SACRAMENTO – The advocacy group Aging Services of California has named Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) 'Assembly Legislator of the Year' at its annual awards reception in Sacramento. The group cited Portantino's long history as an advocate for issues facing older adults as well as his authorship of AB 123 as the reasons for the award.
"I'm honored to receive this recognition. Aging Services of California is comprised of an amazing group of advocates who work tirelessly to promote important issues and improve the quality of life for older adults in California," said Portantino. "It was particularly rewarding to see so many residents of the 44th Assembly District who came up to Sacramento for the award presentation. It made me feel that during this great budget-crisis black cloud, you can still positively affect people's lives through the legislative process."
AB 123 sought to streamline the process for bringing services to older Californians with less red tape and bureaucracy. It will help needy residents in a more efficient manner. It was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger and became law on January 1, 2010.
Aging Services of California focuses on keeping older adults independent as long as possible as well as the development of 'progressive and innovative strategies for Californians to age well in the future.' The group represents more than 400 non-profit providers in senior living and care communities which serve the needs of more than 100,000 older adults.
There are about 4.4 million persons 65 and older in California and that number is expected to double by 2030.