Endorsements

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IMG_4979.JPGAnthony Portantino has been a champion for public education and fiscal responsibility -- both in his community and in the State Legislature.  I endorse him for State Senate.”

Jerry Brown, Governor, State of California

 


 

Kamala_Harris_Official_Attorney_General_Photo.jpg“Anthony Portantino has an outstanding record of public service. He’s a trusted leader on the issues that touch every family: jobs, education and public safety.”

- Attorney General Kamala Harris

 

 


 

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"I am proud to endorse Anthony Portantino for the State Senate.  He will be a strong advocate for college affordability and access.  As an Assemblymember, Anthony fought for increased transparency and accountability. A tireless worker, he is not afraid to make difficult decisions. He has earned my admiration and support."
- Hon. John Chiang, Treasurer, State of California

 


 

Carol-Liu.jpg“Anthony did a good job in the State Assembly where he represented our district for six years. I am pleased to offer my endorsement for him to succeed me. We’ve had a long tradition in the foothill communities of leaders who put education first and who are deeply and personally connected to the residents. If elected, I am very confident that Anthony will continue to do both.”
- Hon. Carol Liu, State Senator, 25th District

 


 

Kevin-de-Leon.jpg"Anthony Portantino is the best possible candidate.  His decades of community involvement and his impressive record of service and accomplishment make him the clear choice. Anthony and I have been friends since we came into the Assembly together and I don’t know anyone who works harder for his district or pays closer attention to  residents in all our neighborhoods.   I am proud to add my name to his long and growing list of supporters."
- Hon. Kevin de León, Senate Pro Tem

 


 

Betty-Yee.jpg“Anthony is a good friend and well-respected community leader. He has worked hard to represent friends and neighbors across the foothills -- which is why he has earned overwhelming local support. Anthony understands the importance of having our fiscal house in order, which is why I am looking forward to working with him in the Senate. I am excited to give him my complete support.”
- Hon. Betty Yee, California State Controller

 


 

Paul-Krekorian.jpg“Anthony is a perfect fit to succeed Carol Liu in the State Senate. He works hard, brings people together and solves problems. I’m proud to call him a friend and I know he will do an excellent job representing the 25th State Senate District.”
- Hon. Paul Krekorian, Former Assemblymember 43rd District & Current Los Angeles City Councilmember

 

 


 

Terry-Tornek.jpg“I am very pleased to endorse my friend Anthony Portantino for the State Senate. I have known him for years and I admire his work ethic and determination to do what he thinks is right, even under pressure. He has my enthusiastic support and trust.”
- Hon. Terry Tornek, Mayor, Pasadena

 

 


 

Juanita-DeVaughn.jpg“Anthony has tremendous support in our community because he has earned it through community service and community support. Year in and year out he’s dedicated to our children, our schools and our neighborhoods.”
- Juanita DeVaughn, Co-Founder, Altadena NAACP ACT SO

 

 

 


  

Bill-Bogaard.jpg“Anthony is one of the finest representatives I have worked with during my time in public service. Claire and I are very pleased to support him for the State Senate. His work helping to complete the Gold Line is of particular note and warrants the support of Pasadena residents and the greater San Gabriel Valley.”
- Hon. Bill Bogaard, Mayor, Pasadena, ret.

 

 


  

Tom-Torlakson.jpg"Anthony Portantino has a long and deep commitment to public education in the district and is the perfect person to elect to the State Senate.  Anthony is a product of public schools, is raising his family in local public schools and is active in the PTA and many local organizations.  He has my complete support and trust.”
- Hon. Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction

 


 

Joe-Hopkins.jpg“Anthony represented the 44th Assembly District with strength of character and an earnest commitment to our diverse neighborhoods. From one end of our district to the other, he was always present, always helpful and always down to earth and approachable. Our community needs him back in Sacramento working for all of us.”
- Joe Hopkins, Publisher, Pasadena Journal

 


  

Nora-Hovsepian.jpg“The ANCA-WR is proud to lend its full and complete support to Anthony Portantino’s campaign for the CA State Senate as he’s been a staunch advocate of our Cause and a true friend of our community since his early days on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council.  Our decision was based on Anthony’s strong track record of serving the needs of our communities and productively working with the ANCA regional and local chapters for nearly two decades.  We are confident that he will continue to build on this strong foundation when elected to the State Senate.”
- Nora Hovsepian, Chair, Armenian National Committee of America Western Region

 


 

Karen-Davis.jpg"Anthony Portantino has been a positive presence in the San Gabriel Valley for many years.  He supported the Gold Line when it needed help the most, and, as a former Mayor he stood up for cities in Sacramento when many did not. I am very happy to support my friend, Anthony Portantino, for the State Senate."
- Rev. Karen Davis, Mayor, Glendora

 

 


  

Bob-Frutos.jpg"I am very pleased to support my friend Anthony Portantino for the State Senate.  Anthony is no stranger to Burbank, he has many long-standing and strong relationships in our community.  As a former Mayor, Anthony understands how important it is to appreciate our neighborhoods and to learn our issues.  He has done that in an earnest way that has many of us looking forward to working with him in the future."
- Hon. Bob Frutos, Mayor, Burbank

 


  

Renatta-Cooper.jpg“I support Anthony because I know he deeply cares about every child in our school system. He’s not just there for one child or one community. Whether it’s a foster youth, gate student or students with challenges, he tries to do what’s right. That’s why he has my support.”
- Hon. Renatta Cooper, Past President, Pasadena Unified School District

 

 


  

Marsha-Ramos.jpg“Anthony and I worked together when we were both on City Councils. He’s a man of integrity and hard work. He has my complete support.”
- Marsha Ramos, Former Mayor, Burbank

 

 

 


   

Armine-Hacopian.jpg"With all the challenges facing our State we need sincere and dedicated individuals acting on our behalf in Sacramento. Anthony Portantino is the best individual for this purpose and I have given him my most sincere support and endorsement. I know he will make his colleagues aware of our local needs and seek solutions as evidence by the numerous bills he has sponsored in order to improve quality of life for everyone."
- Hon. Armine Hacopian, Member Board of Governors, Glendale Community College

 


  

Reyna-Diaz.jpg“Anthony fights for Duarte’s children every day he’s in office with actions not just words. He’s a parent of public school children himself so he brings a personal understanding of our issues. I cannot wait to have him back in Sacramento representing our community.”
- Hon. Reyna Diaz, Past President, Duarte Unified School District

 

 


 

Sam-Pedroza.jpg“I have worked with Anthony on issues that are important to Claremont. As a former Mayor, he understands local government. When Assembly leaders asked Anthony to abandon the Cities in his district, he said ‘no’. That courage and willingness to put the interest of his district ahead of party pressure has earned my support, respect and endorsement.”
- Hon. Sam Pedroza, Past Mayor & Current Councilmember Claremont

 


  

John-Capoccia.jpg“I've been impressed with Anthony’s presence in our community for years and his positive work ethic as a community leader. Sierra Madre residents remember that it was Anthony who toured our city after the devastating windstorms and it was Anthony who passed legislation to help us better be prepare for the next one. Whether it’s being a small town Mayor, enjoying his children in youth sports or volunteering with the PTA, Anthony shares the same experiences that we do in our community.  He takes the time to join us for so many community events that I am happy and proud to endorse him for the State Senate.”
- Hon. John Capoccia, Mayor, Sierra Madre

 


  

Mary-Ann-Lutz.jpg“When local government needed a champion, Anthony was there. As a former Mayor, he understands how important it is to work closely with the cities in his district and he didn’t forget where he came from when he went to Sacramento. This takes courage and conviction rare in politics today and he has earned my support.”
- Hon. Mary Ann Lutz, Past Mayor, Monrovia

 


 

Adrin-Nazarian.jpg“I am endorsing Anthony Portantino for the State Senate, because Anthony is a candidate with a strong record of honesty, integrity and a history of working to bring together the wonderful and diverse communities which comprise the 25th State Senate District. Anthony has earned my friendship, respect and support. I am confident he will work collaboratively with me and others to ensure that collectively we make our state government work for all Californians."
- Hon. Adrin Nazarian, Assemblymember, 46th District

 


 

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 “I’m proud to endorse Anthony Portantino for State Senate. Anthony is a strong supporter of the Dream Act, and a proven leader on jobs and education.”

- Hon. Xavier Becerra, Congressman CA-34

 

 


 

Adam-Schiff.jpg“I have worked with Anthony Portantino for more than a decade on issues of great importance to our community. As a city council member in La Cañada Flintridge, Anthony was an early champion of expanding open space in our region through the Rim of the Valley. As a State Assemblymember, he fought to improve the quality of education, health care and safety for all his constituents. I know he will be a terrific State Senator, and I am proud to support him. He has the background, experience, and tenacity we need in Sacramento.”
- Hon. Adam Schiff, Congressman, CA-28

 


 

State & Regional Elected Officials

Hon. Kamala Harris - California Attorney General

Hon. John Chiang – State Treasurer

Hon. Adam Schiff – Nested Congressman

Hon. Grace Napolitano – Nested Congresswoman

Hon. Xavier Becerra - Nested Congressman

Hon. Tom Torlakson – Superintendent of Public Instruction

Hon. Betty Yee – State Controller

Hon. Jeff Prang – Los Angeles County Assessor

Hon. Jared Huffman – Member of Congress

Hon. Ted Lieu – Member of Congress

Hon. Howard Berman – Member of Congress Ret.

Hon. Paul Krekorian – Los Angeles City Council

Hon. Jose Huizar – Los Angeles City Council

Hon. Mitch O’Ferrell – Los Angeles City Council

Hon. Curren Price – Los Angeles City Council

Hon. Paul Koretz – Los Angeles City Council

Hon. Andra Hoffman – Los Angeles Community College Board 

Hon. Mike Fong – Los Angeles Community College Board

Hon. Mona Field – Los Angeles Community College Board – Ret.

Legislators

“I have long represented portions of the San Gabriel Valley and I would be very pleased to see Anthony be my neighboring Senator. Together, we worked on Gold Line funding, ground water cleanup and supported local government in our region. Anthony has my strong endorsement to succeed Carol Liu.”
- Dr. Ed Hernandez, State Senator, 22nd District

Hon. Marty Block – State Senator

Hon. Cathleen Galgiani – State Senator

Hon. Ed Hernandez – State Senator

Hon. Adrin Nazarian – Member of the State Assembly

Hon. Mike Gipson – Member of the State Assembly

Hon. Adam Gray – Member of the State Assembly

Hon. Das Williams – Member of the State Assembly

Hon. Hector de la Torre – Assemblymember Ret.

Hon. Juan Arambula – Assemblymember Ret.

Mayors & Councilmembers

“Anthony has been a loyal friend of South Pasadena’s for a long time. He was a terrific representative for our community in the Assembly and we are looking forward to working with him when he’s in the State Senate.”
- Hon. Diana Mahmud Mayor South Pasadena

“As a Republican, I have always found it easy to cross the aisle to support Anthony Portantino. He was an outstanding Assemblymember for Duarte and I am confident he will represent us well in the Senate. I am happy to endorse him again for State Senate.”
- Hon. John Fasana, Former Mayor & Councilmember, Duarte

“Anthony comes from a quiet town like Glendora and he’s a former Mayor. He understands our community because he’s one of us. He has my complete support and trust and I am very happy to endorse him for the State Senate.”
- Hon. Gene Murabito, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Glendora

“I’m a home grown product of the San Gabriel Valley. Anthony is exactly the type of representative we need in Sacramento fighting for the unique quality of life issues we have in our foothill communities. After the devastating wind storms, he toured Sierra Madre first hand; the only politician outside of our city who showed up and for that Sierra Madre would be well-served with Anthony in the Senate.”
- Hon. Josh Moran, Former Mayor, Sierra Madre

“I worked with Anthony on the City Council for four years. Even though we come from different sides of the political aisle, he works tirelessly for every resident and for our community. From the truck ban on Angeles Crest Highway to open space funding he has secured to preserve our hillsides, he has always represented us very well and I want him back in Sacramento working for us again.”
- Hon. Steve Del Guercio, Former Mayor, La Cañada Flintridge

"I have worked with Anthony for over a decade on issues of mutual interest between South Pasadena and La Canada. He has the most thorough understanding of the 710 corridor and has my support and trust."
- Dr. Richard Schneider, Former Mayor & Current Councilmember, South Pasadena

“Anthony has represented South Pasadena extremely well. He has a deep understanding of our unique issues and we are pleased to strongly support him for the State Senate.”
- Harry Knapp, Dorothy Cohen & Odom Stamps, Former Mayor, South Pasadena

“We feel like Anthony represented Sierra Madre long before he ever did. When we needed him, he was there and when we turned around, he was in our community trying to help.”
- Joe Mosca, Former Mayor, Sierra Madre

Hon. Bob Frutos – Mayor, Burbank

Hon. David Ryu - Los Angeles City Councilmember

Hon. David Gordon – Councilmember Burbank

Hon. Jess Talamantes – Councilmember Burbank

Hon. Will Rogers – Councilmember Burbank

Hon. Zizette Mullins – City Clerk, Burbank

Hon. Debbie Kukta – City Treasurer, Burbank

Hon. Gary Bric – Former Mayor Burbank

Hon. Marsha Ramos – Former Mayor, Burbank

Hon. Mary Lou Howard – Former Mayor, Burbank

Hon. Jef Vander Borght – Former Mayor, Burbank

Hon. Anja Reinke – Former Mayor, Burbank

Hon. Sam Pedroza – Mayor, Claremont

Hon. Joe Lyons – Past Mayor & Current Councilmember, Claremont

Hon. Larry Schroeder – Past Mayor & Current Councilmember, Claremont

Hon. Sandy Baldonado – Former Mayor, Claremont

Hon. Karen Rosenthal – Former Mayor, Claremont

Hon. Ellen Taylor – Former Mayor, Claremont

Hon. Samuel Kang – Mayor, Duarte

Hon. Tzeitel Paras Caracci – City Councilmember Duarte

Hon. Liz Reilly – City Councilmember Duarte

Hon. John Fasana – City Councilmember Duarte

Hon. Margaret Finlay – City Councilmember Duarte

Hon. Lois Gaston – Former Mayor, Duarte

Hon. Jim Kirchner – Former Mayor, Duarte

Hon. Phil Reyes – Former Mayor, Duarte

Hon. Ara Najarian – Glendale Mayor

Hon. Zareh Sinanyan – Glendale Councilmember & Former Mayor, Glendale

Hon. Ardy Kassahkian – Glendale City Clerk

Hon. Rafi Manoukian – Glendale City Treasurer / Former Mayor

Hon. Karen Davis – Mayor, Glendora

Hon. Gene Murabito – Councilmember Glendora

Hon. Doug Tessitor – Former Mayor, Glendora

Hon. Gary Clifford – Former Mayor, Glendora

Hon. Dave Spence – Mayor, La Canada Flintridge

Hon. Terry Walker – Councilmember, La Canada Flintridge

Hon. Leonard Pieroni – Councilmember, La Canada Flintridge

Hon. Mike Davitt – Councilmember, La Canada Flintridge

Hon. Jon Curtis – Mayor Pro Tem, La Canada Flintridge

Hon. Laura Olhasso – Former Mayor, La Canada Flintridge

Hon. Don Voss – Former Mayor, La Canada Flintridge

Hon. Steve Del Guercio – Former Mayor La Canada Flintridge Mayor

Hon. Harry Leon – Vice President, La Crescenta Town Council

Hon. Cheryl Davis – La Crescenta Town Council

Hon. Charlie Beatty – La Crescenta Town Council

Hon. Desiree Portillo Rabinov – La Crescenta Town Council

Hon. Frank Beyt – Vice President, La Crescenta Town Council – ret.

Hon. Jon Blickenstaff – Former Mayor La Verne

Hon. Donna Redman – Councilmember La Verne

Hon. Robin Carder – Councilmember La Verne

Hon. Ron Ingels – Former Councilmember La Verne

Hon. Dan Harden – Former Councilmember La Verne

Hon. Mary Ann Lutz – Former Mayor, Monrovia

Hon. Larry Spicer – Councilmember Monrovia

Hon. Joe Garcia – Former Councilmember Monrovia

Hon. Terry Tornek – Mayor, Pasadena

Hon. Bill Bogaard – Ret. Pasadena Mayor

Hon. Victor Gordo – Councilmember, Pasadena

Hon. Steve Madison – Councilmember, Pasadena       

Hon. Margaret McAustin – Councilmember, Pasadena

Hon. Curtis Morris – Mayor, San Dimas

Hon. Emmett Badar – San Dimas Councilmember

Hon. Denis Bertone – San Dimas Councilmember

Hon. Jeffrey Templeman – San Dimas Councilmember

Hon. John Ebiner – San Dimas Councilmember

Hon. John Capoccia – Mayor, Sierra Madre

Hon. John Harabedian – Councilmember, Sierra Madre

Hon. Denise Delmar – Councilmember, Sierra Madre

Hon. Gene Goss – Councilmember, Sierra Madre

Hon. Josh Moran – Ret. Mayor, Sierra Madre

Hon. Nancy Walsh – Ret. Mayor, Sierra Madre

Hon. Diana Mahmud – Mayor, South Pasadena Councilmember

Hon. Bob Joe – South Pasadena Councilmember and Former Mayor

Hon. Marina Khubesrian – South Pasadena, Councilmember & Former Mayor

Hon. Michael Cacciotti – South Pasadena Councilmember & Former Mayor

Hon. Richard Schneider – South Pasadena Councilmember & Former Mayor

Hon. Dorothy Cohen – Former Mayor South Pasadena

Hon. Harry Knapp – Former Mayor South Pasadena

Hon. Odom Stamps – Former Mayor South Pasadena

Hon. Mark Seigel – President, Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council

Hon. Cindy Cleghorn – Secretary, Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council

Hon. Nina Royal – Treasurer, Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council

Hon. David Stevens – Councilmember, Upland – Retired

Hon. Tom Chavez – Mayor, Temple City

Hon. Angel Carrillo – Past President San Gabriel Council of Governments

Hon David Gutierrez – San Gabriel Councilmember & Former Mayor (ret)

Hon. Bruce Barrows – Past President League of California Cities LA Division

Hon. Michael Kasperzak – President League of California Cities

Hon Frank Zerunyan – Councilmember Rolling Hills Estates

Hon. Jack Hadjinian – Councilmember Montebello

Hon. Debra Martin – Councilmember, Pomona

Hon. Polly Low – Councilmember, Rosemead

School Board Members & College Trustees

“Anthony doesn’t just talk about education, he fights for it.”
- Hon. Sue Keith, Vice President Board of Governors, Citrus Community College

“Anthony is that rare politician who does more than just talk to our youth, he takes the time to meet them and understand them. Every time I've taken my students to Sacramento, he’s made time for them and mentored them. He has my complete support.”
- Dr. Mikala Rahn Board Member, PUSD ret.

“I’ve worked alongside Anthony as an activist, as a parent of a public school child and as a school board member, he has my trust and my support.”
- Hon. Alex Zucco, Monrovia School Board

Hon. Jim Elliot – President, Bonita Unified School Board

Hon. Chuck Coyne – Bonita Unified School Board

Hon. Diane Koach – Bonita Unified School Board

Hon. Glenn Criemann – Bonita Unified School Board

Hon. Roberta Reynolds – President, Burbank Unified School District

Hon. Larry Applebaum – Board Member Burbank Unified School District

Hon. Steve Ferguson – Board Member Burbank Unified School District

Hon. Armond Aghakhanian – Board Member Burbank Unified School District

Hon. Dave Kemp – Ret. Board Member Burbank Unified School District

Hon. Peter McGrath – Ret. Burbank Unified Board Member & Senior Legislator

Hon. Joanne Montgomery – President, Citrus Community College Board of Trustees

Hon. Sue Keith – Trustee, Citrus Community College

Hon. Barbara Dickerson – Trustee, Citrus Community College

Hon. Pat Rasmussen – Trustee, Citrus Community College

Hon. Joseph Probst – Vice President, Charter Oak Unified School Board

Hon. Dave Nemer – Vice President, Claremont Unified School Board

Hon. Steven Llanusa – Board Member, Claremont Unified School Board

Hon. Mary Caenepeel – President Claremont Unified Board – Ret.

Hon. Ken Bell – President, Duarte Unified School Board

Hon. Rev. Doug Edwards – Duarte Unified School Board

Hon. Reyna Diaz – Duarte Unified School Board

Hon. John Dinsmore – Duarte School Board, Ret.

Hon. Pam Kawasaki – Duarte School Board, Ret.

Hon. Francisco Figueroa – Duarte School Board, Ret.

Hon. Christine Walters – President, Glendale Unified School Board

Hon. Nayiri Nahabedian – Vice President, Glendale Unified School Board

Hon. Armina Gharpetian – Glendale Unified School Board

Hon. Jennifer Freemon – Glendale Unified School Board

Hon. Sandy Russell – Glendale Unified School Board – Ret.

Hon. Tony Tartaglia – President, Glendale Community Colleague Board

Hon. Vahe Peroomian – Glendale Community College Board

Hon. Armine Hacopian – Glendale Community College Board

Hon. Ann Ransford – Glendale Community College Board

Hon. Anita Quinonez Gabrielian – Glendale Community College

Hon. Doris Blum – Glendora Unified, ret.

Hon. David Sagal – President, La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Ellen Multari – La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Kaitzer Puglia – La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Dan Jeffries – La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Brent Kuszyk – La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Scott Tracy – Past President, La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Susan Boyd – Past President, La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Joel Peterson – Past President, La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Meredith Reynolds – Past President, La Cañada Unified School Board

Hon. Andrew Blumenfield – La Cañada Unified School Board, ret.

Hon. Alex Zucco – Past President, Monrovia School Board

Hon. Betty Sanford – Former Board Member Monrovia School Board

Hon. Elizabeth Pomeroy – President, Pasadena Unified School Board

Hon. Scott Phelps – Board Member, Pasadena Unified School Board

Hon. Kim Kenne – Pasadena Unified School Board

Hon. Pat Cahalan – Pasadena Unified School Board

Dr. Mikala Rahn – Ret. PUSD Board Member & Founder, Learning Works

Hon. Tom Selinski – Past President Pasadena Unified School Board – Ret.

Hon. Renatta Cooper – Past President, Pasadena Unified School District – Ret.

Hon. George Van Alstine – Past President, Pasadena Unified School District – Ret.

Hon. Prentice Deadrick – Former Board Member PUSD

Hon. Tommy McMullins – Former Board Member PUSD

Lisa Sugimoto – Past President, Pasadena City College

Hon. Berlinda Brown – PCC Board of Trustees

Hon. Anthony Fellow – PCC Board of Trustees

Hon. Hoyt Hillsman – PCC Board of Trustees

Hon. Jeanette Mann – PCC Board of Trustees –Ret.

Hon. Sherman Garnett – San Bernardino County Board of Education

Hon. Shelley Ryan – San Marino Unified School Board

Dr. Michele Kipke – South Pasadena Unified School Board

Hon. Elizabeth Eilers – South Pasadena Unified School Board

Dr. Suzy Abajian – South Pasadena Unified School Board

Hon. Joe Loo – South Pasadena Unified School Board, ret.

Hon. Cristina Alvarado – San Gabriel Unified School Board

Sandra M. Macís – Retired PUSD Principal/Master Life Coach

Jimmy Woods-Gray – Former UTLA PACE Chair

Dr. Jacqueline & David Jacobs

Amy Kamm – Burbank School Parent

Barbara Miller – Burbank School Parent

Steve Frintner – Burbank School Parent

Susan Hunt – Community Volunteer

Lynn Miyamoto – Glendale School Parent

Tom Kissinger – Director, Elementary Education Burbank Unified School District

Tamar Tujian – LCUSD Parent 

Nancy & Mike Leininger – Class Room Teacher & Ret. Assistant Superintendent

Sheryl Orange – Former Principal, John Muir HS

Alta Skinner – San Dimas

Dr. Alex Rojas – Superintendent Bassett Unified School District.

Deborah Weirick – LCUSD Parent

Kitty Cahalan – Pasadena School Parent

Vicky Maliszewski – Bonita School Parent

Civil Rights Leaders

“As I travelled to the University of California at San Diego with former Assemblyman, Anthony Portantino, an Italian American, I couldn’t help but realize that there were fifty majority Blacks there. They were recruited from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. There was not one Italian student. Portantino realizes that qualified Black students need an extra push to opportunity, and he is willing to give that push. He is a soldier in the Black Lives Matter movement with no motivation other than it is the right thing to do.”
- Joe Hopkins, Publisher, Pasadena Journal, Published August 12, 2015

Barbara Bigby – Past President, Altadena NAACP

Joe Brown – Past President, Pasadena NAACP

Lynda Burns – Chair, Glendale Commission on the Status of Women

Gene Campbell – Activist

Juanita De Vaughn –Founder, Altadena ACT SO

Dr. Hilarie Dyson – Altadena NAACP

Dr. Greg Edwards – Past President, Altadena NAACP

Rev. John Forney – Activist

Mike Gomez – Activist

Gerda Govine – Community Activist

Nancy Guillen – Community Activist

Ralph Hurtado – Community Activist

Felicia Kademian – Chair, Pasadena Human Relations Commission

Irma Munoz – Mujeres de La Tierra

Nat Nehdar – Pasadena Human Relations Commission

Yuny Parada – Community Activist

Mrs. Mack Robinson – Legendary Community Activist

Keith Rohman – Past President, LA Human Relations Commission

Marsha Rood – Activist

Gail Rolf – Educator and Activist

Tecumseh Shackelford – Community Activist

Jalal Sudan – Past President, Altadena NAACP

Samena Sudan – Altadena NAACP

Virginia Uribe – Founders Project 10/Models of Pride

Sahag Yedalian – Pasadena Human Services Commission

Environmentalists

"The Sierra Club is pleased to endorse Anthony Portantino for Senate District 25. He has demonstrated a commitment to the public interest and the environment during his six years in the Assembly."
- Kathryn Phillips, Director, Sierra Club California

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Mary Barrie – La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council

Ed Begley Jr. – Uber Environmentalist  

David Czamanske – Sierra Club Pasadena

Jerry Daniel – Past Chair, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Fred Dong – Sierra Club La Crescenta

Joe Edmiston – Executive Director Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Alan Kishbaugh – Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Board Member

John Monsen – Sierra Club

Irma Munoz – Chair, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

Paul Rabinov – VOICE and Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy Board Member

Susana Reyes – National Board Member Sierra Club

Marc Stirdivant – Past ED Bolsa Chica Land Trust & VOICE Board Member

Tim Wendler – Past Chair, Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy Board

Roger Wolf – Annandale Canyon Estates                        

Michelle Zack – All things Altadena

Labor Organizations

AFL-CIO-LA-Union-Logo.jpgAFT Local 1521 A, College Staff Guild

Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1277

American Federation of Teachers, Faculty Guild Local 1521

Association of California State Supervisors

California Faculty Association (CFA)

California Federation of Teachers (CFT)

CAL FIRE, Local 2881

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee

California Association of Psychiatric Technicians (CAPT)

California Professional Firefighters (CPF)

Communications Workers Southern California

California School Employees Association (CSEA)

Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC)

IBEW, Local 18

ILWU Southern California District Council

International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 13

Laborers, Local 777

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

Pasadena City College Faculty Association

Pasadena Firefighters, Local 809

Professional Engineers In California Government (PECG)

SEIU California

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 105

Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Teamsters Joint Council 42

United Farm Workers

UA Local 78, Plumbers

UFCW, Local 770

UFCW, Local 1428

UNITE HERE, Local 11

Democratic Party, Clubs & Activists

"I’ve had a long and productive relationship with Anthony Portantino.  No one works hand in hand with local activists better than Anthony.  I am also very impressed with his long connection to and impressive record working with the women’s health community.  I am very pleased to offer my complete support and trust to my friend.”
- Alex Gallardo-Rooker, Vice Chair, California Democratic Party

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Bonita Democratic Council

California Democratic Party

Claremont Democratic Club

Crescenta Canada Democratic Club

Democratic Club of the Pasadena Foothills

Democrats For Israel (Support) DFI

Democrats For Neighborhood Action (DNA)

Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DPSFV)

East Area Progressive Democrats

Foothill Community Democrats of Monrovia

Glendale Democratic Club

Helen Doherty Democratic Club

Los Angeles County Young Democrats

Southern California Armenian Democrats (SCAD)

Stonewall Young Democrats (SYD)

West End Democratic Club

Democratic Activists

Gar Byrum – Past President, Claremont Democratic Club

Brandy Carter – 55th AD Delegate State Democratic Party

Jeff Daar – San Fernando Valley Activist

Darla Dyson – 41st AD Delegate

Rev. John Forney – President, Claremont Democratic Club

Wendy Gordon – Past ACT Co-Chair

Chuck Guinta – President, Crescenta Canada Democratic Club

Bill Hacket – President, Arroyo Democratic Club

Hoyt Hilsman – President, Democratic Club of the Pasadena Foothills

Judy Jacobs – California Democratic Party Children’s Caucus Chair

Kathy Kensinger – Viet Nam Veteran

Mike Lipsitz – President, Morongo Basin Democratic Club

Alyce McCarroll – Past President Democratic Women of the San Gabriel Valley

John McClain – Co-Chair ACT

Joe Mealy – Past President Crescenta Canada Democratic Club

Michael Moreau – Past President, Democratic Club of the Pasadena Foothills

Janice Nelson – Past Democratic Nominee for Congress

Thom O'Shaughnessy – State Party Delegate

Kathy Paterson – LACDP Member

Anthony Reyes – Past President, University of La Verne Democratic Student Alliance

Jerry Reynolds – Past President Crescenta Canada Democratic Club

Alex Gallardo-Rooker – Vice Chair, California Democratic Party

Dana Runge – Past President Crescenta Canada Democratic Club

Ari Ruiz – Past President, Stonewall Young Democrats

Catherine Shieh – Past President USC Democrats

Karen Suarez – Foothill Community Democrats

Tracy Lee Taylor – President, Bonita Democratic Council

Zephyr Tate-Mann – Past President Claremont Democratic Club

Jerry Velasco – President, United Democrats of San Gabriel

Felicia Williams – Past Co-Chair ACT

Business Leaders

Shaheen Ahmed – Business Owner

Pat Anderson – CEO, La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce

Don Baldaseroni – Burbank

Andy Bencosme – Past President, Arcadia Association of Realtors

Paul Bobzin – Firestone, La Canada

Joe Cina – Executive Director Glendora Chamber of Commerce

Melinda Clarke – Executive Director Montrose Chamber of Commerce

Carolyn Anderson Corrao – San Dimas Chamber of Commerce

Yvette Davis – President, Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce

David Di Cristofaro – Business Leader

Aida & Hovig Dimejian – Business Owners

Rick Dinger – Crescenta Valley Insurance

Vic Georgino – Business Executive

Charles M. Ghailian – President Monarch Apparel Group, Inc.

Leonard Ghazarian – Past President, Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce

Cindy Gleghorn – Past President, Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce

Nancy Guillen – Burbank Business Leader

Peter YS Kim – Business Leader

Norman Leduc – Business Executive

Paul Little – Executive Directory Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Jean Maluccio – Past President, Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Kenneth Martin – Chiropractor

Craig Mazin – Writer

Julian Munoz – Past President, Burbank Association of Realtors

Yolanda Nogueira – President, Highland Park Chamber of Commerce

Andre Ordubegian – VP Montrose Shopping Park Association

Steve Pierce – President, Montrose Chamber of Commerce

Chris Poole – COO, JAMS, Inc.

Nina Royal – Editor & Publisher, North Valley Reporter

Shant Sahakian – Sedna Solutions

Wes Seastrom – Past Chair La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce

Ted Shaw – South Pasadena Business Owner

Michael Silver – Entertainment Executive

Steve Stathatos – Pasadena Business Owner

Michael Thomas – Burbank Business Leader

Eleanor Wacker – Past President Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce

Public Safety

“We are thrilled to endorse the candidacy of Anthony Portantino for California State Senate in District 25.  As an Assembly Member, Portantino led the fight and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with law enforcement to limit the open carry of firearms in public.  Throughout his career, Anthony Portantino has stood for public safety and strong gun laws and he will make a great State Senator.”
- Peggy McCrum, President, California Chapters The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

“As the former Police Chief, past City Manager and long-time resident, I am well acquainted with Pasadena, the surrounding communities and their public safety needs and concerns. I was also the President of the California Police Chiefs Association, a position which required me to work closely with state leaders. In that role, I worked very closely with Anthony Portantino and have continued to do so in various endeavors that benefit the community. I am honored to endorse him in his quest to continue to serve our community.”
- Barney Melekian, Pasadena Police Chief ret. Undersheriff, Santa Barbara County

“Anthony has an excellent understanding of public safety issues and an impressive record of making law enforcement a priority.  The residents who live and work in the foothill communities that make up the 25th Senate District want and deserve a Senator who is familiar with our neighborhoods and who fundamentally knows that Public Safety is important to us.  In particular, Chiefs and Rank and File law enforcement officers worked closely with Anthony on the ‘open carry’ ban that was signed into law. The Los Angeles County Police Chiefs enthusiastically endorse Anthony Portantino for the State Senate.”
- Chief Kevin L. McClure PAC Chair Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association 25th SD Resident

Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

California Association of Highway Patrol

California Police Chiefs Association

Glendale Police Officers Association

California Professional Firefighters (CPF)

Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association

Los Angeles Police Protective League

Pasadena Firefighters, Local 809

Peace Officers Research Association of California

Professional Peace Officers Association Los Angeles County

Bernard Melekian–Pasadena Police Chief – Ret.

Ron DePompa– Glendale Police Chief–Ret.

Rick Law–Pasadena Police Commander– Ret.

Medical Professionals

California Medical Association

Dr. Emil Avanes

Dr. Boris Bagdasarian

Dr. Patrick Wade

Dr. Hilary Faucett

Dr. Mireille Hamparian

Dr. Richard Paulson

Dr. Woody Walker

Dr. Alex Black

Dr. Michael Gottlieb

Dr. Lusine Simonyants

Dr. Diane Cullinane

Dr. Armen Kassabian

Dr. Matt Bosse

Dr. Maribel Khoury

Dr. A. Ben Moravati

Dr. William Sherman

Associations & Organizations

Arcadia Association of Realtors

Armenian National Committee of America Western Region

Association of Independent Commercial Producers

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Burbank Association of Realtors

California Association of Professional Scientists

California Medical Association

California Small Business Association

Equality California

Glendale Association of Realtors

Mexican American Bar Association, Political Endorsement Committee 

National Organization for Women (NOW)

Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors (PFAR)

Personal Insurance Federation of California (PIF)

Planned Parenthood Advocates Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley

Sierra Club

HIV/AIDS Advocates

Dr. Michael Gottlieb

Thomas Harding – Art Aids Art

Michael Weinstein – President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Anthony Guthmiller – Aids Service Center

Herb Shultz – Activist

Clergy

“I have worked with Anthony as a community activist and friend for many years.  He represented Altadena and Pasadena extremely well in the State Assembly and I know he will continue to be a tireless advocate for our communities in the State Senate.   Anthony has a way about him that brings people from diverse backgrounds and races together, builds bridges and makes them feel comfortable.  I am very pleased to offer him my support and trust.”
- Rev. George Van Alstine, Religious Leader

Rev. Karen Davis

Rev. Connie De Vaughn

Rev. Rick Eisenlord

Rev. John Forney

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Rabbi Steven Jacobs

Rev. George Regas

Rev. Tyrone Skinner

Rev. George Van Alstine

San Gabriel Valley Transportation Leaders

Doug Tessitor – Chairman Gold Line Construction Authority

Sam Pedroza – Vice Chairman Gold Line Construction Authority

Jack Hadjinian – Chairman Alameda Corridor East

Julie Costanzo – Vice Chair Alameda Corridor East

Ara Najarian – Metropolitan Transit Authority

John Fasana – Metropolitan Transit Authority

Community Leaders & Neighbors

"The 710 Corridor is losing its biggest advocate in Sacramento when Anthony terms out of the State Assembly.  We need him back in Sacramento as the person who best understands this issue for all the right reasons and takes the appropriate actions and leads.  He has my trust, support and friendship."
- Claire Bogaard, Community Activist Pasadena

“Anthony is a tireless worker for the communities he represents and beyond. Although he has never been my official representative, I feel like he is in our community as if he does represent La Crescenta. He brings an energy and integrity to public service that has earned my support and all my efforts to see him become my next State Senator.”
- Steve Pierce, Community Activist La Crescenta

“Anthony understands our environmental issues better than most political leaders. He has worked with other representatives in the San Gabriel Valley on groundwater contamination clean-up and other key areas of water policy that benefit the entire San Gabriel Valley.”
- Hon. Charles Trevino, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water Board

 

* All titles are for identification purposes only. No organizational endorsements implied unless otherwise noted above.

 

Press Editorials

Pasadena Journal: Pasadena City College Discrimination
Published August 12, 2015 by Joe Hopkins

As I travelled to the University of California at San Diego with former Assemblyman, Anthony Portantino, an Italian American, I couldn’t help but realize that there were fifty majority Blacks there. They were recruited from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. There was not one Italian student. Portantino realizes that qualified Black students need an extra push to opportunity, and he is willing to give that push. He is a soldier in the Black Lives Matter movement with no motivation other than it is the right thing to do.

Glendale News-Press: How One Politician Made a Difference
Published October 6, 2011 by Ron Kaye

EDITOR”S NOTE: Assemblyman Anthony Portantino of LaCanada-Flintridge dared to stand up to his own Democratic Party leadership that controls the state legislature by voting against a phony budget and for that he was punished by Speaker John Perez with threats to furlough his entire staff for more than a month. Portantino than exposed the outrageous lies about how much the Assembly spends on staff, prompting the LA Times and Sacramento Bee to sue for the full information — a move which led Perez to release false and incomplete information. The Bee now reports in this article about how they hide the truth of their outlandish spending from the public:

Glendale News-Press: From Obscurity to the Spotlight, a Politician Doing What’s Right
Published August 20, 2011 by Ron Kaye

Sipping iced coffee in the Black Cow Café in Montrose on Friday with Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, I found myself suspending my disbelief, putting aside my deep cynicism as a newspaperman and feeling like I was in the company of a politician actually doing the right thing for the right reasons despite threats and bullying. It was like watching a remake “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” rewritten as “Mr. Portantino Goes to Sacramento” — the accidental politician becomes the reluctant revolutionary. In barely two months, Portantino has gone from the relative obscurity of serving quietly and industriously as one of California’s 120 lawmakers to stumbling into the political spotlight as a lone voice challenging the leadership and record of failure of a hopelessly gridlocked Legislature. He has made headlines in newspapers across the state, inspired editorials sharply critical of Assembly Speaker John Perez’s abuses of his power, prompted two major newspapers to sue the Legislature for refusing to release how much it spends on itself and its staff — that’s taxpayer money, not the special-interest money that puts them into office and provides costly favors to them.

Los Angeles Times: Observations and Provocations from The Times’ Opinion Staff
Los Angeles Time Editorial August 15, 2011

Portantino articulates a clear and compelling good-government case for changing the rules. "Policy should be judged on its own merit, not by the coercion of the leadership to reward or punish those who are considering policy," he said in an interview Monday. "This is the people's money, the people's offices. Californians should be represented well in an open and fair and transparent process. And what you have now is, the same people who are fighting for secrecy have now decided to put themselves in charge of the task force to be in charge of secrecy."

Daily News: Some Simple Solutions to the State's Economic Woes
Published February 1, 2011 by Cynthia Kurtz

With the state budget in crisis, we aren't going to see flashy programs implemented in California, and standing around wringing our hands waiting for the "big solution" is not beneficial either. So I say let's try smart ideas, big or small. Sometimes smaller more practical approaches are more successful anyway. Case in point, I think Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, has come up with a good idea. It isn't exactly a no-cost program but it uses funding already set aside for small business assistance so no new dollars are required.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune Editorial: Anthony Portantino
Editorial Published February 10, 2011

That’s why a new bill by local Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge, makes more sense and is already gaining traction in the business world. Portantino’s bill doesn’t require business to hire workers, but will help them lower their costs, which in turn could cause them to hire worker, expand their businesses or both.

Los Angeles: Put Sanity in Gun Debate
Published January 19, 2011 by Steve Lopez

Fortunately, state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) has a problem with open carry, and he introduced legislation last week to ban it. "There's a proper place for firearms, and having a proliferation of them strapped to hips is something that belongs in a Western movie, not Main Street, California," he said in a press release. When I reached Portantino on Tuesday, he said he had been asked by two state police organizations to introduce the bill. "They've seen a rise in people carrying a gun on their hip," Portantino said. "According to the law, you can have a gun on one hip and cartridges on another hip." Verge told me she attended events commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and was struck by an MLK quote about "the appalling silence of the good people." The NRA has loudly championed its views, Verge said, and it's time to pump up the volume on the other side. "People have to take a stand on this," Verge said. "Today we lost 82 people. And tomorrow, 82."

San Gabriel Valley News: Portantino Launches Salvo at 710 Freeway Plans
Published August 22, 2012 by Brian Charles

State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino unleashed a furious verbal and written attack on Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday, demanding the agencies abandon plans to complete the 710 freeway. His harsh critique of the project focuses on questions about the financial viability and the need to fill the four-mile freeway gap. In his letter Portantino called for Caltrans and the MTA "to cease all activity relating to the advancement of the SR (state route) 710 extension." The outgoing member of the state Assembly also asked local leaders to "step in and make the bold decision to put an end to this project." Portantino said Wednesday that the agencies refused to answer the basic questions. "How much is the project going to cost and how many cars are going to use it?" he said.

The bill on the governor’s desk would require public officials to disclose income in low ranges, but also whether their income is: More than $250,000 but not greater than $500,000, More than $500,000 but not greater than $1 million, More than $1 million but not greater than $5 million, More than $5 million but not greater than $10 million, and More than $10 million. The last categories would provide more financial details about wealthy office-seekers such as Meg Whitman, the multimillionaire former candidate for governor. The current forms have not been updated for 35 years and are "way out-of-date," said Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge), who authored AB 2162. "As it stands now, the broad financial ranges on the form make it impossible to have an accurate picture of what an officeholder’s financial obligations are,'' Portantino said. "I want to change that and bring more transparency to this important issue."
Published August 23, 2012 by Patrick McGreevy
California lawmakers voted this week to give up a perk, agreeing to pay the same fees as the general public for vanity license plates on their cars that reflect their role as elected officials. As it now stands, current and retired legislators can obtain special DMV license plates custom designed for lawmakers by paying a one-time fee of $12. In contrast, the general public, including retired firefighters and police officers, pay $49 to $98 for a special plate and $38 to $78 for annual renewals. Nearly 700 of the legislator license plates have been issued over the life of the program, including 116 currently in use. The Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) requiring legislators to pay the same fees as the general public. AB 2068 now goes to the governor for his consideration. “At a time of economic belt-tightening, when you have student fees rising, classrooms bulging, and cuts everywhere, why should legislators get a special break -- even a small one?  It's just not right,” Portantino said. “These new fees will be the same as what the public pays, which is the right thing to do.”

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