PASADENA–0he Pasadena and Crescenta Valley Chapters of the Armenian National Committee welcomed Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) for a Legislative Update and Reception on October 11, 2007 at the Pasadena Armenian Center.
Assemblymember Portantino, who currently serves as the Chair of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, spoke in length about education reform and the steps that he has taken to improve public schools in the state of California. The Assemblymember updated the community about his legislative package on education, which addresses a wide range of issues from expanding community college access for high school students to reforming the governance of the California State University system.
Assemblymember Portantino also congratulated the Armenian American community on the recent victory in the House Foreign Relations Committee with the passage of H.R. 106, the Armenian Genocide Resolution. The Assemblymember was a cosponsor of AJR 15, a resolution that passed in the State Legislature earlier this year designating April 24th as the official “Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day” and urging Congress to take similar action in properly recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
“It was a pleasure to have my first town hall meeting at the Armenian Center in Pasadena, not only for warmer reception, but also for the in depth discussion of issues that concern all Pasadenans and Californians ‘s education being a major focus,” said Assemblymember Portantino. “It was also personally moving for me to be with so many grassroots supporters of Genocide recognition the day after Congress took a tremendous step forward in recognizing the atrocities of so many years ago.”
“We were extremely delighted to have Assemblymember Portantino provide us with important updates on state of the state affairs and also to get to know him on a more personal level,” said Pasadena ANC Chairman Dikran Tabakian. “We look forward to working closely with the Assemblymember in the coming years on issues of mutual interest.”
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Councilmember Margaret McAustin, Pasadena City Treasurer Viken Yerganian, Most Reverend Father Muron Aznikian representing His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Sahag Sarkissian, Vice-Consul General of Armenia in Los Angeles, and Haig Kartounian, representing Congressman Adam Schiff, were in attendance.
Representatives from the following organizations were in also attendance: St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church Board of Trustees and Ladies Guild, Armenian American Council on Aging, Armenian Youth Federation, Homenetmen Scouting and Athletics Union, Hamazkayin Cultural Association and Armenian Relief Society, AGBU High School, and the Armenian National Committee of America ‘s Western Region.
Assemblymember Anthony Portantino served seven and a half years on the La Canada Flintridge City Council and two terms as Mayor before being elected in November 2006 to serve the 44th Assembly District. The 44th Assembly District is home to thousands of Armenian Americans and encompasses Altadena, Duarte, La Canada Flintridge, Pasadena, South Pasadena and Temple City. It also includes portions of Arcadia, Monrovia, Mayflower Village and the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Mount Washington and Eagle Rock.