Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi talks pet adoption and animal protection legislation at South Bay Pet Adoption Fair

Dozens of animal lovers joined Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-South Bay) on Saturday to learn about the importance of adopting a pet and legislative issues regarding animal protection during the South Bay Pet Adoption Fair at Charles H. Wilson Park.

Hosted by the Carson Animal Shelter and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the fair gave attendees the opportunity to interact with several of the cats and dogs available for adoption.

Surfing Will (Probably) Be California's New Official State Sport

Alaska has dog-mushing, Minnesota has hockey and Maryland has jousting. And now California is poised to have surfing as its official state sport.

Returning after a month-long break, the state Assembly passed a measure on Monday that would list surfing as the state sport.

New Rabbi at Sinai, Lawmakers in Israel

A bipartisan delegation of California state legislators visited Israel the week of July 24 to explore bilateral collaboration opportunities. 

The group, chaired by Assemblyman Marc Levine, participated in dialogues and briefings organized by the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Project Interchange. 

Opinion: How California Can Stop Offshore Drilling and Protect Our Coastal Economy

Four years ago, my business partners and I started a company to make better, eco-friendly beach towels. Today, Sand Cloud is a $10 million business that has doubled in size every year. Our company exists thanks to the strong community of beach goers who are passionate about protecting the coast. They cherish beaches like San Diego’s as special places to charge their batteries, have fun, and connect with the outdoors.

Proposed California legislation would thwart federal drilling plans

REGION — Two bills are making their way through the California Legislature in an attempt to protect the state’s coast from the Trump administration’s proposal to expand offshore drilling.

Through a draft proposal issued on Jan. 4, the U.S. Department of the Interior expressed its intention to open up more than 90 percent of the nation’s outer continental shelf to new offshore-oil and gas-drilling leases. The purpose would be to attain “energy dominance,” as stated in the proposal.

Spotlight on the hill - Annual Mayor’s Equestrian ride

Rolling Hills Estates annual Mayor’s Ride drew 80 equestrians in celebration of  the city’s horsemanship heritage. The morning began with a meet and greet in Chandler Park at City Hall, followed by a 45 minute ride over the city trails, and ended with the annual Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast at Ernie Howlett Park. At the breakfast Mayor Britt Huff introduced local dignitaries and Boy Scout leaders, including State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, Rolling Hills Mayor Pat Wilson, PVE Mayor Betty Linn Peterson, and RPV Councilman Eric Alegria.

Protesters stand against family separation

Roughly 400 people took to the intersection of Artesia and Hawthorne Boulevard Saturday morning, joining a nationwide protest against zero-tolerance federal immigration practices that have led to the separation of children from families.

Protestors stood at each corner, and along each median, waving signs, chanting, and cheering when supporters (whether from cars or LA Metro buses) passed by, sounding their horns.

California House contemplates a Driver Bill of Rights for Electric Vehicles

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) introduced this week House Resolution 117, which would create the Plug-In Electric Vehicle (EV) Driver Bill of Rights in California.

“In California, we are proud to support the use of EVs,” Muratsuchi said. “California continues to lead the way in environmental protection, and EVs play an important role in meeting our greenhouse gas reduction goals by helping to improve air quality and keeping the environment clean for all Californians.”