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(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.”
(Sacramento) – Standing among photos of young unarmed men killed by law enforcement, members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) denounced the escalating violence against men of color by law enforcement and committed themselves to pursuing tangible policies that address this issue in California, including the increased militarization of police departments across the state. Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) said, “Young, black, unarmed men are dying at a disproportionate rate whenever there is an interaction with law enforcement. CLBC members agreed that they need to explore the increased acquisition of military style equipment, including tanks, for use in towns and cities as a means of deescalating incidents between law enforcement and members of communities of color. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
“The President Barack Obama Curriculum Act”
Sacramento - President Barack Obama will take his rightful place in California textbooks under legislation signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1912 authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), will be the first step toward acknowledging President Obama’s legacy for generations to come. The measure enjoyed overwhelming, bi-partisan support as it made its way through the legislative process this year.
“I am very grateful to Governor Brown for signing this important legislation and to the lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who agreed that this presidency should not be relegated to a footnote in textbooks,” said Assemblymember Holden. “We want to make sure that future generations understand that the election of our nation’s first African American President was a historic step in the effort towards equality and that previous elections involved intimidation and violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting.”
Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise with victims as young as 13 being forced into prostitution.
Sacramento – The California Assembly today overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 955 to aid in stopping the sex trade in young women and men by allowing law enforcement to seek a court-ordered wiretap when human trafficking is suspected.
Assemblymember Chris Holden, principal co-author of SB 955, presented the measure on the Assembly floor:
Sacramento: Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to protect parks and wild spaces by increasing fines for dumping and vandalism in Southern California’s nature areas has been approved by the state Legislature.
AB 1767 raises the fines for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500. Because state bonds used to fund much of the SMMC cannot be used for maintenance, the increased fine revenue will help the Conservancy offset its current deficit and repairs.
AB 1566 Goes to Governor
Sacramento – The California State Legislature has overwhelmingly approved Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to strengthen laws against stealing used cooking oil. The Assembly gave final approval to Holden’s AB 1566 which increases penalties for stealing grease and beefs up law enforcement’s efforts to stop modern-day-rustlers. The vote was - 70 to 0.
Used cooking oil from deep fryers in restaurants all across the state has become a hot commodity that can be worth hundreds of dollars when converted into clean-burning biofuel. It is often targeted by grease thieves who see it as a way to make an easy haul. The penalties have been so minor, many law enforcement agencies don’t even respond when owners report the theft.
Sacramento – The California Legislature has given overwhelming, bi-partisan approval to Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to encourage California schools to teach the story of President Barack Obama’s trailblazing election.
Today’s vote in the Assembly on concurrence in language changes was approved unanimously – 73 to 0. Last Thursday the Senate overwhelmingly approved AB 1912. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for signature.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties disaster areas following a weekend of fierce storms that caused millions of dollars in damages in foothill and mountain communities.
Preliminary reports indicate extensive damage to homes, roads and property across both counties. In the mountain communities of Mt. Baldy, ten to 15 homes were severely damaged by intense rain and mud that also left one motorist dead. Several businesses were also impacted.