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Wednesday, February 21 2018

Today, State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge, introduced legislation that will allow local governments to reasonably regulate residential treatment facilities in R-1 neighborhoods. The bill, SB 1317, would require facilities to provide written notification 30 days prior to operation and have parking plans, service plans and medical waste disposal plans. These treatment facilities relate to alcohol or drug abuse recovery operations that serve six or fewer patients.

Wednesday, February 21 2018

When residents crowded the La Cañada Flintridge City Council chambers in August to share their concerns about a residential drug and alcohol detox center operating out of a home at 915 Green Lane, officials said their hands were tied by state law.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) attended the Aug. 15 council meeting and promised to work with the city attorney, Mark Steres, to see if something could be done. On Friday, Portantino introduced the fruits of that effort, Senate Bill 1317.

Thursday, February 15 2018

On Tuesday, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, introduced fix-it legislation that would add the Arroyo Seco Tributary to the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group, which is headed up by the powerful Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

“I am happy to help solve a problem raised by constituents and to underscore how important the Arroyo Seco Tributary is to the greater watershed,” Portantino said in a written statement.

Thursday, February 15 2018

Senator Anthony J. Portantino, who represents Pasadena in the California Senate, has introduced legislation that would include the Arroyo Seco Tributary in the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group plan – a revitalization plan to address the unique and diverse needs of the Upper Los Angeles River, the tributaries of the Pacoima Wash, Tujunga Wash, and Verdugo Wash, and the communities through which they pass.

Wednesday, February 14 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law whistleblower protections for Capitol staffers. Now, legislative employees  will have the same protections as all other state employees. But a question arises: Will the new law, which passed both Democrat-controlled houses without a dissenting vote, really make much of a difference?

A separate bill to do just that, SB 419 by Sen. Anthony Portantino, was approved by the Senate but is stalled in the Assembly.

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