Chogi Higa Honored at Conferment Ceremony

On Nov. 3, 2018 (Japan Standard Time), the Government of Japan announced that Chogi Higa and Edward A. Perron would be recipients of fall decorations.

From the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Higa was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays for contributing in promoting the Japanese language and the welfare of Japanese nationals residing in the U.S. In the recent past, Higa has also been awarded the prestigious Foreign Minister’s Commendation (2015) and the Commendation of the Consul General (2013).

Federal judge rules public has right to know about chemical accidents

AB 1647, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi  (D-Torrance) and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017, will require by 2020 fence-line and community air quality monitoring around oil refineries along with reporting of the readings from those devices in real-time.

The South Coast Air Quality Management Agency in 2017 directed $2.77 million to enhance the monitoring and alert systems at the Torrance Refinery. But there is still a lot the public is not aware of.

South Bay demonstrators march through Redondo Beach in coastal edition of Women’s March

A sea of pink traveled down Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach on Saturday morning as the third annual Women’s March brought out hundreds of demonstrators.

Many marchers brought their children, saying they were using the event as a lesson in social activism.

“Democracy is in all of our hands,” said Audrey Judson of Manhattan Beach. “We choose our government.”

Southern California demonstrators join peers around the world for Women’s March 2019

Two years after millions of women flooded streets around the world to decry the election of President Donald Trump, a smaller but determined contingency shared messages of empowerment and equality during Women’s March events held Saturday from Santa Ana to London.

“Our coming together today is a resistance,” actress and activist Laverne Cox told the estimated 200,000-plus demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles.

“We come with demands for justice, for equity. We come today peaceably, but we also come to fight.”

Nielsen, Gallagher bring fellow legislators to see Camp Fire burn areas

PARADISE — Over a dozen state legislators came to see the Camp Fire burn areas for themselves Thursday, at the request of Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Sen. Jim Nielsen.

Gallagher, R-Yuba City, and Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, took the visiting bipartisan group on a tour of Paradise, then they all met with local representatives who explained current critical needs such as housing. Over 18,000 structures were burned in the Camp Fire and at least 86 people were killed.

The economy is booming. Why are so many California schools broke?

Facing a $36 million deficit and a possible state takeover, the top budget officer at the Sacramento City Unified School District has a sober message for his counterparts around California.

Sacramento is “just one of the first dominoes,” said John Quinto, the district’s chief business officer.

By any measure, Sacramento City’s distress is worse than the vast majority of California school districts.

Local Skate Team Successfully Lobbies for New Skate Park In Harbor City

This is the Cash skate team – which stands for "cause all skaters hustle."

And that’s exactly what this group of young men and women did – hustled for years to get a skate park built in Harbor City.

“We don’t want to build cemeteries no more, we don’t want to build jails, we want to build skate parks, I really wanted to make a change, a difference in this community,” said Emilio Otero, one of the skaters on the team.

A Rebel Remembered

“Rebel with a Cause,” a documentary about the late researcher and community activist Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, was screened last Saturday at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library in Torrance.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi re-introduces bill to increase California K-12 school funding to top ten in the nation in per pupil spending

Torrance, CA – Today, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) re-introduced his bill to bring California to the top ten in the nation in per pupil spending. This bill proposes a funding target under California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which would increase the state’s K-12 funding by $35 billion over an unspecified number of years.

Veteran of the Year

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) hosted a luncheon on Nov. 15 at Madre! restaurant in Torrance to honor the 66th Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year, Gardena Nisei VFW Post 1961 Commander Steve Moriyama. “Moriyama has done a great job leading VFW Post 1961 and also is active with the American Legion in Redondo Beach,” Muratsuchi said. “I appreciate all of the VFW and American Legion officers in attendance to honor Commander Moriyama.”