Carley Porter obit
iÂ»H INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)-C-l Carley Porter's funeral rites set for Monday would increased i t t on from t h a t could Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in Christ Unity Church, G35 S. Manhattan Place. \as Angeles, for veteran Assemblyman Caiicy Porter, who died Monday in Washington, D.C. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Compton, with Moreland's Mortuary in charge. Tlic 66-year-old Compton Democrat, architect of the nation's unprecedented $3 billion California Stale Water Project, was attending a conference of retired teachers. When he failed to attend a meeting Wednos- (I a y morning, associates went to his Statter Ililton Hotel room and found him dead, victim of an apparent heart attack while lie slept. Porter had served 22 years in the Legislature, representing the 38th Dist r i c t covering Compton and surrounding communities. Me had been re-ek'ct- ed Nov. 7 by a 68 per cent m a j o r i t y for a I31h two- year term beginning Jan. 8. Porter was the third- r a n k i n g member of the 80- scat Assembly in terms of seniority. He was fir.sl elected in a special elec- lion i n 10-IS). His seal will bi- filled by special election at Ihe d i r e c t i o n of Gov. l i o a g a n . His death will cut the OL'inocralic m a r g i n in ihe 1973 legislature from .il-29 to 50-2J. Till-; VETEKAN legislator gained slate recognition in ItKlO as coauthor of the Burns-Porter Water Bond Act. a $1.75-billion issue which launched construction of the State Water Project. He was also coauthor of the Poi ler-Cologtic Water Quality Act of 1908, a landmark antipollulion m e as u r e which Porter described as the toughest au- tipolhilion measure in the nation. lie also authored the Clean Water Bond Act in 197(1. Porter was c h a i r m a n of the Assembly Water Committee, a post he had held since the committee was first organized in 1959. He also was a member of the (mwcrful Ways and Means Commileo. lie was elected chiiirinan of llio Â·la-member L o s Angeles County legislative delegation in 1957 and subsequently was re-elected to that office five times. POKTKlt WAS the second member of the Assembly to die within a week. Hepnblican Frank Belotli of Kureka. who was retiring a f l c r 22 years in the Assembly, died last Thursday, the day before ad- j o u r n m e n t of Ihe regular session of the 1972 Legislature. Porter was a businessman after coming to California from Chicago in 11117. He also iaught history and speech at Long IJeach City College and Excelsior High School before winning his first Assembly term in a special election in 19 ID. The aqueduct is now Hearing completion after a 12-year const ruction program that is regarded as one of She biggest engineering feats in history. A key aqueduct unit -- the C a r I e y Porter Tunnel carrying water across the Tcliactiapi M o u n t a i n -was named in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Hie massive water redistri- b u t i o n program. In more recent years, he liad turned his attention to water issues affecting the environment, a n d h coanlhored the \V a t e v Quality Control Act and Clean Water Bond Act. Porter was born in Chicago on Feb. 1U. ISHHi. He and his f a m i l y moved California in 1017. lie attended Cmnplun College and later graduated from use. lie is survived by his wife, M a n e W., and a Carl, of the Downey family residence.