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By Christopher Cadelago | August 20, 2009
Expectant couples shared concerns and anxieties Sunday at Verdugo Hills Hospital as part of a crash course on the trials and tribulations of new parenthood. A handful of expectant mothers and their partners lunched through two hours of ?Baby 101,? a series of mini lectures on everything from research and medical treatments to swaddling and changing diapers. Christy Taylor and Michael Aguilera expect their first child ? a daughter whom they plan to call Aliana ? on Oct. 12. The couple recently secured one of the nonprofit hospital?
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March 26, 2009
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) won committee support Tuesday for an umbilical cord bill which he said would save “thousands of lives and millions of dollars” in health costs. The Assembly Health Committee approved AB 52, which will place a $2 fee on birth certificates to fund a state program for use of cord blood to help cure some 70 diseases, including sickle cell anemia. The La Cañada representative said he was first educated on the issue through a neighbor’s son, who was cured of leukemia through the than experimental use of cord blood.
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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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June 12, 2008
Lund to head university’s board The University of Portland Board of Regents has elected D. Allen Lund as it new chair. Lund, whose term began June 1, is the president and CEO of the Allen Lund Company, a La Cañada-based transportation and logistics provider established in 1976, today earning $310 million in revenue annually. Lund has been honored for his work in the transportation industry and in Catholic education. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors at St. Francis High School, serves on the finance council for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and serves as trustee for the Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
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By Carol Cormaci | December 7, 2006
With family members, La Cañada city officials and friends looking on, Anthony Portantino took the oath of office noon Monday in Sacramento as a member of the state Assembly, where he represents the 44th District. "To be sworn in with my family and friends there was an amazing and humbling experience," Portantino said in a telephone interview from the state capital Wednesday morning. Portantino, a Democrat, joined the largest freshman class of Assembly members in the state's legislative history; some 36 new members were inaugurated to the 80-member body.
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October 18, 2007
Money sought for improvements to Hahamongna Park The city of Pasadena is continuing to apply for and collect grant funding for recreation improvements to Hahamongna Watershed Park, which borders La Cañada Flintridge. The latest application is for $898,700 in state grant funds to repair and modify a storm drain in Berkshire Avenue that flows into the park. Pasadena already has $1.18 million for the project. The park road over Berkshire Creek will be raised and widened to allow storm water to flow under the park road and provide two traffic lanes.
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By Joe Piasecki, The Valley Sun | October 21, 2010
The hole in California's pocket topped concerns discussed Monday by Democrat state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino during his annual State of the State address to the La Canada Flintridge City Council, but he also found positive news to report. Near the end of his second term in Sacramento, Portantino touted bills signed into law this year that brought tax relief to property owners affected by mudslides, created a statewide umbilical cord blood bank and gave immunity to teenagers who formerly risked arrest by reporting health emergencies associated with underage drinking.
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By Charles Cooper | April 19, 2007
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino says his first session in Sacramento has brought a few surprises and a lot of work. Portantino, the former La Cañada mayor, was tracked down for a brief phone interview Tuesday between committee meetings. He said he was pleased with the work coming out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, the chairmanship of which he inherited from predecessor Carol Liu. One bill, AB 1409, creates strong local partnership between high schools and community colleges in order to make better use of facilities, promote greater participation for advanced educationand make enrollment simpler.
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By Charles Cooper Valley Sun | September 20, 2007
As state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino awaits the governor?s verdict on his first year of legislation, the La Cañada Democrat?s first piece of legislation remains a personal favorite. The day he took the oath of office last December Portantino introduced AB 34, to set up a blood banking program for use of umbilical cord blood. Based on personal experience after the birth of his second child, the bill would create a public infrastructure for donation of the cord blood, which has assisted in the cure of blood related diseases such ads leukemia and sickle cell anemia.
NEWS
July 5, 2007
A bill written by local Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) that would establish a statewide public umbilical blood collection program to promote the life-saving potential of stem cells derived from the cord blood was approved last week by the state Senate Health Committee. "Today's vote was a victory for thousands of Californians anxiously waiting for donors," Portantino said in a press statement dated June 27 that was issued by his office. "Stem cells from cord blood can cure hundreds of blood-related diseases, the procedure to collect it is free from any bioethical debate, yet cord blood is routinely thrown away because we lack the infrastructure to make it available to those who need it. Of the 500,000 births in California, we collect umbilical cord blood from a mere 3% of those births.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 20, 2009
Expectant couples shared concerns and anxieties Sunday at Verdugo Hills Hospital as part of a crash course on the trials and tribulations of new parenthood. A handful of expectant mothers and their partners lunched through two hours of ?Baby 101,? a series of mini lectures on everything from research and medical treatments to swaddling and changing diapers. Christy Taylor and Michael Aguilera expect their first child ? a daughter whom they plan to call Aliana ? on Oct. 12. The couple recently secured one of the nonprofit hospital?
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March 26, 2009
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) won committee support Tuesday for an umbilical cord bill which he said would save “thousands of lives and millions of dollars” in health costs. The Assembly Health Committee approved AB 52, which will place a $2 fee on birth certificates to fund a state program for use of cord blood to help cure some 70 diseases, including sickle cell anemia. The La Cañada representative said he was first educated on the issue through a neighbor’s son, who was cured of leukemia through the than experimental use of cord blood.
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