Sacramento, CA – Today on the Assembly Floor of the State’s Capital, Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) recognized Dr. Lucy Jones – one of the world’s most influential seismologists – who recently announced her retirement. Jones has been a leading seismologist with the United States Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of California Institute of Technology for more than three decades. Dr. Jones was presented with an Assembly Resolution coauthored by Assemblymember Chris Holden, Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (AD – 33), Assemblymember Bill Quirk (AD – 20) and Senator Carol Liu (SD – 25).
“Dr. Jones’ pioneering research has improved earthquake safety across our state and will ensure countless lives are saved whenever ‘The Big One’ inevitably strikes,” said Assemblymember Holden. “As Californians living in a seismically active region, we will forever be grateful for her contributions.”
(Sacramento) – Recognizing that far too many communities and particularly low-income communities, lack sufficient pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit opportunities, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) have written a package of “transportation and equity” proposals aimed at shifting California’s transportation investments to provide more access for all. Assembly Bill 2222, by Assemblymember Holden, would invest $50 million of cap and trade funds into a new transit pass program for all K-12 and community college students. “I introduced AB 2222 because I refuse to allow the high cost of transportation to be an impediment to receiving an education in our state,” said Assemblymember Holden. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s measure to streamline credentialing for qualified, out-of-state bi-lingual teachers, AB 2248, passed the Assembly Education Committee with a 4-0 vote today. AB 2448 streamlines requirements for out of state credentialed teachers with satisfactory performance evaluations and two or more years of teaching experience to address California’s teacher shortage.
“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.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to expand housing opportunities for former foster youth, homeless and disabled veterans, AB 2442, passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee with a 6-1 vote today. AB 2442 allows housing developers to obtain multiple density bonuses from local government if the housing development sets aside ten percent for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals.
“Disabled veterans and transitional foster youth face a serious affordable housing problem,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “It is vital that we give our local communities tools to meet this challenge.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Foster Child Clothing Allowance Bill, AB 2552, passed the Assembly Human Services Committee with a 4-0 vote today. AB 2552 provides a clothing allowance for foster children placed in families that are receiving support through the Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program.
“Relative caregivers are the backbone of our child welfare system,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Relative foster placements are more cost effective, tend to lead to more long-term placement stability, and offer better connections to the child's community. These children, however, don't receive funding equal to what they would receive with a non-relative placement.”
Bills Focus on Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Public Transportation Infrastructure
SACRAMENTO – Recognizing that far too many communities, and particularly low-income communities, lack sufficient pedestrian, bicycling, and public transit opportunities, Assemblymembers Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), and Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) unveiled a package of “transportation equity” proposals aimed at shifting California’s transportation investments to provide more access for all. The four proposed bills work together to provide better transportation choices so all Californians can walk, bicycle, and take public transit easily and safely.
La Verne, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s new golf cart legislation for the City of La Verne, AB 2073, passed the Assembly House Floor today 74-0. The bill adds a technical change to last year’s AB 173 (Holden) to allow the City of La Verne, and associated universities and retirement communities, to continue to permit the limited use of utility style golf carts and shuttle style vehicles on public roadways.
Golf carts have been a preferred method of transportation within the City of La Verne for nearly 40 years, but were threatened some years back when city officials discovered they were probably illegal on the city’s narrow streets. In 2009, they were given a temporary reprieve by the state legislature that extended legal use of golf carts to 2016 and exempted La Verne from having to construct separate golf cart lanes. In 2015, Holden passed AB 173 that eliminated the “sunset” date. AB 2073 ensures that all golf cart style vehicles be included in the state exemption for the City of La Verne.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Talent Agency Scam Prevention Bill, AB 2068, passed the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. AB 2068 strengthens the Talent Scam Prevention Act by expanding the list of communication forms that can be regulated such as online and computer applications.
“With the unprecedented popularity of reality television and social media sites such as YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, and others, the quest for instant stardom has become prevalent among all ages, especially teens and young adults,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Unfortunately, this creates a ripe situation for illegitimate talent agencies to scam young, aspiring artists.”
Sacramento, CA – Today, the California State Legislature passed SB 3, a measure to increase California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The bill passed the State Assembly 48-26, and the State Senate 26-12. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill into law, which by January 2017 will make California’s minimum wage the highest of any state in the nation.
“This is a major victory for families across the state struggling to make ends meet,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “With the gridlock in the nation’s Capital, California has once again shown it can lead.”
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Water Efficient Landscaping Bill, AB 2525, passed the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee with a 9-3 vote. AB 2525 creates the California Water Efficient Landscaping (WEL) Program that encourages Californians to upgrade their landscape and irrigation equipment for more efficient ones. It also prioritizes participation of families that qualify for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
“California is suffering from a five-year drought and is already experiencing the adverse of effects of climate change such as record breaking high temperatures,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “This bill aims to tackle these issues by implementing water efficient landscaping and irrigation in urban areas in order to help us adapt to a new era of climate change in California. We need to capture water when it rains and minimize use when it does not.”