Friday, June 1, 2018

Memorial Day ceremonies at Redondo Beach’s Veteran’s Park are traditionally dedicated to those who gave their lives in service of the United States.

This year, organizers also paid tribute to a young man who never got the chance to do so.

Vincent Barbee, a Redondo Union High School student, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet, and son of former Councilwoman Martha Barbee was honored with a commemorative brick in the city’s memorial plaza and recognition by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi during Monday’s ceremony. Barbee died in March, after falling from his family’s third story balcony at their Esplanade home. He was 15 years old.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Luminaries from across the state, including Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and County Supervisor Janice Hahn, gathered Wednesday to celebrate breaking ground on the Torrance Regional Transit Center, the future terminus for the LA Metro Green Line extension.

The light rail project, which currently ends at Marine Avenue in Redondo Beach, would run through Lawndale and Redondo to service South Bay commuters and eventually connect to Metro’s forthcoming Crenshaw/LAX line.

“This is a win-win-win,” said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who was credited by Brown with fighting to secure additional funding to complete the project as part of Garcetti’s “Twenty-Eight by ’28” plan. Using funding from Measure M and Senate Bill 1’s gas tax increase, the Green Line extension is projected to be completed by the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, well ahead of its originally-scheduled 2033 completion.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

TORRANCE (CBSLA) — California Gov. Jerry Brown was in town Wednesday to celebrate the expansion of the LA Metro Green Line to the South Bay.

The 4.6-mile extension from Redondo Beach to the future Torrance Transit Regional Park and Ride Terminal is meant to take more traffic off the 405 Freeway and onto the Metro.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown joined local elected officials Wednesday to ceremonially mark the start of construction on a 4.6-mile extension of the Metro Green Line from Redondo Beach to Torrance.

Thanks to a recently announced $231 million state grant with funds generated by the new gas tax, authorities said the project could be completed before Los Angeles hosts the 2028 Olympics.

Monday, May 28, 2018

For many of those who attended Memorial Day ceremonies in Redondo Beach on Monday, the day was deeply personal.

For Navy veteran William Woodall, gathering with fellow service members under a bright blue sky, this Memorial Day brought up memories of his brother Don Woodall who served in the Philippines as a medic during World War II and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi's Assembly Bill 1775 and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 834, bills to protect the California coast from new federal offshore drilling leases, passed out of their respective Appropriations Committees today after being referred to the suspense file in April.

The Assembly and Senate committees both held hearings today on bills that were referred to the suspense file. The two bills will now be eligible for floor votes in the Assembly and Senate next week. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

By the time he leaves office early next year, Gov. Jerry Brown will have achieved his goal of  “full funding” for his signature school financing law, the 2013 Local Control Funding Formula.

But rather than hang a banner and declare victory, legislators and education advocates who support Brown’s funding formula are ready to set the next target: an aspirational goal of committing more than $35 billion in new K-12 dollars to the funding formula — enough to raise California’s current per-student spending of $11,149 by about $6,500. That would potentially place California among the top 10 states in the nation.