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By Charles Cooper and Carol Cormaci | November 9, 2006
The man from La Cañada will be following his friend and mentor Carol Liu to the State Assembly, as part of a new Democratic majority which will be dealing with the same Republican governor. Anthony Portantino will leave the local city council to take on state issues as Assembly member for the 44th District. Chief among his priorities is the advancement of educational opportunities for youth, he said Wednesday morning as he reflected on his win. "I think there's an opportunity to bring my ability to work in a bipartisan manner in a partisan environment to affect the core issues that impact all of us equally, including public education, which was the centerpiece of my campaign," he said.
COMMUNITY
May 14, 2013
Former state assemblyman Anthony Portantino has won the Marge Wyatt Advocacy Award for his work with families and children. The award was presented at an annual Policy Makers Breakfast presented by Options, a child-care and human services agency based in Los Angeles County. “Any time you can be associated with Marge Wyatt it's a blessing and honor,” said Portantino in a statement, adding that receiving the award was “humbling.” “I am very appreciative of all that Options does for families in the San Gabriel Valley and for this recognition,” he said.
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November 6, 2008
The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada celebrated its 60th anniversary Oct. 18, with an Octoberfest party at theThursday Club. Attendees included Mary Ann and Nick Berkuta, Carl and Irene Christensen, Diane Della Valle, Daryal and Mary Gant, Harriet Hammons, Clyde and Bobbie Hemphill, Norm Johnson, Jeb Long and Marilyn Pieroni, Linda Magarian, Anthony Portantino, Bill Scherkey and Melinda Thompson, Joel Smith, Chris and Cory Stevens, Bob and Bev Wallace, Bill...
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By Andrew Shortall | June 10, 2010
Local primary races for state and federal legislators resulted in few surprises Tuesday, as incumbents from both sides of the aisle received their parties' nods for the November general election. Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas) defeated Mark Butler in the Republican primary for the 26th Congressional District, winning 72.8% of the vote. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada) ran unopposed in the Democratic primary for the 44th Assembly District seat. "My message of restoring fiscal responsibility, getting our economy back on track and ending illegal immigration is the one voters want sent to the leaders in Congress," Dreier, a member of Congress since 1980, said in a statement.
NEWS
March 29, 2007
Six Kiwanis Club Division 3 members traveled recently to Sacramento for an Interclub gathering. The first stop was at the Kiwanis Family House where Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Daryal Gant , representing his home club La Cañada, along with Diane Della Valle , president-elect; Patsy Christianson and Mary Gant were joined by La Cañada A.M. member Dave Hemstreet and Ted Ashby of the Eagle Rock Club. They were treated to an extensive tour and a spaghetti lunch.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | December 14, 2006
There are apparently not a lot of people who want to serve on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council at the present time. With the filing deadline past for the March election, only three candidates have put their names forward. Since there are only three seats up for election, the council will now have the opportunity to call off the election, saving the city as much as $80,000. The council can act under the statute on Dec. 19, and is expected to postpone its meeting next week one day to accommodate the schedule.
NEWS
September 21, 2006
  Anthony Portantino, La Cañada city councilman and Democratic candidate for the 44th Assembly District, addressed the most recent meeting of the La Cañada Flintridge Democratic Club on Sept. 17. He reviewed the dollars and sense issues of the legislative bond acts that will be on the November ballot, specifically Propositions 1A through 1E. Portantino said he believes that California needs to support its long ignored infrastructure in a fiscally sound manner, and Propositions 1A through 1E do just that.
COMMUNITY
February 27, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge residents Janet Hotchkin-Tinoco and Anthony Portantino have been appointed to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services' Governing and Advisory boards, respectively. A retired special education teacher who served with both the Covina-Valley and the La Cañada unified school districts, Hotchkin-Tinoco has long been an active volunteer. Her other affiliations include La Cañada Girl Scouts, National Charity League of Glendale, Pasadena Jaycee Women, and Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
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By Geghard Arakelian | August 4, 2005
Candidates intending to run for senatorial and assembly positions in California's state legislature for the 2006 Primary are beefing up their war chests, according to the California secretary of state's office. La Cañada Flintridge's mayor, Anthony Portantino, reported raising $186,947 between Jan. 1 and June 30 towards his run for the 44th Assembly seat, which Carol Liu will be termed out of next year. His reported cash on hand at this point - before he has filed candidacy papers - is $283,709.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
Three bills authored by Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) passed the Assembly recently, including one that would allow prostitutes branded with tattoos by their pimps to qualify for a free tattoo-removal program. Removing the markings will hopefully allow them to break free of prostitution and make a fresh start, Portantino said. Another of Portantino's bills that would ban the “open carry” of unloaded rifles or shotguns also passed the Assembly on a 44-29 vote.
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February 27, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge residents Janet Hotchkin-Tinoco and Anthony Portantino have been appointed to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services' Governing and Advisory boards, respectively. A retired special education teacher who served with both the Covina-Valley and the La Cañada unified school districts, Hotchkin-Tinoco has long been an active volunteer. Her other affiliations include La Cañada Girl Scouts, National Charity League of Glendale, Pasadena Jaycee Women, and Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com and Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 3, 2013
A former assemblyman and a Pasadena councilwoman have announced plans to run for a state Senate seat in the 25th district currently held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge). The seat will open up in 2016 when Liu must leave office due to term limits. The district, established during last year's redistricting, includes La Cañada Flintridge, Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. Anthony Portantino, a Democrat, said Friday that he is getting back into politics because people in his district want him to keep pushing for transparency in government and funding for education.
COMMUNITY
May 14, 2013
Former state assemblyman Anthony Portantino has won the Marge Wyatt Advocacy Award for his work with families and children. The award was presented at an annual Policy Makers Breakfast presented by Options, a child-care and human services agency based in Los Angeles County. “Any time you can be associated with Marge Wyatt it's a blessing and honor,” said Portantino in a statement, adding that receiving the award was “humbling.” “I am very appreciative of all that Options does for families in the San Gabriel Valley and for this recognition,” he said.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | February 27, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge voters will decide two seats on the City Council in Tuesday's election, but the campaign has so far been quiet. The city is home to slightly more than 20,000 residents, 14,900 of them registered voters. Yet, a forum held earlier this month drew fewer than 90 people. During the evening the three candidates - incumbent Dave Spence, accountant Joe Layton and Planning Commissioner Jon Curtis - agreed on many issues, including opposing a Long Beach (710) Freeway extension and reviewing ways to reduce crime.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | January 31, 2013
Barbara Garrone Portantino, mother of former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, died on Friday, Jan. 25. She was 81. Portantino decided not to run for office last year after his term expired in part to care for his mother, who lived in New Jersey. Barbara Portantino visited the Southland frequently over the years to visit her family here, and was a familiar face to many La Cañada residents. Her son said that, in lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Elizabeth House at elizabethhouse.net or Friends of Project Ten, project10.org . Services will be held in her home state next week.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | December 12, 2012
Anthony Portantino, who for the past six years has represented La Cañada Flintridge in the state Assembly, enters this holiday season with a new task: Figure out what to do next. Portantino's job ended officially on Dec. 1, when the new legislative year began. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D- Silver Lake) now represents La Cañada, while new Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) represents other parts of Portantino's old district. At Zeli Coffee Bar in La Cañada on Tuesday, Portantino said that with his mother in his native New Jersey facing declining health and his youngest daughter, Bella, growing up, he's grateful for the chance to step back.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
Three bills authored by Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) passed the Assembly recently, including one that would allow prostitutes branded with tattoos by their pimps to qualify for a free tattoo-removal program. Removing the markings will hopefully allow them to break free of prostitution and make a fresh start, Portantino said. Another of Portantino's bills that would ban the “open carry” of unloaded rifles or shotguns also passed the Assembly on a 44-29 vote.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 12, 2011
California gun enthusiasts will be keeping their pistols not just in their holsters, but completely out of view, as Assembly Bill 144 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday. The bill, which was introduced by Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) with support from law enforcement statewide, bans the open carry of unloaded handguns in California, effective Jan. 1. “Open carry” is the term used to describe the carrying a gun openly in public, as opposed to “concealed carry.” Since becoming a state in 1850, California has permitted legal open carry of unloaded weapons.
NEWS
July 28, 2011
Staff members of Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's (D - La Cañada Flintridge) district and Sacramento offices received notice Wednesday from state officials that they will be placed on unpaid furloughs for six weeks starting Oct. 21, Portantino spokeswoman Wendy Gordon said. These temporary layoff orders for the assemblyman's entire staff come as part of hefty cuts to Portantino's budget allowance that he argues are being unfairly imposed by the Assembly's Democratic leadership in retaliation for his opposition in June to their state budget proposal.
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By Joe Piasecki joe.piasecki@latimes.com | July 11, 2011
The only Democratic state Assembly member to oppose his party’s state budget plan last month says that Democratic leaders have now threatened to lay off his entire staff in retaliation for that vote. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) received notice Friday from Assembly Rules Committee Chair Nancy Skinner (D – Berkeley) that he must trim $67,179 from his office budget by July 15. If Portantino fails to do so, Assembly leaders will impose sanctions that include forcing his Sacramento and Pasadena district office staff to take unpaid leave from Oct. 21 to Nov. 30, according to a copy of that letter provided by the assemblyman.
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