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Thursday, February 8, 2018

(Santa Monica, CA) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) joined other leaders and dozens of supporters for a “Protect the Pacific” rally at the Santa Monica pier. Assemblymember Muratsuchi has introduced new legislation to counter the Trump administration’s efforts to re-open oil drilling off the California coast. His Assembly Bill 1775 would prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving any new leases for pipelines, piers, wharves, or other infrastructure needed to support new federal oil and gas development in the three-mile area off the coast. Here’s more from the rally in this Assembly Access video.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Eat at Rudy's is the winner of my Taste of Assembly District 66 Award for February. I presented the award to Eat at Rudy's owner Janis Lee and Sonny Yi at this long-standing institution of Old Town Torrance.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi had a wonderful time speaking to Ms. Barker’s 8th English students at Parras Middle School in Redondo Beach. In their class, they have been working on advocacy and advocacy writing. He spoke to them about how to change laws and implement policies.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

After years of mounting delays and cost increases, the first formal state audit of the California bullet train project was authorized Tuesday by the legislature's joint audit committee.

The decision comes after the rail authority disclosed this month that the cost of building the first 119 miles of track in the Central Valley would cost $10.6 billion, a 77% increase over the original estimate of $6 billion.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

(San Francisco) - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and joint author Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) have introduced Assembly Bill 1782, a bill which will establish surfing as California’s state sport. “Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing -- riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State,” Assemblymember Muratsuchi says. KCBS Radio spoke with the Assemblymember about AB 1782 and filed this report. (:58)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

(Sacramento)  - Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) praised Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech after he delivered his annual address to a joint session of the State Legislature. “The Governor’s speech was great and the State of the State Address reminded us all of why we are so proud to be Californians,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi. “Our economy is leading the country. Our job creation is leading the country and our innovation is leading the country.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Jack London was mesmerized the first time he saw surfers riding the waves of the ocean. It was 1907, and he’d docked at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu during a sailing trip from San Francisco when he spotted them: “One after another they come, a mile long, with smoking crests, the white battalions of the infinite army of the sea,” he wrote in a magazine essay published later that year.

Word of the “royal sport for the natural kings of the earth,” as London called it, spread quickly to Southern California, where the railroad tycoon and real estate developer Henry Huntington saw an opportunity. He invited the Hawaiian surfer George Freeth, whom London had described as “a young god bronzed with a sunburn,” to help bring in crowds at his recently acquired Redondo Beach pier, just south of LAX.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Earlier this month, two California state legislators, Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) introduced to their collegues a bill that would officially declare surfing to be California's "official" sport.

AB 1782 opens with the plea that: "Surfing is an iconic California sport, and is home to a number of world-famous surf breaks like Malibu, Trestles, Mavericks, Rincon, Steamer Lane, and Huntington, which are destinations for both domestic and international surfers."

Monday, January 22, 2018

When a group of mothers organized the Redondo Beach Women’s March in a span of three days last year, they were expecting about 400 participants. They ended up with 2,000.

This year, the group, Progressive Parents South Bay, will attempt to avoid the same fate when hundreds of people head to Redondo Beach for the Anniversary Women’s March: South Bay L.A.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Two California politicians, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Assembly majority leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), have drafted a bill to make surfing the official sport of California. The co-sponsors, who are avid surfers themselves, claim the sport not only encapsulates the spirit of California, but also generates over $6 billion in annual retail sales.

“Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing—riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State…Surfing is an iconic California sport and an important part of the multibillion dollar California coastal economy, particularly in the tourism and recreation industries,” said Muratsuchi in the official press release.