South Pasadena Democratic Club hosted a Town Hall Wednesday evening with special guest California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino. The Senator answered questions from the community on a wide range of topics such as 710/Caltrans, Education, Women’s Rights, and more.
South Pasadena Democratic Club President Zahir Robb introduced Senator Portantino and guest panelists Tanya Parker of Indivisible South Pasadena, SPHS Senior Ava Planer, who is president of the local YMCA youth and government delegation, and SPHS Junior Luke Quezada, the Vice Chair of the South Pasadena Youth Commission. The panelists served as facilitators and read the questions from the audience.
The Senator began by highlighting some of the work he has been doing on behalf of Californians and went on to answer the audience questions. The Senator was fired up and the audience was engaged in the spirited discussion.
The purpose of these town halls is to provide constituents with an opportunity to engage with their elected representatives. Two were held earlier in the year; one with Judy Chu and the other with Assemblymember Chris Holden.
The Democratic Club would like to offer special thanks to South Pasadena School Board Member Dr. Suzie Abajian for introducing the Club to the two very talented SPHS students, both of whom have interests in government and politics. Senator Portantino has always made a point of being accessible to constituents and even posts his home phone number on his official website: http://sd25.senate.ca.gov/about