Pasadena – Assemblymember Chris Holden has named Joe Fransen and Awards by Champion as the 41st Assembly District Small Business of the Year. Fransen will be recognized at ceremonies in Sacramento on June 10.
“I am pleased to recognize Joe Fransen for his dedication and hard work in San Dimas and the San Gabriel Valley,” stated Assemblymember Holden. “Joe is a success not only because of his business acumen, but because he gives back to the community through the countless hours he contributes in both San Dimas and La Verne.”
It is with great sadness that Assemblymember Chris R. Holden announces the death of his mother, Fannie Louise Holden at the age of 78. Ms. Holden, a longtime resident of Pasadena, died May 10th following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her sons Chris (Melanie Caldwell-Holden) and Reggie Holden (Heidi); grandchildren Nicholas, Alexander, Austin, Mariah, Christine and Jennifer; sisters Annie Jackson (Douglas), and Maxine Shaw (Johnny); first cousins Janice Chaffin and Nicole Ward (William); and former spouse Nate Holden.
Fannie Louise Holden was a lifelong member of Scott United Methodist Church in Pasadena.
Services and internment are private.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) released the following statement on Governor Brown's May Revise to the state budget which includes language in a trailer bill that is largely due to Assemblymember Holden's AB 1065 - modifying prison realignment:
"I introduced Assembly Bill 1065 this legislative year because of strong concerns with criminal justice realignment. Assembly Bill 1065 requires individuals released from prison that were previously certified as a mentally disordered offender (MDO) to be subject to state parole supervision instead of post-release community supervision by the county.
Sacramento – The Assembly Agriculture Committee today heard testimony on Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation to ensure that California fruit, nuts, livestock and vegetables are given priority when it comes to state purchasing.
Under Holden’s AB 199 Choose California Act, state agencies would be required to give California agriculture producers priority when purchasing food products if the price is within 5% of the lowest out-of-state competitor. School districts would have to purchase California grown products as long as they aren’t more expensive than out-of-state products.
AB 250 iHub Accelerator Fund
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) hopes to expand on the state’s iHub innovation network with a new plan to create economic opportunities for pioneering start-up companies. It’s part of his legislation (AB 250) that was overwhelmingly approved with bi-partisan support today in the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee.
AB 250 would allow emerging technology companies an opportunity to partner with the state to demonstrate new innovative technologies on underutilized state properties.
“We want to put the state in a position to cultivate and incubate young companies that are developing new technologies,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “Our goal is to foster greater collaboration between innovators and investment opportunities within the state.”
AB 139 – Domestic Violence Fees - A Technicality that Makes a Difference
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s AB 139 that strengthens penalties that abusers are required to pay to ensure that more funding is available to domestic violence shelters was overwhelmingly approved today in the Assembly – the first piece of legislation heard on the floor this session.
AB 139 clears up a technicality in order to provide more funds for local domestic violence shelters. The bill stipulates that those convicted of domestic violence must pay a minimum $500 fee – not a fine – before they are granted probation. This clarification is important because it would ensure the Legislature’s intent to use portions of the $500 fee to generate funding for local domestic violence programs.
Pasadena –Assemblymember Chris Holden has named two women who represent opposite ends of the district but share a common dedication to their communities to be “Women of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District.
“Our state boasts a rich history of women who have made lasting contributions to their communities and state through their public spirit and activism,” said Assemblymember Holden. “It is my great pleasure to recognize Rachel Worby and Zephyr Tate-Mann as “Women of the Year.”
Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise with victims as young as 13 being forced into prostitution. *
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to aid state law enforcement in stopping the trade of young men and women for prostitution was unanimously approved today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. AB 156 would allow law enforcement to get a court order for a wiretap when they suspect human trafficking across state and national borders.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) will welcome the Mars Rover “Curiosity” to the State Capitol on Monday while honoring the members of the team that brought the Rover to the Red Planet.
As part of Aerospace Week at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Holden will recognize the five team members on the Assembly floor Monday at noon for their role in the flawless entry and landing of Curiosity on the red planet.
Assemblymember Chris Holden congratulates former Congresswoman and Assemblymember Yvonne Braithwaite Burke who was chosen as a California State Assembly 2013 Woman of the Year. Ms. Burke has a history filled with firsts: she was the first African American woman elected to Congress from California and the first African American woman in the California Assembly. She later served as the first African American member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On March 4, she and 10 other women were honored on the Assembly floor.