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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

An art show celebrating the winners of the inaugural AD 66 Photo and Art Contest takes place Saturday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at ShockBoxx Gallery, located at 636 Cypress Ave. in Hermosa Beach.

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, who represents California's Assembly District 66, will be in attendance for the event which features art work that “captures what is beautiful about the community.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom added new regulations on natural gas fracking and oil drilling Tuesday, while also calling for the closure of some facilities.

New regulations

As of Wednesday, gas companies engaging in fracking, the process where gas wells are drilled before pumping them with water to release the gas below, will now have to be independently reviewed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory experts to make sure that all regulations and environmental measures are being taken. The state will also give a separate audit to ensure that all regulations and laws are being met.

Monday, November 18, 2019

The idea seems like a no-brainer now: Build a communal center for occupational and vocational education that can serve multiple school districts which might not be in a position to fund such training programs on their own.

But no such facility existed in California when Capt. Charles Gardner of the U.S. Naval Station in Long Beach broke a bottle of champagne over the plow of a bulldozer during the dedication of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center in Torrance on Oct. 6, 1967.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Seven years after California started pumping billions of dollars into schools with the neediest students — an attempt to narrow a chronic academic achievement gap — a new state audit has found that the state’s landmark school funding law isn’t adequately ensuring that targeted money is actually going to the disadvantaged students it’s supposed to help.

The audit released today is the latest in a growing body of research fueling calls for more state oversight of California’s groundbreaking 2013 overhaul of school finance.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 342 into law, making it illegal to have oil and gas pipeline leases on state owned land.

AB 342 marks a halt in a recently enacted policy in Washington that allows drilling and related infrastructure construction on Federally owned areas in the National Park System. As most of those park lands are surrounded by or immediately adjacent to state owned land, nearly all affected areas would be either extremely difficult or impossible to build out from.
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi

The author of the bill was Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). Assemblyman Muratsuchi has been a longtime supporter of environmental issues, particularly those that limit resource excavation. The signing of AB 342 comes at the heels of a similar bill he authored that was passed last year: AB 1775, which allowed no new oil or gas infrastructure leases.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult for drilling to occur because federally protected areas are adjacent to state-owned land.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult for drilling to occur because federally protected areas are adjacent to state-owned land.