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Anthony J. Portantino

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  • Capturing time in a box

    Capturing time in a box
    Fifty years from now, the people of La Cañada Flintridge will unearth a small steel case that will help explain their city's past. At Memorial Park on Sunday evening, residents, local officials and members of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of...
  • L.A. joins list of cities opposing 710 Freeway extension

    L.A. joins list of cities opposing 710 Freeway extension
    The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday joined several othercities in voting unanimously to oppose a tunnel extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway through Pasadena. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials last week narrowed...
  • Windstorm reform bill passes legislature

    Windstorm reform bill passes legislature
    A windstorm-driven measure requiring power companies to update emergency plans and coordinate better with local governments has passed both houses of the state legislature and is awaiting consideration by the governor, according to Assemblyman Anthony...
  • Portantino's ban on open carry of unloaded rifles passes legislature

    Portantino's ban on open carry of unloaded rifles passes legislature
    The state Assembly on Wednesday voted final legislative approval to a ban on carrying unloaded rifles  and shotguns openly in public in California cities, with supporters citing recent mass shootings in other states and concern by police officers. The...
  • Assemblymen follow divergent paths

    Assemblymen follow divergent paths
    In politics, the trajectory of an elected official can depend on not only how they interact with their constituents, but how they get along with their peers. And perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than the paths taken by two local assemblymen —...
  • Bills from local lawmakers await governor's signature

    Bills from local lawmakers await governor's signature
    A bill to update and streamline state laws for public libraries was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown recently. SB 1044, introduced by Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), changes several requirements for libraries, including a mandate that they...
  • Governor signs several bills by local lawmakers

    Governor signs several bills by local lawmakers
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) that would clamp down on unruly behavior of fan at professional sporting events. The bill requires signs showing the security phone numbers to be posted where spectators...
  • Just buy the houses and move them

    Although I agree with Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada) that a tunnel for the 710 extension is wrong (“Caltrans can't be trusted with the 710,” Sept. 1) I have to differ with his letter about the 710 extension being built. The...
  • Capitol Journal: Let the dogs loose on uncontrolled bears

    Capitol Journal: Let the dogs loose on uncontrolled bears
    SACRAMENTO — Admittedly I'm biased about bears. I don't think they're hunted enough in California. I say hunt them down with dogs. Hunt them with drones. Maybe roll in the tanks. I've awakened to this conclusion while watching brazen black bears...
  • 710 tunnel could be health hazard

    710 tunnel could be health hazard
    Speaking to a crowd already leery of a proposed tunnel connecting the Long Beach (710) Freeway to Pasadena, a leading smog scientist and asthma researcher warned Tuesday that the roadway could be a health hazard. “Those of us in the area of air...
  • Utilities required to plan for natural disasters

    Utilities required to plan for natural disasters
    A new law inspired by the windstorms that hammered the San Gabriel Valley in 2011 was signed into law over the weekend, forcing utilities to develop emergency management plans and work closely with local cities on how to respond to natural disasters. The...