CA / Armenian Committee

Monday, May 1 2023

Burbank, California – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) was presented with the Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and honored with the prestigious St. Nerses Shnorhali Medal in recognition of his years of support of the Armenian American community. The Senator received the honor on April 27th during a reception held at the headquarters of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church in Burbank. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian bestowed the medal, with public officials, friends, and representatives of Armenian organizations in attendance. Senator Portantino is the first non-Armenian in the Western Diocese to receive St. Nerses Shnorhali Medal.

Friday, February 24 2023

Glendale, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) released the following statement today on the 35th Anniversary of the Sumgait Massacres: 

Tuesday, January 24 2023

Sacramento, CA –Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) led efforts this week to submit a letter to the White House urging President Biden to take action against Azerbaijan by immediately ending military assistance and requesting that emergency humanitarian aid be delivered to the people of Artsakh who have been devastated by Azerbaijan’s blockade since December 12, 2022. 

Friday, October 14 2022

Glendale, CA – Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) recently met with well-known journalist and travel blogger Alexander Lapshin, who was extradited by Azerbaijan, sent to prison and tortured by the Azeri government for visiting Artsakh.   Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian joined the Senator for the meeting.

Wednesday, September 7 2022

Pasadena, California - State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – Burbank) announced today that his budget request of $250,000 for Levon & Hasmig Tavlian Preschool & Kindergarten in Pasadena was approved by the Legislature.  The funds will help with renovation projects, STEAM enrichment curriculum, and technology upgrades.