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July 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Muratsuchi Monthly

Fun in the Sun!

Family Surf Day

Family Surf Day

Family Surf Day

With AB 1782 passing the Legislature, we are about to have surfing as the official sport of the State of California! To celebrate this, I co-hosted a Family Surf Day at El Porto in Manhattan Beach with Sustainable Surf. We were joined by some fantastic eco-friendly companies and non-profit organizations, such as Surfrider Foundation, Spyder Surf, 7till8 Wetsuits, Suja Juice, Harmless Harvest and Raw Elements. Legendary South Bay shaper Mark Brog and his apprentice Matt Wilson offered free surfing lessons. Finally, Morgan Sliff, a professional surfer from Hermosa Beach who surfed for a record 1000 days straight, was surprised with the first ever Featured Athlete of Assembly District 66 Award.

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June 2018 Newsletter

Friday, June 29, 2018

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The Legislature passes the 2018-2019 State Budget

This year’s state budget is both balanced and prudent. It embodies our commitment to a better California through significant investments in K-12 and higher education; child care; support for California’s small businesses; and measures to combat homelessness. I would like to thank Governor Jerry Brown, Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Pro Tem Toni Atkins for working with me to secure funding for El Camino Community College and establish a public safety training center to educate Southern California’s next generation of first responders, right here in the South Bay. 

I am also proud to support $20 million for a competitive grant program to assist small businesses owned by veterans, women, and minorities. The budget extends the California Competes tax credit program for five more years and the budget also allocates $180 million to support advanced manufacturing, and further funds the Green Business Program which supports small businesses in becoming environmentally healthy. There have been various attempts throughout recent years to secure additional dollars for small businesses. The money allocated in this budget is a milestone achievement, and will provide much needed support for the small business community in our state.

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May 2018 Newsletter

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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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.