LOS ANGELES COUNTY–The Armenian National Committees (ANC) of the East and West San Fernando Valley–and the ANC Crescenta Valley Chapters announced their endorsemen’s for the upcoming local council and school board elections this week. The Crescenta Valley ANC endorsed La Canada-Flintridge Councilmember Anthony Portantino in his re-election bid to city council. For the second available council seat–the Crescenta Valley ANC gave an open endorsement to Greg Brown and Laura Olhasso.
"Councilmember Portantino has established a very positive working relationship with the community and has always worked with the Armenian community of La Canada-Flintridge and its environs to improve the quality of life for everyone," commented Sarkis Tchakian–member of the CV ANC board.
Tchakian added that Mr. Portantino has worked with the local ANC on issues of curbing hillside development in the area–improving and establishing a sewer system– among other issues of concern to the over 500 Armenian families that are active in the local ANC.
"We have a growing community in the area and we are confident that our endorsed candidates will work with us and do more than simply listen to our concerns. They will take action and lead," explained Tchakian. The La Canada-Flintridge city council election will be held on March 4–2003. East and West San Fernando Valley ANCs
In the upcoming Los Angeles Unified School District Board election–the East and West San Fernando Valley ANCs issued a joint endorsement for long-time friend of the ANC–Caprice Young. Caprice Young is currently serving as the LAUSD Board President and represents the areas of Los Angeles that encompass large portions of the East and West San Fernando Valley.
A spokesperson for the ANCs highlighted her record of working with the Armenian community to improve the school system for Armenian students attending public schools in Los Angeles and pointed out her steadfast support of including the Armenian Genocide as part of the academic curriculum of public schools. The ANCs have also worked with the School Board President to address the issues of fights that have broken out in area schools between Armenian and Latino students.
"We are very proud of the relationship we’ve been able to build with Board President Caprice Young over the years. She has worked with the ANC in bringing administrators–teachers and the community together to discuss issues that affect Armenian students in Los Angeles’s public schools and we know she’ll continue to do a good job," said Thomas Azaian of the East Valley ANC.
The Los Angeles City Elections will be held on March 4–2003