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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A California lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill to boosting spending on California schools by $35 billion in a bid to address chronic underfunding of the nation’s most populous state for the 2018-19 school year.

California made radical changes to education financing in 2013 with the creation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The formula eliminated many categorical grants and gave K-12 school districts more flexibility to fund necessary programs through the establishment of base funding for all districts, with additional need-based grants.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Torrance, CA – Today, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance)’s Assembly Bill 1775 passed the Assembly Natural Resources committee on a vote of 7-3.  The bill, introduced in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of their intention to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters, will ensure that pipelines and other infrastructure cannot be built in California waters to support any new federal oil development.

“We need to protect our beautiful coast of the South Bay and throughout California. This bill would help protect the health of the residents who live and work near the coast as well as the marine environment.  It will also prevent any future oil spills,” said Assemblymember Muratsuchi.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The City of Gardena hosted the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial, a mobile replica of the memorial in Washington D.C. The display honors over 58,000 Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect their country. I had the honor of helping to welcome this emotional display to the South Bay, along with Rep. Maxine Waters, State Senator Steve Bradford, and local elected officials. We also had the privilege of listening to the keynote speaker Judge Vince Okamoto, a Gardena resident and the most highly decorated Japanese-American to survive the Vietnam War.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The South Bay Evergreen Seniors Association is an organization that is dedicated to improving the health and welfare of seniors in the South Bay. I was proud to serve as their installation officer to the new board of directors and welcome a new face of leadership. I look forward to seeing this organization continue to thrive and serve the South Bay community.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

For the 45th time, the Torrance Sister City Association hosted the Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival fundraiser. TSCA organizes exchange programs with Kashiwa, Japan, which allow students from Torrance and Kashiwa experience each other’s cultures. As a former TSCA board member, I have seen this event grow tremendously from year to year. The food, merchant booths, and adult and youth performances make Bunka Sai one of the best annual festivals in the South Bay. The fresh dango draws me back each year, as I will continue to support TSCA.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lomita-Harbor City Kiwanis Club hosted a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the County Fire & Sheriff’s departments in Lomita. “The Friendly City” was as welcoming as ever, with community leaders lending their time to raise money for their public safety officers. Mike Herrera of the South Bay Boys and Girls Club put on his DJ hat, Councilmember Mark Waronek handed out bottled water and cupcakes, and Kiwanis members served spaghetti and meatballs. I was proud to sponsor such a great fundraising event.

Friday, April 6, 2018

It was so nice to meet and honor Chadwick School junior Mateus Edwards.  Mateus gave his time to organize a soccer equipment donation drive to support an orphanage in Uganda.  It was inspiring to hear him talk about his passion for serving others.  I am so proud of Mateus and hope that his work inspires others.

Friday, April 6, 2018

I was honored to join the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and my colleagues Senator Ben Allen and Senator Steven Bradford at another successful State of the State Breakfast.  I shared my work advocating for the Aerospace community, small businesses, expediting the METRO Green Line to Torrance, and supporting public education.  As a former Torrance School Board Member I have always prioritized public education and I am proud to have secured $10 million in funding for the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC) and to author legislation this year to significantly increase K-12 funding for our public schools.  Thank you again to Laurie Brandt and the Torrance Chamber Board of Directors as well as Donna Duperron and the hardworking Torrance Chamber staff!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

On March 29th I hosted another fantastic Senior Scam Stopper Seminar in conjunction with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and the State Controller’s Office. Jane Kreidler from CSLB discussed home repair fraud. Jennifer Sakamoto from the State Controller’s office spoke about unclaimed property and also provided searches for attendees. Other panelists were John Gettys from the Cemetary and Funeral Bureau, Renee Rose from the office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and Levi Jacobe from the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair. Thank you to these agencies for providing very helpful information to seniors in the South Bay and a special thank you to Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute for allowing us to use their facility for this event.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I was deeply honored to speak on behalf of the California State Assembly at Secretary March Fong Eu’s Celebration of Life in Los Angeles. In so many ways, I believe March Fong Eu represents the American dream – a daughter of Chinese immigrants born behind a Chinese laundry. Hearing all the stores, it reminds me how far California has come and how far we have to go.

March preceded the #MeToo movement that is inspiring a record number of women across the country to run for office, so let’s not forget that she was winning statewide offices well before our time. We now have 27 women in the California State Legislature and 16 Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Members. All of us have this privilege to serve because of her. Last week was a historic week where we installed Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. The gavel was being handed from the son of a Mexican housekeeper to a daughter of a West Virginia coal miner and from today’s ceremony, I am being reminded that so much of this progress was started by a daughter born behind a Chinese laundry.