January 8, 2008
Gold Coast Transit News Release
For Immediate Release
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Mayor Tom Holden to Lead Gold Coast Transit in 2009

OXNARD, CA – The Board of Directors of Gold Coast Transit has elected Dr. Thomas E. Holden to serve as the Board’s chair for 2009. The Board designated the vice-chair position for the representative of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors who will be appointed by the County Board in late January.

Dr. Holden, the third-term mayor of Oxnard, succeeds author and urban planning consultant Bill Fulton who just completed his first term as chair of the transit Board. Fulton will continue to serve on the GCT Board and the Ventura City Council where he is Deputy Mayor.

Dr. Holden has served on the GCT Board since 2004. During his tenure he has spearheaded changes to improve service throughout Oxnard to provide more options for transit passengers.  Dr. Holden has been a champion of improvements to the GCT ACCESS paratransit service that provides complementary paratransit service for people with disabilities and seniors throughout GCT’s 91 square mile service area. 

Recently re-elected to his third two-year term as Mayor of Oxnard, Dr. Holden served for more than nine years on the Oxnard City Council from 1993-2002.  Dr. Holden represents the City on several key Boards, Commissions and Committees including: the Graffiti Task Force, Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard, Water Task Force, Downtown Improvement Task Force, and the Channel Islands Harbor Task Force.

Community Involvement has always been a priority for Dr. Holden.  He currently serves on the St. John’s and Pleasant Valley Regional Hospitals Board of Directors.  He has also served on community organizations, including as Past President of the Boys and Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme and the Tri-County Optometric Society.  In recognition of his hard work on the behalf of Oxnard, Dr. Holden was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Knights of Columbus and given the National Man and Youth award by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Dr. Holden is also a recipient of the esteemed Paul Harris award of Rotary International.

The Holden family has deep roots in Oxnard, having first settled in the city in 1906. Dr. Holden resides in the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District with his wife, Dr. Lisa Knapp, and their three sons. Dr. Holden received his optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1986 and shares an optometry practice in Oxnard with Dr. Knapp.

Gold Coast Transit is a joint powers agency of the Cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura, and the County of Ventura. GCT provides scheduled bus service on 15 routes in western Ventura County and provides curb-to-curb paratransit service for people with disabilities and senior citizens who cannot use the scheduled bus service. In fiscal year 2007-08 GCT provided 3.6 million trips to transit passengers.

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