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Portantino Trivia

  • Hosted 10 HIV/AIDS Summits at City of Hope Hospital

  • Received the prestigious Ellis Island Award in the historic Great Hall that welcomed his grandparents to the US when they immigrated from Italy a century ago

  • Created the Scholars Program at UC College of Law San Francisco for California residents who graduated from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the American University in Armenia

  • An MBA scholarship bears his name at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management for students from HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions

  • Believes that weapons of war have no place in our communities and on our streets and encourages Congress to renew the FAWB permanently

  • Taught Values Based Political Leadership at USC

  • Wrote three mystery novels during the Covid-19 lockdown

  • Is dyslexic 

  • Wrestled, played football and tennis in high school

  • Has been on international delegations to Armenia, Korea, Japan and Israel

  • Wrote and produced an independent feature film

  • Named a section of the 134 Freeway the Barack H. Obama Highway

  • Was raised and inspired by his single mom, Barbara

  • Likes Godfather 1 over Godfather II

  • Favorite comedy is A Fish Called Wanda

  • Has watched all 69 episodes of Columbo with his daughter Isabella

  • Banacek with George Peppard is his favorite classic TV show with the original Star Trek a close second and It Takes Thief 3rd

  • Death Note, One Punch Man and Banshee are his guilty pleasure contemporary shows

  • Chemical Heart is his favorite young adult movie with A Silent Voice his favorite Anime film

  • Hopes someone someday makes a live action version of Jonny Quest 

  • Has lost 160 pounds in the last two years

  • Is a closeted standup comedian and loves live theater

  • Is a proud Girl Scout dad and was a member in good standing of Troop 981

  • Proud of Isabella and Sofia for earning their Girl Scout Gold Awards

  • Is an avid bike rider

  • Biked 6000 miles and was in the top 2% on STRAVA for 2022

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