CA Senate passes bill in light of UC audit interference

The California State Senate passed a bill Thursday to penalize obstruction of future audits made by the California State Auditor.

AB-562 was introduced by state Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento and Philip Ting, D-San Francisco, in February but was amended in June after the California State Auditor, or CSA, found in April that UCOP had interfered with the audit process.

Lawmaker to request state audit of districts' compliance with funding formula

Hours before formally proposing an audit of three California districts’ spending under the state’s school funding formula, the sponsoring legislator pulled the request Tuesday.

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, faced the united opposition of school management organizations and teachers unions, which in a letter dismissed the idea as “wasteful, unnecessary and duplicative.”

But Muratsuchi said Wednesday he intends to reintroduce his proposal after “fine tuning” it in coming months based on feedback. On Tuesday, he was scheduled to seek approval for his plan from fellow members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. If approved, his proposal would require the California State Auditor to audit a sampling of school districts to determine if they are complying with the intent of the Local Control Funding Formula. The committee won’t meet again until next year.

The Audit Protection Act, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi, Phil Ting and Kevin McCarty, passes California Senate

Bill would impose civil penalty of up to $5,000 on anyone who intentionally deceives, defrauds, obstructs or interferes with an official state audit

Torrance, CA – The California Senate passed AB 562, the Audit Protection Act, by a vote of 5-1.  Jointly authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), along with Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the bill would impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 on anyone who intentionally deceives, defrauds, obstructs or interferes with the California State Auditor in the performance of his or her official duties.

Offshore drilling crackdown stalls in California Legislature

Legislation that would clamp down on offshore drilling along California's coast stalled on Friday.

The measure, SB 188, had been introduced by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) after President Trump announced in April that his administration would consider allowing more drilling.

Bills to Strip UC President’s Powers Sail Through California Senate

SACRAMENTO (CN) – A bill to criminally charge and fine state employees who willfully mislead the California auditor unanimously passed the state Senate on Thursday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

Assembly Bill 562, by Assembly members Al Muratsuchi, D-Rolling Hills, Phil Ting, D-San Francisco and Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is one of about a dozen introduced this year addressing the University of California system after the state auditor revealed the UC Office of the President had obstructed and tampered with a recent audit.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi joins the South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance

Torrance, CA – Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi joined the South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance to champion the iconic industry.  The South Bay Aerospace Industry Alliance is a non-partisan community-based coalition of community leaders formed to support the regional aerospace industry.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton lends a hand at Rolling Hills Estates camp

Kids dribbled and dunked — with a little help from Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton — at Rolling Hills Country Day School on Thursday.

The basketball-filled-day was put on for children with Camp Escapades, a summer program for children with disabilities and their siblings.

Walton joined LA Kings mascot Bailey and community leaders, such as state Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and Torrance Mayor Pat Furey, for the annual community game, which brings together the Escapades campers with children in Country Day Camp, a program on the Rolling Hills Estates campus.

Assemblyman Urges U.S. to Learn Lessons of Japanese Internment

Sacramento, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--A California assemblyman is calling on the United States to learn from the country's internment of Japanese-Americans during the World War II, amid turmoil caused by U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslims.

"Education (on the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans) is desperately needed," said Al Muratsuchi, a 52-year-old assemblyman who supports a bill to fund education on the history of wartime internment.