Portantino’s Bill on Start of School Day Is Vetoed by Governor

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.
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Portantino’s Bill on Suicide Prevention Signed Into Law

Photo courtesy state Sen. Anthony Portantino Gov. Jerry Brown (right) recently signed into law state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s Senate Bill 972, which requires schools to print a suicide prevention telephone number on identification cards of students in grades 7-12.
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Gov. Jerry Brown (right) recently signed into law state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s Senate Bill 972, which requires schools to print a suicide prevention telephone number on identification cards of students in grades 7-12.

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.
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Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday

Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.
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State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.

The city of Pasadena recently celebrated its past and envisioned the future with a free community party that showcased an emphasis on science, technology and creativity. Mayor Terry Tornek, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Continue reading “Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday”

All Aboard the August Happy Hour

David Kirchheimer gives Bill Pounders and Chuck Terhune a train ride at the event.
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Mayor Michael Davitt and state Sen. Anthony Portantino were among 85 supporters at the recent La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s August Happy Hour.

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.
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State Funds Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Bill

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.
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The Thursday Club Receives State Honor

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.

Thursday Club President Sheri Morton, with 25th District Representative Yvette Kim, was surprised and honored to receive a California State Resolution, which was delivered recently and presented during social tea after a debutante fashion show.

State Senate Approves Obama Freeway Plan

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.

Thursday Club Scholarship Awardees

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Awardees include (front row, from left) Scott Carney from St. Francis, attending Northeastern; Emily Carr from La Cañada High School, attending Cornell; Taleen Sarkissian from LCHS, attending UC Irvine; Jenny Wang from LCHS, attending UCLA; Jillian Pih from LCHS attending USC; and Morgan Bowman from LCHS, attending UC Davis. Back: Kendall Kikkawa from Flintridge Prep, attending UCSB; Grace Rickert from LCHS, attending Cornell; Noor Alanizi from CVHS, attending UC Berkeley; Greenawalt Foundation Scholarship recipient Holly Miller from LCHS, attending Scripps; Lilly Maxfield from Flintridge Prep; attending UCLA; and Tyler Borland from LCHS, attending UCSB. Not pictured: Sarah Montgomery from Flintridge Sacred Heart, attending Boston College.

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.