In the News

Monday, April 2 2018

For many homeowners, the full extent of the devastation from the October fires is still unfolding — on their calculators.

The number of people in Sonoma County who lost their homes and were underinsured or uninsured has exceeded the fears of many local leaders and even some industry experts. A survey by San Francisco-based consumer group United Policyholders shows nearly 70 percent of local fire victims believe they do not have enough insurance to rebuild their homes. 

Thursday, March 29 2018

Professional Child Development Associates Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Diane Cullinane, is hosting a thoughtful discussion “Autism: Mystery and Hope” Thursday at WeWork Pasadena about the diagnosis and impact of autism, which now affects 1 in 68 children nationally.

Senator Anthony Portantino recently authored Senate Bill 399 which aims to change the way that insurance companies fund behavioral health services for autism.

Cullinane is hopeful the bill will be popular in the legislation process.

Thursday, March 22 2018

Senator Anthony Portantino’s SB 972 passed the State Senate Education Committee on March 14 with bipartisan support. It will now go onto the Assembly and Senate for a vote.

“I don’t anticipate any opposition,” he said.

The bill requires public, charter and private schools to print a suicide prevention hotline number and/or text crisis line on the back of students’ identification cards, according to a statement from the senator.

Wednesday, March 21 2018

Today, Senator Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge, who represents Los Feliz and Atwater Village, among other areas in the 25th Senate District, honored National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with legislation, SB 1154.

The bill would require the State Dept. of Health Care Services to determine a per capita rate of payment to Medi-Cal recipients with HIV or AIDS.

Friday, March 16 2018

State Senator Anthony Portantino’s Student Suicide Prevention Bill, SB 972, passed the Senate Education Committee Wednesday with bipartisan support.

Portantino represents the 25th Senate District, which includes Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena and San Marino.

SB 972 would require public, charter, and private schools to print a suicide prevention hotline number and/or text crisis lines on the back of student’s identification cards. The measure would be required for grades 7 through 12 and all higher education institutions.