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By Charles Cooper | June 28, 2007
It was only a few days after she left the state Assembly that Carol Liu told the Valley Sun she was considering a run for state Senate. Now, with the primary still a year away, the former La Cañada mayor has made her plans official in a letter to supporters ? she will run for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Jack Scott. "I had the honor to succeed Jack in the Assembly," she said in her letter dated June 22. "Now I hope to follow in his footsteps once more and to build on his superb example of leadership and integrity in the state Senate."
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By Charles Cooper | September 16, 2004
La Cañada Assembly-member Carol Liu is facing a strong challenge this year from Republican Lynn Gabriel in her bid for her final term in office. Liu, who is term limited out after 2006 if she is re-elected, is facing a first- time candidate with powerful backing. The two appeared at a forum last week at the Pasadena Senior Center. Gabriel, a Pasadena optometrist, told those attending the forum, "I'm one of four Assembly candidates endors-ed by the governor against Democrat incumbents."
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By Charles Cooper | December 14, 2006
Carol Liu is enjoying temporary retirement back home in La Cañada, but is ready to take on new challenges in education and politics. The three-term Assembly member, who left office Nov. 30, sat this week for a group interview with the Valley Sun and said she was relaxing after six years of a "24-7" job in Sacramento. She said her desire to work on state issues continues, and she is now considering a run for state Senate in two years, when Jack Scott's term of office concludes.
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May 28, 2009
Liu given Easter Seals award Easter Seals Disability Services presented state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) with a “Senate Champion Award” in recognition of her legislation and longtime support of people with disabilities. “I am honored to receive this award and I look forward to working with everyone who cares about our disabled citizens,” said Liu, chair of the Senate Human Services Committee. Easter Seals presented the award and other honors during the group’s annual Legislative Awards Dinner May 18 in Sacramento.
NEWS
September 9, 2004
It's official! Carol Liu has come out of the closet and shown us that catering to her party's leadership is more important than voting on behalf of her constituents' interests. Despite numerous letters and e-mails opposing the granting of drivers licenses to illegal aliens, Carol cast one of the deciding votes in favor of the bill. Pressed into service at the eleventh hour because Assembly Democrats had insufficient votes to pass the bill, Carol could not abstain, as she did the last time the drivers license bill for illegal aliens was put to a vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2009
Ten Years Ago Carol Liu, today a state senator, was unanimously elected by her peers on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council to serve as mayor from April 1999-April 2000. Liu was first seated on the council in 1992 and took her first turn as mayor in 1995. Twenty Years Ago After having received many complaints about traffic congestion and unsafe conditions at the intersection, the City Council banned U-turns and left-turn movements for westbound traffic on Foothill Boulevard at Vineta Avenue, near McDonald’s restaurant.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 8, 2013
City staff, friends and community members thanked Capt. Dave Silversparre Monday night for his five years of service leading the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. Silversparre, a La Crescenta resident, announced last month that he was being transferred to a new position. He will become captain of the radio room at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Communications and Fleet Management Bureau in Los Angeles. La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson, the chamber's board chairman, Wes Seastrom, and representatives from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council and the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
NEWS
April 24, 2008
?Wind Under Their Wings? Brunch The Women of Eagle Scouts of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America sponsors Wind Under Their Wings Brunch honoring the mothers, daughters, sisters, and women behind the Eagle scouts. The brunch will feature speaker KABC cameraman, Bruce Weiner and scouts from the San Gabriel Valley. The event is Saturday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Pasadena. Cost is $75 per person and includes the program, brunch, and favors.
NEWS
December 18, 2008
Home buyers’ incentive legislation announced Congressman David Dreier , who is completing three decades in the House with the current term, will return as ranking minority member of the House Rules Committee. Dreier previously chaired the committee, which oversees all major issues coming to the floor of the House. Dreier has also announced legislation to provide a tax incentive for persons buying homes and putting at least 10% down on the purchase. “This bill will help families who want to make a purchase and it will help get the real estate market moving again.
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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.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 8, 2013
City staff, friends and community members thanked Capt. Dave Silversparre Monday night for his five years of service leading the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. Silversparre, a La Crescenta resident, announced last month that he was being transferred to a new position. He will become captain of the radio room at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Communications and Fleet Management Bureau in Los Angeles. La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson, the chamber's board chairman, Wes Seastrom, and representatives from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council and the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
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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.
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By Joe Piasecki and Daniel Siegal, Times Community News | November 7, 2012
Carol Liu has represented La Cañada Flintridge for 20 years, first as a City Council member, then in the state Assembly and now as a state senator. On Tuesday night Liu won the race to represent the city - and a Senate district stretching along the foothills from Burbank to San Bernardino County - for four more years. Liu topped GOP rival Gil Gonzales 62% to 38%. At a Democratic victory party in Pasadena on Tuesday night, Liu said the victory gives her “the confidence to continue with my agenda, which has not changed since I was first elected.” Her priorities, she said, are “education, environment and infrastructure.” Gonzales praised his rival and said the run for office was a positive experience.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 10, 2012
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) on Wednesday thanked the community for its support as his time in Sacramento comes to an end, and he reflected on his key accomplishments. Two months remain before term limits force Portantino to leave the Assembly after six years. Last year Portantino mulled a run for U.S. Congress. Earlier this year he briefly considered challenging fellow Democrat and former La Cañada City Council member Carol Liu for her seat in the state Senate, but dropped his candidacy as the race was taking shape, citing family reasons.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 21, 2012
State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) appeared Monday before the City Council and painted a bleak picture of California's finances. In her annual State of the State talk, Liu - a former La Cañada city councilwoman - said a lack of tax revenues has led to an expected state budget shortfall of $10 billion to $12 billion for next year. She said the budget crunch will lead to cuts in services, primarily in public education. “I know you are concerned with the drastic cuts to our public schools and local government that you have endured over the last couple of years,” she said.
NEWS
May 28, 2009
Liu given Easter Seals award Easter Seals Disability Services presented state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) with a “Senate Champion Award” in recognition of her legislation and longtime support of people with disabilities. “I am honored to receive this award and I look forward to working with everyone who cares about our disabled citizens,” said Liu, chair of the Senate Human Services Committee. Easter Seals presented the award and other honors during the group’s annual Legislative Awards Dinner May 18 in Sacramento.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2009
Ten Years Ago Carol Liu, today a state senator, was unanimously elected by her peers on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council to serve as mayor from April 1999-April 2000. Liu was first seated on the council in 1992 and took her first turn as mayor in 1995. Twenty Years Ago After having received many complaints about traffic congestion and unsafe conditions at the intersection, the City Council banned U-turns and left-turn movements for westbound traffic on Foothill Boulevard at Vineta Avenue, near McDonald’s restaurant.
NEWS
December 18, 2008
Home buyers’ incentive legislation announced Congressman David Dreier , who is completing three decades in the House with the current term, will return as ranking minority member of the House Rules Committee. Dreier previously chaired the committee, which oversees all major issues coming to the floor of the House. Dreier has also announced legislation to provide a tax incentive for persons buying homes and putting at least 10% down on the purchase. “This bill will help families who want to make a purchase and it will help get the real estate market moving again.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper and Mary O'Keefe | November 6, 2008
Two former mayors of La Cañada cruised to easy victories in state races Tuesday as the Democratic Party celebrated historic wins nationally. Results showing specifically how La Cañada voters cast their ballots were not available as of press deadline. Carol Liu was elected to the 21st Senate District, while Anthony Portantino won his second term in the Assembly, both against less than stellar competition. Liu received 67% of the vote in defeating Republican Teddy Choi, who was supported by 24.9% of the voters.
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