KNX Radio: Muratsuchi Panic Button Legislation Moving Forward

(Los Angeles) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi’s (D-Torrance) legislation to protect hotel employees from sexual assaults and harassment is moving through the legislative process. Assembly Bill 1761 would require hotel employers to provide a panic button to their employees in order to summon assistance in an emergency situation. KNX Radio has been covering the progress and filed these two stories.

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Surfers line up for inaugural Redondo Beach Police surf contest

Planning for The Line Up, a surf contest sponsored by the Redondo Beach Police Department at Avenue I on Saturday, began last October during the inaugural King of the Harbor Skateboard Championships, which was also sponsored by the Redondo Police.

“As soon as the skate contest ended, it just clicked in my brain,” Kauffman said as he suited up for Saturday’s surf contest.

Three surfing legends inducted into Hermosa’s walk of fame

Three surfing pioneers traded in their wetsuits for conventional streetwear as they were inducted into the Surfer’s Walk of Fame early Saturday afternoon at the Hermosa Beach Pier.

South Bay legend Kip Jerger, surf champion Scott Daley and female legend and California Golden Girl Candice “Candy” Woodward received a plaque on the city’s pier, joining a prestigious list of local surfers in a ceremony that began in 2003.

Lawmakers question Gov. Brown’s plan to overhaul funding for California’s community colleges

Key California lawmakers who shape education policy are questioning Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to dramatically overhaul how community colleges are funded. The proposal calls for tying some money to student outcomes, moving away from a model that funds colleges largely based on how many students they enroll.

Some lawmakers are saying it is rushed and lacks enough buy-in from college presidents and faculty. Others worry the plan may result in financial harm to colleges and their students.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi delivers $231 million for the Metro Green Line extension to Torrance

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) delivered $231 million dollars in state funding for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LA Metro) extension of the Green Line light rail corridor to Torrance.  Assemblymember Muratsuchi has been negotiating with Governor Jerry Brown and LA Metro for the expedited construction of the LA Metro Green Line extension.  Today’s announcement of major state funding for the Green Line extension will help ensure that the South Bay will be served by Metro light rail service before the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, as part of LA Metro’s “28 by ’28” project list.  The Green Line extension project will extend light rail service from the existing Redondo Beach Station on Marine Avenue to a proposed Torrance transit center at Crenshaw Boulevard and Del Amo Boulevard.

Guns stopping Canadian parent from moving to LA

Vancouver resident Lorie Campbell and her husband have been back and forth from California over the past 14 years with work commitments. The Canadian and her husband are green-cards holders, but there’s a giant issue that keeps her from transitioning permanently – U.S. gun violence.

“I don’t know if I want to move back down here,” she said. “It’s not a joke.”

Plan to finance AES purchase moves forward

Redondo Beach City Council has taken its next step toward the city’s plan to redevelop the AES power plant site, authorizing staff to set the framework for a tax financing district that would help purchase all or part of the site.

This follows last November’s joint press conference, when the City announced its plan to purchase the site, with the support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi.

Wall’s Message to Vietnam Vets: ‘Welcome Home’

GARDENA — “The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was displayed from April 4 to 8 in Gardena’s Mas Fukai Park.

The park was open 24 hours a day for those who wished to pay their respects, including friends and relatives of some of the 58,318 service members killed or missing in action whose names are inscribed on the wall.

Torrance vocational school receives funding to operate through 2022

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.