In the News

Friday, April 26 2019

On Tuesday, SB 620, a post release services referral program bill authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge), passed the Senate Public Safety Committee.

The bill suggested and sponsored by the Pasadena Police Department would allow local law enforcement agencies to share access to limited information to those under supervised release and help connect them directly with nonprofit service providers.

Thursday, April 25 2019

A bill that would allow Glendale officials to repurpose $27 million in bonds originally intended for redevelopment projects to build affordable housing cleared its first state Senate committee this week.

On Wednesday, the Government and Finance Committee voted 5-2 to advance Senate Bill 532, sponsored by the city of Glendale and authored by state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge). It will now head to the Housing Committee for a hearing on April 22.

Thursday, April 25 2019

We’ve all seen children, often very young children, hunched over from heavy book backpacks, shuffling along sidewalks just an hour or two after sunrise on their way to school.

They look like zombies, and that’s because California’s public schools often begin their classes so early in the morning that many of them have had much less sleep than their still-growing bodies demand.

Sleep deprivation among children and adolescents is a public health calamity, as medical and scientific authorities have repeatedly warned.

Wednesday, April 10 2019

A bill known as SB-7 which would lay the foundation for the state to return surplus 710 freeway stubs back to local cities in the freeway corridor passed a state Senate committee Tuesday.

The bill, authored by Pasadena-area Senator Anthony Portantino, SB 7 additionally would forever officially prohibit the implementation of a freeway tunnel or surface freeway in the gap between Alhambra and Pasadena.

Wednesday, April 10 2019

A bill that would allow the sale of Caltrans-owned buildings located in the path of the defunct 710 Freeway extension to be sold at very affordable prices to the nonprofit organizations that occupy them was approved by a key legislative committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 7, authored by state Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-Glendale, received a 7-0 vote and will be headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee in a few weeks, a committee chaired by Portantino.