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May 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Muratsuchi Monthly

Memorial Day Events

On Memorial Day, families across the South Bay enjoyed picnics, spent time with friends and family at one of South Bay's beautiful beaches and parks or spent a day at home enjoying a nice barbecue. But, Memorial Day is more than just that - it is about spending time honoring our fallen soldiers who have given their lives in service to this country. In honor of our proud soldiers in the South Bay, I was honored to participate in events across the South Bay, including a parade in Torrance as well as Memorial Day services in Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach and Torrance.  Here are some highlights:

59th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade

Memorial Day Events

The City of Torrance hosted the largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation for the 59th time! I was proud to participate in this parade to honor the amazing veterans and service members that have dedicated their lives to this great country. This year we featured and honored the Montford Point Marines who broke barriers and became the first African-American unit in the U.S. military.

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April 2018 Newsletter

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Green Business

In a month filled with Earth Day celebrations, I participated in a great event hosted by the California Green Business Network- a statewide organization that helps small businesses implement practices that will reduce waste, save water, and reduce energy consumption.  The group hosted an event in Manhattan Beach at Barsha Wines and Spirits, which has been certified as a green business by the City of Manhattan Beach- a South Bay city that has been a big supporter of the organization.  We were also joined by the South Bay Business Environment Coalition (SBBEC), an organization that acts as a liaison between the private and public sectors to assist businesses in developing sustainable environmental programs. 

Green businesses work while they save money and help the environment.  Collectively, as of early 2017, California Green Businesses saved annually over 800,000 metric tons of CO2 and over 124 million gallons of water. They also saved $30 million on utilities.

Last year, I successfully won $1 million for the California Green Business Network through the State Budget. I have asked for an additional $1 million for this year’s budget.

Barsha Wines and Spirits is not the only business in Manhattan Beach to be certified “green.”  For a full list of certified businesses, please visit: Certified Green Businesses.

Let’s all go green for Earth Day!

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March 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Student Walkout

This month marked the poignant one month anniversary since the tragic shooting of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Like many Americans, I was heartbroken for the students, teachers, and parents who experienced these horrific events, and was honored to participate both in the South Bay “March for Our Lives” and the California State Assembly “Student Walkout” in Sacramento.  Both events were part of nationwide events organized to call for an end to gun violence and for common sense gun reform.   

The legislative “Student Walkout” included many members of the California State Assembly, Legislative staff, and Sacramento-area students.  The South Bay “March for Our Lives” was put on by South Bay moms as part of the South Bay Coalition for a Safer Tomorrow.  Over 5,000 of our neighbors and friends attended the march from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa. Together, we called for a nationwide ban on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks, but words are not enough.  In California, we have introduced legislation to allow school officials to petition a court to remove firearms from an individual when they believe that the person is an “immediate and present danger” to themselves or others.  Together we must work towards a safer school environment so kids can just be kids.

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February 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Protect the Pacific

In response to the Trump administration’s offshore drilling proposal, rallies were held in Sacramento and Santa Monica to protest the move. I was honored to be part of a bi-partisan group of members who are urging the administration to change course on this disastrous proposal. I am authoring legislation, AB 1775, which gives the State Lands Commission the authority to deny expanded offshore drilling. By ensuring that these leases are not granted, California will be able to protect the environment, our coast, and our economy from the risks posed by offshore drilling and production.

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January 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Hello! Hoping that you enjoyed a festive holiday season and Happy New year! This year started off on the right foot, and busy as ever. From walking alongside hundreds of women during the second annual South Bay Women’s March, to taking care of our veterans, supporting community events and functions - while ensuring my work here in Sacramento is for the greater benefit of the residents living in the South Bay, this year is just the beginning to what I hope will be a successful and productive one. Included in this newsletter is a short recap of a strong start to the New Year.

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December 2017 Newsletter

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year! My office had a great December celebrating all the holidays with the various communities throughout the South Bay. I attended a toy gift exchange, several Menorah lightings for Hanukkah, and the Redondo Beach Tree Lighting. All in all, it was a very festive month. And now we are looking forward to a brand new year, celebrating all that is great in the South Bay. Along with a new legislative session, we look forward to continuing our community coffees, our monthly community awards, another Pet Adoption event and additional Senior Scam Stoppers seminars, just to name a few. We will also be celebrating the great sport of surfing by holding a Family Surf Day with me and my Assembly staff. Here’s to a great 2018 in the great South Bay!

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November 2017 Newsletter

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Join us for a holiday coffee!

I hope you’ll join me for a series of coffees this month with local police and fire chiefs in our community. We’ll discuss some of the public safety concerns that arise during the holiday season, including package theft.  These coffees will be a great opportunity for you to also address other public safety concerns you face in your neighborhoods.

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October 2017 Newsletter

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vigil for Victims and Survivors of the Las Vegas Shooting

Vigil for Victims and Survivors of the Las Vegas Shooting

Manhattan Beach Vigil (Photo credit: Assembly District 66 Staff)

On October 4 I stood alongside survivors, victims’ families and hundreds of Manhattan Beach residents to remember those we lost in the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas.  Manhattan Beach lost two incredible public servants that day: Manhattan Beach Police Department records specialist, Rachel Parker and Manhattan Beach Unified special education teacher, Sandy Casey. Manhattan Beach Police Officer Chad Swanson was injured during the shooting while helping get others to safety.

Lisa Patterson, a loving mother and cherished member of the Lomita community, was tragically killed in the Las Vegas shooting. In true Lomita spirit, I joined “The Friendly City” on October 5 to honor Lisa’s life with a candlelight vigil at city hall. The emotional ceremony came to a close with a heart-wrenching rendition of “America the Beautiful,” sung by all of those in attendance.

In the wake of this tragedy, we have demonstrated that we are resilient and we are committed to one another. I am so encouraged by the outpouring of kindness and support I have seen in response to this dark event.

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September 2017 Newsletter

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Autumn is here!

This month, the 2017 legislative session came to a close.  I’m excited to announce that 12 bills I introduced this year are currently awaiting signature on the governor’s desk.  If signed, a number of the bills will have a direct and positive impact on the South Bay including:

  • AB 651 – Strengthens the attorney general’s oversight authority when nonprofit health facilities are sold to for-profit buyers.
  • AB 994 – Allows the Beach Cities Health District to utilize a streamlined and cost-efficient construction process for the planned revamp of their 11-acre campus in Redondo Beach.
  • AB 1452 – Allows cities to designate curb-side parking spots as electric vehicle charging stations.
  • AB 1646 – Requires a refinery to implement a publicly accessible community alert program to be used in the event of an incident at the refinery.
  • AB 1647 – Requires refineries to install and maintain air quality monitors at the refinery fence line and in the community.

As preparation for the next legislative session begins, I encourage you to please contact me with your ideas on how we can continue to improve the lives of everyone in the South Bay.

In this issue of the newsletter, you’ll find information about:

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August 2017 Newsletter

Thursday, September 7, 2017

This month saw the Great American Solar Eclipse in California, and although the South Bay missed a full solar eclipse, Redondo Beach residents still got in on the fun.  Over 350 residents lined up at the Redondo Beach Library to see the partial eclipse (roughly 60 percent in Southern California).  The library gave away about 120 pairs of NASA-approved viewing glasses, which were shared with those who arrived later.  Visitors, including members of the Redondo Beach Police Department, viewed the eclipse from the balcony as well as outside the library.  The library also livestreamed the full eclipse from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) website.  It was a great way to get kids interested in science – who knows, our next generation of engineers or astronauts could be among the kids who saw their first eclipse here!