Press Releases

Thursday, June 15 2017

Sacramento, CA – As the Chair of Budget Subcommittee on Education, Senator Anthony J. Portantino is proud to announce that the 2017-2018 budget includes significant investments in educational opportunities for California’s diverse communities.

Thursday, June 15 2017

Sacramento, CA – As the Chair of Budget Subcommittee on Education, Senator Anthony J. Portantino is proud to announce that the 2017-2018 budget prioritizes public education, adding nearly $3 billion to fund education in California. This unprecedented increase will raise per pupil spending to over $11,000 per year – the highest amount in California history.

On Thursday, the California Legislature voted on the final budget bill, which included a total of $74.5 billion for education.

19 Bills & Resolutions Pass the State Senate
Wednesday, June 7 2017

Sacramento, CA:  State Senator Anthony J.

Tuesday, June 6 2017

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, State Senator Anthony J. Portantino had the privilege, along with the California Small Business Association (CSBA), to honor Pasadena-based restaurant Heidar Baba Grill as the 25th Senate District 2017 Small Business of the Year.  Ali Shirmohammadi and Mahrokh Eftekhari, owners of Heidar Baba Grill, were recognized during a luncheon ceremony in Sacramento along with family and friends.

Wednesday, May 31 2017

Sacramento, CA – Last evening, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) 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.

Sunday, May 21 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino closed out the State Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education last week with several important additions and ratifications to the Governor’s recently released May revised budget. 

 

Tuesday, May 16 2017

Sacramento, CA — Senator Anthony Portantino’s proposal, SCR 8, to name the segment of the CA-134 freeway between the Glendale CA-2 and the Interstate 210 Freeway the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway,” passed the State Senate with overwhelming bi-partisan support with a 34 to 1 vote.  The resolution now heads to the State Assembly.

President Obama began his college education in California, attending Occidental College in

Wednesday, May 10 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), Chair of Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, reacted to Governor Brown’s May revised budget plan, which now includes several of Senator Portantino’s key budget priorities.

 

“Although there will be a lot of haggling over the next month as we continue to craft the final budget, I am appreciative of Governor Brown’s response to several of my budget priorities thus far,” commented Portantino.

 

Wednesday, May 10 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) is very pleased with one significant aspect of Governor Brown’s May revision of the California State Budget, the restoration of funding for the Pasadena Playhouse and the Armenian American Museum in Glendale.