After 19 years at the helm of the La Cañada Flintridge Republican Club, Al Restivo has called it quits.
Restivo, who turned 76 on Wednesday, plans to publish a book and also wants to free up time to resume college teaching and expand his business consulting work.
Ernest Koeppen, who was the club’s first vice president and campaigned last year for a seat on the La Cañada school board, assumed presidential duties upon Restivo’s departure this week.
Restivo founded the club in 1993, making an independent organization out of a local chapter of the more staunchly conservative California Republican Assembly.
“I was a very strong believer in the big-tent theory — that the Republican Party has to consist of people from all spectrums of the population, from very conservative to moderate,” he said.