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By Charles Cooper | November 1, 2007
State Senator Jack Scott, who represents La Cañada Flintridge and other cities set in the foothills, has not decided if he would seek re-election if a change in state law made that possible, he told the Glendale City Council last week. Currently, Scott is set to be term limited out of the seat he has held since 2000, but an initiative on the February ballot could change that. Scott showed no signs of being ready to leave the stage during his presentation to the council, in which he reported on issues from the legislative session just concluded.
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NEWS
February 14, 2008
Local voters will have the chance beginning in June to select successors for two veteran leaders who represent the Foothills area in the state Senate. Exiting the upper house this year will be Jack Scott, who has represented La Cañada in the Assembly and the Senate; and Bob Margett, who has represented La Crescenta in the state Senate since redistricting. Scott, who is 74, entered political life after retiring as president of Pasadena City College. He has worked hard on education issues, currently chairing the Senate education committee, and has been a dedicated battler for gun control.
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By Charles Cooper | March 13, 2008
Former La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Carol Liu, who has been talking about running for the state Senate since she left the Assembly two years ago, looks to have a very clear path to becoming Jack Scott?s successor in the 21st District. With filing closing last Friday, Liu is unopposed in the Democratic primary. South Pasadena businessman Teddy Choi is running as a Republican, and Los Angeles software engineer Steve Myers is a Libertarian candidate. Liu had been telling supporters she expected a challenge from Dario Frommer, former Glendale Assembly member.
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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.
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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 Mary O’Keefe | May 28, 2009
Assembly Bill 1361 passed late last week the California House and is now waiting to be heard in the California State Senate Transportation Committee. On May 21, the bill was approved in the House by a 73-0 vote. The bill, co-sponsored by Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and Senator Carol Liu, seeks to ban trucks along Angeles Crest Highway between Big Pines Highway and the Foothill (210) freeway that are three or more axils or 10,000 pounds. It will place a minimum fine of $1,000 on any individual found violating the law. At present there is a 90-day restriction of five-axel trucks along the highway.
NEWS
April 13, 2006
Motorists would always have access to replace lost or stolen high-tech electronic vehicle keys under a bill sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California that is scheduled to receive its first legislative committee hearing on April 18. Senate Bill 1542, sponsored by state Sen. Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), is scheduled to be heard before the senate's Transportation Committee. The bill requires the establishment of a safe, secure method for motorists to obtain electronic code information necessary to reproduce many of today's high-tech vehicle keys.
FEATURES
August 31, 2006
Two outstanding California high school students will be selected to spend a week in Washington, D.C., observing the federal government in action. California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its statewide selection process. The two California students will join 102 other delegates March 3 to 10, 2007, for the program's 45th Anniversary Washington Week. The program was established in 1962 by Senate Resolution 324, which resolved: "That the Senate hereby expresses its willingness to cooperate in a nationwide competitive high school program which would give several representative high school students from each state a short indoctrination into the operation of the United States Senate and the Federal Government generally, if such a program can be satisfactorily arranged and completely supported by private funds with no expense to the Federal Government."
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By Charles Cooper Valley Sun | September 18, 2008
Former state Assembly member and La Cañada mayor Carol Liu is careful not to assume she will be elected to the state Senate in November, though most observers have conceded her the seat for months. ?We?re out there campaigning and talking to constituents,? she said, laughing when told an aide referred to it as a ?modest? campaign. Liu was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and is facing two underfinanced and little known opponents, Republican Teddy Choi, a Pasadena businessman, and Libertarian Steve Myers, a software engineer from Hollywood.
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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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May 21, 2013
Newton R. Russell, a veteran state senator known as an expert on California's complex public pension system and a stickler for upholding legislative rules, died Saturday of lung cancer at his La Cañada Flintridge home, his family said. He was 85. A conservative Republican, Russell served 32 years in the Legislature, including 10 years in the Assembly and 22 years in the Senate, where he represented the communities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, San Marino, Temple City, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and part of Pasadena.
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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.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 3, 2012
Conditions in the 710 gap are slow and go, as Gov. Jerry Brown last week vetoed a bill that would have forced the California Department of Transportation to quickly sell some of the nearly 500 properties it owns in Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena. In his veto message, Brown said he is working to find a solution in the so-called 710 gap, where transportation officials are studying a 4.5-mile tunnel that would connect the Long Beach (710) Freeway and the Foothill (210) Freeway even as local leaders and residents raise alarms about the proposal.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 2, 2011
State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) celebrated a legislative victory at Pasadena nonprofit AbilityFirst late last month, toasting one of six Liu bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011. Liu enjoyed more legislative success in 2011 than she did a year earlier, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger torpedoed a Liu measure offering renters notice about foreclosures on their dwellings. “For me, a Democratic governor makes a difference,” Liu said. Overall, Liu saw six bills signed, none vetoed and has 18 bills pending in the 2011-12 legislative session.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | May 13, 2010
The Community Advisory Committee of the Foothill branch of the California Special Education Local Plan Areas will host a free conference Saturday aimed at parents, educators, support staff and caregivers dealing with special education. The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon at La Cañada High School and will feature exhibitor tables and educational sessions. The sessions will cover topics such as special education rights for parents and students, social skill development for special-needs children and supporting special-needs students as they transition from school to the adult world.
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By Mary O’Keefe | June 11, 2009
On Saturday morning local Muslim families gathered at Essy and Connie Alamdari?s residence in La Cañada for brunch and the chance to visit with invited guest state Sen. Carol Liu. The purpose of the gathering, according to organizer Levent Akbarut, was a simple meet and greet with the senator and concerned citizens of Muslim faith. Many at the meeting were members of the Islamic Congregation of La Cañada Flintridge. Akbarut explained to Liu that although many Muslim families knew each other from attending mosque in the Los Angeles area, they wanted an organization where they could meet and work on philanthropic projects together.
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By Mary O’Keefe | May 28, 2009
Assembly Bill 1361 passed late last week the California House and is now waiting to be heard in the California State Senate Transportation Committee. On May 21, the bill was approved in the House by a 73-0 vote. The bill, co-sponsored by Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and Senator Carol Liu, seeks to ban trucks along Angeles Crest Highway between Big Pines Highway and the Foothill (210) freeway that are three or more axils or 10,000 pounds. It will place a minimum fine of $1,000 on any individual found violating the law. At present there is a 90-day restriction of five-axel trucks along the highway.
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By Charles Cooper Valley Sun | September 18, 2008
Former state Assembly member and La Cañada mayor Carol Liu is careful not to assume she will be elected to the state Senate in November, though most observers have conceded her the seat for months. ?We?re out there campaigning and talking to constituents,? she said, laughing when told an aide referred to it as a ?modest? campaign. Liu was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and is facing two underfinanced and little known opponents, Republican Teddy Choi, a Pasadena businessman, and Libertarian Steve Myers, a software engineer from Hollywood.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | March 13, 2008
Former La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Carol Liu, who has been talking about running for the state Senate since she left the Assembly two years ago, looks to have a very clear path to becoming Jack Scott?s successor in the 21st District. With filing closing last Friday, Liu is unopposed in the Democratic primary. South Pasadena businessman Teddy Choi is running as a Republican, and Los Angeles software engineer Steve Myers is a Libertarian candidate. Liu had been telling supporters she expected a challenge from Dario Frommer, former Glendale Assembly member.
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