Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Legislation introduced in California Tuesday would ban the sale of cosmetics that contain toxic chemicals associated with risk of cancer, reproductive issues or hormonal disruption. The bill, labeled a “common-sense proposal” by one supporter, was authored by two of the state’s Democratic assembly members who say its passage would lead to better protection for consumers nationwide.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

On Nov. 3, 2018 (Japan Standard Time), the Government of Japan announced that Chogi Higa and Edward A. Perron would be recipients of fall decorations.

From the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Higa was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays for contributing in promoting the Japanese language and the welfare of Japanese nationals residing in the U.S. In the recent past, Higa has also been awarded the prestigious Foreign Minister’s Commendation (2015) and the Commendation of the Consul General (2013).

Thursday, February 7, 2019

AB 1647, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi  (D-Torrance) and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017, will require by 2020 fence-line and community air quality monitoring around oil refineries along with reporting of the readings from those devices in real-time.

The South Coast Air Quality Management Agency in 2017 directed $2.77 million to enhance the monitoring and alert systems at the Torrance Refinery. But there is still a lot the public is not aware of.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

A sea of pink traveled down Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach on Saturday morning as the third annual Women’s March brought out hundreds of demonstrators.

Many marchers brought their children, saying they were using the event as a lesson in social activism.

“Democracy is in all of our hands,” said Audrey Judson of Manhattan Beach. “We choose our government.”

A majority of people were there to be heard, aiming barbs at President Donald Trump. “Women are here to represent the whole country,” said Melissa Tyrrell of Torrance. “I personally hope that the visibility is not fading shows we’re here to stand up to this administration.”

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Two years after millions of women flooded streets around the world to decry the election of President Donald Trump, a smaller but determined contingency shared messages of empowerment and equality during Women’s March events held Saturday from Santa Ana to London.

“Our coming together today is a resistance,” actress and activist Laverne Cox told the estimated 200,000-plus demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles.

“We come with demands for justice, for equity. We come today peaceably, but we also come to fight.”

Thursday, January 17, 2019

PARADISE — Over a dozen state legislators came to see the Camp Fire burn areas for themselves Thursday, at the request of Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Sen. Jim Nielsen.

Gallagher, R-Yuba City, and Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, took the visiting bipartisan group on a tour of Paradise, then they all met with local representatives who explained current critical needs such as housing. Over 18,000 structures were burned in the Camp Fire and at least 86 people were killed.

Before a closed-door briefing at Paradise Town Hall, Paradise Town Manager Lauren Gill said it was important that the Legislature understood the magnitude of the situation before passing the state budget in the summer.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Facing a $36 million deficit and a possible state takeover, the top budget officer at the Sacramento City Unified School District has a sober message for his counterparts around California.

Sacramento is “just one of the first dominoes,” said John Quinto, the district’s chief business officer.

By any measure, Sacramento City’s distress is worse than the vast majority of California school districts.

But Quinto’s warning hints at looming problems for many more: The costs of pensions, health care and special education outpace new revenue they’re receiving from the state and they put some schools on a trajectory for red ink.