Redondo Beach lays groundwork to bid for AES power plant site

Setting the stage for the next chapter of one of the biggest development battles in Redondo Beach history, officials announced ambitious plans Monday to purchase the oceanfront AES power plant site, which has generated electricity and contentious debate in the beach town for decades.

Statement of Assemblymember Muratsuchi, Chairman of Legislative Audit Committee, on University of California Office of President interference with state audit

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, released the following statement on the University of California Board of Regents report finding the UC Office of the President interfered with a state audit:

“The University of California Board of Regents’ investigation into the UC Office of the President confirmed the State Auditor’s findings from her April 2017 report.  UC President Janet Napolitano and her top aides deliberately interfered with the Legislature’s attempt to provide greater transparency and accountability as to UCOP’s finances.

University of California regents chastise system president

SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California's governing board chastised UC President Janet Napolitano in a rare public rebuke Thursday and asked her to apologize for her office's interference in a state audit last year.

Napolitano issued a prompt apology, which did little to quiet criticism that has erupted over her office's meddling in what was supposed to be a confidential state auditor's survey of UC campuses.

Torrance hires Eve Irvine as first woman to lead police department

Eve Irvine, who became the first female police chief in Manhattan Beach in 2011, has been tapped to make history again as the first woman to lead the Torrance Police Department, the South Bay’s largest municipal law enforcement agency.

Torrance City Manager LeRoy Jackson said Irvine, one of four finalists for the vacant police chief job, had accepted an offer from the city. All that remains is a background check, which typically takes a couple of weeks but is expected to be largely a formality.

What Palos Verdes Peninsula cities are doing to regulate marijuana

As California begins finalizing its regulations for recreational marijuana ahead of a Jan. 1 change in state law, cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula are moving to blunt the effects of legal pot as much as possible with large fines, stringent permitting processes and strict regulations.

UC regents admonish Napolitano, order her to apologize in audit tampering

The University of California regents took disciplinary action against President Janet Napolitano on Thursday, publicly admonishing her for authorizing actions that led to her staff’s interference with a state auditor’s investigation last year.

The regents also ordered Napolitano to apologize for approving the scheme that resulted in her chief of staff and his deputy pressuring campuses to change their responses to a confidential state auditor survey to remove negative remarks and instead have them reflect positively on the president’s office.

Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 562 into law criminalizing audit interference

Bill follows investigations into UCOP’s role in campus-wide audits

On Oct. 2, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 562 into law. The bill adds wording to an existing section of California Code as well as adds a new section meant to prohibit the interference of state audits by any individual, making the act punishable by fine. A new section, 8545.6, was written into law.

Lawmakers blast UC President Napolitano after probe finds her office interfered with an audit

State lawmakers reacted angrily on Thursday to an investigation that found University of California President Janet Napolitano approved a plan that led her top aides to interfere with a state audit into her office’s finances.

The audit of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) had been requested by legislators including Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

Veterans Day spotlights issues in the South Bay

Veterans Day ceremonies took place throughout the South Bay on Saturday, Nov. 11, paying tribute to service members both past and present. City and regional dignitaries gathered at Veterans Memorials in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach to honor local service members.

Before the ceremony in Manhattan Beach, World War II veteran David Cohen from the 42nd Rainbow Division shared a story with Lt. Col. Gilbert Rolden with the 578th Brigade Engineer Battalion in the U.S. Army National Guard.