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Press Release

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.

Press Release

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.

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19 Bills & Resolutions Pass the State Senate

Wednesday, June 7 2017

Sacramento, CA:  State Senator Anthony J.

Press Release

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.

In the News

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.

Press Release

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.

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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. 

 

In the News

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.

In the News

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)