As Mayor of La Canada Flintridge, Anthony helped hire the first ever African American City manager in city history, and his office staffs were the model of diversity.
Anthony is a Life Member of the Altadena NAACP and a longtime supporter of the ACT-SO program, the Freedom Fund Luncheon and the MYPD at John Muir High School. He has also been recognized by the Deltas and the MYPD for his dedication to the African American community.
Anthony is a longtime volunteer usher at his church, St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church. His daughter, Isabella,was one of only a handful of San Gabriel Valley Girl Scouts to complete her Marian Medal badge through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Anthony has also been a volunteer AYSO soccer referee for two decades.
One of the key differences between the two candidate is on school funding. Anthony supported Prop. 30 four years ago – his opponent was against. This year, he supports Proposition 55 to extend and protect school funding while, once again, his opponent opposes it.
Years of dedicated community service:
Every day, in countless ways, Anthony and Ellen Portantino help make LCF an even better place to live. They are 22 year residents of the San Gabriel Valley. They volunteer with friends and neighbors for great local organizations from PTA to Choral Parents, from Girl Scouts to the Chamber. Anthony is an especially familiar sight around town – as an usher at St. Bede, an AYSO referee and emcee of the LCE Halloween Haunt for almost 20 years!
Understands our issues like no one else:
As our former Mayor and Councilmember, Anthony knows our needs, and has a long record of accomplishments on our behalf: creating the High School drop off zone in Hahamongna; building our skate park; preserving open space; expanding our trail system; traffic safety improvements at PCY, LCE and PCR, and many more.
Proven leadership for LCF in times of need:
While serving us in the Assembly, Anthony was persistent and effective in addressing our issues. After the Station Fire and mudslides, he helped residents gain needed tax relief. After tragedy on the Angeles Crest Highway, he passed legislation to ban trucks. He has led the fight against the proposed 710-freeway extension that would swamp us in heavy truck traffic. And he’s always stood up for our public schools, supporting Measure LC and precious K-12 funding guarantees.
“ I need Anthony by my side in Sacramento to fight for all Latino families and create more opportunities for all.”
“ My friend Anthony Portantino will fight for all of us in the State Senate. I urge you to vote for him.”