Portantino’s Staff Turning Lemons into Lemonade

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Assemblymember Anthony Portantino

Faced with the unprecedented closure of the 44th State Assembly offices, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s staff has decided to turn a bad situation into a great opportunity.

On Wednesday, October 5th at 4 pm, Assemblymember Portantino and his staff will open the doors to the district office in Pasadena for “LemonAid” – a food-raiser for local food banks and a chance to learn more about state services and how to access them when the doors to the Assembly District Office are closed for 40 days.

“We all know the saying, ‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade’. That’s what we’ll be doing at the District Office on October 5th,” explained Portantino. “My staff realized there were many folks in the district who are also faced with layoffs and cutbacks at their jobs. So, they decided to turn the closure of the district office into a chance to help others. It’s unfair for Assembly leadership to try to get to me by attacking my staff and disenfranchising the good folks who live in the 44th district. But, I am proud that my staffers have decided to make the best of a bad situation and further show their commitment to the residents we all serve.”

Anthony Portantino with District Director Julia Hines.

As many articles and editorials across the state have explained, Assembly leaders are unfairly punishing the residents of Assembly District 44 by shuttering both the capitol and district offices for almost six weeks; it is political payback for Assemblymember Portantino’s “no” vote on the budget earlier this summer. Since then, both capitol and district staffers have been told they will be furloughed without pay and the offices will be closed from October 21 – November 30.

To help residents of the district while the offices are closed, staffers will be showing constituents of the 44th A.D. how to access state agencies and resources. The office routinely fields calls for questions about state social services such as unemployment insurance, public assistance benefits, Department of Motor Vehicles, business licenses and more.

Wednesday, October 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Office of Assemblymember Anthony Portantino
215 N. Marengo Ave, Pasadena (corner of Walnut)

Wendy Gordon

Office of Assemblymember Portantino


  1. Liz says

    This is NOT a “wealthy” district as implied in several of the stories on this topic. Yes, there are wealthy neighborhoods but Anthony Portantino has also represented the poor and middle class areas of his district and the services his office provides are more geared to their needs. What about making this into a show of support – first by bringing donations to LemonAid, and then by getting news coverage of a show of strength for the Assembly member by his constituents. I for one was appalled by the budget compromise and stood 100% behind his vote. How in a democracy can an official from another district presume to require a member vote contrary to the wishes of the electorate?

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