Assemblyman Muratsuchi, Beach Cities Health District to host town hall on vaping prevention in Manhattan Beach Monday, Oct. 14

Local officials and experts dedicated to preventing teenage vaping will gather in Manhattan Beach Monday evening, Oct. 14, for a town hall on the growing health crisis stemming from electronic smoking devices.

The town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Manhattan Beach Middle School, 1501 N. Redondo Ave. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-South Bay) and Beach Cities Health District will co-host the event.

California agency grants Redondo Beach $4.8 million to help buy portion of AES power plant, which would become parkland

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-South Bay) and state Sen. Ben Allen (D-West Los Angeles/South Bay) helped ensure language made it into Prop. 68 that allows money to go toward buying land on which decommissioned power plants sit, the assemblyman said.

“We worked with Mayor Brand to make sure the language was in there specifically for this purpose,” Muratsuchi said.

Trump forcibly expands oil and gas drilling in California. Will Newsom fight back?

President Donald Trump’s attempts to forcibly expand oil and gas drilling in California have taken his political beef with our state to a toxic new low.

“The Trump administration has finalized its plans to open hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land in Central California to oil and gas leasing, paving the way for more fracking to soon begin in the state,” reports McClatchy DC’s Emily Cadei.

How states’ rights became a liberal environmentalist cause

States’ rights are sacred for many conservatives in the United States.

So how did liberal California become a poster child for states’ rights in its escalating battle with the Trump administration on environmental regulation?

California Assembly passes statewide rent control bill—governor will sign

California is on the verge of having statewide rent control.

Assembly Bill 1482—which will bar landlords from hiking rents more than 5 percent, plus local inflation, in one year—was approved this afternoon in the state Assembly on a 46-22 vote. Inflation varies by region, but averages about 2.5 percent in California.

The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk; he has said he will sign it.

California lawmakers challenge Trump’s bid to expand oil drilling and fracking statewide

SACRAMENTO — California on Monday sought to block the Trump administration from allowing new oil and gas wells in national parks and wilderness areas in the state.

Any new oil or gas projects approved in federally protected areas would be prohibited from having their pipelines or other essential infrastructure cross state lands, under legislation approved by California lawmakers.

California’s biggest oil spill in decades brings more defiance than anger from locals

McKITTRICK, Calif. — Near the jagged western edge of Kern County, where the Temblor Range gives way to a landscape of steam pipes, fuel lines and bobbing pump jacks, there’s a definite mood in this dusty little oil town: Defiance.

Hardly a day goes by without reports of the growing oil leak in nearby Cymric oil field. So far, more than 900,000 gallons of oil and brine have oozed from a Chevron Corp. well and filled a dry creek, creating a hazardous black lagoon.