Portantino Sworn in as State Senator for District 25, Representing Pasadena

first_img Sen. Anthony J. Portantino and daughter SofiaToday, Sen. Anthony J. Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) joined other newly elected Senators in the 40-member upper house of the State Legislature. With his daughter Sofia by his side, Portantino was sworn in as the State Senator for the 25th District.“I’m honored to join the California State Senate and appreciate the many friends who helped me get here. I’m excited to be in a position to work on issues that are important to my district,” commented Portantino, who previously represented the area as Assembly Member for the 44th District. Portantino used the first day of the legislative session to promote three key legislative priorities.Portantino introduced SB 25, which seeks to create a plan to fully integrate a guaranteed K–14 education. In the Assembly, Portantino was a champion for greater cooperation between community colleges and high schools. SB 25 takes these efforts further, creating a complete K–14 education model in place of separate K–12 and postsecondary education models.“At a time when our economy demands that our students are better prepared, it is imperative that our education model changes with the times,” added Portantino.Always focused on “good government” reform and transparency, Portantino reintroduced SB 24, which updates the Political Reform Act to create better and more accurate financial disclosure requirements for elected representatives.“Looking at Washington, it is clear that it can be hard to get elected leaders to recognize the importance of transparency. I hope that with all the recent focus on conflict of interest, now is the time for California to lead by example and embrace greater disclosure,” commented Portantino.Portantino also introduced SB 23 to extend necessary funding for California’s Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program. Portantino created the Cord Blood program while in the Assembly but its funding is set to sunset next year. SB 23 extends the funding to continue the important public health program for another decade. Because of Portantino earlier efforts, the University of California Davis Hospital has been storing cord blood stem cells and using them to cure leukemia and other blood-related diseases.“Saving stem cells and curing cancer go hand in hand, and I’m very excited to have found a bi-partisan effort to aid that cause. It was very important to me that I begin my time in the State Senate, on issues that save lives and have significant impacts,” concluded Portantino.Sen. Portantino represents about 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Burbank, Sunland-Tujunga, Shadow Hills, Atwater Village, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, San Dimas, Glendora, La Verne, Claremont, and Upland. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Community News HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Top of the News Government Portantino Sworn in as State Senator for District 25, Representing Pasadena Published on Monday, December 5, 2016 | 3:22 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Security guard fatally shot by officer ‘was doing his best to stop an active shooter’: Police chief

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Authorities in Illinois continue to investigate the police shooting of a security guard who was trying to stop an active shooter at a nightclub in Illinois when he was fatally wounded.A little after 4 a.m. Sunday, Robbins police asked for additional departments to assist its officers in responding to a call about a shooting at Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois, according to Midlothian police.Midlothian police said two of its officers had responded to the bar to help Robbins police. When officers arrived, Midlothian police said, they learned that there were several gunshot victims inside the bar.“A Midlothian officer encountered a subject with a gun and was involved in an officer-involved shooting,” Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney said in a statement released hours after the shooting.The person shot by the officer was later pronounced dead at a hospital, Delaney said.Midlothian police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as 26-year-old Jemel Roberson.Delaney told ABC News on Tuesday that Roberson was the establishment’s security guard.“Our hearts go out to Jemel and his family and we are devastated by this incident,” Delaney told ABC News. “We have learned a lot about Jemel over the last two days and he was [a] great man that was doing his best to stop an active shooter that evening.”At least four people were shot including Roberson, ABC News affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago said.“He had somebody on the ground, with his knee in his back, with his gun on him, like ‘Don’t move,’” Adam Harris told a CBS affiliate. “Everybody was screaming out ‘Security!’ He was a security guard.”The status of the officer involved in the shooting was unknown.Roberson was an organist at local churches including New Spiritual Light Baptist Church, according to WLS-TV.“How in the world does the security guard get shot by police?” Pastor Walter Turner of New Spiritual Light Baptist Church said in an interview with WLS-TV. “A young man that was literally just doing his job and now he’s gone.”A lawyer for the Roberson family has filed a wrongful-death civil lawsuit against the as yet unidentified officer and the village of Midlothian.“This is a young man who was trying to do the right thing in life. He wanted to apply to the Chicago PD from what I was told. His mother did not want him working night-club security but he enjoyed it,” said Gregory Kulis, the attorney for Jemel Roberson’s mother, Beatrice Roberson.The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force is investigating the police shooting, which is the Midlothian Police Department’s policy, according to Delaney.The Cook County Sheriff’s Police and Robbins Police Department were investigating the “criminal aspect,” Delaney said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Loan approval completes financing for North End

first_imgThe final piece of financing for the long-awaited North Street revitalization project in Burlington’s Old North End has been approved by the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) board of directors. A $304,531 SIB loan to the City of Burlington completes a state, federal, and local financing package for the $6.6 million revitalization project, and project construction has begun. The North End revitalization project has been in the active planning stages since 1998. Major elements of the project include considerable street repaving, improving pedestrian access and safety by enhancing sidewalks and traffic signals, installing underground utilities, planting trees, upgrading street lighting and other improvements.last_img read more

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Lipton logs on to e-procurement revolution

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EIB president named head of new long-term investing association

first_img“The ELTI association is a genuine European project,” he added. “Following the EIB capital increase, it is yet another way to multiply our mutual leverage effect in federating the financial strength of our institutions for growth and employment through long-term investment.”The general assembly also saw the association’s first action plan for 2014-20 agreed, with its goal to foster “sustainable, resource efficient, socially inclusive and innovative” growth and employment.Alongside Hoyer, Anton Kovacev and Franco Bassanini were named vice-presidents.Kovacev is chairman of the board at the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and Bassanini president of Italy’s CFP. Werner Hoyer (pictured), current president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), has been named head of the European Association of Long Term Investors (ELTI) following the association’s inaugural general assembly.The ELTI, launched in June, said it aimed to promote long-term investment across the Continent and encourage academic research on the subject.Its 17 founding members, including the EIB, include central banks of some European Union member states, as well as development banks, such as Germany’s KFW and the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB).Hoyer said he was “honoured and happy” to act as a link between the work for EU banks and those supporting EU policy.last_img read more

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Warriors believe DeMarcus Cousin can begin team practice soon

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors have stayed adamant about not offering a timetable on DeMarcus Cousins’ return. After all, why project their starting center’s first game in a Warriors uniform when they still need to reevaluate his left Achilles tendon in four weeks?Before that evaluation takes place, though, the Warriors might have be bale to evaluate Cousins’ on-court progress.“I don’t think it will take too long before … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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Street Child Cup kicks off in SA

first_imgMore than 70 teenagers from variouscountries are gathered in Durban toplay football. A girl playing football in the streets ofManagua, Nicaragua’s capital.(Images: Street Child World Cup)MEDIA CONTACTS• Joe HewittMedia LiaisonStreet Child World [email protected]• Umthombo+27 31 337 [email protected] ARTICLES• Boost for school football• Nestlé nurtures future footballers• SA’s children get football fever• Football for Hope to unite SABongani NkosiMore than 70 homeless teenagers from across the world have been given a chance to flex their football skills in Durban, South Africa, in the inaugural Deloitte Street Child World Cup.The week-long tournament, which kicked off at the Durban University of Technology on 15 March, features a series of seven-a-side indoor matches between street children from South Africa, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Brazil, Ukraine, India, Vietnam, the UK and Philippines.The teams are mixed, with boys and girls playing together, and the winning squad will take home an impressive trophy.Opening group stage matches have already created fireworks: in one game the South African team, represented by the Umthombo Football Club, beat Ukraine 4-1, while the skilful Brazilians were defeated by the indefatigable Tanzanian squad 2-0 in another.The tournament was initiated by UK human rights organisation Amos Trust. Umthombo, an NGO working with street children in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is facilitating it.Events like these are a good way to reach out to children living on the streets, said Umthombo CEO Tom Hewitt. “The tournament is fantastic. It celebrates the potential of street children.”Hewitt has been impressed by the participants’ talent so far. “Nicaragua is not known for football, but those children playing in the competition are quite incredible,” Hewitt said. “The Brazilian team is also fantastic … people are excited for it.”The youngsters are thrilled to be taking part in such a competition, he added. They received a warm welcome when they arrived in Durban, with locals staging a traditional Zulu-style carnival for them.The Street Child World Cup is meant to, among other things, create a platform for the youngsters to share experiences of their respective countries, said Joe Hewitt, the tournament’s head of media.SA ideal host for first CupThe plan is to hold future street child games in countries hosting major sporting events, such as world cups and the Olympics. It’s fitting that the inaugural tournament is staged in South Africa in 2010 to coincide with the Fifa World Cup here.“The Fifa World Cup is something that should be for all. These children should be involved in it in some way,” said Joe Hewitt. They should be given a special opportunity to be involved as flag bearers and ball crew members, he added.“The Deloitte Street Child World Cup demonstrates the tremendous potential of every single child, and especially street children, who are so often treated as less than human,” said Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in a statement. “I am proud that the first ever Street Child World Cup will take place in South Africa …”Tutu is one of a number of influential personalities who have endorsed the Cup. Others include AC Milan and England midfielder David Beckham, Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Filipino professional boxer Manny Pacquiao.“I am delighted that the first Street Child World Cup will take place in South Africa where I know there is a huge passion for football. No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights,” said Ferguson, who has visited South Africa a number of times with his team to play Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the annual Vodacom Challenge tournament.Taking children off Durban’s streets Umthombo, formerly known as the Durban Street Team, has been working on the streets of the coastal city since 1998. The organisation runs various projects to help homeless children – these include a mobile health clinic, mentoring schemes and a community reintegration programme.The organisation does not believe in putting street children in institutions, but rather tries to reunite them with their families. Tom Hewitt said it’s been encouraging to note the growing number of children who have been returned to their homes.“There are fewer kids on the streets of Durban this year compared to last year,” he said. “The children are able to reintegrate into family life.”The Street Child World Cup helps remind the public that there are homeless youngsters across the world, not just in South Africa, Joe Hewitt said. “It shows that this is a global problem. There are countries bigger than South Africa that still have the problem.”This year’s participants will also attend the Street Child World Cup Indaba in Durban from 20 to 22 March. With themes such as home, safety and health, the youngsters will shares stories and discuss future aspirations with each other.last_img read more

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AJ Baltes, Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finally got some rain. Early last week we got 1.75 inches and I heard anywhere from 2.5 inches down to .75-inch rains around here. It came down pretty hard for the first 1.25 inches and we got the other half inch in two other rains after that, so it had a little time to soak in.The rain will help finish up the early-planted stuff and really help the late-planted stuff. We have corn that is anywhere from full dent to still filling out kernels yet. I had a customer do some chopping last week before the rain and it was yielding really well for him.In some areas, the dry weather got pretty bad and in other areas it still looks pretty nice. Some of the later stuff will still be determined by the fall and how late of a frost we get. I am going to look at some more corn tonight we are going to be chopping and they said it looks pretty good.We saw a little northern corn leaf blight when we were looking at fields, but not as much as what we normally get. There is a little disease in the beans here and there but nothing major and there was some insect leaf feeding but not anything that will hurt yields. Overall, stuff looks pretty good but it really will be hard to tell until the combines get in the fields, especially the beans.The beans that we first planted are just starting to turn color and get a little yellow in them. They should be finishing the pods out. The later beans were flowered before this rain with just a few pods at the bottom, so I am hoping the rain will get more pods on them and get them filled out.There are more chances for rain on Sunday and through next week. It is Fair week, so we will probably get rain at least one day I would think. Hopefully we get a late frost and those beans can keep growing. If so, I think they’ll do alright.There has been quite a bit of second cutting grass hay taken off around here in between the rains over the last couple of weeks. A lot of guys were waiting for another rain to cut and I think it could make a big difference. I am guessing the guys with alfalfa are on the third or fourth cutting.We are green chopping some cover crops for a neighbor’s beef cows today. It is a 15-way after-wheat blend we mixed up. It makes a decent amount of tonnage. We don’t have to go too far before we get a forage wagon filled up. We chop it high so it can regrow and overwinter. It is a chance to get out on some of the old equipment because we have an Oliver Super 77 and we run on that.last_img read more

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a month agoInter Milan coach Conte: We must stay grounded

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan coach Conte: We must stay groundedby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte says they’re not getting carried away with their start to the season.Inter meet Lazio tonight.He said, “Tomorrow will be a very difficult match against a very strong team with a clear identity.“They’ve been protagonists in recent years and their Coppa Italia victory is a testament to the work done by the club and the Coach. For us, that’s more proof.“I see proclamations and easy situations. After only four games, we’re already talking about this and that.“I have the right experience to say that this was done deliberately to give us some stab wounds.“We’ll have to be good at keeping our feet on the ground because it won’t be easy. There are two teams: Napoli weren’t backed but are very strong.“Juventus are very, very strong. After that, we begin to consider the others, including Inter.” last_img read more

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The week in college football

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown against Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Florida State won, 27-2. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)#3 Oklahoma Sooners vs #15 Houston Cougars (Noon) NRG Stadium, Houston, TXThe college football season gets off to a fast start Saturday with the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners taking on the No. 15 Houston Cougars. Many expect Oklahoma to contend for a national title this year with Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield once again at quarterback and Samaje Perine running beside him. Houston isn’t going to go down easy though. Greg Ward Jr. is one of if not the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and Tom Herman is looking to show the big schools once again that his teams can compete with anyone. Expect a shootout with plenty of fireworks, as this one already has playoff implications.#5 LSU Tigers vs Wisconsin Badgers (3:30 p.m.) Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WIWill this be Les Miles’ last year? That is the question on the minds of many as LSU heads up to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers. With 19 returning starters, including superstar Leonard Fournette, this could be Miles’ most talented team. If Brandon Harris can step up his game, LSU could find themselves in the playoffs. Many expect Wisconsin to take a few steps back this year, but Paul Chryst believes the Badgers could shock some people. If Corey Clement can come back from his sports hernia injury that kept him out for the season last year, Wisconsin has a shot to stay with anyone. This game is going to be a slow grind and likely very low scoring.#18 Georgia Bulldogs vs #22 North Carolina Tar Heels (5:30 p.m.) Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GABecause of the loaded week one slate, No.18 Georgia vs No.22 North Carolina is not getting a lot of love. This game is HUGE though as the losing team can pretty much already kiss their playoff chances goodbye. Georgia decided to go with senior Greyson Lambert at quarterback, and the return of running back Nick Chubb has Bulldog fans very excited. With a brand new starting front seven on defense, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle Elijah Hood. Hood, UNC’s running back, ran for 1,463 yards last year and 17 touchdowns, astounding numbers. North Carolina is breaking in a new quarterback in Mitch Trubisky, but he has 8 returning starters around him on the offensive side. This one is going to come down to defense. Whichever team shows up defensively and shuts down the run will win this game.#20 USC Trojans vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8 p.m.) AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TXThe defending national champions are back and just as good as ever. The Crimson Tide are once again the favorites to win the national title. For Alabama, it’ll be interesting to see how Cooper Bateman replaces Jake Coker and if Bo Scarbrough is as good as advertised. The defense is expected to be just as dominant even though Kirby Smart left for Georgia. If Cody Kessler had one more year of eligibility, USC would be the favorites to win the Pac-12. They return 16 starters from last year, 10 on the offensive side, and Adoree Jackson is a name that everyone will know by the end of the year. There is a good chance this game turns ugly as Alabama is going to look to assert its dominance early.#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Texas Longhorns (7:30 p.m.) Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TXHow about some Sunday night college football. No.10 Notre Dame and Texas get to start their years off in primetime in Austin, Texas. For Notre Dame, many are wondering if this will finally be the year they get over the hump. They only return 9 starters from last year, but Brian Kelly feels that this could be his best team. Week one could also ultimately decide who will be Notre Dame’s QB, DeShone Kizer or last year’s original starter Malik Zaire. On the other side, Charlie Strong could be coaching for his job this year. He returns 15 starters from last year, so there are some expectations for Texas this year. Jerrod Heard is going to have to take a big step forward though at quarterback if Texas wants to win this game and eventually play in a bowl game.#11 Ole Miss Rebels vs #4 Florida State Seminoles (8 p.m.) Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FLIn a loaded first week of college football, the best game could be saved for last when No.11 Ole Miss travels to Orlando to take on No.4 Florida State on Monday night. The Rebels lost three of their top players to the NFL in Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell, and Robert Nkemdiche. This just means that Chad Kelly is going to have to step up, and he seems very equipped to dominate in the SEC. As for Florida State, the expectations for this year are huge. They return 18 starters from last year, including all 11 starters on offense. Sean Maguire is currently nursing a broken foot, but with Dalvin Cook at running back, Florida State should only face a minor hiccup. This game is going to come down to the wire as both teams have two solid offenses, good defenses, and great coaching. read more

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