Carley Porter death (Long Beach Ind.), part 1
Compton Assemblyman Porter dies CAHLEY PORTER Dead In Washington, D.C. By I.OU GODFREY Staff Writer Veteran Assemblyman Carley. Porter, architect of the nation's unprecedented S3-billion California .State Water P r o j e c t , died Wednesday in the nation's capital The Compton Democrat, 66, was attending a conference of retired teachers in Washington, D.C. When he failed to attend a meeting Wednesday morning, associates went to his Slatler Hilton Hotel room and found him dead, victim of an apparent heart atlack while he slept. Porier had served 22 years in the Legislalure, State's leaders join in paying tribute to Assemblyman Carley Porter. Page A-5. representing the 38th District covering Compton and surrounding communities. He had been re-elected Nov. 7 by a 68 per cent majority for a 13th two- year term beginning Jan. 8. Porter was the third- ranking member of the 80- seat Assembly in terms of seniority. He was first elected in a special election in 1949. His scat will be filled by special election at the direction of Gov. Reagan. His death will cut the Democratic margin in the 1973 Legislature from 51-29 to 50-29. The veteran legislator gained stata recognition in i960 as coauthor of the Burns-Porter Water Bond Act, a S1.75-billion issue which launched construction of the State Water Project. He was also coauthor of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act of 1968, a landmark antipollution measure which Porter described as the toughest antipollution measure in the nation. That act became a standard for later environ- mental legislation in California and other states. He also authored the Clean Water Bond Act in 1970. Porter was chairman of tho Assembly Water Committee, a post he had held since the committee was first organized in 1959. He also was a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He was elected chairman of the Â·15-member Los Angeles County legislative delegation in 1957 and subsequently was re-elected to that office five limes. Porter was known as the Assembly's leading authority on water and water quality issues and as an authority on the state budget. He was traditionally one of the three assemblymen appointed each year to the joint Senate-Assembly Budget Conference Committee. Porter was (he second member of the Assembly to die in the past week. Republican Frank Be'otti of Eureka, who was retiring after 22 years in the Assembly, died last Thursday, the day before adjournment of the regular session of the 1972 Legislature. Porter was a businessman after coming to California from Chicago in 1917. He also taught histo- (Turn to Back Page, Col.