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Friday, June 2 2017

Tuesday, Senator Anthony J. Portantino presented SB 328 on the floor of the California State Senate. The bill requires middle schools and high schools in California to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. SB 328 is based on recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control for the optimal time to start school for improved public health of teenage students.

Thursday, May 18 2017

Soon Southern California drivers could be cruising along the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway.”

A resolution passed by the state Senate this week would name a roughly four-mile stretch of Highway 134 in Eagle Rock and Pasadena after the 44th president, waiving the usual practice that honorees be deceased before the highway designation is bestowed.

Tuesday, May 16 2017

In times of rampant and ceaseless chaos, self-care is essential. Even at the state level. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the state legislature is planning to name a stretch of the 134 Freeway after Barack Obama. The former president attended Occidental in Eagle Rock, and the portion of the 134 named after him will span the 210 to the 2, which covers his old stomping grounds. If you’re ranking freeways in L.A., you can do a lot worse than the 134...(Read Full Text)

Monday, May 15 2017

A resolution authored by state Sen. Anthony Portantino to name a segment of the 134 Freeway between Eagle Rock and Pasadena after President Barack Obama advanced one step closer to becoming official this week...

Sunday, May 14 2017

The state Senate voted on Monday to rename a portion of the freeway that runs between Pasadena and Glendale in honor of former President Obama.

The proposal, which passed on a bipartisan vote of 34 to 1, now heads to the state Assembly.

Wednesday, May 10 2017

Four months ago, Gov. Jerry Brown took back $1 million in funding promised to the Pasadena Playhouse as part of a budget-balancing move, sending the theater company scrambling for loans to pay for ongoing renovations to the 93-year-old building.

On Thursday, Brown restored the funding into his $124 billion general fund budget after local Democrats in the Assembly and Senate convinced the governor and the state Department of Finance that the take-away amounted to a broken promise.

Wednesday, March 29 2017

On Sunday, March 26, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) had the privilege of honoring ten exemplary women from Senate District 25 in the courtyard of Pasadena City Hall. The California State Legislature first recognized March as Women’s History Month in 1987 and has continued the tradition.

Tuesday, March 28 2017

On Sunday, March 26, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) had the privilege of honoring ten exemplary women from Senate District 25 in the courtyard of Pasadena City Hall. The California State Legislature first recognized March as Women’s History Month in 1987 and has continued the tradition. Each year members of the State Legislature recognize the exceptional women in their district with a celebration commemorating their efforts.

Monday, March 20 2017

SACRAMENTO—Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange, introduced Senate Resolution 29 on Monday designating the month of April for commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

Thursday, March 2 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California State Senate Rules Committee established on Thursday an historic Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange reported the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region. The select committee came at the request of State Senator Anthony J.