| Apr 13, 2012
| 8:05 AM
A bill to improve emergency and disaster preparedness among California utilities was unanimously approved this week by a committee in the state Assembly.
AB 1650, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Caņada Flintridge), requires public...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 4:49 PM
The fast-approaching year is already looking to be a bumpy one.
Without a redevelopment agency, local officials will have to re-evaluate plans for future projects and rethink how to keep pace with the demand for affordable housing.
| Dec 31, 2011
| 5:39 PM
Local lawmakers plan to tackle a variety of issues in 2012, not the least of which may be campaigning for re-election.
Prominent U.S. Congressional Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) will be facing off against each...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 12:01 PM
City Council members in South Pasadena made it clear this week that they want their voices heard in a new study of the proposed Long Beach (710) freeway extension as they push regional transportation officials to kill a possible surface route.
| Jan 10, 2012
| 8:29 AM
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Caņada Flintridge) has authored a bill that would expand protections from workplace retaliation to legislative workers who blow the whistle on government fraud and abuse.
Legislative staffers were exempted from...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 3:29 PM
As the clock ticks toward the Feb. 1 deadline for dismantling redevelopment agencies, officials in the tri-city area are taking different approaches — from playing wait-and-see to pressing local lawmakers to reach a legislative compromise that would...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Caņada Flintridge) took the podium Tuesday night at City Hall and called on city officials to push their local lawmakers to fight for their power of redevelopment.
But this wasn’t Pasadena. It was in a city that...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 8:38 PM
Citing family stresses brought on by his brother's untimely death in 2010 and his mother's ill health, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino announced Wednesday night that he will not seek election in 2012.
The surprise announcement comes at a time when the...
| Jan 22, 2012
An appellate court dismissed an appeal last week by a Burbank employee who was ordered in October 2010 to stay at least 10 yards away from a former aide for Assemblyman Mike Gatto, ruling that the one-year restraining order had expired and the appeal...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) has secured the endorsement of local Democratic Party delegates for the redrawn 43rd Assembly District.
The district has been morphed to include La Caņada Flintridge, currently the home base for Assemblyman Anthony...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 2:07 PM
Southern California Edison officials tried to strike a conciliatory tone on Thursday during a state hearing on the company’s response to power outages caused by fierce winds that struck overnight Nov. 30.
“We can’t control the weather,...
| Feb 11, 2012
| 3:09 PM
A landmark appellate court decision Tuesday overturning Proposition 8 prompted a range of reactions from local political officials.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose district includes Burbank, Glendale and La Crescenta, blasted the 2-...