drought that has only worsened in recent months, the start of summer this weekend has fire safety officials sweating.
"The drought has created a tinderbox," Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) said at a news conference Friday.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to expand pathways for high school students who want to pursue college courses or career tech classes was unanimously approved in the Senate Education Committee today.
AB 1451 enhances concurrent enrollment opportunities by encouraging school districts and community colleges to enter into formal partnership agreements that outline the terms and goals of the partnership.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and the rest of the California State Assembly adjourned in the memory of baseball legend Tony Gwynn following his untimely death from cancer. Gwynn was 54 years old. Assemblymember Holden, who knew Gwynn during his high school years and as a classmate at San Diego State University, remembered Gwynn as much more than a baseball player, “The one word that I would say best describes Tony Gwynn is…loyal. He was a loyal teammate. He was a loyal friend. And he was a loyal husband.”
Sacramento – Including President Barack Obama in California textbooks seems like a no-brainer. But, it’s not necessarily so. That’s why Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation would include recognizing the historical significance of President Obama as the first African American President.
AB 1912 had its first hearing in Senate Education Committee today and unanimously passed with bipartisan support and a vote of 7 to 0.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (Pasadena) bill to increase fines for dumping and vandalism in Southern California’s natural spaces and outdoor recreation areas has been approved by the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
AB 1767 raises the fines for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500. The bill also increases fines ($750 maximum) for infractions such as ignoring red flag warnings or allowing off-leash dogs in protected lands. Because state bonds used to fund much of the SMMC cannot be used for maintenance, the bill would require that the fines be used to pay the costs of any repairs or clean-up related to those violations.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) had ten bills approved by the Assembly this week as the deadline for getting bills out of their house of origin approached. The bills include measures to help the long-term unemployed, increase penalties for vandalism in our parklands and collect information on California’s truancy crisis.
AB 1451 Concurrent Enrollment: expands opportunities for high school students to take college courses or vocational classes in community colleges by offering career technical education, career pathways, dropout prevention.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to extend California’s wiretapping “sunset” date for an additional five years was unanimously approved 75 to 0 on the Assembly floor late Tuesday.
“With the evolution of the digital age, lawbreakers have become more clever and better organized, especially when it comes to drug and arms trafficking,” stated Assemblymember Holden. “That’s why it’s so important that law enforcement officials have an equally sophisticated response. By extending the sunset date, we’ll give our law enforcement teams additional tools to keep our communities safe.”
AB 1586 Expands State Hiring Priorities for Unemployed & AB 1921 Transparency in Contracts
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden's bills to put more Californians to work and provide transparency in government contracts have passed the Assembly.
AB 1586 is a workforce development bill that would move unemployed Californians to the front of the hiring line by requiring certain state contractors to give priority to workers who are currently receiving unemployment benefits or to workers that have exhausted their unemployment benefits.