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.”

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.

Opinion: How state funds schools pushes them near insolvency

This spring, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) engaged in a comprehensive review of our budget. Our goal was to identify our educational priorities and then find ways to realign the budget in order to direct more funding to employee salaries, which are about 10 percent less than the county average.

South Bay residents, politicians and businesses fret as LA Metro plans Green Line extension

For an area within a stone’s throw of busy Inglewood Boulevard and 190th Street, the neighborhood that surrounds Redondo Beach’s Franklin Park is quiet, even on a Saturday afternoon.

Walking the sidewalks, the loudest sounds are cheers from a birthday party at the park itself, a dog barking, or dishes rattling around while people make dinner. At least, until a BNSF railroad freight train rolls down the tracks that ride the border between Torrance and Redondo Beach.

Capitol Tracker: Surf’s up! California considers making surfing state sport

More than three decades have passed since Jeff Spicoli uttered the iconic phrase in the cult classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”: “Surfing’s not a sport, it’s a way of life. It’s no hobby. It’s a way of looking at that wave and saying, ‘Hey bud, let’s party.’”

Now California appears to be taking that to heart as the state considers a bill that would make surfing the state sport.

Bill would make surfing California's state sport

A bill in the state legislature aims to make surfing the official sport of the state of California.

AB 1782 has already passed out of the state Assembly. Next stop: the state Senate.

Is surfing so California it should be the state sport?

Lots of things officially represent California. We have a state mineral — yep, gold! We have a state fabric — denim, of course. We have a state fossil — no, not Gov. Jerry Brown — it’s the saber-toothed cat.

Now lawmakers in the state that gave us the wetsuit, Gidget and the Beach Boys are well on their way to proclaiming surfing California’s official sport. A bill to that effect passed overwhelmingly out of the state Assembly last month and is finding no resistance in the Senate.

Santa Cruz locals weigh in on bill to make surfing California’s official sport

SANTA CRUZ >> Surf’s up — for debate — in Sacramento as the state Senate considers a proposal that would make surfing the Golden State’s official sport.

Assembly Bill 1782 is in the lineup to be heard on the Senate floor as soon as this week, after which it would head to the governor’s desk. It passed through the Assembly in May with little opposition.

Surfing jumps ahead of skateboarding in bid to become official state sport of California

Surfing is primed to become the official sport of California after a group of local politicians rode a wave of popular enthusiasm in the state to clinch an initial vote suporting its adoption.

The proposal will now be debated in the senate, with supporters hoping it can see off competition from backers of skateboarding, another quintessentially Californian sport.