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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.

California Today: Recalling Japanese Internment in the Era of Trump

Mas Okui was 10 years old when he was separated from his mother.

It was April 1942. Two months before, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed Executive Order 9066, which turned the West Coast into a military zone after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. American citizens and other residents of Japanese ancestry were evicted from their homes and held in internment camps across the country.

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.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi Honors Smog City Brewing Co. As Small Business Of The Year

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) has chosen Smog City Brewing Co. as his 2018 Small Business of the Year.

Founded in 2011, Laurie and Jonathan Porter opened Smog City Brewing Co. as a brewer-owned and operated independent craft brewery. For the last seven years, the company has made its mark in Southern California with creatively inspired and exceptionally balanced beers. Known for quality, diversity and complexity, Smog City beers speak to the unique melting pot that is Los Angeles County.

Surfers vs. Skateboarders: The Fight for the Soul of California

Things got gnarly last month when a group of wetsuit-loving California lawmakers voted on a bill in the state assembly to make surfing the official state sport.

State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, a coastal Democrat from Los Angeles County, and a "proud member of the assembly surf caucus," said he was "stoked" he had introduced the measure.


Manhattan Wine Auction raises $1.3 million for Manhattan Beach schools

The 24th annual Manhattan Wine Auction on June 9 raised more than $1.3 million to help fund Manhattan Beach schools.

More than 40 local restaurants and 80 wineries, breweries and distilleries took part in the event. A silent auction raised a new high of $260,000 and the live auction raised $400,000, according to Hava Manasse of Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, which hosted the event.

Legislative leaders in Sacramento strike deal with Gov. Brown on education funding in his last budget

The march toward a state budget deal for the coming fiscal year took a significant step forward Friday as Gov. Jerry Brown and leaders of the California Assembly and Senate agreed Friday on a proposed spending package that funds the governor’s marquee higher education plans to create a new online college and dramatically overhaul how community colleges are funded by the state.

Bill to stop Trump Administration from expanding offshore oil drilling passes Assembly Floor

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)’s Assembly Bill 1775, jointly authored by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), passed the Assembly Floor on a bipartisan vote of 45-24.  The bill, introduced in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of their intention to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters, will ensure that pipelines and other infrastructure cannot be built in California waters to support any new federal oil development. 

“We need to protect our beautiful South Bay coast and as well as coasts throughout California. This bill will help protect the health of the residents who live and work near the coast as well as the marine environment,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi.

KQED Radio Reports on Assemblymember Muratsuchi ‘Panic Button’ Legislation

(San Francisco) –Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and joint author Assemblymember Bill Quirk wrote the “panic button” bill (Assembly Bill 1761) so hotels would be required to provide employees working alone in a guest room with a “panic button.” Assemblymember Muratsuchi said the legislation’s intent is simple, “Hotel employees deserve to feel safe when they are doing their job.” Liste