Sacramento, CA – Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill, AB 2248, that addresses California’s bilingual teacher shortage. AB 2448 streamlines requirements for out of state credentialed teachers with satisfactory performance evaluations and two or more years of teaching experience.
“With an unprecedented amount of unfilled teaching positions, California is experiencing one of the worst teacher shortages ever,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “The teacher shortage disproportionately impacts low-income students of color, English language learners and students with special needs, contributing to the growing achievement and opportunity gap.”
Pasadena, CA – California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (AD – 63) appointed Assemblymember Chis Holden (AD – 41) to the California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.
“I thank Speaker Rendon for selecting me to the Utility and Commerce Committee,” said Holden. “I appreciate his belief that I will add value in helping to set forward-thinking energy policy for California's future.”
Pasadena, CA –Assemblymember Chis Holden’s (AD – 41) Young Legislators Program concluded with a road trip to Northern California that included visits to the Facebook headquarters and the State Capitol building. The trip marked the sixth and final session for the recent high schools graduates, all from the 41st Assembly District.
Day one, of the two-day road trip, involved a tour of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park followed by a panel discussion with members of Facebook’s government affairs team. Day two brought the students to the California State Capitol where they toured the building, met Assemblymember Holden and sat in on the Senate Education Committee hearing.
Sacramento, CA – In the Capitol, Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD - 41) honored Maricela Guzman, a Navy veteran who served overseas from 1998 to 2002, as the 2016 41st Assembly District’s “Veteran of the Year.”
“I am pleased to be able to call Maricela Guzman the 41st Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year,” said Assemblymember Holden. “Not only has her service to our country been exemplary, but her work today continues to improve the quality of life for our military.”
Guzman served in Diego Garcia and Italy before being honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. In the course of her service she was awarded three Navy and Marine Achievement Awards, and was honored as Junior Sailor of the Quarter in 2000 and Junior Sailor of the Year in 2001.
Following her time in the Navy, Guzman went on to California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services and an M.S. in Counseling.
Sacramento, CA – In a ceremony in Sacramento, Assemblymember Chris Holden recognized Union Station Homeless Services, a non-profit that has served the Pasadena and greater San Gabriel Valley community since 1973, as “Non-Profit of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District.
“I am very pleased to recognize Union Station Homeless Services for the outstanding and commendable service provided by their staff and volunteers.” said Assemblymember Holden. “These committed individuals have taken it upon themselves to combat the growing dangers and realities of poverty, and I commend them for the work that they do for our community.”
Dana Bean and Alan Maltun accepted the award on behalf of Union Station Homeless Services during the inaugural California Non-Profit day ceremony hosted by the California Association of Non-Profits.
With over 40 years of experience, Union Station Homeless Services offers a full continuum of nine programs throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Their services include street outreach, intake/assessment, care coordination and navigation, meals, shelter, housing, employment development, benefits enrollment, and referrals to medical and mental health services.
With their participation in new countywide programs such as the Coordinated Entry System and Homeless Families Solutions System, Union Station has expanded their intake services from Pasadena to the entire San Gabriel Valley. These new programs help them identify and rapidly house the most vulnerable members of the community.
Sacramento, CA – Today, the California State Legislature passed the final Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget to maintain California’s growing economy while investing in California families. Assemblymember Chris Holden released the following statement upon passage of the Legislature’s final budget package:
“Thanks to today’s vote, Californians will continue to have a balanced budget that strives to work for all Californians. With a functioning rainy day fund, the latest budget gives us an opportunity to make investments to fight poverty and homelessness, improve early education, expand access to higher education and protect our environment.
Once again, the California State Legislature has shown it can craft a responsible budget that builds a strong and prosperous California, and I look forward to Governor Brown’s signature.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills to create low cost transit passes for low income students, AB 2222; help Californians quit smoking , AB 1696; streamline dual enrollment, AB 2364; support families providing foster care, AB 2552; and protect children with autism, AB 1715, all passed the Assembly Floor this week. The legislation now heads to the Senate policy committees.
AB 2222 will create low cost transportation passes for California’s low income students. The cost of getting to and from school is adding more pressure to the already skyrocketing cost of receiving a quality education. AB 2222 will provide safe, reliable and low cost means for California students to get to class, reduce our state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and develop lifelong ridership habits among California’s high school and college students.
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE) is releasing a Request for Information (RFI) on the issue of diversity within the workforce and business ownership structure of high technology-based industries in California.
"While Latinos comprise the largest population group in California, we remain significantly underrepresented in technology fields from workforce, to boardrooms, to start-up firms," said Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Chair of JEDE and policy lead on this issue for the California Latino Legislative Caucus. "Decades of underinvestment in education and career development have resulted in a digital divide that threatens the long-term economic growth of the state."
Sacramento, CA – In a ceremony in Sacramento, Assemblymember Chris Holden honored Pasadena resident Robin Salzer, owner of Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena since 1982, as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District.
“I am very pleased to recognize Robin Salzer of Robin’s Woodfire BBQ for his successful career as a small business owner, and the positive impact he has made in our community,” said Assemblymember Holden.
“Over the past 165 years, court cases and policy decisions have shaped the educational experiences of Black children,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Despite some progress, the unfortunate reality is that opportunity and achievement gaps continue to persist, leaving California’s nearly one million Black youth under age 25 facing an uphill battle to get the education they desire.”