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Monday, April 16, 2018

For at least the third time in recent years, South Bay Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi has secured money — this time $10 million — to keep open the doors of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center, a vocational job training center in Torrance.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) is proud to announce that he secured $10 million in additional funding over four years for the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC), an award-winning career technical education program in Torrance.  The Assemblymember had requested that education funds be directed to SoCal ROC through the state’s budget.  The California Department of Finance certified that SoCal ROC’s financial plan for the next four years was stable and will be issuing the funds. 

“As a former Torrance School Board member and trustee of the SoCal ROC board, I am pleased to deliver the additional $10 million in funding for SoCal ROC.  This additional funding will ensure that this excellent program will continue to provide high-quality career technical education and teach valuable job skills to students throughout the South Bay,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

I supported the Gardena Nikkei Boy Scouts Troop at their 49th Annual Pancake Breakfast. The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute was packed with generations of former Troop 719 scouts. Reverend Daniel Matsuda is the Troop Leader and grew up in Gardena as a Scout in Troop 719. Now, his son is an Eagle Scout and Matsuda continues to lead the troop proudly. I look forward to their 50th Pancake Breakfast next year!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined me at the Peninsula Center Library on Saturday for my community coffee. We had a lively and wide-ranging conversation focused on public education, our state budget, our beautiful coast, and local issues impacting Peninsula residents. Special thanks to the Palos Verdes Library District for being such wonderful hosts.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

It was such a pleasure being a part of the Torrance Education Foundation’s Black & White Affair dinner this Saturday. As a former Torrance School Board Member education funding continues to be one of my top priorities. I am privileged to be able to work with TEF and TUSD to ensure our students have the resources they need to get a world-class education right here in the South Bay.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Thank you to Palos Verdes Estates Councilmember Kenny Kao and Dr. Alex Liu for inviting me to attend the Asian American Physicians Association dinner on Saturday. I was honored to share a legislative update and hear from the group about the issues impacting the community.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sebastian 'Sea Bass' Kuhr, a junior at Loyola High School, was a kindergartner in 2006 when he and his family started a fundraiser built around skateboarding called SK8 for Our Schools.

After dozens of heel flips, fakies and ollies, multiple government commendations and more than $50,000 raised for Hermosa Beach City School District, Kuhr is ready to pass the baton to someone else.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A bill proposed by local Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi could substantially increase the funds available to school districts throughout the state, providing aid for the Hermosa Beach schools and other local districts that are among the lowest funded in the state.

Assembly Bill 2808 would tack on a 60 percent increase to the 2018-19 level of the Local Control Funding Formula, the complex set of rules that help determine how state funds are parceled out to local school districts. If adopted, it would amount to a statewide increase of about $35 billion above current levels, Muratsuchi said in a conference call with reporters.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A California lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill to boosting spending on California schools by $35 billion in a bid to address chronic underfunding of the nation’s most populous state for the 2018-19 school year.

California made radical changes to education financing in 2013 with the creation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The formula eliminated many categorical grants and gave K-12 school districts more flexibility to fund necessary programs through the establishment of base funding for all districts, with additional need-based grants.

“For too long, California has been below the national average in per-pupil spending,” Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, said in a telephone conference call announcing the bill. “AB 2808 will establish strong education funding targets to provide full and fair funding for all California Children regardless of where you live.”