LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day

State Sen. Anthony Portantino might be close to winning support from school leaders in his own city for a bill that would require middle schools and high schools to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Finding the benefits of later start times compelling, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette hopes to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the proposal at a public workshop, scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the district office round building.
The Governing Board is weighing whether to support a resolution backing the bill, but at its meeting Tuesday night, its members sought a dialogue with parents before deciding. Continue reading “LCUSD to Hold Workshop on Later Start to School Day”

Taix Workout Studio Celebrates 15 Years in Business

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), Taix Workout Studio owner Linda Taix, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker and City Council member Jonathan Curtis celebrate 15 years in business.

Taix Workout Studio and Extreme Boot Camp in La Cañada Flintridge, with its owner Linda Taix, recently celebrated 15 years in business at its Foothill Boulevard studio location.
The morning reception was attended by residents, business community members, and local and state government officials. In addition to running a successful business, Taix is active in the community and has held positions with the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and serves as president of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Community Support Group. State Sen. Anthony Portantino delivered words of praise and a state proclamation congratulating Taix on helping to “Build a Better America. One body at a time.”

Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.
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Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino said he hadn’t considered how much teenagers would benefit from more sleep and later school start times until he read an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times last year on the topic. The piece inspired him to investigate further online, “and the more I learned, the more I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’”
In his new job as Senator of California’s 25th District, Portantino is trying. Continue reading “Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits”

Cream of LCF Crop Inspire at ‘Challenge Success’ Day

Name another high school that can pool an Oscar winner, head of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, state Senator, former Major League Baseball player, NASA engineer, deputy district attorney, pilot and philharmonic oboist and have them all on the same campus, on the same morning.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.
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Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.

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Portantino Proposes Naming 134 Freeway for Obama

If a resolution presented by newly elected state Sen. Anthony Portantino is adopted, drivers on the 134 Freeway between Glendale and Pasadena will always be able to joke, “Thanks, Obama,” when they run into traffic — an “Obamajam,” perhaps? — on that stretch of roadway.
In late December, Portantino introduced a resolution proposing that the approximately 4½-mile stretch of freeway be named the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway,” in honor of the 44th president, whose second term concludes today, Jan. 19.
Obama attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 until 1981, when he transferred to Columbia University. The freeway is nestled on the hillside above Eagle Rock. Continue reading “Portantino Proposes Naming 134 Freeway for Obama”

Portantino Introduces Education, Transparency Bills

Back in office, Anthony Portantino clocked in for the first time and put forth a trio of bills in his first few hours as state Senator for California’s 25th District.
“It’s an honor to serve the communities that have been wonderful to me,” said Portantino, a former state Assemblyman who won a seat in the state Senate for the first time by defeating L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich in November.
“You get to work on issues you care about, you get to continue to learn more about the community you represent and I’m honored to be in a position where I can affect what is positive change,” added Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who previously served as the city’s mayor.

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