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By Charles Cooper | January 31, 2008
When La Cañada residents join their voting counterparts across California in the state’s first primary next Tuesday, term limits, Indian gaming and the choice of presidential candidates will make for a contentious ballot. Voters will still be going to the polls in June to select local legislators, but California’s decision to move up its presidential primary to Super Tuesday is paying dividends for political junkies throughout the state. La Cañada voters, with about a 2-1 voter registration edge for Republicans over Democrats, will be going to the polls in 12 precincts if they don’t vote absentee.
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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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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 | February 14, 2008
The man from La Cañada has declared his candidacy for one of the most powerful positions in the state, that of speaker of the Assembly. “I look on the job as a way to pursue my campaign issues,” Assemblyman Anthony Portantino told the Valley Sun. “I want to work for budget reform, education and health care.” The opportunity is opening up because of the defeat of the term limits revision on last week’s ballot. Speaker Fabian Nuñez will be leaving the Legislature at the end of the current term.
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By Joe Piasecki and Bill Kisliuk | January 25, 2012
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) is the Democratic Party's choice to represent La Cañada when Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge) steps down at the end of 2012. On Sunday, local Democratic Party delegates endorsed Gatto, who was unchallenged, for the redrawn 43rd Assembly District. Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden got the nod over South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti as the party's nominee for the new 41st Assembly District, which includes part of Portantino's Pasadena turf.
NEWS
October 13, 2005
Assemblymember Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) this week announced her endorsement of Anthony Portantino, currently LCF's mayor, to succeed her in the 44th District. Liu praised Portantino's commitment to improving education in California, and cited his energy and experience as separating him from other candidates "For a decade this district has provided legislative leadership on many issues, but especially on education. It is important to me that our next Assembly Member continues and expands that tradition," Liu said in a prepared statement issued by her office.
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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.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | October 2, 2008
La Cañada?s Anthony Portantino has more than a few advantages going for him as he seeks a second term in the 44th Assembly District. The local Democrat has an increased margin in party registration over 2006, with 100,050 Democrats to 63,522 Republicans, and nearly half a million dollars in his campaign war chest. His Republican opponent, Brian Fuller, expects to raise about $10,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, and is relying heavily on volunteers for what he readily concedes is an uphill battle.
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By Joe Piasecki and Bill Kisliuk | January 25, 2012
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) is the Democratic Party's choice to represent La Cañada when Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Cañada Flintridge) steps down at the end of 2012. On Sunday, local Democratic Party delegates endorsed Gatto, who was unchallenged, for the redrawn 43rd Assembly District. Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden got the nod over South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti as the party's nominee for the new 41st Assembly District, which includes part of Portantino's Pasadena turf.
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By Charles Cooper | October 2, 2008
La Cañada?s Anthony Portantino has more than a few advantages going for him as he seeks a second term in the 44th Assembly District. The local Democrat has an increased margin in party registration over 2006, with 100,050 Democrats to 63,522 Republicans, and nearly half a million dollars in his campaign war chest. His Republican opponent, Brian Fuller, expects to raise about $10,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, and is relying heavily on volunteers for what he readily concedes is an uphill battle.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | February 14, 2008
The man from La Cañada has declared his candidacy for one of the most powerful positions in the state, that of speaker of the Assembly. “I look on the job as a way to pursue my campaign issues,” Assemblyman Anthony Portantino told the Valley Sun. “I want to work for budget reform, education and health care.” The opportunity is opening up because of the defeat of the term limits revision on last week’s ballot. Speaker Fabian Nuñez will be leaving the Legislature at the end of the current term.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | January 31, 2008
When La Cañada residents join their voting counterparts across California in the state’s first primary next Tuesday, term limits, Indian gaming and the choice of presidential candidates will make for a contentious ballot. Voters will still be going to the polls in June to select local legislators, but California’s decision to move up its presidential primary to Super Tuesday is paying dividends for political junkies throughout the state. La Cañada voters, with about a 2-1 voter registration edge for Republicans over Democrats, will be going to the polls in 12 precincts if they don’t vote absentee.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 13, 2005
Assemblymember Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) this week announced her endorsement of Anthony Portantino, currently LCF's mayor, to succeed her in the 44th District. Liu praised Portantino's commitment to improving education in California, and cited his energy and experience as separating him from other candidates "For a decade this district has provided legislative leadership on many issues, but especially on education. It is important to me that our next Assembly Member continues and expands that tradition," Liu said in a prepared statement issued by her office.
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