Surf's up forever in California as surfing becomes the official state sport

Let it be known that on Aug. 20, 2018, surfing became California’s official state sport.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that enshrines surfing in the state’s code. The bill notes that surfing quickly became a California icon after being imported from Hawaii. Malibu, Trestles, Mavericks, Rincon, Steamer Lane and Huntington are California’s world-famous surf breaks. The Surfers’ Hall of Fame is in Huntington Beach. And the neoprene wetsuit, surfers’ unofficial uniform, was invented in the Bay Area.

Governor Jerry Brown signs bill making surfing California’s official state sport

Torrance, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Joint Author Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)’s Assembly Bill 1782, a bill which establishes surfing as California’s state sport.  Surfing is an iconic part of California’s culture, and with around 1,100 miles of coastline throughout California, the sport generates significant economic activity each year for the state.

Both Assemblymembers are avid surfers who have spent much time surfing in the waters off the coast of Southern California.

First came the proclamations against Trump’s offshore drilling plan. Now comes the legislation

When the Trump administration proposed opening California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale, state leaders said they would do whatever it takes to keep new oil operations at bay.

But promises only go so far.

So some in Sacramento now are trying to lock those pledges into law — safeguarding the coast from offshore drilling no matter the whims of future administrations.

Lawmakers Order EDD Audit Following KPIX Investigation

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — One of California’s largest agencies promised lawmakers it would make changes following a KPIX investigation. But, three years later, we discovered they broke that promise and are still putting millions at risk for identity theft.

Now, citing our investigation, lawmakers have launched an investigation of their own.

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.