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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‘Obama Freeway’ Proposal Passes Transportation Committee

State Sen. Anthony Portantino’s legislation to name a segment of the 134 Freeway the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway” recently passed the Senate Transportation Committee with overwhelming support.
The SCR 8 measure proposes a section between the 2 Freeway and the 210 Freeway to be named after the former president, who attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 until 1981, when he transferred to Columbia University. He lived in Pasadena during his sophomore year, traveling on the 134 Freeway from his apartment to his college campus on the approximate 4½-mile stretch of roadway nestled on the hillside above Eagle Rock.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who represented Eagle Rock in the state Assembly and currently represents the Glendale side of the 134 and the Pasadena intersection of the 134 and 210 Freeways, said he was enthused about the reaction to the resolution.
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Portantino Visits LCHS, Encourages Participation

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently visited the ASB class at La Cañada High School, encouraging students to attend school board meetings, to call their local representatives and to take on leadership roles themselves. “He answered lots of questions from the audience, which was spellbound and appreciated his accessibility, honesty and camaraderie,” said Marian Price in an email. The ASB director had her students write an essay about what they learned from the exchange.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, was formerly the city mayor and served as a state assemblyman before being elected in November to serve as senator for the California’s 25th District.