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Monday, April 16, 2018

For at least the third time in recent years, South Bay Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi has secured money — this time $10 million — to keep open the doors of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center, a vocational job training center in Torrance.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A bill proposed by local Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi could substantially increase the funds available to school districts throughout the state, providing aid for the Hermosa Beach schools and other local districts that are among the lowest funded in the state.

Assembly Bill 2808 would tack on a 60 percent increase to the 2018-19 level of the Local Control Funding Formula, the complex set of rules that help determine how state funds are parceled out to local school districts. If adopted, it would amount to a statewide increase of about $35 billion above current levels, Muratsuchi said in a conference call with reporters.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sebastian 'Sea Bass' Kuhr, a junior at Loyola High School, was a kindergartner in 2006 when he and his family started a fundraiser built around skateboarding called SK8 for Our Schools.

After dozens of heel flips, fakies and ollies, multiple government commendations and more than $50,000 raised for Hermosa Beach City School District, Kuhr is ready to pass the baton to someone else.

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.

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.

“For too long, California has been below the national average in per-pupil spending,” Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, said in a telephone conference call announcing the bill. “AB 2808 will establish strong education funding targets to provide full and fair funding for all California Children regardless of where you live.”

Friday, February 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Concurrent Resolution 143, which declares Feb. 19 as a Day of Remembrance throughout California, was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday.

ACR 143, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and co-authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Muratsuchi, who spoke at the Day of Remembrance program in Los Angeles on Saturday, thanked Nancy Oda and Kanji Sahara of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition in San Fernando Valley for coming to the State Capitol on Tuesday and educating legislators and staff about life in the camps.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last month, the U.S. Interior Department proposed opening nearly all of the country's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, including here in California.

The announcement has inspired protests from environmentalists and state lawmakers,  including Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who represents several beachside cities in Southern California.