Altadena: Options, a Los Angeles County-based child care and human services agency, held its 30th Annual Policy Makers Breakfast this morning where Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Assemblymember Chris Holden and Assemblymember Ed Chau discussed the state of children and family advocacy, legislation and current budget challenges.
In addition, former State Assemblymember, Anthony J. Portantino received the Marge Wyatt Advocacy Award for his longtime support of children and families.
"Anytime you can be associated with Marge Wyatt it's a blessing and honor, to have received an award this morning named for her, the person who spearheaded childcare in California and helped create both Options and CCIS, it is very humbling. I am very appreciative of all that Options does for families in the San Gabriel Valley and for this recognition. My prayers also go out to the Marge and the entire Wyatt family as they endeavor to cope with the recent loss of Joe Wyatt. For over six decades of advocacy, Marge and Joe where two people who helped make California great and who helped those amongst us who needed our help most."
Anthony Portantino served as the Assemblymember for the 44th Assembly District until terming out of office December 1, 2012. In addition to his efforts to support public education, transparency and accountability in California, Anthony carried worked with the greater child care community and carried legislation to streamline state and county bureaucracy in an effort to help agencies like Options better serve the needs of families who need help. The 2013 Community Award went to Woodworkers of Whittier. The woodworkers make thousands of toys for children who need them. Upon receiving the award, Woodwork President John Rodgers said: "We make toys and we build smiles."
Kim Patillo Brownson, Director of Education Equity at the Advancement Project, gave a key note address about the "Save my Seat" project which detailed the significant need for early childhood education in California.