Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hosted our Second Annual Pet Adoption Fair at Wilson Park in Torrance! Dogs and a bunny from the Carson Animal Care Center were adopted into loving homes! Thanks to the ASPCA and Friends of Torrance Animals for co-hosting!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Introduced House Resolution 116 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Signed by President Ronald Reagan, the Act provided an official apology and a measure of redress for the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Former internees Kanji Sahara of Torrance and Nancy Oda were among special guests in the Capitol for this event.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

I had the distinct honor to speak at the National Conference of State Legislatures on California's aerospace innovation in Los Angeles. I spoke about Assembly Bill 427, my Aerospace Commission bill which will establish a private-public partnership to advocate for California's aerospace industry and jobs. I was joined by Alabama Senator Bill Holtzclaw, Utah Senator Howard Stephenson, Virginia Senator John Cosgrove, and Texas Representative Dennis Paul.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

I hosted a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar at Torrance Memorial Medical Center on August 2nd. My staff were present to introduce the panelists and answer questions for those in attendance. We heard from Jane Kreidler of the Contractors State License Board, Marc Narlesky of the Franchise Tax Board, Jackie Wiley of the Department of Business Oversight, and Glenn Morimoto of the United State Postal Inspection. Mary Malone of SCAN Health Plan and Ges Davis plus volunteers of South Bay Village were also on hand to provide useful information to seniors. Thank you to all who participated and to Torrance Memorial for allowing us to use their auditorium.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Today, I met Redondo Beach education leaders in my South Bay office. We talked about the importance of school funding, including passage of my school funding bill AB 2808, as well as RBUSD's great use of solar energy to save the school district money. Thanks to Superintendent Steven Keller, Redondo Beach Education Foundation Executive Director Raymur Flinn and Board President Hanh Archer for a great meeting!

Monday, July 30, 2018

I visited the Downey Animal Care Center today to learn more about how my bill, AB 2791, will help save Los Angeles County's kittens and puppies. The bill, which will allow rescue groups to immediately adopt, rather than wait three days as is currently required, unweaned kittens and puppies from the Shelter. This will prevent these at-risk animals from becoming sick at the shelter in their first weeks of life. This will also help to reduce overcrowding in these shelters.

I also learned about the ASPCA Community Engagement Team and the services they provide to current and future pet owners, as well as their programs for vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and animal socialization.

Thank you to Allison Cardona, Deputy Director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Animal Care and Control, Shannon Asquith, Downey Animal Care Center Manager, and Devon Frazier, ASPCA’s Director of Community Engagement in LA for the tour. Thank you to Susan Riggs, ASPCA Senior Director of State Legislation – Western Region for setting up the tour.

Friday, July 20, 2018

I met with new Hermosa Beach Education Foundation President Carol Kluthe today to discuss her priorities in the role and funding for Hermosa Beach Schools.  As a former school board member, education funding continues to be my top priority.  I am currently fighting to increase funding through my bill, AB 2808, for all K-12 public schools in California.  With support from local parents and teachers we can make sure that our students get the resources and world-class education they deserve.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Assembly District 66 serves as one of the largest manufacturing areas in California. Today, I met with several from the district such as Rocker Industries, U.S Hybrid, Edelbrock, and 3V Signs & Graphics. We discussed the challenges that they are facing such as high cost, rent and insurance. I look forward to finding ways to help with buying local and California made products and with statewide incentives to keep our jobs in California. Thank you to California Manufacturing Technology Consulting for a productive meeting and to Rocker Industries for hosting us at their headquarters and providing a tour to learn about their work in aerospace.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This morning I took a tour of the Metro Gold Line to experience the types of technology and community development that will come with the extension of the Metro Green Line to Torrance. The City of Pasadena has welcomed an increase in property values and small businesses near the Gold Line. Special thanks to Metro staffers Meghna, Michael, Mark, and David for a very informative tour.