Press Releases

Tuesday, January 30 2018

Sacramento, California – Today, SB 419, the Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act, passed the State Senate with unanimous bi-partisan support.  SB 419 is jointly authored by Senators Anthony J. Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge and Connie M. Leyva, D – Chino.  It has numerous co-authors from both parties.

Wednesday, January 24 2018

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) sent out a letter to his Senate and Assembly colleagues in the Capitol urging them to resist increased lobby efforts put forth by the Government of Azerbaijan.  Portantino became alarmed by the increasing presence of the Azeri Government in Sacramento and in Los Angeles. Recently the California Azerbaijan Friendship Association (CAFA) has begun outreach to political and academic leaders in a significant public relations and lobbying effort.

Wednesday, January 10 2018

Sacramento, CA –Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) Chair of Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, issued the following statement:

Tuesday, January 9 2018

Sacramento, California – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed SB 419, the Legislative Sexual Harassment Retaliation Prevention Act, with bi-partisan support. It is now headed to the full Senate Floor for a vote. SB 419 is authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge and Senator Connie M. Leyva, D - Chino. It currently has 10 Co-authors and continues to add more. SB 419 proposes to extend protections against all forms of harassment for legislative staffers, legislative advocates and others who have business within the California State Capital.

Tuesday, November 21 2017

Burbank, CA – On Saturday, November 18, 2017, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) hosted a panel of experts who discussed Do’s and Don’ts after the La Tuna Fire.  The forum was held at Woodbury University and was Livestreamed to the Senator’s Facebook page, available for viewing at