Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) on Wednesday called for $3 million in grants to the State Library for educational activities and materials on civil liberties and the World War II Japanese American incarceration.

Friday, May 5, 2017

More than 2,000 gather at former Japanese American concentration camp.

Concern over the decisions coming out of the newly elected Trump Administration dominated this year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage program, where more than 2,000 people turned out. The annual pilgrimage was held on April 29 at the Manzanar National Historic Site in Inyo County.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 651, authored by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), passed the Assembly Health Committee on March 28 on a bipartisan vote of 11-1.

This bill strengthens the state attorney general’s oversight authority to preserve and promote culturally sensitive and language-appropriate health care for the state’s increasingly diverse seniors.

Under this bill, the attorney general is given additional time to approve or reject a nonprofit health care facility’s sale to a for-profit buyer from 60 to 90 days. It additionally requires public notice of a hearing to be provided not only in English but also in the languages spoken by the health care recipient community, and requires the attorney general to consider whether the transaction will have an adverse impact on the significant cultural interests of the affected community.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

TORRANCE — Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) testified on Saturday at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) hearing about his California Refinery Jobs and Safety Action Plan, which includes five Assembly bills that will improve public safety at all California refineries.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Assembly Bill (AB) 491, which establishes $3 million in grants to the State Library for the education of Japanese American incarceration, last week passed the Assembly Education Committee on a unanimous vote of 7-0.

Specifically, the bill will extend funding for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, run by the State Library, through an appropriation of $3 million in general funds that will be distributed over the next three years.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hundreds of people concerned about the safety of the Torrance refinery will descend on the city Saturday for another in a series of regulatory hearings designed to get to the bottom of why so much has gone wrong at the plant now owned by PBF Energy.

The meeting of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Governing Board Refinery Committee from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Marriott is billed as an "investigative hearing" examining the series of fires, excessive flaring and repeated power outages at the troubled plant since a earth-shuddering 1.7-magnitude explosion in February 2015.

Monday, March 27, 2017

FRESNO - As the American Health Care Act, which was the GOP bill option to repeal the Affordable Care Act was pulled from consideration for vote last week; community health advocates and legislators in the state voiced a cautious relief as access to health care for millions of Californians is no longer at risk, at least for now.

… “Unlike the Affordable Care Act (ACA), TrumpCare would take away health care coverage from millions of Americans, especially low-income and working Americans, while giving huge tax breaks for the wealthy,” said Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi. “I am proud to support the ACA, which provides healthcare for millions of uninsured Americans.”