A bid to help students statewide get a bit more sleep and do better in class was derailed when state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s bill requiring high school and middle schools to begin their day no earlier than 8:30 was vetoed recently.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued his veto of Senate Bill 328 and explained his decision.
“This bill would prohibit middle and high schools from starting earlier than 8:30 in the morning, unless in a rural area,” Brown wrote. “This is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards. Several schools have already moved to later start times. Others prefer beginning the school day earlier. These are the types of decisions best handled in the local community.”
The bill would have taken effect sometime between January 2019 and July 2021. Continue reading “Portantino’s Bill on Start of School Day Is Vetoed by Governor”
State Sen. Anthony Portantino, whose suicide prevention bill was recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, said people sometimes have spoken openly with him about the tragedy because of his experience dealing with it.
His older brother Michael died of suicide in 2010.
“One of the things that struck me was after the suicide, people came up to me and felt comfortable talking about it,” said Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge). And talking about it is something his legislation aims to encourage.
The bill, which requires the telephone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be printed on student identification cards, was signed on Tuesday. Continue reading “Portantino’s Bill on Suicide Prevention Signed Into Law”
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s August Happy Hour recently was hosted by Sherry and David Kirchheimer at their beautiful home on Flintridge Avenue.
More than 85 float supporters and enthusiasts enjoyed riding the miniature Flintheim Railroad, built by the Kirchheimers. The evening had a magical feeling created by the Disney-like environment of the frontier railway. The grounds of the home were freshly manicured with beautiful green lawns and flowers in abundance — just like being at Disneyland. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres when not riding the railway through the Kirchheimers’ backyard. Continue reading “All Aboard the August Happy Hour”
When Assembly bill 114 passed the state Senate on Thursday, June 22, it ushered in a five-year extension of funding for the University of California’s Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program (UCBCP). Funding of the lifesaving cancer treatment effort was set to sunset on Jan. 1, 2018.
The state Senate approved Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal, which was inserted into the state budget by the state Senate budget sub-committee, which is chaired by Sen. Anthony Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who represents the 25th Senate District. Continue reading “State Funds Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Bill”
The Thursday Club recently received a California State Resolution from state Sen. Anthony Portantino. Celebrating 105 years, the club attests to the members’ efforts to reach out to the community to assist charitable and nonprofit groups to further their education. The resolution also recognizes 65 years of Les Fleurettes debutantes, who study and train in order to realize their responsibility to themselves, family and community.
The state Senate liked Sen. Anthony Portantino’s proposal, voting 34-1 to approve the former La Cañada Flintridge mayor’s resolution to rename a stretch of the 134 Freeway between Pasadena and Glendale for the 44th president, as the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway.” The proposal now heads to the state Assembly.
Obama attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979-1981, when he lived in Pasadena and drove along that stretch of freeway.
In a statement, Portantino said: “I am very pleased by the support this freeway naming has garnered in Sacramento and across California. President Obama left office with high approval ratings for his eight terrific years of service to our country. His leadership and time as a District 25 resident played a significant role in determining his future and tremendous legacy. I am very grateful to the residents of my district for suggesting the idea of naming the 134 for our former president.”
Portantino represented Eagle Rock in the state Assembly and currently represents the Glendale side of the 134 freeway as well as the Pasadena junction of the 134 and 210 freeways. If the proposal is approved by the Assembly, new freeway signs would be erected with money from private donors, according to the plan.
The Thursday Club Scholarship Foundation recently presented 12 local seniors with scholarships and one student with the Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship. The speaker was state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who gave a welcoming speech encouraging the students to be the best that they can be, to remain involved at every level in life and to constantly give back. Becky Lankey presented the awards and mentioned that there were so many qualified applicants that it made the final decisions very difficult. Each student spoke of their high school experiences, sports, art, music and what motivated them to select their college.
After the presentation, the students, parents, mentors, counselors and friends socialized while enjoying traditional tea with sandwiches and desserts. Scholarship committee members include Sheri Morton, Becky Lankey, Sharon Coombs, Kathy Leonard and Patrice Fontes.