Portantino Bill Links Extra School Funding to Enrollment

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino announced a bill this week that would provide supplemental funding to K-12 schools based on student enrollment numbers.
California is one of only six states that does not consider student enrollment figures for determining state aid to school districts. Continue reading “Portantino Bill Links Extra School Funding to Enrollment”

Portantino Bill Links Extra School Funding to Enrollment

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino announced a bill this week that would provide supplemental funding to K-12 schools based on student enrollment numbers.
California is one of only six states that does not consider student enrollment figures for determining state aid to school districts. Continue reading “Portantino Bill Links Extra School Funding to Enrollment”

Officials Laud Infrastructure Bill

First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Congressman Adam Schiff, in a Glendale press conference, recently highlighted the “historic investments” of the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in Congress — including for roads, bridges, highways, public transit and passenger rail — and how they will improve the lives of Los Angeles County residents.
Schiff, a Burbank Democrat, hosted the conference with Mayor Paula Devine, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, Councilman Ardy Kassakhian and L.A. Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. They met at the Larry Zarian Transportation Center in Glendale.
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Portantino Returns from ‘Emotional’ Journey to Artsakh

First published in the Dec. 4 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently returned from an “emotional” trip to Artsakh, during which he toured the countryside and “broke bread with heroes,” according to a statement from his office.
It is believed that this is the first time a state or federal elected official has visited the region, which Armenians at large contend is an ancestral piece of their nation, since the end of the 44-day war, the senator’s office added.
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Glendale Realtors Celebrate at Centennial Gala

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press. First Photos by Erin Rodick / Glendale News-Press.

The Glendale Association of Realtors (GAOR) hosted its Centennial Gala on Thursday evening, celebrating its 100th anniversary of service to the community, according to CEO David Kissinger.
Approximately 175 people attended the dinner at the Chevy Chase Country Club, which included a cocktail reception and DJ dancing. Among the attendees were Glendale Mayor Paula Devine and City Councilmen Vrej Agajanian, Dan Brotman and Ara Najarian. Also present were representatives of Congressman Adam Schiff, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
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LCE Halloween Haunt This Saturday

La Cañada Elementary School’s 33rd annual Halloween Haunt will have a “Boo Bash” theme for his year’s fundraiser, which will be held on the school’s playground this Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The community is invited to enjoy festive game booths, fun activities, and LCE’s famed Spooky Sales featuring fun items and confetti eggs. In addition to these familiar favorites, there will also be outdoor video games, spin art, food and sweet treats.
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Armenian-American Museum Garners More State Funding

First published in the Sept. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino announced this week that $1.8 million for the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center was approved by lawmakers in Sacramento, fulfilling his latest budgetary request to the legislature.
The much-ballyhooed project, which broke ground in July on the former Central Park site, has now garnered nearly $10 million in state funding. It has additionally garnered millions more from local government, corporate and individual donations.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge Democrat who represents Glendale, had previously worked to secure state funding for the project. Continue reading “Armenian-American Museum Garners More State Funding”

Portantino Visits Luther Burbank Middle School

Photo courtesy office of Sen. Anthony Portantino
Sen. Anthony Portantino (right) recently visited Luther Burbank Middle School with Principal Oscar Macias to tour the campus and learn more about how the district will manage in-person instruction and COVID-19 safety measures.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently visited three schools across the 25th District to learn more about how in-person instruction is operating and the COVID-19 safety measures that schools are implementing.
“It was exciting to see our schools welcoming students onto campus once again,” Portantino said in a statement. “Bringing students back to the classroom in the safest way possible has been a priority for all of us. We have to continue to support our school districts and educators and provide them the resources necessary to implement appropriate safety precautions as we navigate our way out of this pandemic. I’m grateful to the dedicated administrators and staff in school districts across the 25th Senate District for their hard work on creating safe learning environments for our students.”
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Local Politicians at Vaccination Site

Photo courtesy County Supervisor Office
Two local politicians who serve local residents — L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (center) and state Sen. Anthony Portantino (right) — view hundreds of cars whose occupants received COVID-19 vaccines last week at Magic Mountain, which is one of Southern California’s largest vaccination sites.