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Tuesday, July 9 2019

Sacramento, California – Today, SB 302 authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) passed the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. The bill seeks to reestablish the trade office between California and Armenia which was ended in 2008.   Ambassador Armen Baibourtian flew to Sacramento to offer his testimony in support of SB 302 as it would be the first international trade office reestablished since California ended the program.

Monday, July 8 2019

Every few miles along the drive up the Long Beach Freeway, cars pass underneath huge, green highway signs that span the roadway’s lanes: “Interstate 710 North,” they say. “Pasadena.”

But Interstate 710 does not go to Pasadena. And therein lies a saga.

Monday, July 8 2019

GLENDALE – California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019-2020 state budget with $5 million included for the Armenian American Museum. The 2019-2020 budget provides $4 million in new funding for the museum and $1 million in reallocated funding. The approval brings the State of California’s total investment in the museum to $8 million.

Thursday, July 4 2019

Several gun advocacy groups filed a lawsuit this week challenging new California rules banning the sale of firearms to people under 21, arguing that people ages 18 to 20 years are adults with the legal right to bear arms. 

The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Diego, targets multiple California laws, including one introduced last year by Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Wednesday, July 3 2019

Sacramento, California – Today, SB 532 authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) passed the Assembly Local Government Committee. Senator Portantino introduced SB 532 at the request of the City of Glendale. After the dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs), Glendale was left with $27 million dollars in bond proceeds but precluded from using these funds for housing.  SB 532 will give Glendale the ability to use these locally derived bond funds exclusively for affordable housing.