In response to strong community encouragement, former State Assembly Member, Anthony Portantino held a State Senate campaign launch party on Sunday, June 30. Friends, activists, elected officials, educators and neighbors from across the foothills attended the very successful event. Current and former mayors of Pasadena, Monrovia, South Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge and Claremont were there in support of Anthony. Supporters from Pasadena and Altadena showed a particularly strong presence at the event.
"Very few political leaders work as hard to represent all communities as thoroughly and earnestly as Anthony Portantino. He is a Life Member of the Altadena NAACP, a long time presence in our community and I want him in the State Senate continuing to do his good work," commented Barbara Bigby former president Altadena NAACP.
In addition to Ms. Bigby, PCC Trustees Berlinda Brown and Linda Wah, former John Muir High School Principal Dr. Eddie Newman, Altadena NAACP Act So supporter Juanita De Vaughn, community activists Gene Campbell, Ellen Ligons, Johari DeWitt-Rogers and Altadena Library supporters Tom Hubbard and Dale La Casella joined Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Clare Bogaard, ACT Co-Chair Felicia Williams, Democratic Women of the San Gabriel Valley President Alyce McCarroll, Claremont Democratic Club President Gar Byrum, and California State Controller John Chiang at the event attended by over 300 supporters of Anthony Portantino's campaign for State Senate.
"I decided to hold a June party because so many folks in Altadena and Pasadena have been asking me how they could help position me to run for the senate when my good friend and neighbor Carol Liu terms out of office in 2016. I was amazed and honored to have received so many positive RSVP's from neighbors, community leaders and elected officials. It makes a person feel very warm that so many residents in the 25th Senate district are responding to my positive outlook, goal to bring more transparency to Sacramento and a greater focus on public education."
During his time in office Anthony authored legislation to preserve the legacy of legendary musical artists such as the Platters, Coasters and Drifters and he worked with the University of California Davis on umbilical cord blood stem cell collection program to help treat Sickle Cell Anemia. Anthony also joined with Journal Publisher Joe Hopkins on creating a fellowship at the University of California for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Anthony has been honored by the California Police Chiefs Association, the National Bone Marrow Registry, the Pasadena Deltas, Options Child Care Services with the Marg Wyatt Policy Award and many other community and state agencies.
"As a lifelong educator in Pasadena, I have seen many elected officials talk about educating our children. Anthony Portantino doesn't just talk about it he does it. The recently successful Summer Institute Held at UCLA for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities was a direct result of the collaboration between our community and Anthony. He has my support and trust," concluded Dr. Eddie Newman, former Principal John Muir High School.
Anthony Portantino represented Pasadena and Altadena in the State Assembly from 2006 to 2012. He is currently a visiting fellow at the USC Unruh Institute of Politics, a member of the PCCC Bond Oversight Committee, a member of the California Film Commission, Board Member of the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, a member of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee and a member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Board. He is the father of two daughters, a public sixth grader and a 2013 graduate of UCSB. His wife Ellen is an executive at Warner Brothers. Anthony is a member of the PTA and a volunteer AYSO Center Referee for the Altadena, Pasadena & La Canada region.