Teamsters honor California assemblyman

State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino D - La Canada Flintridge has been named "Freshman of the Year" by the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges. Portantino, who chairs the Assembly's Higher Education Committee, received the award before the Association's annual conference in Pasadena.

"California's community colleges play a critical role in our higher education system. Students looking for careers and those on their way to four-year universities are looking to community college in record numbers and those institutions are responding tremendously under very difficult economic times," Portantino said. "It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by FACCC and I look forward to continuing to work with faculty, students, and administrators during my time in office."

Citing his diligence as Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee on behalf of faculty and students,

The Teamsters Joint Council 42 Political Screening Committee also notified Portantino on his selection as "2007 Legislator of the Year." Citing his commitment to working families and their issues, Joint Council 42 President Jim Santangelo notified Portantino of his selection.

The award will be presented to Assemblymember Portantino on December 7th at the Joint Council's delegate meeting. Teamsters Joint Council 42 is the parent body to 23 Teamster Local Unions located and representing members in Southern California, Southern Nevada, Guam, Saipan, and Hawaii.


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