AD66 Photo & Art Contest winners showcased at ShockBoxx

An art show celebrating the winners of the inaugural AD 66 Photo and Art Contest takes place Saturday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at ShockBoxx Gallery, located at 636 Cypress Ave. in Hermosa Beach.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, who represents California's Assembly District 66, will be in attendance for the event which features art work that “captures what is beautiful about the community.”

South Bay History: Torrance occupational center SoCal Roc has offered job training for more than 50 years

The idea seems like a no-brainer now: Build a communal center for occupational and vocational education that can serve multiple school districts which might not be in a position to fund such training programs on their own.

But no such facility existed in California when Capt. Charles Gardner of the U.S. Naval Station in Long Beach broke a bottle of champagne over the plow of a bulldozer during the dedication of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center in Torrance on Oct. 6, 1967.

As California spends billions on high-needs students, calls grow for more oversight

Seven years after California started pumping billions of dollars into schools with the neediest students — an attempt to narrow a chronic academic achievement gap — a new state audit has found that the state’s landmark school funding law isn’t adequately ensuring that targeted money is actually going to the disadvantaged students it’s supposed to help.

The audit released today is the latest in a growing body of research fueling calls for more state oversight of California’s groundbreaking 2013 overhaul of school finance.

Most Oil And Gas Development On Federal And State Land Is Blocked Under New Law

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 342 into law, making it illegal to have oil and gas pipeline leases on state owned land.

AB 342 marks a halt in a recently enacted policy in Washington that allows drilling and related infrastructure construction on Federally owned areas in the National Park System. As most of those park lands are surrounded by or immediately adjacent to state owned land, nearly all affected areas would be either extremely difficult or impossible to build out from.
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi

California Governor Signs Bill Limiting Oil, Gas Development

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult for drilling to occur because federally protected areas are adjacent to state-owned land.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill limiting oil and gas development

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult for drilling to occur because federally protected areas are adjacent to state-owned land.

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.