AB 1065 Keeps Criminals with Serious Mental Disorders or Sexual Offenses off County Streets
SACRAMENTO – Following numerous calls for changes to California’s 15-month-old prison realignment program, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced a measure to shut the revolving door of state parolees with serious mental disorders and mentally disordered sexual offenders from being transferred to county supervision.
“Many of these felons are being rushed through the system for early release onto our streets and in our communities without regard to the serious mental issues that some of them have,” said Assemblymember Holden. “As recently reported, this shift has put a tremendous strain on county resources resulting in thousands of sex offenders removing their GPS tracking devices because they know they won’t be sent back to overcrowded prisons or jails.”
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Claremont) today called on the California Public Utilities Commission to examine the 24.5% rate increase requested by Golden State Water Company which services the city of Claremont.
In a letter to PUC President Michael Peevey and Commission Members, Assemblymember Holden wrote:
I respectfully request that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) meticulously scrutinize whether this rate increase is justified. Among the factors I hope you will consider, please examine both the benefits and the detriments of this requested rate increase in the context of GSWC's ability to deliver water resources and the economic impact this increase will have on homeowners and businesses.
My goal is to ensure that the interests of ratepayers are protected and I believe that a higher level of scrutiny is necessary to ensure this. It is imperative that the PUC fulfill this oversight role.
CONTACT: Wendy Gordon, (626) 720-3409.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has added his name to the growing list of leaders calling on the state Franchise Tax Board to reinstate California’s Small Business Stock Tax Incentives. Assemblymember Holden is also asking the FTB to eliminate the retroactive tax on more than 2,500 entrepreneurs and investors.
“This decision by the Franchise Tax Board just makes no sense for a state still struggling to recover from a recession,” said Holden. “California lost more than a million jobs in the Great Recession; a decision like this one could not only damage job recovery, but could also help other states recruit California businesses.”
Recently, the FTB cancelled California’s Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) Incentives program. In addition, they announced they will be issuing retroactive tax assessments on some 2500 small businesses that had previously qualified for the tax incentives.
Sacramento - Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has been appointed to the Governing Board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The announcement was made by Assembly Speaker John Perez.
“The Conservancy has helped preserve urban parks and wilderness access throughout Southern California and especially in the foothills region of the 41st Assembly District,” said Assemblymember Holden. “I look forward to working in partnership with local governments and private landowners to protect and preserve the natural treasures of the San Gabriel foothills.”
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was established by the State Legislature in 1980. Since that time, it has helped to preserve over 69,000 acres of parkland in both wilderness and urban settings.
Valentine's Day and its message of love has been around since at least Roman times. But, in recent years, it has taken on new significance as billions gather around the world to recognize that for too many women, sexual violence is an everyday reality.
This Valentine's Day I will join hundreds of women and girls and the men who support them on the steps of the state Capitol to put a stop to sexual violence as part of the "One Billion Rising" rally.
Pasadena – In an effort to better serve our constituents, Assemblymember Chris Holden has moved the AD 41 district office to east Pasadena. The new office is located at 600 N. Rosemead Blvd. in the Hastings Ranch area. There is plenty of street parking at the new location, and we look forward to seeing you.
Introduces AB 199 “Choose California Act”
Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) has introduced a bill to help boost the state’s agricultural economy by putting California’s farmers and ranchers first.
Under AB 199, state-owned or state-run institutions would be required to Choose California farm products. Public institutions – such as public schools, prisons or hospitals – would have to buy agricultural products grown in California before buying from out-of-state suppliers.
“Governor Brown’s bold vision for the year ahead addresses the challenges the state faces going forward. His “state of the state” speech points out that while California’s economy is coming back, we must get the state’s budget deficit under control or face big problems down the road. We don’t want to be in the same position five years from now when Prop 30 goes away as we are today – facing large deficits and dramatic cuts to services.
AB 156 expands wiretapping law to include human trafficking
Sacramento - Human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar a year enterprise and California is one of its top destinations. A growing number of these victims are girls and boys - sometimes as young as 12 or 13 who are brought into California and forced into prostitution. It is a crime both nationally and internationally. But, like drug and arms trafficking, it is one of the most difficult to pursue.
Sacramento – California homeowners with mortgage-related headaches will get some relief under a new bill proposed by State Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). AB 132 would waive the state penalties on early withdrawals from retirement accounts when the funds are used to help stabilize mortgage payments.
As more and more homeowners struggle to pay their mortgages or watch as their home values plunge, they are turning to early distributions from their retirement accounts. But that can trigger severe tax penalties if the borrower is less than 59 ½ years of age. There is a 10% federal tax penalty and an additional 2.5% state penalty for early withdrawals.