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Friday, October 11, 2019

Local officials and experts dedicated to preventing teenage vaping will gather in Manhattan Beach Monday evening, Oct. 14, for a town hall on the growing health crisis stemming from electronic smoking devices.

The town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Manhattan Beach Middle School, 1501 N. Redondo Ave. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-South Bay) and Beach Cities Health District will co-host the event.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-South Bay) and state Sen. Ben Allen (D-West Los Angeles/South Bay) helped ensure language made it into Prop. 68 that allows money to go toward buying land on which decommissioned power plants sit, the assemblyman said.

“We worked with Mayor Brand to make sure the language was in there specifically for this purpose,” Muratsuchi said.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

States’ rights are sacred for many conservatives in the United States.

So how did liberal California become a poster child for states’ rights in its escalating battle with the Trump administration on environmental regulation?

From fuel emissions to oil and gas drilling permits, California is at war with the Trump administration. And at the heart of the feud is the state’s desire to set its own environmental regulations – an issue of states’ rights, and also a continuation of the “cooperative federalist” model that has long been a backbone of American environmental policy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

President Donald Trump’s attempts to forcibly expand oil and gas drilling in California have taken his political beef with our state to a toxic new low.

“The Trump administration has finalized its plans to open hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land in Central California to oil and gas leasing, paving the way for more fracking to soon begin in the state,” reports McClatchy DC’s Emily Cadei.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

California has responded to Federal threats of increased oil and gas drilling by making it virtually impossible for any drilling to happen on or near protected lands by halting most pipeline leasing.

What is it?

Assembly Bill 342. Specifically designed to thwart plans by the Trump administration to increase oil and gas production on federal land, AB 342 will make it illegal for pipelines to cross over state land. As most federally protected areas, such as National Parks and Wilderness Areas, are adjacent to state owned land, drilling could not occur in most areas. Language in the bill also specifically mentions that no leasing authority can allow pipelines on any public land, even in tidelands and submerged lands.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

California is on the verge of having statewide rent control.

Assembly Bill 1482—which will bar landlords from hiking rents more than 5 percent, plus local inflation, in one year—was approved this afternoon in the state Assembly on a 46-22 vote. Inflation varies by region, but averages about 2.5 percent in California.

The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk; he has said he will sign it.

Monday, September 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California on Monday sought to block the Trump administration from allowing new oil and gas wells in national parks and wilderness areas in the state.

Any new oil or gas projects approved in federally protected areas would be prohibited from having their pipelines or other essential infrastructure cross state lands, under legislation approved by California lawmakers.