Press Releases

Sunday, April 30 2017

Sacramento, CA — Senator Anthony Portantino’s legislation, SCR 8, which will name the segment of the CA-134 freeway between the Glendale CA-2 and the Interstate 210 Freeway the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway,” recently passed the Senate Transportation Committee with overwhelming support.

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

Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981. He lived in Pasadena during his sophomore year where he

Tuesday, April 4 2017

Sacramento, CA – The month of April marks the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. It's also a time when the California legislature appropriately adds its voice in recognition of these tragic events.   This year, The Promise, the first major motion picture about the Armenian Genocide, is premiering across the countryon April 21st.

Thursday, March 30 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) introduced SB 25 on the first day he assumed office.  This bill requests the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) to assess the integration of California’s K–14 schools, examine best practices education models used in Europe, and research expansion of concurrent enrollment programs to help formulate a new and updated education model for the 21st century.

Tuesday, March 28 2017

Pasadena, CA – 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.

Tuesday, March 21 2017

Sacramento, CA – 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 today designating the month of April for commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.  The Resolution also calls on the Republic of Turkey to return confiscated church properties to their rightful congregations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Formally Endorses School Start Time Bill
Thursday, March 16 2017

Sacramento, CA – Doctors we trust safeguarding our children’s health add their support to Senate Bill 328.  Introduced at the beginning of this year by Senator Portantino, SB 328 seeks to move high school and middle school start times later in the morning.   The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, strongly supports SB 328, which will require that the school day for middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 2 2017

Sacramento, CA – At the request of State Senator Anthony J. Portantino, the California State Senate Rules Committee approved a historic Senate Select Committee on California, Armenia and Artsakh Mutual Trade, Art and Cultural Exchange. The aim of the Committee is to expand business opportunities through trade, economic development, cultural awareness and education between California, Armenia and Artsakh.  Portantino will Chair the committee.

Friday, February 17 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) introduced legislation to install a sign at the Fair Oaks Avenue exit on Interstate 210 in the city of Pasadena to direct passersby to the Armenian Genocide Memorial.

“Installing a freeway sign will help direct visitors to the memorial, raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide and serve as a reminder that fighting crimes against humanity is an ongoing process and requires our continuous attention," commented Portantino.

Wednesday, February 15 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) introduced SB 419, which will prohibit individuals under the age of twenty-one from being prescribed oxycodone.

New Start Time Embraces Overwhelming Research for Student Success and Well-Being
Monday, February 13 2017

Sacramento, CA – Today, Senator Anthony Portantino introduced SB 328 which will require California school districts to start their middle and high school days no earlier than 8:30 am. 

“Every year we discuss as parents, educators, and legislators, best practices and interests of the children and education?  Well data is clear; starting the school day later improves the quality of education, health and welfare of our children. So let’s do it” said Sen. Portantino.