Virtual Cocktail Class, Party Raise Funds for Hathaway-Sycamores

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Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners and board chair Michael Galper handed out cocktail and charcuterie packages to guests at the Raymond 1886 before the event.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services recently hosted the second virtual “Dinners From the Heart” event of the summer. The agency partnered with the Raymond 1886, the celebrated Pasadena restaurant and cocktail bar for a virtual cocktail class and party.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome from state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who joined the party from Sacramento to show his support and thank the agency for all the work it does.
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Portantino’s Workforce Housing Bill Clears Assembly Housing Committee

Anthony Portantino

State Sen. Anthony Portantino’s SB 1299 passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee last week with bipartisan support. The bill previously passed the Senate unanimously.
Portantino has long supported incentive-based legislation and SB 1299 is consistent with that approach, according to a spokesman. The Los Angeles County Business Federation suggested the bill idea to the senator earlier in the year to help address L.A. County’s housing shortage.
According to a Portantino spokesman, SB 1299 will create a program for cities to convert abandoned big-box retail sites into affordable and workforce housing. Under Portantino’s bill, local governments will be able to use these incentives to replace sales tax revenues previously generated from big-box retail stores.

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City Leaders Back Plan for Four More 210 Sound Walls

State Sen. Anthony Portantino
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State Sen. Anthony Portantino discusses various types of sound walls to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council at a recent meeting.

A plan to build four more sound walls along the north side of the 210 Freeway was approved this week by the La Cañada City Council and will be submitted for approval by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The council OKd the proposal Tuesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting. A request that will be sent to Metro will state the locations of the latest noise-dampening barriers the city would like to have designed and built. Continue reading “City Leaders Back Plan for Four More 210 Sound Walls”

Legislature Passes Portantino’s Bill on School Start Time

California lawmakers have approved Senate Bill 328, the school start-time proposal authored by state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), with the legislation passing the state Assembly and Senate late Friday.
The bill now waits to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to make his decision.
The legislation would require all public middle and high schools in California to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., a policy that the La Cañada Unified School District implemented in 2017-18. Research has shown that the later start helps teens get more sleep, do better in school and have improved mental health.
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Portantino’s Bill for Suicide Prevention Passes

State Sen. Anthony Portantino’s suicide prevention legislation, SB 972, passed the California State Legislature this week and is headed to the governor’s desk for his signature. SB 972 requires public, charter and private schools to print the National Suicide Prevention Hotline telephone number on all student identification cards starting in 7th grade and continuing through college.

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LCE Educator is Finalist for Teacher of the Year

Mandy Redfern

State Sen. Anthony Portantino welcomed La Cañada Elementary School kindergarten teacher Mandy Redfern to Sacramento to congratulate her on being a finalist for 2018 California Teacher of the Year. Redfern and other outstanding teachers were recognized at a reception in the Capitol on Monday night. Portantino, who is also from LCF, said his children attended La Cañada Elementary School.
“Mandy is just an awesome teacher and it was such an honor to see her in Sacramento receiving this recognition. Her hard work and dedication to our district as well as her patience and dedication with helping educate my two daughters, Sofia and Bella, makes this recognition even more special,” commented Portantino.
The teacher of the year recognition is sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty and the California Teachers of the Year Foundation.

CSF Honors Distinguished Person of the Year

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CSF President Karen Mathison (left) with Distinguished Person honoree Wendy Wyatt.

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge continued its tradition of selecting a Distinguished Person for 2017 and recently presented the award to Wendy Wyatt at a special luncheon held at the Caltech Athenaeum.
Every year, CSF selects a person who exemplifies a high spirit of community service and who has also given of themselves to the CSF mission of awarding scholarships to graduating seniors in the surrounding foothill communities.
To kick off the luncheon, CSF President Karen Mathison introduced Wyatt and welcomed all in attendance, including special guests Assistant Principal Jonathan Lyons of La Cañada High School; Pat Anderson, CEO of the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce; Jon Curtis, La Cañada City Councilman and his wife, Lisa; and Terry Walker, mayor pro-tem for the city of La Cañada Flintridge. Also in attendance was Dominick Correy representing state Sen. Anthony Portantino.
As guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon, Mathison spoke of the many contributions and accomplishments of Wyatt.
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California Legislature is First in Nation to Name Freeway for Obama

State Sen. Anthony Portantino has announced that SJR 8, a Senate Joint Resolution to name a portion of the 134 Freeway in Los Angeles County the President Barack H. Obama Freeway, has passed both the state Senate and the state Assembly. As a result, the 134 Freeway from the 2 Freeway to the 210 Freeway interchange will be named in honor of the 44th president. Continue reading “California Legislature is First in Nation to Name Freeway for Obama”

Portantino Meets Gov. Brown to Discuss 710 Tunnel Demise

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State Sen. Anthony Portantino (left) gives signed “No 710 Tunnel” petition to Gov. Jerry Brown.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently personally delivered to Gov. Jerry Brown thousands of signatures on the “No 710 Tunnel” petition, rolling out a lengthy scroll of signatures that activists opposed to the freeway tunnel collected for several years, the 25th district senator’s office said in a statement.
“I was extremely honored that the No 710 Action Committee would ask me to deliver our petitions to the governor and that Gov. Brown would so graciously receive them from me. In addition to presenting the petition signatures, we had a chance to discuss Metro’s recent unanimous action to terminate the tunnel project,” Portantino said.
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